Attention: This post is a copy of the original blog post on my personal blog.
The music video for “DEJA – Struck by the Light” came around at the right time to make it a camera test for the brand-new Sony F55. The target audience for the song are teenage girls, and I think few of cinema5D readers fall into this target group, so I don’t blame you if the music is not for you – but if it is, please support the artist Deja by buying the song via iTunes or Amazon.
cinema5D had a chance to test the new Sony F55, Sony’s new flagship 4K cinema camera. As a reference we used Canon’s most advanced HDSLR.
The F55 is an interesting camera, because it is one that ticks more boxes than any other camera over the past few years – the range of resolutions, frame rates, codecs as well as the ergonomics are unprecedented. Now it’s down to actually using it to make a judgement call.
We wanted to know how the camera performs in a normal sooting environment and took the Canon EOS 1DC 4K HDSLR with us for comparison. Some interesting conclusions can be drawn here, things you might consider if you plan on shooting with either of these cameras or would just like to see what to expect.
You can download (1GB) and watch the source video in 4K on vimeo: LINK
If you were keen on actually seeing the F5 and F55 cameras operated here’s a nice video in which Richard Lewis, Cinematography & Product Specialist from Sony shows you around their new babies.
Recently the Yen prices for the new cameras have popped up (LINK) ahead of official announcement (apparently by mistake). A rough conversion of the prices gives us the following (seems to be before tax):
Sony F55: $34k
Sony F5: $20k
the R5 RAW recorder: $5.8k
oled EVF: $6.5k
normal EVF: $3.9k
7″ LCD: $5.3k
olivine Batteries: $579
RAW card reader: $763
6-lens kit: $30k
3-lens kit: $17k
And these are expected to ship in February 2013.
You can pre-order this bank account sweeper at B&H: LINK
And we also have another discount pre-order code for Europe, but the final pricing is not official there yet, so you can only make a deposit for pre-order:
CODE: 311212C5DF55 (gives you 500€ off, for what it’s worth)
Insert at checkout when pre-ordering the Sony F5 or Sony F55 at A.F. Marcotec.
More info on the cameras in our announcement article: LINK