by Mat Dirjish
Providing numerous workflow enhancements for sports and live-entertainment productions, Sony’s HDC-F5500 system camera employs a sensitive Super 35-mm, 4K CMOS global shutter image sensor that enables shallow depth-of-field (DoF). It features a global shutter effect to prevent rolling shutter distortion and flash band. Frame rate 120 fps.
Reportedly a first for a systemized S35-mm system, the HDC-F5500 uses a motorized, eight-step ND filter, which is controllable locally or remotely. It also enables precise selection of focus depth as well as controllable capture of fast-moving subjects.
Also notable is the camera’s wide color gamut. It provides support for BT.2020, S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.cine, and HLG. Additionally, the Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation (ARIA) function for select PL and zoom lenses calibrates and compensates picture appearance when shooting at a distance.
Other features include a unique viewfinder slide mechanism compatible with existing large viewfinders that minimizes the camera operator’s body movement while panning, an ergonomic grip, a side tally lamp, and a 4K/12G-SDI direct output for wireless operation and direct recording.
The HDC-F5500 will be available in December 2021. Ready to become the next Cecil B. D’Mildew but require deeper data? If so, peruse the HDC-F5500 overview and spec page.
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