The next improvements for the Sony F55 and F5 digital cinema cameras are coming this summer.
Sony continues to increase the value of the F55 ans F5 CineAlta cameras in response to requests from professional DPs in the worlds of feature film, documentary, outdoor and commercial production. Coming this summer are the AXS-R7 RAW recorder, new ultra-high-speed AXS memory cards, and native support for 4K XAVC “Class 480” recording. Sony’s release of these new products comes in coordination with firmware version 8.0 for the Sony F5 and F5.
The AXS-R7 RAW recorder
- 4K 120fps recording
- 30sec cache recording
- Rugged build quality
- Dual media card slots
Cinematographers requested 4K high frame rate recording on the F55 and Sony is delivering with the AXS-R7 RAW recorder. For the first time, the Sony F55 will be able to record at 120 frames per second in 4K, twice as fast as the currently available AXS-R5. When you need an even higher frame rate, both the AXS-R7 and AXS-R7 will record up to 240fps on the F55 and F5.
30-second cache recording
Sony has also added functionality to the AXS-R7 in response to requests from documentary and natural history DPs who need to “expect the unexpected.” The AXS-R7 will capture up to 30 seconds of video before you even hit the record button. Right now, they are telling us the target frame rate for this feature will be 23.98p. This is a great feature that will allow for fewer missed shots in a field where camera crews often wait for hours or even days to capture a small window of activity.
Robust, splash-resistant construction
In addition to its improved functionality, the Sony AXS-R7 RAW recorder has been beefed up with a dust and splash-resistant construction. The ventilation system in the recorder is sealed from the electronics to prevent dust and water entry. They have also strengthened the recorders attachment to the camera to better withstand vigorous handling.
The AXS-R7 also features dual media slots which accept Sony’s AXSM A slim series memory cards.
High speed A Series S48 AXS memory cards
Speaking of memory cards, the new A Series AXS memory cards have been specially engineered to facilitate high-speed workflows in 4K 120fps RAW recording mode. The latest cards can read and write data at a sustained 4.8 Gigabits per second. The new AXS-A1TS48 and A512S48 come in capacities of 1TB and 512GB. The AXS-R7 still works with the existing A Series S24 cards, but those cards can’t handle the new recorders improved 120fps speed at 4K RAW, and are limited to 60fps at 4K RAW, but can still handle 2K RAW up to 240fps.
XAVC® I Class 480 recording
For professionals who require an even higher data rate in XAVC I 4K recording, Sony F55/F5 firmware version 8.0 will supplement the existing “Class 300” mode with a higher data rate “Class 480” recording. Already supported by leading third-party software vendors, Class 480 will be available on the F55 as well as F5 cameras equipped with the CBKZ-55FX software license. Frame rates will include 23.98p, 24.0p, 25.0p and 29.97p.
Coming Summer of 2016
Sony informs us that they expect to deliver the AXS-R7 RAW recorder and the AXS-A1TS48 and A512S48 memory cards in summer 2016, in coordination with the release of F55/F5 firmware upgrade version 8.0. As the launch date approaches, we expect Sony will be disclosing even more capabilities of version 8.0, the R7 recorder and the new AXS cards. So stay tuned at Z Systems to keep up on the latest Sony news.
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