Sony Announces HDC-F5500

Featuring a Super 35mm 4K CMOS global-shutter image sensor, the camera is designed to bring a cinematic look to sports and live-entertainment production.

Sony has announced the HDC-F5500 camera, featuring a Super 35mm 4K CMOS global-shutter image sensor that enables shallow depth of field.

The latest entry in Sony’s HDC line, the camera is ideal for sports and live-entertainment production thanks to the global-shutter effect and a high-frame-rate capability of 120 fps. Its high sensitivity and low noise also make it suitable for capturing dark scenes.

“There is a strong desire to integrate the ‘cinematic look’ into sports and entertainment productions to heighten emotions and enable more connected storytelling,” says Theresa Alesso, Pro Division president, Sony Electronics. “Listening to our customers, we’ve taken our expertise with 35mm cinema cameras and our learnings in industry-leading system cameras and created a new Super 35mm system camera that will match perfectly and easily work alongside our HDC camera series, as well as our portfolio of production solutions.”

The HDC-F5500 features a motorized eight-step ND filter adopted in the Sony Venice; it can be controlled locally or remotely and allows for the precise selection of focus depth as well as controlled capture of fast-moving subjects, even in bright lighting conditions.  The camera also offers a wide color gamut; support for BT.2020, S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.cine and HLG enhance creativity and match with the color science driving Sony’s most popular cameras.

The HDC-F5500 also provides workflow enhancements for more efficient live production. It integrates with Sony’s IP Live production system through the use of the HDCU-5000 series, which supports SMPTE ST 2110 and AMWA NMOS standards. The HDC-F5500 can utilize the new IP extension adapter HDCE-TX50 for remote production or multi-camera flight-pack “CCU-Less” operation. The HDC-F5500 is also compatible with Sony’s existing SR Live for HDR workflow with HLG and S-Log3.

The new Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation function, for select supported PL and zoom lenses, calibrates and compensates picture appearance when shooting at a distance.

Other features include a new viewfinder slide mechanism compatible with existing large viewfinders that minimizes the camera operator’s body movement while panning; an ergonomic grip for handheld work, and a side tally lamp. 4K/12G-SDI direct output from the camera facilitates wireless operation and direct recording.

The Sony HDC-F5500 is scheduled for release in December.

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