Earlier this month, the Sony F55 and F5 received the latest 7.01 firmware update granting new functionality which was previously shown at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam. New features include Quick Menu in the side display, Extended Zebras, Rec.2020 Support (F55) and expanded options for simultaneous recording. The firmware update shows Sony’s commitment to the CineAlta line-up which has been around for a few years and received numerous updates.
And just a few days ago, on the Sony Pro Community, Peter Crithary, Marketing and Technical Manager for Sony’s large sensor imaging technologies, made a new announcement about a new upgrade to the Sony F55 that will allow 4K RAW at 120fps with an optional additional accessory.
Not much else is known for sure at this stage – just what is on the banner. Whether this functionality will require a new board to be installed in the F55 or a maybe a new AXS-R5 4K Raw recorder accessory or new media cards maybe is yet to be determined. I am guessing the new functionality will be kept exclusively to the F55 in the beginning and will probably be paid.
I hope this gets ported to F5 owners eventually, who are get more and more frustrated as their camera’s features and value gets obliterated by the existence of the PXW-FS7 and every new firmware it receives – such as Firmware 3.0, which enables 2K Centre Scan on the FS7 – a once key differentiation features on the F5.
The update was also announced on Sony Pro US’s official Twitter account.
To keep up to date with this story – you can follow Sony on twitter and also follow the hashtag #SonyCountdown. With NAB approaching fast, I won’t be surprised to see this all the details surrounding this new functionality announced at or even before the show in April. Whether this is the very CineAlta line-up refresh that has been rumoured for some time or a brand new camera – come April we’ll know all the facts.
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