Among Sony’s many exciting announcements at NAB 2016, their 4K RAW upgrade for the PXW-FS5 and MPEG HD upgrade on the PXW-X70 (two of our favourite cameras) were probably pick of the bunch. So now we’re bundling the upgrades together with the cameras, meaning you can get up to £100 off when you buy the FS5 or X70 along with the upgrade. Aren’t we good…?
What are these upgrades?
The RAW upgrade on the PXW-FS5 offers 4K RAW up to 60p and a 240fps slow motion in 1080p, allowing greater flexibility in post-production, and making the FS5 ready for just about any production, be that corporate, events, fashion, music videos, drone, rigs, online, you and your dog’s talent show submission tape, or whatever. And the MPEG HD upgrade on the PXW-X70 is perfect for anyone who wants to maintain a consistent workflow with existing broadcast, MPEG HD infrastructure.
Why are they so great?
4K RAW output. RAW is lightly compressed (3:1), 12-bit 444 signal. The firmware also enables true DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) RAW over the standard UHD, at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50 and 59.94p. This means infinite creative possibilities for grading or correcting in post. It’s based on a well-known RAW system (the same as for NEX-FS700 (SDI & HXR-IFR5)), and internal HD recording is possible during 4K RAW output.
4K and 2K super slowmo. Over-crank and shoot genuine slow motion in RAW – the upgrade gives you infinite creative possibilities in post, in super-slick slow-mo! Shoot 2K (continuously) up to 240fps at 100, 120, 200, 240 fps, and DCI 4K RAW (4096 x 2160) up to 120fps (in a 4 second cache).
MPEG-2 4:2:2 50mbps recording. With this upgraded codec, the X70 becomes a unique palm-sized broadcast camcorder, integrating into the professional broadcast and documentary environment. It optimises your existing workflow for Full HD takes without having to shell out for new editing systems or updates.
Easy to upgrade. There’s no need for a hardware upgrade – you just buy the camera/upgrade bundle from us, and perform a simple firmware update.
It’s just important to remember that, while the firmware enables the RAW output, you do need something to capture that output, and because it’s such a large amount of data, only a few solutions are qualified. Great options include the Atomos Shogun Inferno or Shogun Flame – both are High Dynamic Range (HDR) monitor/recorders, enabling accurate on-set monitoring when shooting in RAW.
Sounds good. Where do I get them?
You can get both the special camera and upgrade bundle deals from Jigsaw24 for a limited time by clicking on the links below (or giving the friendly sales team a tinkle, of course)…