Having just bought a Sony FS5 less than a month ago, I am quite keen on learning how to set it up with different monitoring and recording options. I recently bought a used Odyssey7Q, but I am quite interested in learning how to set up my FS5 with an HDR monitor/recorder like the Atomos Flame series – both the Ninja and Shogun. I will go over the reasons why I bought an FS5 and not an FS7 or C300 II as originally planned in a separate more detailed post, but for now let’s just say I wanted something super portable, that didn’t cost an arm and a leg and did 4K and slow-motion. I find the 10bit XAVC-L codec (despite it being a Long-GOP and quite compressed) to hold up quite well in 1080p. UHD is a different story, but that’s a topic for another discussion.
With the Sony FS raw license, which I bought for about £400 (or $499 for US readers) I can record 4K/60p in CinemaDNG to my Odyssey7Q or 2K/240fps in both Raw or Raw to ProRes.
The Atomos HDR recorders such as the Shogun Flame won’t do the 4K/60p, however will record 4K/30p and 2K/120fps in CinemaDNG Raw or convert it to either ProRes or DNxHD (a codec that is currently missing from the Odyssey7Q). However, this post is not about the differences or pluses or minuses between the two manufacturers, but rather how to setup your FS5 and a Flame recorder from Atomos.
Atomos Flame Series with Sony FS5 Setup from Atomos Video on Vimeo.
The HDR functionality of the Atomos Flame series is very impressive – having used it briefly, I can honestly say that going back to my Odyssey7Q feels a bit strange. I am used to monitoring with a Rec.709 LUT, but for those who are new to shooting in S-Log2 or Slog-3, monitoring your images in an HDR format is something fundamentally different and eye opening at the same time.
You can now also get some pretty juicy cashback on selected Atomos recorders including the Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame – to read more about the details of the Atomos cashback and trade-in deal head over to our post here.
Sony FS5 Features and Highlights
- 4K Super 35 CMOS Sensor (same as Sony FS700/FS7/F5)
- Sony E-Mount
- UHD at 24/30 fps in XAVC-L (8bit 4:2:0)
- Full HD up to 60p in XAVC-L (10bit 4:2:2)
- 4K DCI up to 60fps Raw output via 3G-SDI (with optional license)
- 2K/240fps continuous slow-motion (with optional license)
- Electronic Variable ND (with Auto ND function firmware 2.0)
- Dual SD Card Slots
- 3G-SDI & HDMI Output
- Ethernet Port
- Supports Wi-Fi and NFC
- Super-lightweight – 890 grams *body only, no lens
- Tool-less design, easy to mount on 3-axis gimbal stabilisers
- FS5 Raw license – $499 at B&H
The Sony FS5 + Atomos Shogun Inferno combo (Inferno sells for $1995 at B&H) gives you:
- CinemaDNG Raw:
- 4K DCI/ 4K UHD at 24/25/30p
2K/1080p up to 120p
- Raw to ProRes/DNxHR Conversion:
- 4K DCI / 4K UHD up to 60p
- 2K/1080p up to 240p