Having seen some of its high-end cinema camera thunder stolen by the likes of Red and Arri, Sony has just launched a pair of CineAlta PL-mount cameras with brand new Super 35mm sensors: The PMW-F5 and PMW-F55. Though both pack 4K CMOS imagers, there are some major differences — the higher-end PMW-F55 has a global shutter, wider color gamut and can capture 4k, 2k or HD video internally, while the PMW-F5 records 2k and HD natively with a rolling shutter (4k requires an optional RAW recorder, as discussed below).
Depending on the level of quality you want, there are several ways to capture video to each camcorder. MPEG-4 H.264 video or Sony’s SR MPEG-4 SStP can be recorded onto Sony’s new SxS PRO+ media, or if RAW quality is desired, there’s the new AXS-R5 Access Memory System for 2K / 4K RAW capture — which will also work with the current NEX-FS700. Using the latter system, the PMW-F5 is capable of grabbing up to 120fps slow motion RAW HD video, while the PMW-F55 can capture 240fps at 2k, putting it squarely in Epic-X territory. The new camcorders will arrive in February 2013, and while Sony hasn’t outed pricing yet, it’ll likely be well under the flagship 4k CineAlta F65’s formidable $65k sticker. Check the PR after the break to get the entire technical skinny.