4K capability for Sony’s NEX cameras24 June 2013
Sony has introduced its HXR-IFR5 interface unit, which enables 2K RAW and 4K RAW recording for the NEX-FS700 camcorder, offering users better performance, a broader choice of creative tools and more production flexibility.
“The NEX-FS700 is already accepted worldwide as a high-performance production tool for any application from corporate productions to broadcast television,” said Bill Drummond, strategic marketing manager, Sony Professional Solutions, Sony Europe. “Highly affordable recording of 2K/4K RAW images and High Frame Rate (HFR) capture adds another dimension to the camcorder’s capabilities, once a firmware upgrade has been made. FS700 RAW recording preserves more of the original camera signal, producing stunning image quality and enabling maximum image manipulation flexibility in post production.”
The HXR-IFR5 interface receives the uncompressed bit-stream carrying RAW sensor data, metadata, time code and start/stop commands from the NEX-FS700E via 3G-SDI. The FS700 RAW files are recorded to the AXS memory cards in the AXS-R5 RAW recorder, where they can be screened and converted using Sony’s free RAW Viewer software.
Users can simultaneously record 4K on the AXS-R5 while recording HD on the NEX-FS700, both with identical start frame, stop frame and time codes.
The unit has an LCD panel for status indication, including record mode, frame rate, time code, battery and media remaining time. Large tactile buttons control basic operations, menus and media management. When attached to the HXR-IFR5, the AXS-R5 can also act as a stand-alone playback unit for reliable monitoring and review through an on-board HD-SDI 422 output.
“With these new capabilities the NEX-FS700 is poised for use as a high-quality, low-cost camera with a range of creative features,” said Drummond.