10 Aug 2017

Sony reintroduces withdrawn firmware

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The Sony PXW-Z150: now with added HLG with BT.2020 The Sony PXW-Z150: now with added HLG with BT.2020 Sony

Sony has reissued previously-withdrawn firmware releases for the PXW-FS5 and PXW-Z150 camcorders.

Firmware version 4.02 for the FS5 2.02 for the Z150 address minor issues in the original releases with HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) in HDR shooting, issues with HD recording and rare audio sync issues. It is recommended that FS5 or Z150 users who downloaded the initial 4.0 and 2.0 releases update their cameras with this new release.

Users who have not updated their cameras should feel assured that the issues have been fixed and it is safe to update to the latest firmware versions.

FS5 v4 and Z150 v2 firmware updates were announced at NAB 2017 and represent significant feature additions to the cameras.

FS5 version 4 enables support for HLG with BT.2020 color space up to 4K XAVC-L 4:2:0 or XAVC-I HD at 4:2:2 color sampling. With Sony’s optional $499 RAW firmware upgrade, the camera can now shoot up to 120fps in HDR. Additionally when shooting in Slog2 or Slog3 the minimum ISO can be changed from 2000 to 3200.

The Z150 version 2 firmware also adds HLG with BT.2020 as well as several Z150 specific features. These include supporting QoS client streaming, support for Sony’s RM30-BP remote commander and MCX-500 multi cam producer, and enhanced zebra functions.

The firmware updates are free and may be downloaded immediately from your region’s Sony Professional site.


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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