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NEW Firmware Version 3.0

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We are very pleased to release Version 3.0 for the F5, and F55 this Holiday season! With close to 30 new features, this is another big release for the leading digital motion picture cameras in the market. This update is for F5, F55 and AXS-R5




  • USER LUT's, and look profiles 3D LUT
  • Center Scan mode for Super 16mm lenses
  • New log curve and color gamut (S-Log3/S-Gamut3)
  • XAVC QFHD recording (3840 x 2160)
  • MPEGHD 1280x720p recording
  • Slow and Quick motion on XAVC 4K, XAVC QFHD and Center Scan mode
  • User definable clip naming
  • AES/EBU audio input


You will notice Slog3, and SGamut3.Cine added in this release. We will explain in detail about this in January with a white paper. S-Gamut3.Cine is (DCI P3). S-Log3 is a log signal with 1300% dynamic range, close to Cineon Log curve. This does not replace Slog2, SGamut, it is added as another choice.



PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version V3.0 Release notes


Dec 27th, 2013


Product name

Latest firmware

Release date



This announcement



Dec 27th 2013



June 5th, 2013

AXS Utility Software


Oct 4th 2013

RAW Viewer


Jan, 3rd, 2014(to be released)



This firmware can be updated from V2.0, V2.10 and V2.11. When you want to update F55 and F5 from V1.22 and earlier, you must update to V2.0 first. Regarding the procedure and functions about V2.0, please refer to “PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version V2.0 Release note” which was released on Oct 4th, 2013. And F55/F5 must not be downgraded to previous versions after updating to V2.11.


In addition, when you update and use F55/F5 with AXR-R5, you must update R5 to V3.0 simultaneously.


 <<Modification from V2.11 to V3.0>>

<Functional Improvement>

1. XAVC QFHD recording

F55 is compatible with XAVC QFHD, 3840 × 2160 recording. Supported frame rates are 23.98PsF, 25.0PsF, 29.97PsF, 50.0P and 59.94P.


2. MPEG HD 1280x720p recording

F5/F55 is compatible with MPEG HD 1280 × 720p. Supported frame rates are 50.0P and 59.94P. Video output format is HD 1280 × 720p or SD signal via SDI outputs.


3. S&Q motion on XAVC 4K and QFHD

F55 is compatible with the Slow & Quick Motion when the recording format is XAVC 4K or QFHD. Available frame rate is 1FPS to 60FPS by 1 frame step.


4. Additional S&Q frame rate on XAVC HD 1920 x 1080

The available FPS is expanded and added on XAVC HD. Available Fame rates are 1-60, 72, 75, 80, 90, 96, 100, 110, 120, 125, 135, 144, 150, 160, 168, 175 and 180 when System Frequency 23.98, 24.0, 29.97, 59.94 is selected and 1-60, 72, 75, 80, 90, 96, 100, 110, 120, 125, 135, 144 and 150 when 25.0 or 50.0 is selected.


5. S&Q motion on XAVC 2K 2048 x 1080

F5/F55 is compatible with the Slow & Quick Motion when the recording format is XAVC 2K, 2048 x 1080. Available frame rates are the same as XAVC HD.


6. Additional FPS on RAW recording

Available FPS is added on RAW recording. Available Fame rate are 1-60, 72, 75, 80, 90, 96, 100, 110, 120, 125, 135, 144, 150, 160, 168, 175, 180 and 240.


7. Center Scan mode on Slow and Quick motion

Center Scan mode on Slow and Quick motion is added. When you shoot HFR faster than 60fps, you can select Center Scan mode or Full scan mode alternatively.


8. Center Scan mode for Super 16mm lens

When you select Center Scan mode, you can use Super 16mm lenses and record XAVC HD, XAVC 2K, SStP and 2K RAW.


9. User definable clip naming

F55/F5 is supporting selectable user definable clip naming method.


10. AES/EBU digital audio input

 Digital audio input with AES/EBU format is available. Four channel audio inputs are available by two AES/EBU connectors.


11. RAW playback via F5/F55’s connectors

Playback signal of RAW recording on the AXS-R5 attached to F5/F55, can be output from SDI, HDMI and VF output on the PMW-F5/F55. Also selected MLUT is applied to RAW Playback signal. 


12. Save and Load Lens file and Scene file via SD memory card

Up to 64 Scene Files and up to 64 Lens Files can be saved on an SD memory card. Saved files can be loaded to the internal memory.


13. Available Cine-EI operation on SxS recording

F5 & F55 cameras have two operation modes: "Custom" and "Cine EI" (exposure index). The custom mode enables baking in the look; painting, changing master gain, selecting gamma, etc. and all kind of irreversible changes to the image. While in the Cine EI mode, the camera operates flat; enabling the widest creative possibilities in post. Very few things can be baked in the image. Version 3.0 enables operating in Cine EI mode while recording RAW or to SxS cards. Below are the parameters that can be controlled while in Cine EI mode

* White balance. You can manually adjust, select a preset WB or take an Auto WB. The reason for this is to achieve the best signal to noise.

* Color grading space (Log-Gamma + Color Space) selections: S-Log-2 + S-Gamut or S-Log3 + S-Gamut3.cine. By the way, color grading space selection only affects SxS recordings, not RAW.

S-log2 has more gradations into the highlights while S-Log3 provides more gradations in the middle-tones and into the blacks. Grading S-Log3 is friendlier to those familiar with Cineon-Log.

The S-Gamut color space is larger than print film, which may be challenging for non-colorists to grade from scratch. S-Gamut3.Cine is a preset color space intended to provide an easier starting point for color grading deliverables with DCI P3 and ITU-R BT.709 color spaces.

S-Log3 + S-Gamut3.cine color grading space widens creative canvas.


14. New color gamut and Log curve

S-Gamut3.Cine is available and easy to adjust for digital cinema (DCI-P3). For detail information, please refer to the document “Introduction of S-Log3 and S-Gamut3.Cine” which will be posted in Beginning of January.


15. User LUT and Look Profile, 3D LUT

User LUT (1D) and 4 types of Sony Look Profiles 3D LUT are added for Monitor LUT selection. You can create User LUT by using RAW Viewer V2.1, and up to 6 User LUT can be stored on the internal memory via an SD card. Sony Look profiles provide easier starting point of color grading for TV workflow. For detail information, please refer to the document “Sony Look Profiles Summary”.


16. Independent Monitor LUT

You can set Monitor LUT On/Off for SDI(Main)&Internal Rec, SDI(Sub)&HDMI, and Viewfinder independently.


17. Auto Iris

Auto Iris function is available when mounting Sony FZ Zoom lens SCL-Z18X140or PL lenses which are supporting Auto Iris function or B4 lenses which are supporting Auto Iris with LA-FZB1or LA-FZB2 FZ-B4 Lens mount adapter.


18. 100% Marker

100% Marker that indicates the effective picture frame is added.


19. Marker ON/OFF for each output

You can turn the marker On/Off for outputs such as VF and SDI/HDMI, independently.


20. Hi/Low Key function

Hi/Low Key function as assignable button that allows you to check clipped highlights and crushed blacks is added. This function works on MLUT ON outputs.


21. Black Gamma function

Black Gamma function that allows you to compensate gamma character of low luminance is added.


22. 2K/HD 59.94/50.0P RGB 3G-Dual output

When the system frequency is 59.94 or 50.0, an RGB 3G-Dual signals that conform to SMPTE ST424/425 Level-B can be output.


23. Clip metadata output from SDIs

File name information can be embedded from SDIs. Using external recorders and on-set color grading tools supporting clip metadata, they can read filename and record.


24. Additional Menu items for Wi-Fi remote control

You can control following Camera Menu items on the Setup Menu page of Tablet devices additionally. Bold items are additional on V3.0.



Menu item



Offset White





Slow Shutter

S&Q Motion

Noise Suppression

Flicker Reduce



Black Gamma


White Clip



Skin Detail


Multi Matrix


Audio Output


Output On/Off

Output Format

Output Setting

Monitor LUT

Output Display




MPEG2 Proxy

Rec Control

SDI Rec Control


Format Media

Clip Naming


All File

Scene File

User Gamma

Monitor LUT

Lens File


System Setting

Base Setting

Rec Format

Fan Control



25. Focus and Zoom Control

Focus and Zoom control functions are supported from RM-B170 when mounting Sony FZ Zoom lens SCL-Z18X140 or B4 lenses which are supporting Auto Iris with LA-FZB1 or LA-FZB2, FZ-B4lens mount adapter.


26. Shockless gain

Shockless gain function is supported.


27. Additional functions for CA-4000

Focus Control and Auto Iris functions are supported when using CA-4000, Sony 4K Live System.


28. VF cable during power on

We guarantee plug-in and plug-out VF cable during power on.


 <Notification we should share with users>


1. Rec Tally of F55/F5 and R5

On RAW Recording, actual starting recording is delayed from lighting F55/F5 Rec tally.  Make sure to check R5’s tally if RAW recoding is started or not. It is synced with RAW recording correctly. We will fix it in the future.


2. False Color on Cine-EI mode

In the case of attaching DVF-EL100 and DVF-L700 which has False color function and the case that V3.0 of F55 and F5 “SDI(Main)&Internal Rec MLUT” is Off on Cine-EI mode, False color function works even if any tone curve is selected. In previous version, False color works on S-Log2 selected. When you select other tone curve and use False Color in this version, please take care it. We will fix it in the future.



IRE Level


105.4% and higher


102.4 - 105.4%


41.3 - 45.3%


30.3 - 34.3%


2.5 - 4.0%


0.0 - 2.5%


AXS-R5 Firmware Version V3.0 release note


This document explains about firmware update of AXS-R5 V2.0 to V3.0. The latest firmware version of related products is below. PMW-F55/F5 must be updated to V3.0 at the same time.


Attention: You must update R5 to V3.0 from V2.0, V1.21 and V1.20. If your R5 is not yet, please update to V1.20 first and go to this updating.



<<Modification from V2.0 to V3.0>>

<Functional Improvement>


1. Add Recording format 2K RAW HFR

R5 supports RAW recording and Slow & Quick Motion mode functions on the PMW-F5/F55.


2. RAW playback via F5/F55’s connectors

Playback signal of RAW recording on the AXS-R5 attached to F5/F55, can be output from SDI, HDMI and VF output on the PMW-F5/F55. Also selected MLUT is applied to RAW Playback signal.


3. User definable clip naming

Clips with arbitrary names assigned on the PMW-F5/F55 can be recorded onto AXS memory cards.


4. Improve update operation

After formatting using AXSM Drive Utility and saving the version update firmware, the update can be applied to a standalone AXS‑R5, without connection to a camcorder or interface unit.

Note; this function is activated when updating from V3.0 or later.


Due to the holidays, the Sony USA servers are currently unavailable. Please download the firmware from the below temporary links












Posts: 305
Registered: ‎11-19-2012
Message 2 of 168 (44,732 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

Many thanks Peter.  Downloading now.  Huge feature list.  Go and have a beer now.

Peter Corbett
Powerhouse Productions
Posts: 80
Registered: ‎04-09-2013
Message 3 of 168 (44,695 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

Many thanks to Sony team and PeterC for this amazing update !  :-)

Downloading now and just can't wait to test it!

All, have a nice holiday season!


Circfine(Hyunki Kim)

Seoul, S.Korea

Posts: 305
Registered: ‎11-19-2012
Message 4 of 168 (44,613 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

Upgrade process on the F5 and R5 went perfectly.   Not yet properly tested, but love the VF M-LUT for raw Slog3.  And user clip-naming is going to be great.    Just curious why 25P and 50P frequencies are limited to 150fps.   Is there a tech issue why the camera won't do 180fps in these modes?

Peter Corbett
Powerhouse Productions
Posts: 142
Registered: ‎08-21-2013
Message 5 of 168 (44,429 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

What about timelapse recording? I thought it was coming with v3...

Posts: 142
Registered: ‎08-21-2013
Message 6 of 168 (44,409 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

Answer to my own question: Interval recording function was to release in Ver 3.0 but is delayed So I'll have to wait for v4 in March Smiley Sad
Posts: 61
Registered: ‎12-01-2012
Message 7 of 168 (44,305 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

Thanks Peter. Very impressed and loving one cable from my DWR S01D using the AES audio. Also looking forward to trying out my B4 lenses with a 1.4 teleconverter with the center scan mode. At the moment it's looking very nice around 2.8.
Posts: 250
Registered: ‎10-03-2013
Message 8 of 168 (43,981 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

Please please make 25p mode 180fps capable. Its a real handycap not being able to press my assigned button and be in 180fps, having to change to 23.98 first then turn HFR back on then activate 180fps. Then undo it all again to get back to 25p.

Posts: 1,004
Registered: ‎01-10-2013
Message 9 of 168 (43,866 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

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This is a great update. MLUTs yipee and a wide and very useful selection straight out of the tin! And oh oh oh - free clip naming! I don't know why that one makes me so happy :-) .


Looking forward to hearing more about S-Log3 and having a play with the centre scan mode.


All round a great late Christmas present!

Posts: 157
Registered: ‎01-11-2013
Message 10 of 168 (43,852 Views)

Re: NEW Firmware Version 3.0

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The only useful function I have found in this update is the ability to view raw footage via the view finder and HDMI.


Suggestions for V4:

* Auto focus on the SCL-Z18X140.

* 4K XAVC for the PMW-F5.

* A stronger wireless signal from the IFU-WLM3.


Anyone paying attention? Smiley Tongue


I guessed as much.

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