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Sony Releases F5, F55 v3.0 Firmware

Latest Release Adds User LUTs, Center-Scan Mode for Super 16 Glass, S-Log3 and S-Gamut3

Sony celebrated the holiday season with a big firmware release for the PMW-F5 and -F55 cameras. New features enabled in v3.0 include user LUTs and look profiles, a center-scan mode for shooters using Super-16mm lenses, and the new S-Log3 and S-Gamut3 shooting options.

Sony also updated the firmware for the AXS-R5 raw recorder to v3.0, adding a 2K raw high-frame-rate recording format, raw playback through the F5 and F55 outputs, user-definable clip naming, and an easier firmware update process for standalone R5 units.

Sony didin't provide a lot of immediate detail on S-Log3 or S-Gamut3,Cine, promising a whitepaper release in early January to explain their intended use. "S-Gamut3.Cine is DCI-P3," Sony's Peter Crithary said in a post yesterday at the company's community forum. "S-Log3 is a log signal with 1300% dynamic range, close to Cineon Log curve. This does not replace S-Log2 [and] S-Gamut3. It is added as another choice."

Finally, Sony announced the next version upgrade for the F5 and F55, which is scheduled for March 2014. It will enable cache recording on both cameras (preliminary specs are 15 seconds of MPEG HD 23.98 PsF, 8 seconds of XAVC HD at 23.98PsF, and two seconds of XAVC 4K at 23.98PsF on the F55 only) interval or time-lapse recording (originally slated for v3.0 but delayed), and 4K 60p/60p over HDMI 2.0 on the F55. 

Here's the full list of new features in the v3.0 firmware.

1. XAVC QFHD (3840×2160) recording on the F55 at 23.98PsF, 25.0PsF, 29.97PsF, 50.0p and 59.94p.
2. MPEG HD 1280x720p recording at 50p and 59.94p.
3. S&Q motion on XAVC 4K and QFHD on the F55. 
4. Additional S&Q frame rate on XAVC HD 1920 x 1080.
5. S&Q motion on XAVC 2K 2048 x 1080.
6. Additional FPS on RAW recording
7. Center Scan mode on Slow and Quick motion
8. Center Scan mode for Super 16mm lens
9. User definable clip naming
10. AES/EBU digital audio input (four channels/two connectors)
11. RAW playback from AXS-R5 via F5/F55’s SDI, HDMI and VF connectors
12. Save and Load Lens file and Scene file via SD memory card
13. Available Cine-EI operation on only SxS recording
14. New color gamut and Log curve
15. User LUT and Look Profile
16. Independent Monitor LUT
17. Auto Iris
18. 100% Marker
19. Marker ON/OFF for each output
20. Hi/Low Key function
21. Black Gamma function
22. 2K/HD 59.94/50.0P RGB 3G-Dual output
23. Clip metadata output from SDIs
24. Additional Menu items for Wi-Fi remote control
25. Focus and Zoom Control
26. Shockless gain
27. Additional functions for CA-4000 Sony fibre-transmission adapter
28. VF cable during power on
 
The firmware updates will eventually live on Sony's U.S. servers, but over the holidays they're available via temporary Dropbox links. PMW-F55: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r100d3wvb5voerr/dZN7t9h21u; PMW-F5: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bnii30ago3oii2y/TuVdNwCyjd; AXS-R5: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c8ic4infbvo44r4/usuQ0XIWmu

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