The Sony PXW-FS5 has only been around for a couple of months (check out our first-look review here), and has already received its first firmware update, v1.1. This new release adds both 4K QHD output to the HDMI port, and face detection too.
The first of these updates is big news to those shooting 4K on the Sony PXW-FS5. On arrival, the FS5 was unable to record 4K internally at the same time as outputting an image externally via the HDMI port (so you couldn’t record internally and use an external monitor or recorder at the same time).
Responding to popular demand, Sony have now made HDMI output with QFHD resolution available at the same time as the camcorder is recording QFHD XAVC-L internally. This means the FS5 can record internally in QFHD resolution while being either monitored or recorded externally in QFHD resolution. Great for anyone using an Atomos Shogun, Ninja Assassin or the like.
This is at the expense of losing the video image on the FS5’s built-in display though – LCD and VF signals are lost, and only parameters are screened, but with no live signal.
The second feature in the new v1.1 update is face detection. This will help users easily focus on a selected face, and even follow that person while moving. On the LCD, each face is framed, and the camera operator can select which one is the ‘priority’ face, that can be followed automatically by focus (if the lens allows it).