Digital Motion Picture Cameras


Pick it up. Wrap your hand around the rotating Smart Grip. Line up a shot. You’ll immediately understand why Sony created the PXW-FS5. It’s the next step in Sony’s handheld revolution. Small as it is, the camera delivers uncompromising performance with Sony’s Super 35 sensor, 4K onboard recording and wireless streaming. The PXW-FS5. Just wait until you get your hands on it.
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Handheld has never been like this before: Sony’s PXW-FS5.

Capture any shot at any angle with Sony's 360° rotating Smart Grip.

Second-generation Smart Grip

Handheld comfort is not simply a matter of weight. It's also a question of balance. Of positive grip with your right hand. Of high-angle, low-angle and in-between shots. That's what made the rotating Smart Grip of Sony's FS7 such a success. And that's why Sony's engineers designed a new version of the Smart Grip for the FS5. To capture every angle, it rotates a full 360°. To enhance your control, it incorporates assignable buttons, an assignable dial and joystick. And to promote ideal front-rear balance, you can attach an industry-standard rosette to use with Sony's FS7 telescoping arm or third-party accessories (rosette, arm and accessories all sold separately).

The supplied Smart Grip accepts an industry-standard rosette and accessory extension arms, sold separately.

Shot on the FS5 by DP Rob W. Scribner

Great storytelling meets extraordinary craft when Rob W. Scribner and the PXW-FS5 capture the art of glassblowing.

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Three people and a minibus travel to Australia.

4K Super35
image sensor

Sony is the world leader* in image sensors. And it shows. The FS5 delivers formidable exposure latitude with 14 stops of dynamic range. And beautiful color. And high sensitivity. And stunning 4K resolution. Of course, the Super35 format also gives you the shallow depth of field so important in cinematic storytelling. And the sensor performs beautifully with Sony’s established S-Log2 and S-Log3 encoding and S-Gamut3.cine mode.

* Sony is the world's No. 1 manufacturer of image sensors for digital cameras and video recorders (based on Sony research from April 2014 to March 2015 that shows Sony has a 50% market share).

4K XAVC L recording on board

If you want to capture 4K, the camera offers built-in 3840 x 2160 recording. And while the resolution is phenomenal, the bit rates are reasonable. Thanks to Sony's advanced XAVC™ L codec, you can capture 4K at a modest 100 Mbps (maximum). So you're not over-burdening your memory cards, your desktop storage or your network. Of course, the XAVC L codec can also capture beautiful 1080p HD, with rich 4:2:2 color and nuanced 10-bit grayscale - all at an extremely affordable 25, 35 or 50 Mbps.

In the future, there will even be the option to record RAW externally (details to be announced.)

Learn more about XAVC codec.

The FS5 empowers spectacular 4K (3840 x 2160) movie-making.

960 fps Super Slow Motion

When you shoot Super Slow Motion, everyday actions take on poetic elegance. You reveal the beauty of a world that’s hidden right before our eyes. The PXW-FS5 takes you there. Operating in burst mode, you can capture 1080p HD at up to 240 fps and up to 960 fps with reduced resolution. Cache recording time varies according to your selected frame rate.

FS5 Super Slow Motion transforms surfing and skateboarding in Full HD with 10-bit grayscale and 4:2:2 color.

Sony's 18-105mm E-Mount servo zoom

While Sony's E-Mount system provides a world of lens choices, Sony's 18-105mm servo zoom (SEL-P18105G) does what still-image lenses do not. The precision servo provides smoother zoom than you could accomplish by hand. Meticulous optical design maintains axial image consistency across the zoom range. Constant F4 aperture eliminates unwanted exposure changes during a zoom. Sony's image stabilization reduces the effects of camera shake. And internal zoom means the front of the lens does not extend, so it will not interfere with your matte box.

Discover the new world of Super35 optics.

Built-in wireless streaming

Whether you need wireless remote control from an Android® or iOS® device, wireless streaming to a client monitor or wireless file transfers to editorial, the PXW-FS5 is beautifully equipped. RJ-45 Ethernet connector, Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) are built in. And the camera streams wirelessly to compatible third-party MPEG TS receivers and computers.

Go behind the scenes

See how the cinematographer got the shots.

Cinematographers discuss the FS5

Practical, real-world perspectives on Sony’s PXW-FS5.

Hear from our Sony Japan Engineers
about the building of the FS5

PXW-FS5 handheld Super35 4K camera

  • Super35 Exmor® CMOS image sensor with 14 stops of dynamic range and 8.4 million effective pixels (16:9)
  • 360° rotating, detachable Smart Grip (supplied) can be used with industry-standard rosette, Sony’s FS7 telescoping arm and third-party accessories, all sold separately
  • Up to 960 fps Super Slow Motion with high sensitivity; burst mode recording at up to 240 fps in HD, 480 fps at reduced resolution and 960 fps at reduced-resolution Center Crop; recording time varies by frame rate
  • On-board 4K recording at 3840 x 2160 resolution with Sony's XAVC™ Long codec
  • Outboard RAW recording as a future option (details to be announced)
  • S-Log3, S-Log2 and S-Gamut3.Cine help retain graceful highlights and extended shadow detail with accurate color reproduction
  • 3.5-inch LCD monitor (viewable area, measured diagonally) flexibly adapts to shooting style and angle; mounts on three locations on the handle and six locations on the camera body
  • Sony's E-Mount system compatible with E-Mount servo zooms, manual zooms and primes; A-Mount lenses (via Sony's adapters); PL mount lenses (via third-party adapters); and other SLR and rangefinder lenses (via third-party adapters)
  • Continuously variable Neutral Density filter, a first in Super35 imaging, enables you to blur the background even in sunlight; also offers conventional presets at 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64 ND
  • Clear Image Zoom uses advanced image processing to double the effective focal length of your lens; a 12x zoom effectively becomes 24x
  • Center Scan mode captures the center of the image at Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Not only does this provide an effective 2x zoom with 35mm glass, but it also enables you to mount 16mm PL lenses via third-party adapters
  • Face Detection AF and Focus Magnifier assist in run & gun shooting; help to maintain critical focus, a particular advantage in 4K capture
  • XAVC™ Long recording for 4K (3840 x 2160 at up to 30p) and Full HD (1920 x 1080 at up to 60p); advanced encoding technology retains superb picture quality at affordable bit rates (up to 50 Mbps in HD, up to 100 Mbps in 4K); beautiful 4:2:2 color and nuanced 10-bit grayscale in Full HD
  • XAVC proxy recording captures frame-accurate lightweight proxy video suitable for faster file transfers and convenient file sharing
  • AVCHD® recording for compatibility with legacy editing systems
  • Simultaneous/Individual Recording enables you to capture backup recordings on the second media card
  • Wireless Android® and iOS® remote control via the free Content Browser Mobile app
  • NFC one-touch communication with compatible wireless devices
  • Wireless streaming to compatible MPEG TS receivers and computers for convenient, remote image monitoring
  • Wireless file transfers of full-resolution assets via Wi-Fi® router to an FTP server
  • Wired LAN connection via built-in RJ-45 interface, for more robust network operations
  • Multi-Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) supports accessories including Sony's UWP-D11 and D12 wireless mics and HVL-LBPC video light (all sold separately)
  • 0.39-inch OLED viewfinder (viewable area, measured diagonally) with large eye cup
  • 1/4-inch screw holes on the camera top, bottom and handle accommodate third-party accessories
  • BP-U30 rechargeable battery and BC-U1 battery charger included
  • Two SD memory card slots with Memory Stick® card capability in Slot A
  • Complete interfaces include 3G-SDI, HDMI® jack, two XLR connectors, LANC remote control, USB, MI Shoe, DC input and RJ-45 Lan connector
  • Catalyst Browse software included (free download)

PXW-FS5 Firmware Update Information

Sony’s PXW-FS5 gives independent producers and owner/operators the flexibility and performance they need to produce stunning images with minimal running costs – a combination vital to high-volume workflows like unscripted TV production.Sony is protecting the customers’ investment in the PXW-FS5 through future firmware updates that will install additional useful features. This prevents obsolescence and extends the camera’s creative capabilities without the need to buy a new camera body. The current Firmware Version 1.0 offers multiple internal recording options and a capability to record to external devices – plus much more.

Firmware Version 1.0

The PXW-FS5’s Firmware Version 1.0 enables “dual recording” for writing identical content to two SD cards simultaneously. This firmware also supports simultaneous proxy recording of the main HD or Quad Full HD (QFHD) recording at a lower bit-rate to 720P HD or 640 x 360 pixels. Each proxy recording has the same filename and timecode as the main recording and is stored in different folders on the same SD card.

With Firmware Version 1.0, the PXW-FS5 records to Sony or to third-party external recorders via its HDMI, SDI or Composite Video outputs. SDI output is always HD, 10-bit 4:2:2. The HDMI output can be Quad Full HD (QFHD) or HD depending on the camera settings. The bit depth and color sampling of the HDMI output signal is always 8-bit 4:2:2.

The PXW-FS5 also provides timecode and REC trigger signals via SDI and HDMI to compatible external devices. Using SMPTE RDD18, the PXW-FS5 outputs camera metadata including timecode and REC trigger via SDI. For HDMI output, timecode and REC trigger/status use manufacturer-specific data areas, which Sony provides by request.

Firmware Version 1.0 supports simultaneous internal and external recording of HD. When internally recording HD, the SDI and HD-SDI outputs are active, carrying HD, timecode and REC trigger signals. Compatible external recorders can be set to follow the camera’s timecode and record ON/OFF commands automatically.

With Firmware Version 1.0, the PXW-FS5 can record QFHD to internal storage or to an external recorder, but not to both simultaneously. When the PXW-FS5 is set to record QFHD internally, the HDMI output is active while the camera is paused and muted when internal recording starts. This permits use of an external monitor or third-party recorder/monitor for setting up shots or for playback. However, REC trigger, timecode and digital signals are not sent to the external recorder via HDMI. (Note: Firmware Version 1.1 will implement simultaneous QFHD internal/ external recording, including REC trigger and timecode via the HDMI output.)

Firmware Version 1.1
Planned for release in January 2016.

Firmware Version 1.1 allows simultaneous QFHD internal recording and QFHD output to an external unit that serves as the monitoring device. A new menu item (“QFHD REC OUTPUT”) in the recording menu permits switching between simultaneous QFHD internal/ external recording, with loss of VF and LCD operation and internal recording. The loss of VF/LCD does not affect HD operations.

Version 1.1 is merely the next step in the PXW-FS5’s ongoing development. A future firmware build will add “FS RAW” recording, including simultaneous recording of video internally (XAVC) plus FS RAW to an external recorder. The OLED and VF will remain active regardless of the choice of format.

Future Upgrades

Sony is planning additional firmware updates based on customer input to expand the PXW- FS5’s creative capabilities and give camera operators more options for capturing any type of content.

PMW-FS5: Video signal output
while QFHD recording

Firmware Version 1.0

HD mode QFHD mode
EE Recording EE Recording
VF/LCD panel Display LCD or EVF
(select either one
by SW or Menu)
Video OSD Video OSD Video OSD Video OSD
External Output Output HDMI
or SDI
or Composite
(USB multi)
(select either one
by SW or Menu)
Video OSD* Video OSD* Video OSD* No Output

Firmware Version 1.1
Version 1.1 adds a new menu item “QFHD REC OUTPUT” to select “VF/PANEL”
or “External Output” for video signal in QFHD mode

HD mode QFHD mode
EE Recording EE Recording
When select
“VF/LCD Panel”
VF/LCD panel Display LCD or EVF
(select either one
by SW or Menu)
Video OSD Video OSD Video OSD Video OSD
External Output Output HDMI
or SDI
or Composite
(USB multi)
(select either one
by SW or Menu)
Video OSD* Video OSD* Video OSD* No Output
When select
“External Output”
VF/LCD panel Display LCD or EVF (select either one
by SW or Menu)
Cannot select
in HD mode
Video OSD N/A
(black video) OSD
External Output Output HDMI
or SDI
or Composite (USB multi)
(select either one by
SW or Menu)
Cannot select
in HD mode
Video OSD Video OSD

*Able to select no OSD clean output

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All updates are subject to change without notice and descriptions here-in do not represent all features being implemented.