Sony PMW-F55 4K Cinema Camera w/ ARRI Accessories & Custom Hard Case


This item is being sold in used condition

Categories: Film Cameras


The Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema Camera features an 8.9MP Super 35mm image sensor capable of capturing 4K, 2K, and HD resolution video in a variety of formats via the camera’s internal recorder. The F55 is among the first digital motion picture cameras with a global shutter, which completely eliminates motion skew and other rolling shutter distortions. Sony has designed the F55 as the foundation of an exceptionally versatile and modular system.

Optional components of the F55 system include bolt-on recording units, a series of digital viewfinders, and camera support rigs, all sold separately. Notably, the AXS-R5 recorder (sold separately) can be mounted onto the rear of the F55, enabling 4K and 2K 16-bit raw recording and high-speed frame rates up to 240 fps in 2K (240 fps 2K and 60 fps 4K/2K will require a free firmware upgrade). In keeping with Sony’s mandate on versatility, the F55 has a native FZ mount which will provide an interface for Sony’s SCL-Z18x140 auto focus servo zoom lens (sold separately) as well as a wide range of lens adapters, such as the included PL mount adapter.
Many digital sensors can match and even surpass traditional motion picture film for resolution and low-light image quality, but with approximately 14.3 stops of dynamic range, film has maintained an advantage over most digital sensors. However, the F55’s exposure latitude is rated at 14 stops of dynamic range, for truly film like rendering of highlights and shadows. Moreover, the F55 incorporates the same color filter array technology used in Sony’s flagship F65, for a color gamut that is even wider than motion picture film.
Onboard 4K recording requires high data rate recording media, and the F55 will use Sony’s newly developed SxS PRO+ memory cards. A 128GB card will provide enough space for approximately 40 minutes of 4K video in the XAVC Intra 422 format. SxS PRO+ cards will also allow onboard recording of 2K video at up to 180 frames per second (requires a free firmware upgrade) as well as SStP 4:4:4 at 440 Mb/s when set to RGB.

With 8.9 effective megapixels (11.6 total MP), the Sony 4K CMOS sensor captures a true 4K 4096 x 2160 DCI-standard cinema image. The sensor approximates the size of traditional 2-perf, Super 35mm motion picture film, allowing cinematographers to use their favorite lenses on the F55 without a significant disparity in apparent angle of view.

Tech Specs

Sensor Type: Super35

Built-In ND Filter: Mechanical Filter Wheel with 3 Stop (1/8), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters

Shutter Type: Global Shutter

Gain: -3 to 18 dB

Shutter Angle: 4.2 to 360°

Dynamic Range: 14 Stops

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 57 dB

Variable Frame Rates: Up to 240 fps

Gamma Curve: Sony S-Log 2

Audio Recording: 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz

Video I/O: 4 x BNC (HD-SDI) Output, 1 x HDMI Output

Audio I/O: 2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input, 1 x 1/4″ TRS Unbalanced Stereo Output

Power I/O: 1 x 4-Pin XLR Input, 1 x 4-Pin XLR (11 to 17 VDC at 2 A) Output

Other I/O: 1 x Hirose 8-Pin Control Input, 1 x USB Mini-B, 1 x BNC (Timecode) Input, 1 x USB Type-A

Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C

Storage Temperature: -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C

Battery Type: V-Mount

Power Consumption: 25 W

Accessory Mount: 1 x 3/8″-16 Female, 1 x 1/4″-20 Female

Dimensions: (W x H x D): 7.13 x 7.88 x 12.25″ / 15.1 x 18.9 x 21 cm (Without Protrusions)

Condition Summary

Body: Very good cosmetic condition with a few signs of normal use on corners and edges. Buttons are excellent with virtually no wear on the text. No impact damage to camera body. Some chipped paint on the bottom of the XLR input module.

Ports: Good condition. All ports are clean and functioning as they should. SDI covers are in perfect condition. Card slots are clean and functioning as expected. 

Sensor: Good condition. Free of any dirt or scratches. 

Viewfinder: Glass in very good condition. Rubber eyepiece is in good shape free of any rips. Viewfinder cable is in good condition with no picture issues.

Side LCD Display: Some minor scuffs, screen is bright and clear. See pictures. 

Firmware: V9.10

Hours of use: 634 Hours.

Scratches and imperfections are cosmetic and do not affect the recording of images nor the operation and framing of picture. Camera priced accordingly.

Camera was fully tested and all function and buttons work as expected without any noticeable problem. Recording to media, playback and media erase functions were normal. All included cables were tested and found to be working. Camera package QC’d by GM in collaboration with the Hand Held Films Camera Department. Camera final QC on 07/25/22.

Included items

  • Sony PMW-F55 4K Cinema Camera (S/N 101729)
  • Sony DVF-EL100 Viewfinder
  • Sony XLR Audio Input Box
  • Sony Viewfinder Cable
  • Sony FZ to PL Adapter with Sony PL Port Cap
  • Sony SxS Card Reader (Model – SBAC-US20) with USB cable
  • SxS Media Cards – 1 x 8Gb card, 2 x 32Gb cards, 2 x 64Gb cards
  • Sony V-Mount battery Plate
  • ARRI F5 Top Plate with Handle and Viewfinder Bracket
  • ARRI F5 Bottom Plate
  • ARRI F5 Shoulder Pad
  • Custom Hard Case with Accessory Storage (Ships in hard case)

DISCLAIMER: Buyer must agree to our Sales Agreement and is responsible for all shipping. Customer is responsible for credit card fees. 2-week money back guarantee contingent upon return inspection. Deductions will be made from refund for excess wear/damage/use. If camera is used in excess of 3 hours, as per hour counter, buyer accepts to be liable for rental charge (no more than $40 per hour). 

Item ships in custom hard case. Camera and accessory pieces wrapped in bubble wrap.

This item is being sold used

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