Sony has released the much anticipated Software Update Version 2.00 for the PXW-FS5 and PXW-FS5K Camcorders. Along with some welcome features, the most interesting aspect of the update is the ability to externally shoot and record in RAW mode. This feature requires Sony’s $600 CBKZ-FS5RIF RAW upgrade (sold separately) to become functional, allowing the user to record 4K (4096×2160) 60p/50p and continuous 2K (2048×1080) 240fps/200fps on an external recorder (i.e. Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q+ and Sony’s AXS-R5 with the HXR-IFR5 interface unit).
Other features of the Version 2.00 Software Update for the FS5 include:
- Automatic adjustment of the ND filter density.
- Enhanced zebra function that enables the selection of 2 types of settings. The level settings can now be adjusted in 1% increments.
- The ability to select which audio is outputted through the headphones.
- The ability to acquire and record position information when shooting using the GPS function.
Ver.1.11 or earlier is required to perform the update to Version 2.00. Visit Sony’s website here to download the update (Mac & PC versions available).