Sony’s HDC-F5500 system camera, the latest entry in Sony’s HDC camera series, will be available in Europe from this Spring.

The HDC-F5500, announced in the US in October 2021, builds on the industry-standard HDC line-up. The HDC-F5500 features a Super 35mm frame, designed to achieve a cinematic look, on a 4K CMOS global shutter image sensor, combined with integration into live production systems.

Its global shutter effect prevents rolling shutter distortion and flash band, to perform in challenging light circumstances, for example music concerts with fast moving LED laser light. The global shutter technology with shallow depth of field image sensor is also designed to work well in live studio environments coupled with an LED wall virtual system.

A first for a systemized S35mm system, the HDC-F5500 features a motorized 8-step ND filter adopted from Sony’s digital motion picture camera VENICE, which can be controlled locally or remotely. It also allows precise selection of focus depth as well as controlled capture of fast-moving subjects. It supports BT.2020, S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.cine and HLG.

From a workflow perspective, the HDC-F5500 integrates with Sony’s IP Live production system through the use of the HDCU-5500 series and for remote production, it integrates with the IP extension adaptor HDCE-TX50.

The HDC-F5500 supports compatibility with Sony remote control panels for live shading and painting work for video engineers. The HDC-F5500 is also compatible with Sony’s existing SR Live for HDR workflow with HLG and S-Log3.

“We’re delighted to add this camera to our portfolio which answers the increased demand for a cinematic look in the European Sports market in particular,” said Norbert Paquet, Head of Live Production, Sony Professional Europe.

Currently, the first customer use of the HDC-F5500 is set to be at the Montreux Jazz Festival this July in Switzerland.

Pippa Considine

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