Sony FS5 Firmware 1.11 – This Video Proves Better Picture Quality

Sony just announced the release of a new firmware for the Sony FS5 camera that will fix two critical issues and improve image quality. Check out our before / after video.

Sony FS5 cameraDuring the last few months since the Sony FS5 was released, some users have reported issues with the camera which apparently slipped through Sony’s quality control.

In particular there was concern about problems with the implementation of the codec. On the initial firmware release there were issues with macro-blocking and noise reduction that caused vertical tears. There was also a reported problem of tearing edges on low contrast subjects when tilting the camera up or down.

Sony FS5 Firmware 1.11:

The new firmware that fixes the aforementioned problems through fine-tuning the codec has being described officially by Sony as: “Image quality improvement regarding XAVC recording”.

We have tested both phenomena and can confirm that the issues have been resolved by Sony with the new firmware.

Head to Sony site for the firmware update by clicking here



Sony engineers at the cinema5D headquarters personally presenting and demonstrating the firmware improvements, us taking measurements in our lab test.


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 Christopher Hood Reply
Christopher Hood February 25, 2016

Fair play Sony for finally admitting the problem and fixing it. However, were 5 execs really needed to demonstrate this to you?

Johnnie Behiri February 26, 2016

Hi Christopher.

Actually yes!. I’m sure you can imagine that other topics were discussed during this meeting too and as such, some of the respected people in this picture has different then FS5 duties at Sony.



Tim Naylor Naylor February 28, 2016

That’s wonderful they admitted and fixed the problems. But edge tear and macro blocking overall, I still think this is a noisy camera, especially in S Log 2 or 3. In slow motion, the noise threshold drops a good two stops, what’s more you have to wait for a real playback time to write slo mo before you can take the next shot, making it somewhat useless for unscripted/doc use. I returned mine and picked up an A7s II. Just a far better image in all respects even thought it won’t do 10 bit It’s just far cleaner. And the slow mo despite being only 120 fps (which isn’t so bad) has no write wait time and is way less noisy than than the FS5. IMO, spend another 2k for the Fs7. It’ll pay that off quickly and then some.