Sony is kicking hard at the 4k market for filmmakers with 2 new high end cameras – the F5 and F55 (the Sony Press doesn’t include pricing, but PB has quoted $18k and $50k) and several additional products including a 4k recorder for the FS700, viewfinders, new lenses and even an 8k upgrade to the F65.
While these are obviously not contenders to the HDSLR market (due to their pricing), We figured that since many of you reading planet5D are filmmakers, you might be interested in seeing these new cameras. We won’t go into major details but we thought you at least wanted to know and will provide some articles for you to read more. These new cameras will be available in February.
On their info page about the updates
On October 30th, 2012, Sony unveiled two new CineAlta™ 4K cameras, complemented by a full line-up of new accessories. The new cameras, the PMW-F55 and PMW-F5, fill a critical gap in large-sensor acquisition between Sony’s PMW-F3 camcorder and its F65 CineAlta Premium 4K camera, giving content creators new levels of flexibility and creative options for HD, 2K or 4K acquisition and production.
With a modular and compact design for easy configuration, each camera features a new type of 4K Super 35mm image sensor with a 4096 x 2160 resolution (11.6M total pixels).
The 20 megapixel F65 remains the flagship of Sony’s large sensor camera family. The 8K sensor-equipped F65 continues to evolve, with new features designed for the most demanding high-end imaging applications. These features include a new high frame rate mode for 4K RAW recording at 120P to deliver stunning 4K images with super smooth slow motion capabilities, and image capture using the SR codec at 12-bits. Future updates to the F65 will deliver 6K de-mosaicing, along with other major new features.
Other articles with tons of information:
It should be noted that the PMW-F5 has a 4k sensor, but initially will only record HD and 2k video.
(cover photo credit: snap from the sony page)