Congratulations to Sony! The new FS5 II has earned our Best Camera of NAB 2018 award. Sony’s follow up to the PXW-FS5, the FS5 II adds new frame rate options and VENICE color science as well as an Instant HDR Workflow on top of S-Log2/3.

Takuro Ema, product manager for Sony Professional Solutions Americas explains, ?”When Sony develops new camera technologies we gather feedback from all ends of the production chain — from DOPs to post production professionals. This camera was no exception. We’ve evolved and developed our hugely popular FS5 with default shooting capabilities and the FS5 II is now a powerful addition to the Large Format Sensor line-up which promises even more flexibility and creative choices.”[image:blog_post:69433]

New VENICE-Inspired Color Science

The FS5 II records in resolutions up to DCI 4K via its Super 35 Exmor CMOS sensor, which integrates new color science acquired through the development of Sony’s latest Cine-Alta camera, VENICE. Sony promises a more refined picture tone with more natural rendering of highlights and skin tones while still leaving room for flexibility in post-production.


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Instant HDR Workflow

Along with this new color science, the FS5 II still features S-Log2 and 3 as well as a new Instant HDR Workflow that Sony says can be used to produce HDR content in HLG/BT.2020 mode without the need for color grading.

Shoot at up to 120 fps in 4K

The new FS5 II expands on the high frame rate recording capabilities of its predecessor with support for up to four seconds of 120 frames per second (fps) recording in 4K and eight seconds of HD 10-bit 4:2:2 recording at up to 240fps. Continuous recording of 120fps in Full HD is also supported.[image:blog_post:69434]

Users can also pair an external recorder with the FS5 II to shoot continuously at up to 240 fps at 60 hertz or 200 fps at 50 hertz in 2K RAW or at up to 60fps in 4K RAW. Four seconds of 120 fps 4K RAW is also possible when using a recorder.

Modular Design Promises Flexibility

Like other cameras in Sony’s Large Format Sensor line-up, the FS5 II features an ergonomic modular design, making it suitable for a variety of uses including gimbal and drone shooting. A built-in electronic variable neutral density filter and ten available picture profiles add to this flexibility. The FS5 II uses the Sony E-mount.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony FS5 II is slated to be available in June and will be priced at 4,750 dollars for the body only and 5,250 with a kit lens. For more information, visit

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  1. Sounds very interesting! Unfortunately it looks as though you will need an external recorder to get the 4K 60 and 120 fps which is only available as FS RAW format. QFHD (3840 x 2160) 4:2:0 (presumably 8 bit) is the best it can do internally, however it is nice you can get XAVC HD 4:2:2 10 bit internally up to 240 fps (though it is Long GOP and not XAVC Intra).

  2. Not sure if they should have just made a firmware update for the mk i instead of making a mk ii but I guess there was something they had to replace or add to the computer in order to get these specs. Either way, mk i was a great camera and mk ii just improves on it in the right ways without raising the price. Good job Sony. Wasn't a huge Hardware remake, but still a very solid camera with good upgrades that anyone who doesn't already own a mk i should consider.

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