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Sony FS5 - Is it possible Sony will offer upgrade to 10bit 4K 422?


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#1 Matthew Rogan

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:20 AM

Even if its only limited to 30p. 

 

I've been trying to decide for a while now what camera I am going to buy. I have pretty much decided on an FS5, but from what I've heard, the 8bit 4K isn't great and I should really consider it a very good HD camera.

 

Now with the announcement of the GH5 with internal 10bit 4k 422 it seems like Panasonic are trying to undercut a lot of the competition. Now I would much rather have the FS5 with its proper body and variable ND etc but I can't say the 10bit 4k in the GH5 isn't tempting. 

 

Do you think it could be possible Sony would upgrade the FS5 to 4k 10bit via a firmware update? Even if its a paid option like what they did with the F5. I would gladly pay $500 or more for that ability.


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#2 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 09:39 AM

I doubt it.. the Fs5 has very limited processing power.. you pretty much only have an image in your EVF or SDI out.. but not both !! the F5 is a far cry from the Fs5.. if you can reach to an Fs7 or second hand F5.. its a much better camera.. by a big margin, for a relatively small amount more..  C500 is really cheap these days.. they cant give them away.. 


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#3 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 09:44 AM

The issue is compression and data rates of 10-bit XAVC-I Slog3 into an SD card. For the FS5 10-bit and DCI 4K is available via paid upgrade for external recording but as Robin mentions it is indeed processing/signal compression/card write speeds. That's why the FS7s are XQD cards.
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#4 Matthew Rogan

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 09:55 AM

Ah ok, thanks guys. I've been going back and forth in my head with the fs7 vs fs5. It'll cost me about €3000 to get the FS7 I reckon with the price difference in the bodies plus the XQHD cards. I think it might be the smart option though, the FS5 doesn't seem very future proof, whereas I can see the FS7 being used for a good many years to come. 


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#5 Robin R Probyn

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 10:54 AM

The choice is your of course.. but I would agree with you.. it is a real 4K camera with cine EI mode and Slog.. etc.. and very popular these days in the doc,corp market.. or a second hand F5.. which is also a step up from the Fs7.. but not as much as the Fs7 is from the Fs5..   you should check out the Sony forums.. also XDCAMUSER.COM.. alot of info about the fs5/fs7/f5.. 


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