February 20, 2016 at 4:52PM, Edited February 20, 4:53PM


FS5 Owners -- Thinking about using an FS5 for short film

I'm thinking about filming an upcoming short film with a Sony FS5 and I'd like to hear from owners / users first hand. I already own a C100 + Atomos Ninja 2 and a Sony A7S.

I've never shot with a Sony FS5, nor handled one, but the Director and I like the idea of having slow-motion available to us. Also, I assume that the Sony FS5 and Sony A7S will be easier to match during color-grading as opposed to the C100 and Sony A7S.

What are the cons that I'm looking at if I go with the FS5?

I heard the menu is hard to navigate, but I does owning and operating the A7S give me a leg up in that department?

How true is it that the 4K image is not up to par with the 1080p image?

What was your learning curve when you first got the camera? One big concern is that the shooting schedule will be pretty intense and I'd hate to get bogged down with technology. With the C100, I basically know the ins and outs and navigating around the camera is pretty much second nature to me.

Thanks in advance for any help!


Rent it before shooting the short.
Test it, getting to know the camera before using it on a real set is pretty mandatory.
Unless you want to annoy the cast and crew with wasting time on set ;-)

I only played with it a few times for a few minutes, so I have no real experiences to share on the FS5. although I'm pretty sure you can shoot a short with it. (That can be done with any camera :-p )

February 21, 2016 at 3:34PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

I usually rent 1 or 2 days in advance. Most cameras are pretty easy to pick up, especially when you know exactly what features you'll need. I've rented the A7, GH4, C100, Scarlet, URSA Mini, FS100, and most DSLRs, and have had no issues with the learning curve as long as I had a few hours or a day to work with it...

Clark McCauley

March 16, 2016 at 9:10AM

But the A7s does shoots 1080P at a proper frame rate for slo mo... Do you need to Get the FS7? is it a dire need? and then how long from now is your shoot? Will you have time to learn that camera inside out or enough to make it really work for your project?

March 26, 2017 at 9:19PM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

The menu isn't that hard to navigate, and for the the most part there's so many buttons on the camera (compared to the blackmagics and some others) that you can usually fly around or assign the buttons to do whatever function you would want. This camera has a built in auto nd and really if you're running and gunning I've never been frustrated at all using this camera to get quick results. But I did what another poster suggested, I went to the rental house and played around with the camera then had two days before the shoot to really learn and set the camera up like I would like. I had the camera completely under control in minutes of picking it up, the other days were spent testing the 4k/1080 and various picture styles, slog2 versus slog3 etc to get what I wanted.

The 4k is fine. It's just 420 not 422 like the 1080 so you can't really push the grading too far but as I haven't really had a need to really push it all that much in post I haven't had issues. Check to see if the one you are renting has the RAW upgrade as you can then just straight prores or RAW high quality 4k into an odyssey q or atmos. The odyssey will also allow you to do some really good slow mo in 2k. The slo mo on this camera is buffered not continuous and this can eat up some time as you wait unless you use the RAW output.

What is making you want to choose the FS5 by the way? If you are super confident in the C100 why not just go that route?

March 29, 2017 at 8:35PM

Ryan Bennett

I'd recommend the fs7 over the fs5. The fs5 is really noisy by comparison. The fs7 will give you much more latitude over the c100 and great slow motion capabilities.

September 19, 2017 at 9:43AM

Liam Gillies
DP / Photographer

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