There was a flurry of product announcements at NAB from Sony including an FS5 MkII and two new camcorders.
The FS5 II features an “all-new look with a refined picture tone to capture natural highlights, subtle, alluring and well rendered facial tones and a softer tonal look emphasising the portrayal of a person” It supports four seconds of 120fps in 4K and continuous 240fps in 2K RAW output when used in partnership with a compatible external recorder. Continuous 4K 60fps RAW output is supported.
On to an internal SD card, the camcorder also offers High Frame Rate (HFR) recording at Full HD 10bit 4:2:2 image quality and a frame rate of up to 240 fps of 8-second cache recording, allowing up to 10 x slow motion. Continuous recording of 120fps in Full HD is also supported.
For short lead times, there’s also an instant HDR Workflow so users can produce HDR content without grading. The FS5 II will begin shipping across Europe in June.
Sony also announced additions to its XDCAM line of pro camcorders with its new flagship handheld 4K PXW-Z280 and a 4K compact camcorder PXW-Z190.
Sony says the PXW-Z280 equips the world’s first 4K three 1/2-type Exmor R CMOS image sensors, delivering high sensitivity of F12 (59.94p), long zoom ratio and deep depth of field. In addition, 4K 4:2:2 10-bit adds “vivid imagery and delicate colour gradation.” The PXW-Z280 also supports 4K 50p/60p recording capability and 12G-SDI output. A 17x zoom lens and three independent control rings with end-stop, allow manual control of focus, zoom, and iris for quick and precise adjustment.
The PXW-Z190 carries newly developed 4K three 1/3-type Exmor R CMOS image sensors capture RGB light independently and deliver 4K 50p/60p imagery with high resolution and a wide range of gradation. The new model incorporates a 25x optical zoom lens , with three independent lens rings.
Both models have Advanced Face Detection Autofocus (AF) including “Face Priority AF” and newly added “Face Only AF,” and Sony’s Electronic Variable ND filter for greater exposure control by varying the density of the ND filter during shooting while maintaining resolution and depth of field.
Sony was also showing off its big-screen bezel-less Crystal LED display system, with an extremely impressive 8K 120fps video shot by 8K system camera UHC-8300 with 1.25-inch three 8K sensors.
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