April 1, 2014

Sony Reveals Version 4.0 of F5 & F55 Firmware, Adds Several New Functionalities

s16 F55Ever since Sony officially announced their modular cinema cameras over a year and a half ago, the F5 and the F55 have been subject to a veritable plethora of firmware and hardware updates that have taken the functionality of these two already feature-packed cameras to a whole new level entirely. First it was replaceable optical low pass filters, then it was the ability to use s16 glass, and most recently was the announcement that the cameras would soon offer ProRes and DNxHD recording. And Sony is still at it, pumping out major firmware updates with oft-requested features from their users. Recently they announced v4.o of the firmware for these cameras, and few interesting new features are in the works.

The list of new features is a relatively meager one compared to a few of the previously mentioned updates. However, there are a few interesting features that should have power users of the F5 and F55 excited. Check 'em out:

  • Picture Cache: Cache recording up to 15 seconds in 50Mbps 4:2:2, up to 8 seconds in XAVC HD, 2K, and up to 2 seconds in XAVC QFHD, 4K
  • User generated 3D LUT's
  • Simultaneous recording with HDCAM SR and 50Mbps 4:2:2 to SxS PRO+ cards
  • User menu customization, with up to twenty fequently needed menu items in a single list
  • VF markers supporting seven colors
  • REC start / stop with lens RET button
  • Zoom and focus control with CBK-DCB01
  • Menu control on the SUB display
  • F55 - HDMI v2 supporting 4K on 29p, 50p and 60p, QFHD on 29, 50p and 60p

The features that have me most interested here are the ability to import 3D LUT's into the camera and the picture cache. With 3D LUT's becoming a more integral part of the digital post production process, allowing people to load these LUTs into the camera will allow DP's and directors to get a much better sense of what their final images will look like before handing them off to a DIT. And picture cache is always an awesome feature when you're shooting sporadic subjects in either a narrative or documentary setting.

The update is scheduled to be released on April 4th, and as always, it will be available to download from the Sony website.

What do you guys think of the new features in version 4.0 of the F55 and F5 firmware? What features would you like to see added to these cameras in a future update? Let us know down in the comments!

Link: Version 4 Firmware Updated Information -- Sony

[via AbelCine]

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Aprils fool????

April 1, 2014 at 4:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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paulo emilio

April 1, 2014 at 4:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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April 1, 2014 at 5:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marvin Waitfori...

It's a big + if you weren't an idiot

April 1, 2014 at 6:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Clrbars

Why an idiot? Did i do anything wrong to you?

April 1, 2014 at 6:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marvin Wait for...

is your name Marvin, or Tyler?

April 1, 2014 at 10:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pat

Just another stupid hater

April 1, 2014 at 7:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Steve ghost

Well if could comply with all those things I'd be setting up . . . by myself. Any takers? Yes, me. First of all you register with a name that isn't Tyler then call yourself Tyler. As far as your post goes that's all you have to offer about yourself, a lie, or a bad version of one anyway.

April 1, 2014 at 7:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JPS

Your a spammer. Go away.

April 1, 2014 at 7:58PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Richard

I own an F5 so, when I saw this post with 8 comments, I was anxious to read what Robert had to say about the new upgrade and the comments.
Jeez!
Is this what NFS has become?
Koo, Joe, Robert... it's time to clean house!

For the F5/55... Awesome is a good word to describe them.
And they just keep getting better.
Just wish the Sony haters would stop the knocking.

April 1, 2014 at 8:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I am however wating to see if NAB comes u with the rumoured F5 4K internal shooting capability. I ahve a feeling it wont happen but here's wishing. Othersie the F5 is great. As you can guess I have one.

April 1, 2014 at 8:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JPS

Doesn't F55 have an internal 4K XAVC recording @ 300 Mbps already?
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Anyhow, considering that Panasonic is going modular with three new pieces - GH4+YAGH and both Varicams - I am not sure Sony wants to return into a camcorder style all-in-one-body design either. At least, not in the high end. Being modular allows the customers to stay within the same Sony ecosystem, helps Sony control the third party accessory manufacturers via the licensing requirements and simultaneously offer Swiss knife level of permutations for the same product. The NAB related gossip around the web has F5/55 with new mods targeting the hand held/shoulder mounted shooting for the ENG/reality/sports purposes. In which case, Sony is really going modular - one brain + a bunch of options.

April 2, 2014 at 12:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

Internal 4K XAVC for F55 is actually about 600 Mbit/sec, when recording 60 fps.

April 2, 2014 at 10:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Juhan-i

Yes, but not the F5 DLD.

April 2, 2014 at 11:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JPS

@JPS - gotcha.
@Juhan-i - I meant in 24p. Even Z100 can record up to 600 when in a 60p mode.
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BTW, Canon C500 is coming out with some sort of a Raw output thingy, if enabled with Intel software that is yet to be released. They also have a new $30K servo-zoom.

April 2, 2014 at 12:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

April 2, 2014 at 10:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Juhan-i