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The PMW-F55 camera shoots beautiful images with Sony's 4K image sensor for HD, 2K and 4K recording. An upgrade from the F5, it looks identical to its brother apart from the silver FZ mount. Unlike the F5, the F55 benefits from an electronic global-shutter to eliminate rolling-shutter distortion at high speed, and has the same colour-gamut sensor as its big brother, the cinematic Sony F65. It can record up to 240fps with an external recorder, or 180fps internally, whereas the F5 tops out at 120fps. 

The F55 shoots in multiple recording-formats including Sony's brand new future-proof XAVC, and has been designed to be lightweight and modular, producing incredible imagery at an affordable budget. Recording to dual slot SxS cards and offering an S-Log 2 option for extended dynamic range, the addition of the 16-bit AXS-R5 recorder allows for linear RAW recording for maximum post-production flexibility.

Firmware 5.0 includes:

  • DNR (Noise suppression) in Cine-EI mode
  • Memory A/B White Balance in Custom mode
  • Assignable Colour Bars On/Off
  • Assignable VF Magnification On/Off
  • Changing FPS (STEP) with Menu knob (push for 2 seconds)
  • Double Speed VF setting remains while switching HFR On to Off
  • Simultaneous recording on SStP 422 SQ at 59.94i (SStP and MPEG 50).


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What's Included

1 x Sony PMW-F55 Body w/ PL mount and V-Lock adapter w/ hirose power taps, supplied in metal flight case
1 x Sony DVF-EL100 0.7" OLED HD digital viewfinder
1 x EVF cable
1 x SxS solid-state media reader w/ cabling
2 x SxS PRO or PRO+ cards
1 x Vocas baseplate with shoulder pad
4 x 15mm bars
1 x ARRI top plate with top handle
1 x VCT-14 quick release tripod plate
1 x Sony F5/55 Camrade wetsuit raincover
4 x PAG PL96e batteries
1 x PAG PL16 with IEC


Spec name Spec description
Firmware v5.0
Camera Type Digital 35mm camera
Camera Description This compact CineAlta camera has a Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor, and an electronic global shutter.
Lens Mount PL
Codec MPEG-2 HD
SR 422 & 444
16-bit RAW 2K/4K
Media SxS PRO+
Bit Rate MPEG-2 HD - 50Mbps ( 8 Bit )
XAVC HD ( 2K ) - 100Mbps ( 10 Bit )
XAVC 4K - 300 Mbps ( 10 Bit )
SR File 422 - 200 & 400 Mbps ( 10 Bit )
SR File 444 - 400 Mbps ( 10 Bit )
2K RAW - 2.4Gbps ( 16 bit )
4K RAW 16 bit - 2.4Gbps ( 16 bit )
Base Frame Rates 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
FPS 180fps internally; 240fps w/ an external AXS recorder.
Camera Recording Options F55 RAW 4K - ( 4096 x 2160 ) to AXS-R5 outboard recorder 1-60p
F55 RAW 2K - ( 2048 x 1080 ) to AXS-R5 outboard recorder 1-240p
XAVC 4K - ( 4096 x 2160 ) 23.98p,24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p ( Dec 2013 )
XAVC QFHD - ( 3840 x 2160 ) 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p ( Dec 2013 )
XAVC 2K - ( 2048 x 1080 ) 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p, 180P ( Dec 2013 )
XAVC HD - ( 1920 x 1080 ) 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p,
MPEG 422 - (1920 x 1080) 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
MPEG 422 - (1280 x 720) 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p

Sony PMW-F55

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Sony's CineAlta digital cinema-camera. It records RAW & 4K onboard, has film-like dynamic range, and a global shutter for shooting up to 240fps.

Guide price per day £300 excluding VAT
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