27 Feb 2016

Sony announces firmware V8.0 and new RAW recorder for F5/F55

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Sony's recent spate of updates continue with news of an upcoming firmware release and revamp of its RAW recorder.

Following the recent release of firmware v7.01 for the F5/F55 cameras, Sony has announced firmware version 8.0, along with a new RAW recorder supporting higher 2K and 4K RAW frame rates.

Firmware v8 for F5/F55 cameras brings with it a higher data rate version of XAVC, which Sony is calling 'XAVC 4K Class 480'. This codec records at frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25 and 29.97.

New recorder & media

AXSr7.pngAXS-R7 RAW Recorder

The AXS-R7 4K recorder replaces the AXS-R5 and includes such hardware redesigns as greater dust and moisture protection, as well as more secure attachment to the camera body. Most significant, though, is the ability to record up to 120fps in 4K RAW and 240fps in 2K RAW. The R7 now offers a 30 second cache in 23.98fps 4K RAW while camera is in standby mode. The R7 features dual media slots.

AXSR7View2.pngAXS-R7 RAW Recorder

Although current AXS cards will work in the R7 recorder, Sony has announced new media to support the higher frame rates offered by the recorder. The AXS-1TS48 and AXS-512TS48 have capacities of 1Tb and 512Gb respectively.

NewAXS_Media.jpgNew AXS Media

More details will be announced at NAB 2016 and firmware v8, the AXS-R7 recorder and new AXS media will be available in Summer 2016.


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Ned Soltz

Ned Soltz is a veteran shooter, editor, consultant, author and industry expert. He is Contributing Editor of DigitalVideo Magazine and is a frequent contributor to numerous print and web publications as well as podcasts. Ned was among the founders of the LA Final Cut Pro User Group (now LA Creative Pro User Group) and is currently president of the New York City user group Mopictive NYC.

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