At last week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas Sony announced that it is adding Apple ProRes on-board recording as a future hardware upgrade option for its F5 and F55 CineAlta 4K cameras.
ProRes files will be stored and recorded internally to the F5 and F55 via Sony’s SxS PRO+ memory cards, which were specially designed to handle mission-critical applications. Compared to competitive card formats, Sony’s SxS PRO+ cards are far less prone to file corruption due to their advanced design, robustness and sustained writing speeds of 187MB/s.
“The F5 and F55 cameras were carefully designed based on direct customer feedback, and with Sony releasing multiple firmware updates with powerful features, the ProRes codec is on the hot list of requests for us to implement,” said Peter Crithary, marketing manager for CineAlta Cameras at Sony Electronics. “ProRes is well established and extremely popular for many creative professionals worldwide, and we are very pleased to add this into the F5 and F55 cameras, joining a rich selection of codec choices.”
Traditionally, additional enhancements of this magnitude would have required the introduction of a new camera model.
“Sony is firmly committed to the on-going development of the F5 and F55 cameras and their flexible architecture allows room for these upgrades to occur without the need to buy a new camera body,” Crithary said. “For those who already own or are purchasing the F5 and F55, ProRes will be provided as an option board. With the addition of ProRes, both the F5 and F55 cameras are very well positioned to serve a greater range of production applications.”