IBC 2015 in the heart of Amsterdam is second only to NAB, Las Vegas, closely followed by BVE in London. This post will be added to during the day as more new products are added.
First up is the new camcorder from Sony the PXW-FS-5 this is a cracking addition to Sonys 4K range of camcorders.
At a list price of £4200 plus vat with no lens or £4600 plus vat with lens once again its a no brainer.
Despite its amazingly light 0.8kg body, the FS5 is more than tough enough for the rigors of real-world shooting. The main frame is magnesium, for high rigidity and light weight. Cooling is an urgent requirement in a 4K camera, all the more so in a camera as compact as the FS5. An advanced cooling system design features a vertical heat sink placed directly beside the image sensor and main circuit board to maximise its effectiveness. An air duct cools the heat sink while isolating the electrical components from exposure to dust.
4K resolution 11.6 million total pixels and 8.8 million effective pixels deliver 4K resolution. Even if you’re delivering in HD, your recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors simply cannot see.
Super 35 size sensor offers “bokeh,” the defocused backgrounds made possible by shallow depth of field, as well as excellent low-light sensitivity and an expansive field of view.
14 stops of exposure latitude deliver powerful grayscale rendition without crushing shadow detail or blowing out highlight detail.
Exceptional sensitivity enables you to shoot well after sunset, without tons of lighting and grip.
Sony’s Exmor CMOS design provides high-speed full-pixel read- out capability (without pixel binning) and sophisticated camera processing to ensure jaggies and moiré are minimized.
Key features of the PXW-FS5
- Flexible handheld shooting with a compact 0.8kg lightweight body
The lightweight body with excellent weight balance ensures comfortable handheld shooting as well as an easy fit with a drone or gimbal. The one-touch rotatable grip enables instant switching between low or high angle shooting. Shooting parameters can be changed with one hand even during recording thanks to the multi-functional grip. In the same way the zoom can be operated with a single hand. The detachable handle, one-touch rotatable grip and flexible LCD panel support various shooting styles.
- Creative expressive performance, including 4K shooting and 240fps high-speed shooting
The camcorder is equipped with an 11.6million pixel Super35 Exmor™ CMOS Sensor, enabling 4K XAVC long GoP high-definition video shooting. It is the world’s first Super35mm camcorder with a built-in electronic variable ND filter, supporting linear control from 1/4ND to 1/128ND and further expanding the depth of field representation. 1/10 times Super Slow Motion reproduction is possible thanks to the 10bit 4:2:2 full HD 240fps High Frame Rate, with no sensor cropping. Low light capabilities and background defocus are heightened by the high sensitivity and large sensor size. On top of this, the 14 stops of latitude in exposure deliver strong grayscale rendition without crushing shadows or blowing out light details.
- Variety of shooting applications and rich network functions
The camcorder is equipped with enhanced interfaces including 3G-SDI, 4K HDMI output, MI shoe, SD Dual card slots, Wi-Fi and wired LAN terminal, supporting various system configurations. The Clear Image Zoom allows users to zoom in at up to 2x, even with a fixed focal length lens.
Alister Chapman via Facebook : FS5. Affordable, estimate around £3.5k in the dealers, available this year. XAVC-L in HD and 4K. Variable ND filter. 2x SD card slots (uses SDXC). Super slowmo like FS700 so records burst into an onboard memory that’s then written to the cards with start and end triggers. S-Log2/S-log3, MLUT’s but do remember that XAVC-L is 8 bit 4:2:0. It’s really very small and very light. Remove the handle and hand grip and it could be used for many mini-cam/dash-cam type applications.
To be continued…