Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta

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You’ll find the PMW-F55 CineAlta camera everywhere – from Hollywood features to episodic TV, commercials, promos, sports and more. Its compact size belies breathtaking 4K image quality and effortless adaptability. Better still, its extraordinary capabilities continue to evolve in response to the creative demands of film-makers worldwide.

Netflix and Amazon's choice for drama

The F55 CineAlta camera is the popular choice with on-demand Internet video platforms like Netflix and Amazon who are standardising on 4K HDR to future-proof their own in-house premium drama productions. It’s being picked on TV dramas like Marseille, Blacklist, Sense8, Mozart in the Jungle – and many more – plus feature films like the Palme d’Or Cannes 2015 winner Dheepan and Cannes 2016’s opening feature Café Society from Woody Allen.

Stunning images up to 120fps in 4K

You’ll enjoy thrillingly cinematic images, thanks to the full-size Super 35mm CMOS sensor that renders every scene with extraordinary colour, contrast and ultra-low noise – even in the most challenging low-light conditions. And now you can get stunning results at up to 120fps in 4K with the new AXS-R7 portable recorder.

Great for HDR with support for X-OCN

With 16-bit recording and a generous 14 stops of latitude, the PMW-F55 is a perfect tool for acquiring High Dynamic Range (HDR) material. Teamed with the AXS-R7, recording in the new X-OCN format with 16-bit scene linear tonal gradation retains the camera’s full dynamic range. And with support for the expanded Rec.2020 colour space – and Sony’s acclaimed S-Gamut3 that’s wider still – shooting in 4K with the PMW-F55 extends the shelf-life and commercial appeal of your precious content.

Light and versatile

Weighing just 2.2kg (without lens and accessories), the compact, easy to handle body of the PMW-F55 belies its immense versatility. Built up with a generous range of lenses, adaptors and other add-ons it’s ideal as a shoulder-mounted camera. 

Always up to date

You’re futureproofed with regular firmware updates to keep you and your camera ahead of the game. Recent enhancements include support for S-Gamut3/Rec.2020 colour spaces, plus a Quick Menu for instant access to regularly-used functions. And now Version 8 firmware adds XAVC 4K/QFHD Class 480 recording at 23.98p, 24p, 25p and 29.97p on SxS cards, together with full support for the AXS-R7 recorder.


Imaging Device (Type)
Super 35mm equivalent Single-chip CMOS

Imaging Device (Pixel Count)
11.6M (total), 8.9M (effective)

Aspect Ratio

Recording Format (Video)
XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile)
4K: VBR, 600 Mbps max.
HD: SMPTE RP2027 Class100 compliant
HD 422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps max., MPEG-2 422P@HL
 *These are the supported formats at launch and will be added by future upgrades.

Recording Format (Audio)
LPCM 8CH (2CH recording/playback), 24-bit, 48-kHz

Recording Frame Rate
XAVC 4K (4096 x 2160): 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
XAVC QFHD (3840 x 2160): 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
XAVC 2K (2048 x 1080): 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
XAVC HD (1920x1080): 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
MPEG4 SStP (1920 x 1080): 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p
MPEG2 HD (1920x1080): 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50i/59.94i
MPEG2 HD (1280 x 720): 50p/59.94p
 *Some frame rates are not supported at launch and will be supported by future upgrades.

Recording/Playback Time
XAVC 4K, 23.98p: Approx. 25 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 50 min (SBP-128B)
59.94p: Approx. 10 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 20 min (SBP-128B)
XAVC HD, 23.98p: Approx. 70 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 140 min (SBP-128B)
59.94p: Approx. 30 min (SBP-64B)/Approx. 60 min (SBP-128B)
MPEG2 HD: Approx. 60 min (SBS-32G1A)/Approx. 120 min (SBS-64G1A)
Media Type
ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)
SD card slot (x1)

Built-in Filters
Clear, 0.9 (1/8ND), 1.8 (1/64ND)

Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
Video Gamma: T12@24p (3200K light source)

ISO Sensitivity
S-Log2 Gamma: ISO 1250 (D55 light source)

Lens Mount
PL mount


Shutter Speed
1/24s to 1/6,000s (23.98PsF)

Shutter Angle
4.2°to 360°(electrical shutter)

Slow Shutter (SLS)
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-frame accumulation

Slow & Quick Motion Function
XAVC 4K/QFHD: 1-60p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
XAVC 4K/QFHD: 1-50p (PAL), 25p
XAVC 2K/HD: 1-180p (NTSC), 23.98p/29.97p
XAVC 2K/HD: 1-150p (PAL), 25p

White Balance
Preset (3200K, 4300K, 5500K), Memory

-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC

Gamma Curve
Standard (x6)
HG1, HG2, HG3, HG4, HG7, HG8
S-Log2 Gamma

Audio Input
CH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48V (AES/EBU) *4  switchable

DC Input
XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1), 11 V to 17 V DC

Digital viewfinder interface (x1)

SDI Output
BNC (x4), HD mode: SDI 1/2 Line Output, SDI 3/4 Monitor Output
4K mode: SDI 1/2/3/4 Line Output, Display On/Off switchable

Test Output
BNC (x1), HD-Y or HD Sync (tri-level) V1.0

Timecode Input/Output
TC IN/OUT (x1) switchable

Genlock Input
BNC (x1)

8-pin (x1)

HDMI Output
A Type (x1)

USB host, type-A (x1)
USB device, Mini-B (x1)

Headphone Output
Stereo mini jack (x1)

USB host, type-A (x1)

Power Requirements
DC 12 V (11 V to 17 V)

2.2 kg (without lens, handle, audio box and accessories)

Dimensions (W x H x D)
130 x 125 x 191 mm (without protrusions)