Sony F55 4K Cinema Camera rental Johannesburg

Sony F55 on set with Ministry of Illusion
Sony F55 on set with Ministry of Illusion

Super 35mm equivalent 4K single-chip CMOS sensor. The PMW-F55’s Sony 4K image sensor captures a true 4K 4096 x 2160 DCI-standard cinema image. Its 4K CMOS sensor features 11.6 megapixels (total) and 8.9 megapixels (effective). 16-bit RAW 2K/4K recording options with bolt-on AXS-R5 recorder Capture RAW at your choice of resolutions: the camera’s native 4K or beautiful, derived 2K. RAW recording preserves the greatest latitude for color correction and other post processes. Sony’s 16-bit recording captures more tonal values than the human eye can differentiate. Sony RAW retains 16 times as many Red, Green and Blue gradations as 12-bit RAW and 64 times as many tones per channel as 10-bit recording. Sony 16-bit linear RAW is also the ideal point of entry into the 16-bit linear Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow.

AXS-R5 records onto ASXM™ memory cards The bolt-on AXS-R5 recorder records onto sleek, high-capacity AXSM™ memory cards, which are compatible with an affordable optional USB 3.0 reader, the AXS-CR1. Once on a PC, the RAW files can be screened using Sony’s free RAW Viewer software. AXSM memory provides a super fast, affordable format for sensational quality recordings. Choice of HD/2K/4K internal recording formats.

The F55 CineAlta camera allows you a choice of internal recording formats in addition to 16-bit RAW 2K/4K recording output onto the AXS-R5. The camera incorporates high-speed SxS PRO+ memory card recording that allows the choice of: 8-bit MPEG-2 HD422, 50Mbps; 10-bit XAVC 2K*/HD 100Mbps; SR Codec 10-bit MPEG4 SStP 220, 440 *; and XAVC 4K/QFHD* 300Mbps. All formats can be recorded at a range of interlace and progressive frame rates (see camera specifications for precise details). *Expected as a future upgrade.

High speed shooting up to 60 fps 4K and180 fps 2K internally and 240 fps 2KRAW with optional AXS-R5 recorder The F55 features high-data-rate on-board XAVC HDrecordings up to 60 fps, plus a free planned upgrade to XAVC 4K, QFHD and 2Kup to 60 fps and XAVC 2K/HD up to180 fps. It also offers 240 fps 2K RAW with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder and a planned upgrade, achieving the highest frame rates most productions will need, while retaining exceptional, 16-bit image quality.

Simultaneous RAW and onboard camera SxS recording Sony provides a coordinated “off-line, on-line” workflow with simultaneous recording to internal SxS cards and the optional AXS-R5 RAW recorder. For seamless conforming in post, you get matching time code, start frame, stop frame, file names and other metadata. The camera supports the following RAW + Onboard combinations: RAW 4K/2K + XAVC 2K*/HD, RAW 4K/2K + MPEG-2 HD422 and RAW 2K + XAVC QFHD*/4K. * Expected as a future upgrade.

Real world workflows Sony understands a fundamental truth: working cameras require practical workflows. The F55 excels, with an impressive 14 stops of exposure latitude, extraordinary low-light sensitivity and extremely low noise in the blacks. True color technology Sony believes that your camera should not limit your color palette. That is why the F55 incorporates the same advanced color filter array technology as used in Sony’s flagship F65, which is equipped with the industry’s only 8K sensor. You get a color gamut that’s not only wider than other digital cameras, but wider than film.

Incredible flexibility with the choice of PL-mount, FZ-mount and still lenses The F55 is designed to accommodate PL-mount, FZ-mount and still lenses. With the PL-mount adaptor, you can take advantage of acclaimed cine optics from Angénieux®, Canon®, Carl Zeiss®, Cooke®, FUJIFILM®, Leica® and more.

The camera offers powerful connections, including real-time 4K output to a compatible monitor. It is made possible by four 3G-SDI outputs. There is also HDMI connector. Revolutionary electronic global shutter. The traditional CMOS image sensor uses a ‘rolling’ shutter that can result in images with unwanted distortions like motion skew and flash banding. That can be annoying, especially when shooting visual effects or 3D. Anything but typical, the F55 incorporates electronic global shutter. Rolling shutter distortions aren’t minimized, they’re completely eliminated.


Sony F55 with AXS-R5 RAW 4K recorder.
Sony F55 with AXS-R5 RAW 4K recorder

 Sony F55 4K Camera

  • Super 35mm CMOS sensor.
  • 8.9 megapixel sensor.
  • PL cinema lenses.
  • Global shutter – no rolling shutter distortion.
  • Amazing low light performance. 1250ISO base.
  • Shoot 4K, 2K, Quad Four HD or HD. 720 and super 16 sensor crop available.
  • 240fps slomo in 2K.
  • No sensor cropping like on the RED, shot size does not change when changing framerate.
  • 16bit RAW recording on AXS-R5 recorder.
  • Larger colour gamut than film.
  • 14 stops latitude.
  • OLED HD eyepiece.
  • Remote focus with Redrock Micro system.
Setting up the F55 for the first shoot
Setting up the F55 for the first shoot


When shooting in XAVC, open clips in Da Vinci Resolve  or Sony RAW viewer and export to the format of your choice. Import these converted files into Adobe Premiere Pro, FCP7 or Avid. FCP-X can edit in XAVC 4K and 2K. Adobe CC can also edit XAVC native.

Download the Adobe RAW plugin from Sony’s site to enable native support in Premiere Pro for the 4K/2K raw files created using the Sony AXS-R5 recorder.

Emperors Palace
Emperors Palace shot on the F55 in XAVC

 See Visual Impact’s page about the F55