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Sony PMW-F55

Sony PMW-F55

Manufacturer Sony

Summary

With a 4K sensor, the Sony PMW-F55 has the ability to shoot 4K or HD to its own SxS Pro+ cards using Sony’s XAVC codec. Adding the AXS-R5 recorder enables the Sony PMW-F55 to shoot 4K RAW.
Our PMW-F55 also comes with the CBK-55PD Codec Board which supports ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, DNxHD 220x and DNxHD 145 at a variety of frame rates.

Overview

  • Super 35 CMOS sensor
  • Interchangeable mounts (PL standard)
  • 4K, UHD, 2K and HD internal recording
  • SxS Pro+ cards (64GB = 31min of 4K)
  • ProRes 4444 12-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 24P, 25P, 29.97P
  • ProRes 422 (HQ) 10-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 24P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i, 59.94i, 50P, 59.94P
  • ProRes 422 10-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 24P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i, 59.94i, 50P, 59.94P
  • DNxHD 220x 10-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i, 59.94i.
  • DNxHD 145 8-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i, 59.94i.
  • 4K/2K RAW recording (512GB = 63/250min)
  • SLog2/SLog3 gamma option for 14 stops of latitude
  • 180/150 (NTSC/PAL) fps slow motion (HD/2K XAVC)
  • High light sensitivity (Base ISO 1250)
  • Interlaced and progressive
  • 240 fps slow motion (2K RAW)
  • 180/150 (NTSC/PAL) fps slow motion (HD/2K XAVC)
  • 60 fps slow motion (4K XAVC/RAW)
  • RAW 16bit colour depth
  • RAW and SxS simultaneous recording for offline/online edit

Useful Information

The Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta is a digital cinema camera with a wide variety of record options. The PMW-F55 is capable of recording HD, 2K or 4K internally to SxS Pro+ cards or 16 bit RAW 2K or 4K to an external AXSM media recorder available separately from Shift 4. Our PMW-F55 comes with the CBK-55PD Codec Board already installed which supports the following recordings:

  • ProRes 4444 12-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 24P, 25P and 29.97P.
  • ProRes 422 (HQ) 10-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 24P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i, 59.94i, 50P and 59.94P
  • ProRes 422 10-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 24P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i, 59.94i, 50P and 59.94P
  • DNxHD 220x 10-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i and 59.94i.
  • DNxHD 145 8-bit Full HD at 23.98P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i and 59.94i.

The Sony PMW-F55 can also shoot high speed up to 60fps 4K, 150fps 2K internally and 240 fps 2K RAW with an AXS-recorder.

The Sony PMW-F55 shoots stunning cinematic images with its 8.9 megapixels (effective) Sony 4K image sensor and incorporates a revolutionary electronic global shutter to eliminate rolling shutter distortions.

Whether shooting HD, 2K or 4K, the PMW-F55 can achieve superb dynamic range, the widest colour gamut and pristine image quality.

The Sony PMW-F55 provides a co-ordinated online/offline workflow with simultaneous recording to internal SxS cards and the optional AXS-R5 RAW recorder.

Sony has simplified the interface of the PMW-F55 and made menus no more than three layers deep. Direct, one touch access to key shooting parameters and assignable buttons make for ease of operation. The Operator’s side of the PMW-F55 holds an LCD screen which displays basic camera settings including frame rate, shutter speed, colour temperature ISO sensitivity and gamma. There are also assignable buttons and a large jog wheel for moving through the menus of the PMW-F55.

The Sony PMW-F55 is designed to accommodate a wide variety of lenses. The camera natively features an FZ mount and Shift 4’s PMW-F55 kit includes a PL mount adapter as standard. The Sony PMW-F55 is small and lightweight and its modular design allows different configurations for different jobs – and shots. It is set up to take a variety of viewfinders. The shoulder rig provides for comfortable hand-held and shoulder-mounted shooting.

Imaging Device

  • Super 35mm equivalent single chip CMOS

Pixel Count

  • 11.6 M (total), 8.9 M (effective)

Built-in Filters

  • Clear, 0.9 (1/8ND), 1.8 (1/64ND)

Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)

  • Video Gamma: T13 @24p (3200K Light source)

ISO Sensitivity

  • SLog2 Gamma: ISO 2000 (D55 Light source)

Lens Mount

  • PL mount (with supplied lens mount adapter)

Flange Focal Length

  • FZ mount (without supplied lens mount adapter)

Latitude

  • 14 stop

S/N Ratio

  • 57dB (Video Gamma, 24p, Noise Suppression OFF)

Shutter Speed

  • 1/24s to 1/6,000s

Shutter Angle

  • 4.2°to 360° (electrical shutter)

Slow Shutter (SLS)

  • 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8-frame accumulation

Slow and Quick Motion Function

  • XAVC HD/2K: 1-180p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
  • XAVC HD/2K: 1-150p (PAL), 25p

White Balance

  • Preset (3200K, 4300K, 5500K), Memory, ATW

Gain

  • -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC

Gamma Curve

  • Standard (x6)
  • HG1, HG2, HG3, HG4, HG7 and HG8
  • SLog2 Gamma
  • SLog3 Gamma

Audio Input

  • CH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 3pin (female) (x 2), Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable

Video Output

  • HD-Y or HD Sync (tri-level) V1.0
  • Analog Composite (VUP)

Audio Output

  • Phono jack (CH-1, CH-2)

DC Output

  • 4pin (x1), 11 V to 17 V DC (MAX 2.0A) with battery adapter

HD-SDI Output

  • SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output (character on/off)

Timecode Input/Output

  • TC IN/OUT (x 1) switchable

Genlock Input

  • BNC (x 1)

Remote

  • 8pin (x 1)

HDMI Output

  • A Type (x 1)

USB

  • USB device, Mini-B (x 1)
  • USB host, type-A (x 2)

Headphone Output

  • Stereo mini jack (x 1)

Speaker Output

  • Monaural

Shutter

  • BNC (x 1)

WiFi

  • USB host, type-A (x 1)

Media Type

  • ExpressCard/34 slot (x 2)
  • SD card slot (x 1)

Recording Format (Video)

  • ProRes 4444 12-bit
  • ProRes 422 (HQ) 10-bit
  • ProRes 422 10-bit
  • DNxHD 220x 10-bit
  • DNxHD 145 8-bit
  • 4K/UHD XAVC I 480 Class
  • 4K/UHD XAVC I 300 Class
  • HD XAVC L 50
  • HD XAVC L 35
  • XAVC (H.264), 422, 100Mb/s, 10bit
  • MPEG-4 SStP, 422/444, 330/440Mb/s, 10bit
  • MPEG-2 Long, GOP 422, 50Mb/s max, 8bit

Recording Format (Audio)

  • Linear PCM (2 ch, 24bit, 48kHz)

Recording Frame Rate

  • ProRes 4444 12-bit 1920x1080 at 23.98P / 24P / 25P / 29.97P.
  • ProRes 422 (HQ) 10-bit 1920x1080 at 23.98P / 24P / 25P / 29.97P / 50i / 59.94i / 50P / 59.94P
  • ProRes 422 10-bit 1920x1080 at 23.98P / 24P / 25P / 29.97P / 50i / 59.94i / 50P / 59.94P
  • DNxHD 220x 10-bit 1920x1080 at 23.98P / 25P / 29.97P / 50i / 59.94i
  • DNxHD 145 8-bit 1920x1080 at 23.98P / 25P / 29.97P / 50i / 59.94i
  • XAVC 4096x2160 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
  • XAVC 3840x2160 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
  • XAVC 2K: 2048x1080, 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
  • XAVC HD: 1920x1080, 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
  • MPEG4 SStP: 1920 x 1080, 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p
  • MPEG2 HD: 1920x1080, 50i/59.94i/23.98p/25p/29.97p
  • MPEG2 HD: 1280 x 720, 50p/59.94p

Battery Operating Time

  • Approx 160min with BP-FL75
  • Approx 230min with BP-GL95A

Power Requirements

  • DC 12 V (11 V to 17.0 V)

Power Consumption

  • Approx 24 W (while recording XAVC HD 60p, EVF Off, LCD monitor Off, HD-SDI On)

Operating Temperature

  • 0°C to 40°C

Storage Temperature

  • -20°C to +60°C

Dimensions (WxDxH)

  • 15.1cm x 21.0cm x 18.9cm

Weight

  • 2.2kg

Hire a Sony PMW-F55 from us and you’ll find the following included:

  • 1 x PMW-F55 camera with the CBK-55PD board (adding support to ProRes and DNxHD codecs)
  • 1 x PL mount adapter
  • 1 x OLED EVF
  • 1 x V-Lok battery adapter
  • 1 x Vocas shoulder baseplate
  • 1 x ARRI top handle rig
  • 2 x 64GB SxS Pro+ cards
  • 1 x SxS card reader (USB 3.0)
  • 1 x 15mm rails
  • 1 x software disc
  • 1 x wet weather cover
  • 1 x AXS-R5 RAW recorder (optional)
  • 3 x 512GB AXS SSD cards (optional)
  • 1 x AXS SSD card reader (optional)
  • 1 x selvyte

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