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Review: Sony PXW-FS5

Sony PXW-FS5 is an excellent 4K run-and-gun camcorder with the ability to capture S-Log for efficient color grading.

By Neil Matsumoto

Sony PXW-FS5

In the past several years, Sony has created an impressive lineup of digital cameras, especially with their mirrorless full-frame α series (α7S II, α7R II) and professional XDCAM camcorders. Last year’s PXW-FS7 XDCam camcorder (MSRP: $9,599) was a big hit among indie filmmakers who wanted a lightweight run-and-gun camcorder to shoot their low-budget feature or documentary. The FS7 contains a 4K Super 35 Exmor sensor, records 4K XAVC Intra files, and has the ergonomics of a run-and-gun camera.

Sony recently released the PXW-FS5, a professional camcorder that in many ways delivers a bigger punch in a smaller package than the FS7. The FS5 boasts a 4K Super 35 Exmor sensor, an E-mount, an adjustable “Smartgrip” handgrip (Smartgrip), and both an EVF and adjustable LCD panel. It can record 8-bit, 4:2:0, XAVC-L QFHD (3840×2160) files. With an MSRP of $6,699, the FS5 shares many of the same performance specs as its big brother at nearly half the size and weight.

Sony provided a review unit of their FS5K package (MSRP: $7,299), which includes the SELP18105G servo zoom lens. Over a week of testing, the FS5 demonstrated a great balance of both power and accessibility. It’s a pro-style camcorder that’s as easy to operate as a Handycam.

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