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Description from Sony:
What happens when top engineers spend years consulting cinematographers and creating breakthroughs in sensors, image processors and recording media? The Sony F55. Here is a camera engineered to reward its owners now and far into the future. The Sony 4K image sensor incorporates a revolutionary electronic global shutter. You get superb dynamic range, the widest color gamut, and pristine image quality whether you shoot in HD, 2K or 4K. With the optional AXS-R5 recorder, you can even make the jump to incredibly precise 16-bit Linear RAW in both 2K and 4K.
Shoot spectacular HD, 2K or 4K
Does a 4K camera make sense in an HD world? Perfect sense. With 8.9 megapixels (effective), Sony's new 4K image sensor enables a single camera to provide gorgeous, super-sampled HD and 2K while preparing you for the 4K future.
4K/2K RAW recording option
The ultimate capture system would record every nuance of light and shadow from the image sensor, preserving every detail from every pixel for full exploitation in post-production. If you want the maximum flexibility that RAW delivers, Sony's optional AXS-R5 recorder is a remarkable new choice.
The future is built in
The Sony F55 is uniquely designed to make economic sense today, with the features you'll need to continue generating value for years to come. Instead of locking you into a single recording system, the camera opens the door to unprecedented versatility. Consider the enormous flexibility of internal recording codecs and the choice of HD, 2K*, QFHD* and 4K resolutions. The camera's 16-bit Linear RAW 4K output enables Sony's optional AXS-R5 recorder to register every nuance of color, contrast and detail from the 4K image sensor, and even record a derived 2K RAW signal. Finally, Sony's planned firmware upgrades are scheduled to bring you even more frame rates, more operating features and more recording options in the months and years to come.
Revolutionary electronic global shutter
The traditional CMOS image sensor uses a "rolling" shutter that can result in images with unwanted distortions like motion skew and flash banding. That can be annoying, especially when shooting visual effects or 3D. Anything but typical, the F55 sensor incorporates electronic global shutter. Rolling shutter distortions aren't minimized, they're completely eliminated.
Vast exposure latitude
Cinematographers paint their images with light and shadow. So the ability to render tones from deepest shadows to brightest highlights is a crucial test of any digital camera. The F55 excels, with an impressive 14 stops of exposure latitude, extraordinary low-light sensitivity and extremely low noise in the blacks. The result? Graceful rendering of scene contrast, even in searing sunlight.
Ultra wide color gamut
Sony believes that your camera should not limit your color palette. That's why the F55 incorporates the same advanced color filter array technology as used in Sony's flagship F65, which is equipped with the industry's only 8K sensor.* You get a color gamut that's not only wider than other digital cameras. It's even wider than motion picture print film.
Viewfinders as revolutionary as the camera
It's ironic that with focus so critical, most operators are stuck with viewfinders and on-camera monitors that offer middling contrast and resolution. Sony changes all that with the F55. A new digital interface has given rise to a brilliant new series of viewfinders.
Modularity and versatility
The F55 is exceptionally small, light and modular, letting you build up the right configuration for each job, or each shot. For example, you can add the optional AXS-R5 RAW recorder whenever you need it. Or go with internal 4K recording whenever size and weight are the highest priority. The time code/genlock connections and XLR audio inputs are built into two modules you can add or remove as needed. Small size is particularly welcome in stereoscopic 3D shooting. The chassis is only slightly wider than a typical PL mount prime lens, perfect for both mirror rigs and side-by-side configurations.
Choice of recording formats
When it comes to production, one recording mode emphatically does not fit all. That's why the F55 gives you not one, but four useful recording formats. All four are recorded internally, onto Sony's established, affordable SxS media.
High speed shooting at up to 240 fps in 2K
(Due in future firmware updates) From stunts and explosions to the fall of a single raindrop, high-speed shooting is a powerful storytelling tool.
Real world workflows
Sony understands a fundamental truth: working cameras require practical workflows. That's why the F55 is part of a larger production platform that includes affordable media cards, affordable card readers, free RAW Viewer software and compatibility with popular NLEs and finishing tools.
More than just a pretty interface
Carefully designed with significant input from cinematographers, the F55 provides an incredibly rich range of controls. And the interface is nicely intuitive. Instead of diving through menus, you get direct, one-touch access to key shooting parameters including frame rate, shutter speed, color temperature, ISO sensitivity and gamma. Assignable buttons mean that favorite adjustments are always at your fingertips.
Real-time 4K output and other vital connections
The camera offers powerful connections, including real-time 4K output, up to 60p, to a compatible monitor. It's made possible by four 3G-SDI outputs. There's also HDMI®, USB, DC in connection, a removable XLR audio module and a removable time code/genlock module. The XLR inputs accept balanced analog signals, provide 48-Volt phantom power and will accept four channels of AES/EBU digital audio with an expected firmware upgrade.
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