The Sony FS5 II is Officially Out, Z190 and Z280 Announced

April 9th, 2018
The Sony FS5 II is Officially Out, Z190 and Z280 Announced

Sony just revealed its lineup for this years NAB in sunny Las Vegas. Major news here is the introduction of the Sony FS5 II along with some other freshly introduced cameras. Fans of the much anticipated a7S III have to remain patient, though.

Sony FS5 II
The 2018 Sony NAB camera lineup hits the street. Headed by the new Sony FS5 II, the Japanese company introduces a bunch of new smaller 3CCD cameras, namely the three 1/3“ sensor PXW-Z190 XDCAM and the three 1/2“ sensor PXW-Z280.

Sony FS5 II

PXW Z190 XDCAM & PXW Z280

One thing stands out due to the fact that it‘s not being introduced today: the successor of the very popular and highly video related Sony a7S II. In the aftermath of the recently introduced a7 III, Sony seems wanting us to wait just a little longer for the a7S III.

Sony FS5 II

The Sony FS5 II is the newest addition to Sony’s lineup of professional super 35 sensor cameras and its features outperform its predecessor in some ways (but not that many), especially the new RAW output options and new color science are worth a closer look. Let’s dive right in with the bare facts. But before that, make sure to watch this short video introduction by Sony:

Key features of the Sony FS5 II:

  • New color science for better skin tones / Instant HDR workflow.
  • High frame rates / RAW output without the need of an expensive firmware upgrade (see below).

Sony FS5 II
external recording to a compatible recorder:

  • 120fps (at 60Hz mode, 100fps at 50Hz mode) in 4K (4096 x 2160) RAW in a 4-second burst or
  • Continuous 240fps (at 60Hz mode, 200fps at 50Hz mode) in 2K (2048×1080) RAW or
  • Continuous 4K 60fps (59.94fps, 50fps at 50Hz mode) RAW output to a compatible external recorder.

internal recording to SD cards:

  • 4K internal recording
  • Full HD 10bit 4:2:2 @ up to 240 fps of 8-second cache recording.
  • Continuous recording of up to 120fps in Full HD.

HDR workflow: The new Instant HDR workflow (in HLG/BT.2020 mode) allows users to save time in post production and still output beautiful HDR content without long grading sessions. If you have more time in post, footage shot in S-Log 2/3 lets you refine the HDR image using your favorite color grading tool.

Sony FS5 II
The Sony FS5 II still sports a very lightweight 0.8kg body, making it pretty versatile for all kinds of jobs, including gimbal or drone shots. The electronic Variable ND filter with Auto ND function is still there, of course.

The camera now offers ten picture profile settings. This makes it easy to switch between different shooting situations, think of it as presets in terms of color and gamma settings.

Sony PXW-Z190 XDCAM and Sony PXW-Z280

The two other new Sony cameras are smaller in size, yet pretty impressive in terms of specifications. Sony’s new PXW-Z190 XDCAM camera delivers 4K 50p/60p imagery with three 1/3″ Exmor R CMOS image sensors.
For the third camera of today’s announcement Sony claims that their new PXW-Z280 is the world’s first 4K 3-chip camcorder with their new 1/2″ Exmor R CMOS image sensors.

FS5 II

Sony PXW-Z190 XDCAM

Both cameras share an almost identically design in terms of size and form factor. And both share pretty nice specs when it comes to internal recording:

PXW-Z190 XDCAM:

  • 4K at 50p/60p
  • 4:2:2 10-bit @ HD resolution
  • XAVC-Long, DVCAM, MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD codecs available
  • dual-slot SD card (relay recording or back-up recording is supported)
  • built-in 25x optical zoom lens (up to 50x digital zoom when recording in HD, due to the 4K sensor)
  • Advanced Face Detection Autofocus (AF): “Face Priority” and “Face only AF”
  • Variable ND
  • HLG compatible to support Sony’s instant HDR workflow.
  • Dual MI shoe: audio and lighting at the same time.
FS5 II

Sony PXW-Z190 XDCAM

PXW-Z280:

  • 4K at 50p/60p
  • 4:2:2 10-bit @ 4K
  • XAVC Intra/Long, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD and DVCAM
  • built-in 17x optical zoom lens with three indvidual rings and hard stops
  • Variable ND
  • S-Log 3
  • With the addition of an optional adaptor, SxS and SD cards can be used for media recording.
  • Four-channel audio recording with independent volume dials.
FS5 II

Sony PXW-Z280

Although bot cameras share lots of features, the PXW-Z280 is the bigger brother here. So if the Sony FS5 II is overkill for your workflow, the PXW-Z280 might just be the right piece of gear for you due to its professional features such as S-Log 3 recording or the support for the superior XAVC-I codc.

Pricing and Availability

The FS5 II will begin shipping across Europe in May. The PXW-Z190 will be available from September 2018 and the PXW-Z-280 is scheduled for July 2018. The FS5 II is $4,750 without the lens and $5,250 with a kit lens.
The PXW-Z190 XDCAm is $4,000, the PXW-Z280 is $6,950.

Stay tuned to this channel for more information and exclusive video interviews on these cameras, especially the new Sony FS5 II, obviously!

Links: Sony.com (FS5 II) | Sony.com (PXW-Z190 XDCAM) | Sony.com (PXW-Z280)

So, what are your thoughts about the new Sony FS5 II and the other new cameras? Let us know in the comments below!

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April 11th, 2018

I guess it´s cheaper to buy the upgrades for the existing FS5 instead of buying a mark 2. Silly move Sony. No upgrades with the slow AF? Nothing changed at the monitor?

Member
April 10th, 2018

Sony falling way behind the curve here. Same Codec (no intra frame) not 10 Bit 4:2:2. Minor update. Hardly worth calling an FS5ii at all really. Still a great little camera all the same just lagging way behind now with this update.

Alett Luckyman
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April 10th, 2018

David Amouzegh

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April 9th, 2018

Is there an AF Update for the new FS5 II? Would love to have better AF for one man gimbal work!

Yazzman Donquichote
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April 9th, 2018

Is the new color science not a software solution ? So maybe we get it as a firmwareupdate for the fs5 mk 1 ? No new chip no better monitor and no autofocus … that’s the reason why the price is not over 6,5k.
They give you the raw external for free and made some fresh colors … if you can grade and you have a good external recorder I don’t know for what the costumer should sell the old one for 3,5k and put more than 1k on it just for some more fps in slomo?
It’s a small upgrade with the philosophy of recycling the older fs5 without doing major hardware changes inside the body. Sony sells a possible big firmwareupgrade as a new camera that’s it. And with 8 bit in 4K there is no really big need only if the chip changed and they put a new from the bigger lineup with the lowlight capabilities of an a7s or even a 6500.

Yuki Ogura
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April 9th, 2018

Right now some DSLRs exceed camcorders in terms of image quality, then why are some people using these camcorder style cameras? I seriously want to know their reasons.

 obi kenobi
obi kenobi
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May 1st, 2018
Reply to  Yuki Ogura

I hear this question a lot so thought Id hopefully explain a little. I used to shoot a lot of ‘Primetime reality’ and the camcorder style is very reliable, easy to use in difficult shooting conditions and cheap when purchased in bulk. Over many years you come to know the form and functions and can hand them to anybody to grab shots by a quick command ‘hold here point and press. Zoom if you want’. Done. Often I had to shoot in strange body position hanging from a tree, or in a cramped chopper safety harness, run hard after people in deep snow or lean from moving vehicles. It had to be very reliable and have a strong top handle. You had to travel very light weight and usually that means no fuss you have only one lens also often it was to dusty (power-like dust that is found in many remote locations) so you did not want or need the hassle of removing a lens for perhaps days on end. So their huge zoom range was a must. Often a subject maybe in the distance and a snatching shot when you could was all you got. Changing lens was not a priority or option during many hours of never ending action unfolding. You want to capture as much reactions and action as possible – hours and hours worth. You never know when a single sentence or look will say it all. So often just button on and spray hard, picking shots and anticipating next frame all while still rolling. The reason might be for example your main talent is on radio mic but off camera round a corner but you are just recording their audio so you end up with a ton of audio only but some of it is important. You want to tell a story with ‘shots’ and not worry about ‘image. Sometimes I couldnt even see what I was shooting I could only stick the camera between someones legs at arms length and hit record. One time I was in a tank and just stuck it out a turret mount and pointed it in the general direction. Often in the field in delicate missions or with prickly talent you are a cameraman and director (you dump the rest of the crew). So you have to concentrate on the talent and lines of questioning and story and you want to male life more simple things like auto focus, auto exposure, zoom lens etc are absolute must have features on countless shoots. I think DSLR’s are nice and provide juicy images for sure but like slo-mo most pretty shots are not ‘needed’, they are nice to have but for many reality shoots arent necessary. Camcorders and DSLRs just fill different needs for shows. Hope that helps get your head around them a bit.

Daniele Farina
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April 9th, 2018

Stai a guardar tutto.. ?

Jimmy Rey
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April 9th, 2018

Dai Sony ha una color science di m…

Jimmy Rey
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April 9th, 2018

Daniele Farina ?????

Daniele Farina
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April 9th, 2018

Disse con in mano la a7s2 ieri..

Jimmy Rey
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April 9th, 2018

Ma lasciala dov’é che sony fa cacare

Adam Añonuevo
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April 9th, 2018

Still waiting…. Haha

Member
April 9th, 2018

things i thought were coming for the fs5ii
– improved color science
– 10bit 422 at 24p and 30p internally
– 8bit 420 at 60p internally
– phase detection auto focus
– IBIS (like the eva1 eis)
– dual native iso

at a price tag of ~$7,000

sony took a page out of canon’s book and completely dropped the ball on this release. i was ready to shell out for 2 of them if they had the specs i had listed above. the fs5 form factor is perfect for my use and the variable electronic nd is a game changer i can’t see myself moving away from. this “update” is highly disappointing though.

Tat Leung Chan
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April 9th, 2018

Hahahahaha This is sony?

Tanley Lau
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April 9th, 2018

4K 4:2:0…..?

 Soc Seamon
Member
April 9th, 2018

For the fs5ii… Aside from the new HFR stuff, would be nice to confirm if the color science applies to raw (assume not), or slog2/slog3.

For those of us who color our own stuff and don’t use any of the standard profiles wondering if any advantage at all.

Tim Schroeder
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April 9th, 2018

A7s III = Half-Life 3

Ken Azure
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April 9th, 2018
Reply to  Tim Schroeder

lol

Ramon Solorio
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April 9th, 2018

240fps omg ?

Christian Santiago
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April 9th, 2018

Does it do 4k 60 internally or externally. Wasn’t clear on that

John Perko
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April 9th, 2018

Externally unfortunately.

Sony PXW FS5 User Group
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April 9th, 2018

It doesn’t. One among many huge disappointments. Not even 10-bit 4:2:2 UHD-4K. The CineAlta VENICE is bullying the whole rest of the product line. Typical Sony…

Shane Ray
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April 9th, 2018

Hopefully it will have a better monitor than the original

Rafael Molina
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April 9th, 2018

Internal RAW or with the help of an external recorder?

Just read it. RAW output thanks to external recorder. Sweet.

Taggert VinZant
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April 9th, 2018

Umm this is probably the worst reporting I’ve seen from you guys by far. None of the “key features” you listed for the FS5 are new.

You guys are my fave source for camera news because you usually go in-depth and get the details. This article doesn’t seem up to par for your usual quality.

cinema5D
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April 9th, 2018

Please reload the article. We were still working on it directly from the press conference. It is being updated all the time. We’re also working on the first video interview about it.

Will Anlezark
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April 9th, 2018

Did I miss something, Does the FS5II not record 4k to SD card?

Admin
April 9th, 2018
Reply to  Will Anlezark

Of course it can – sorry that was a typo. Article still being corrected.

cinema5D
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April 9th, 2018
Reply to  Will Anlezark

That was a typo – of course it does. Please reload the article, we are working directly from the press conference. First interview about it coming later today.

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