Today Sony has issued a statement about all the potential picture problems people are discussing on the internet, its probably halted sales and when this happens a company has to act fast.
Sony “ We are aware of this perceived issue with the PXW-FS5 performance. Sony is investigating this matter as a matter of priority and will work with users to understand the specific issue they are facing. Any actual issue will then be addressed in the most appropriate manner by our engineers”
Dan Chung “It should be noted that many prominent bloggers who have shot with the camera have not complained of having the same problems. Furthermore Sony Independent Certified Expert (ICE) Alister Chapman published an article questioning why some users are expecting an artifact free image when shooting at 3200 ISO and recording internally in 8-bit?
This has prompted an extremely long chain of comments and debate which you can read if you have the time. I think Alister’s technical analysis of why the issues occur is accurate – especially the part about not shooting S-Log in super low light, although I’m not convinced that the argument that we should not expect better from the camera will go down well with news and documentary shooters who often have no choice but to shoot in very dark conditions.”
HDW “I have not seen any picture problems with the FS5 to date, the only noted picture problem was 2 out of focus shots which were lens related and not the cameras fault. I set my FS5 at 0dB then creep up to 6 or 9dBs if needed. It matches the FS7 in HD 10bit 422 perfectly, I used both of them on a 2 camera shoot late December and the pictures from both cameras could not be better.
If I had seen a problem I would be one of the first to be banging on Sony’s door for a fix but we can only wait for Sony to get back to us with their findings ASAP.”