Sony PXW-FS5 4K Camera (Baby FS7)

The Sony FS7 is a very popular camera system, and now Sony has followed up with a smaller FS5. I'm not a big fan of the samples Sony has on the FS5 right now, but i've included a few sample videos below. I'm sure in the right hands there will be better example footage out soon. Overall quality aside, the new FS5 is more affordable, smaller, more ergonomic, and in many ways offers more features than the FS7.

Just to name a few there is an introduction of 240fps/1080p, a variable electronic ND FIlter, better white balance controls over any other Sony FS camera, both an external monitor and EVF, along with a smooth 2x digital zoom that can be used when working with prime lenses. The camera can also be stripped down to bare body weighing just 1.7lbs for use in small gimbals.

At many of the shows where it was introduced, they mentioned pricing of $6699 (body only) and $7299 (with 18-105 F/4 lens). But according to the listings posted today, the new Sony PXW-FS5 (body only) is just $5599 and $6099 (with lens). Pre-orders are available now via B&H (this is guaranteed to be a sold out camera) Found HERE.

Sony FS5 Camera
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13 thoughts on “Sony PXW-FS5 4K Camera (Baby FS7)

  1. A C300 contender in FullHD, but can't compete with the FS7 Codec in 4K.
    The form factor advantage is not anymore when you add a recorder on the side.

    It's basically a A7S with Vari ND and XLR plug, not much more..

  2. Jombi

    I'm always hearing specs bantered around about what is and what is not acceptable for broadcast. Believe it or not broadcasters actually prefer 25mbps or less over 35 of 50mbps because it will fit down their "pipe" of allocated bandwidth easier. They have only so much spectrum they are dealing with. Typically they have one HD channel and two SD channels. No more no less. There is not a TV station anywhere that is checking for 50mbps 4:2:2. They wouldn't know how to check if they had to. Content is king. That being said and factual, don't beat yourself up over codecs and specifications. You can drown in 6 feet of water or 60 feet of water, you'll never know the difference nor will the guy who pulled your lifeless body out of the water.

  3. Eric Bogan

    I was not impressed with the "free spirit" video. It did nothing for me. It looked like a commercial for fast food or clothing aimed at young people. Did not inspire me to want the FS5. This does not stop me from wanting to check out the camera.

  4. pixcanfly

    I would thought the internal 4:2:2 10 bit 50Mbps for 1080HD is good enough for broadcast. Better than the C100 Mk2 codec, no?

  5. I agree with you @Emm- the sample video was awful!!! I wonder if the Atomos Assassin, via firmware update, could get 10bit 4k out of FS5 in future? If Sony says that they will upgrade to RAW recording, it would be logical to assume that sensor is very much capable to do so. Any thoughtS on that?

  6. Jason

    Also the FS7 shoots full DCI 4k...where this is only UHD...

    Ugh this was going to be my new cam if it wasn't for that...So perfect~

  7. Emm

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    @Evan - I'm sure it's just the way the samples were shot, but the final edit may not be the best example Sony should have put out. Many of the shots didn't match color when cutting from scene to scene, lot of that 'sony cyan' color cast, and a few other things. It looked more like the final edit than a problem with the camera, but who knows how it will really hold up with just 4:2:0 8 bit on 4K. Still the 1080HD should be 4:2:2 10 bit so that should hold up really well in post. If you're not doing broadcast television, I would say the FS5 is more well rounded than the FS7. The smaller size makes it more practical to use with smaller tools (smaller tripod, smaller stabilizer, etc etc.).

  8. Evan

    Hi Emm, I am a DSLR shooter, 5D3 and 6D and was considering a C100, then FS7 since it is just a bit more than C100. Now I am considering the FS5.

    What about the FS5 footage didn't impress you exactly? I am trying to understand the pros and cons of getting this instead of an FS7 and I know that not having used either there are things I would be unaware about. Thanks.

  9. CarsonWA


    Some big news with this and the wildly popular A7s being replaced with it's 2nd gen. I wonder how not using this as a shoulder unit will affect stability and prolonged use...? Also, I wonder whether or not the overheating mentioned on the 4k recording of the A7RII has been resolved in the A7sII's 4k recordings?

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