As promised, Sony has released firmware version 3.0 for the PMW-F5, PMW-F55, and the AXS-R5 recorder. This is a major system update that includes several key features that were previously announced, as well as several new ones. Additionally, Sony has announced that firmware version 4.0 will be released in March 2014 with new features that were added due to user feedback, including cache recording and support for HDMI 2.0 (4K 60fps output) on the F55. Interval recording was previously announced for firmware 3.0, but is delayed and will be released with 4.0 in March.
Firmware v3.0 also brings with it SLog3, which will be close to the Cineon Log Curve according to Sony, and SGamut3.Cine, which is a DCI P3 Gamut. The official SLog3 and SGamut3 white paper will be released in January and we’ll be sure to do some additional testing as well, so stay tuned!
Some of the new highlights of firmware v3.0 include:
• XAVC QFHD recording (3840