“Amore refined picture tone to capture natural highlights and realistic skin tones”
New colour science, fast frame rates internally and ProRes Raw compatibilty Sony upgrades popular FS5 THE BEST OF NAB 2018
Sony also unveiled the PXW-Z280 and PXW-Z190. The Z280 is the world’s first 4K three-chip handheld camcorder with a 1/2in-type Exmor R CMOS image sensor. The Z190 uses three 1/3in-type CMOS sensors. For $6950 it can shoot in 4K at up to 60p, all 4:2:2 10-bit. The Z280 also includes Sony’s electronic variable ND system and can record in 4K and HD simultaneously. There is a 17x zoom, face detection autofocus, four channels of audio and Sony’s Dual MI Shoe. It also streams through its integratedWi-Fi module, modem or Ethernet. The $4000 Z190 can record 4K at up to 60p in 4:2:0 8-bit, and HD at up to 60p in 4:2:2 10-bit. It also has electronic variable ND filters. It has a 25x zoom, plus face detection autofocus and the same streaming capacity as the Z280. The Z190 can also record four channels of audio with a 3G-SDI output. The upgraded PXW-Z450 4K production camcorder now supports HDR, BT.2020 colour gamuts and HLG live output too. No UK prices have been announced yet. TWO NEW ONES TOWATCH
S ony has upgraded its popular FS5 large-sensor camera to the FS5 II. It may look virtually identical but has a refined picture tone to capture natural highlights and more realistic skin tones using technology from Sony’s full-frame Venice cinema camera. The FS5 II can now record 120fps internally to an SDmemory card, where the old model could only do this after a pricey firmware upgrade. And the older model also needed a paid upgrade to output Raw while the Mark II comes with it built in. It still only records UHD or 4K internally in 8-bit 4:2:0. As before, it supports both S-Log 2 and 3, Sony’s Instant HDR Workflow to produce HDR content for quick post- production without the need of heavy grading, and of course is now ProRes Raw compatible if used with an Atomos Shogun Inferno or Sumo 19 monitor/recorder running the latest firmware. There are more picture profiles, including a profile designed to give a DSLR-style look.
The specs remain at 4096x2160 4K HDR as well as Raw capabilities. High frame rate shooting includes four seconds of 120fps in 4K and continuous 240fps at 60Hz mode and 200fps at 50Hz mode in 2K RAW output when used in conjunction with a compatible external recorder. Continuous 4K 60fps Raw output at 59.94p is fully supported, with 50fps supported at 50Hz mode. The camera also offers high frame rate recording to an internal SD card at Full HD 10-bit 4:2:2 up to 240fps of eight- second cache recording. It will go on sale in June at $4750, which is roughly the same price as the old camera which needed to have around $1000 of firmware upgrades to get close in performance. No UK price has been announced yet. Anyone buying an FS5 would be better off buying the Mark II but owners of the original, who already have the upgrades, would find it a little tougher to justify the cost.
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