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Sony firmware updates for the F5

After extensive input from customers, Sony present new firmware updates for the AXS-R5, F5 and F55.

Highlighting the big update this month is the HD – 10 bit SR Codec, (SR File). This codec has been strongly requested for episodic television and feature film work; since it’s an extremely robust algorithm that is visually lossless (areas of every frame are uncompressed). Also, 220Mbps 4:2:2 and 440Mbps (both 4:2:2 and RGB) result in very manageable file sizes and very easy to decode.

The SR File is the exact same codec as used in the HDCAM-SR digital tape system, which was, and in many cases still is, the mastering and deliverable standard in the production industry. For shooting in HD, the picture quality of SR File with the F5 and F55 should prove spectacular and will be a key differentiation from every other camera on the market today for HD production.

Wi-Fi remote link up

iPad-Screen-Capture_250pxOther Key features of the 1.2 Upgrade include Wi-Fi remote functionality, whereby an apple or android device can be used to control the main functionality of the camera through its native web browser.

The next update (Ver 1.3) announced by Sony to be released in September will see 2K Raw recording at 120p, 180p and 240p HFR; XAVC 2K 4:2:2 recording at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50 and 59.04p as well as 4k recording at 24fps

More Sony news includes confirmation that a B4 2/3” lens mount will be produced for the F5/55; however a release date is so far unknown.

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