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Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Camera

Abel Code: sonyf55
Mfr. Code: PMW-F55
Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Camera
Key Highlights
  • Internal HD/2K/4K Recording (SxS Pro+)
  • Base ISO: 1250
  • 8.9MP Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor


The Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema Camera features a 4K CMOS imager, global shutter, and enhanced operating functions. The F-55 offers deep shadows with low noise and bright highlights with 14 stops of exposure latitude. It also includes the same color filter as the Sony F65 to deliver a wide color gamut. The camera includes a native Sony FZ-Mount along with a PL Mount adapter to accept a variety of lenses. This camera incorporates modularity into its structure and is both small and lightweight (less than 5 lb) to accommodate stereoscopic 3D shooting in addition to gimbal or aerial work. A shoulder-mounted rig configuration by Sony is an available option, as are several third-party rigs designed for comfort and long shooting days (not included).

2K/4K RAW recording is available on AXSM™ memory cards (not included) using the optional bolt-on AXS-R5 recorder (not included), designed specifically to attach seamlessly to the F55 and F5 cameras. There is also high speed shooting up to 240 fps RAW 2K and 60 fps in RAW 4K with the AXS-R5. RAW recording retains the greatest latitude for color grading and other revisions in post. Sony RAW retains 16 times as many red, green, and blue gradations as 12-bit RAW and 64 times as many tones per channel as 10-bit recording.

The camera natively accepts SxS PRO+ memory cards (not included), and features simultaneous internal recording options. SxS recording formats are 8-bit MPEG-2 HD422 @ 50 Mbps, 10-bit XAVC 2K/HD @ 100 Mbps, SR Codec 10-bit MPEG4 SStP @ 220/440/880 Mbps, and XAVC 4K/QFHD @ 300 Mbps. You can record onboard in these combinations (RAW recording requires the AXS-R5 recorder):

  • 4K/2K RAW + XAVC 2K/HD
  • 4K/2K RAW + MPEG-2 HD422
  • 2K RAW + XAVC 2K

NOTE: Some recording settings require a free firmware upgrade from Sony.



  • Built-In Optical Filters:
    • Clear
    • 0.9 = 1/8ND = 3 STOPS
    • 1.8 = 1/64ND = 6 STOPS
  • Built-in-Filters:
    • Clear
    • 0.9 (3 STOPS)
    • 1.8 (6 STOPS)
  • Dynamic Range: 14 stops
  • Effective Picture Elements:
    • 8.9 @ 4K
    • 8.3 @ QFHD & HD
  • Effective Pixels:
    • 8.9 @ 4K
    • 8.3 @ QFHD & HD
  • Gain Selection: -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18db
  • Horizontal Resolution:
    • 4096 pixels
    • 2168 TV Lines
    • 170 LP/mm
  • Lens Mount: Native Sony FZ mount, Includes PL Mount adapter
  • Optical System: Super 35mm Single Image sensor with Frame Image Scan
  • Pickup Device: Super35mm equivalent Single-chip CMOS with Frame Image Scan
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 57dB DNR off
  • Sensitivity: ISO 1250
  • Shutter Speed:
    • 1/24s to 1/6,000s
    • 4.2° to 360° (electronic shutter angle)
  • Slow & Quick Motion Function:
    • SxS Memory : XAVC 2K/HD: 1-180p
    • AXS Memory with AXS-R5 : 2KRAW 1-240p
  • Imager: Super 35mm 4K/Wide Color Bayer CMOS


What's in the Box

  • 1 x Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K RAW Camera


Key Highlights

  • Internal HD/2K/4K Recording (SxS Pro+)
  • Base ISO: 1250
  • 8.9MP Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor
  • Optional 4K/2K RAW Recorder Available

Camera Lens System

Camera Lens Mount:
FZ - Includes PL Mount adapter

Inputs & Outputs

SDI Output:
4 x 3G-SDI


Recording Resolution:
HD 16:9 (UHD Downscale)
2K Center Scan - For High Speed
HD Center Scan - For High Speed
2K 17:9 (4K Downscale)
2.39:1 2.5K Anamorphic - Cropped to 2.39:1 Aspect Ratio
UHD 4K 16:9
4K 17:9

Recording / Media

Media Type:
SxS - 2 x Slots
Recording Format:
MPEG2 - HD Only
XAVC - 4K, UHD, and HD

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Size:
Super 35
Sensor Type:
CMOS - Wide Color Bayer
ISO 1250
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
57dB DNR off
Sensor Dynamic Range:
14 stops
Sensor Dimensions:


Camera Features:
ND Filter Built-In - Clear, 0.9 = 1/8ND = 3 STOPS, 1.8 = 1/64ND = 6 STOPS
Native ISO:
Shutter Angle Settings:
4.2° to 360° (electronic shutter angle)
Shutter Speed Range:
1/24s to 1/6,000s


11.8 in
9.7 in
14.3 in
7.85 lb

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