Sony's latest cinema camera, the compact but powerful FS5, is starting to make its way into the hands of shooters worldwide.
As with any new camera, potential buyers and renters want to know everything that they possibly can so that they can make informed decisions. Luckily, Alister Chapman — a DP who probably knows more about shooting with Sony's cameras than anybody else — recently did an extended workshop about the FS5 for Vocas, a company that produces great matte boxes and support gear.
The workshop clocks in at 2 hours 31 minutes, and it covers just about everything that any future FS5 shooters would need to know, including an hour-long section about the camera's various picture profile and gamma options. Even if you're not interested in the FS5, that section is worth watching anyway, particularly if you're shooting in S-Log 2 or S-Log 3 on one of Sony's other cameras.
Here's the presentation:
If you're looking for specific topic within the workshop, here's everything that Chapman covers:
- 1:24 Start of presentation by Alister
- 2:45 Introduction of Alister’s work
- 7:12 Introduction of PXW-FS5 and it’s main features
- 10:38 What makes the PXW-FS5 different?
- 13:49 What the PXW-FS5 is NOT
- 25:37 But what it is…..
- 38:11 Usage in Gimble / drone
- 38:40 Cooling system
- 39:51 Lens options
- 41:41 Variable ND filter
- 49:35 Cool tricks (center crop, clear image zoom)
- 55:07 Cool tricks #2 (joystick on handgrip, stream live, upload to FTP, GPS)
- 59:14 Picture quality (Gamma curves, Cinegamma, S-Log) — 1 HOUR OF EXCELLENT TECHNICAL INFO OVER HERE!
- 2:08:15 First firmware versions limitations
- 2:10:51 Recording modes, codecs, XAVC vs AVCHD, recording media and card slots
- 2:13:54 Super Slow Motion
- 2:18:31 Multi-interface shoe
- 2:20:28 Why is it a star?
- 2:22:30 Model variations (kits)
- 2:23:00 Comparison: FS5 vs FS7 vs FS700
- 2:24:03 Sony Professional HDD RAID short info
- 2:26:10 Wrap up, prize draw
- 2:27:38 Alister’s shameless plug for Northern lights trip
- 2:28:47 Audience final questions
If you're interested in learning even more, and seeing a nice short documentary shot with the FS5, check out Cinema5D's first impressions and hands-on articles. The Sony FS5 is expected to begin shipping to the masses in about two weeks, and it can be pre-ordered through B&H.