Sony PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version V6.0 Adds Apple ProRes 4444

Sony continue to improve and enhance their PMW-F5/F55 cameras by adding feature rich firmware updates, this time around in the latest firmware update version 6.0 implementing ProRes HD 4444 with the optional CBK-55PD installed, in addition to 66fps in S&Q mode, among other features. With this latest firmware update, Sony solidify their commitment to supporting their PMW-F5/F55 cameras.

The CineAlta range has been a regular workhorse for high-end corporate work, ENG productions, feature films and commercials due to the Super 35 CMOS sensor with 14+ stops dynamic working in combination with the multitude of on-board and off-board codec recording options and high-frame rates. Codecs include broadcast favourite MPEG2 HD422 50Mb/s, alongisde the new 4K XAVC codec and ProRes in 1080p for those who've already upgraded with the CBK-55PD board install.


Here's all the details on the Firmware Update 6.0 for the PMW-F5/F55 from Sony:

We are happy to release version 6 firmware for the Sony F5, and Sony F55 digital motion picture cameras. It is strongly recommended you update to this new release.

We continue the feature rich firmware timeline for both cameras with this release, implementing ProRes HD RGB (4444) with the optional CBK-55PD installed, among other features.

Please note, you MUST update AXS-R5 recorder to v4.1 before using the RAW recorder with v6 firmware installed.

Your feedback is important, and firmware updates will continue beyond version 6, details will be provided soon

Please note, the new v6 operation manual is also provided for download below

PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version V6.0 Release notes - May 31st, 2015

This document explains about firmware update of V6.0 from PMW-F55/F5 V5.11. The latest firmware version of related products is below.


Product nameLatest firmwareRelease date
PMW-F55V6.0This announcement
PMW-F5V6.0This announcement
AXS-R5V4.1Aug 8th, 2014
AXS-512S24V1.2June 5th, 2013
AXS-A512S24/A1TS24V1.0Mar 17th, 2014
AXS-A256S24V2.0Mar 26th, 2015
AXS Utility SoftwareV1.3Feb 28th, 2014
RAW ViewerV2.2Feb, 28th, 2014


This firmware can be updated from V5.11, V5.10, V5.0, V4.12, V4.11, V4.1, V4.0, V3.0, V2.11, V2.1 and V2.0. 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. 

The F55 and F5 must not be downgraded to previous versions after updating to V2.11. We cannot guarantee trouble free operation after downgrading.

An “All File” generated by a previous firmware version can be loaded with V6.0 for both cameras.

NOTE: The new Firmware V6.0 for PMW-F55/F5 is only compatible with AXS-R5 running with Firmware V4.1. If your AXS-R5 has an older Version please update to current Firmware V4.1 the same time.

<<Modification from V5.11 of F55 and F5>>

  1. Apple ProRes 4444 with CBK-55PD

Apple ProRes 4444 has been added as a recording format that can be recorded/ played by installing the dedicated Option CBK-55PD. Apple ProRes 4444 can be selected when the system frequency is set to 23.98, 24.0, 25.0, or 29.97 and Main Operation is set to RGB.

2. User 3D LUT on “S-Gamut/SLog2” Color Space

3D LUT can be now be used with“S-Gamut/SLog2” Color Space.

  1. 66FPS has been added in S&Q mode

66FPS has been added to the available Slow & Quick Motion values.

  1. Improved ABB/APR action when selecting Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD®

Camcorder does not restart after performing ABB/APR while the recording format is set to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD®.

Bug Fixes

* When Interlace recording formats are selected, SDI(Main)&Internal Rec. and SDI(Sub)&HDMI was not able to be changed separately. This has been fixed.

* When MPEG50 recording format was selected, 1st and 2nd fields were inverted after executing ABB sometimes. This has been fixed.

* When SDI(Sub) output was set to “Off” and Test Out was not used, TC output was not working. This has been fixed.

* When HDCAM SR codec (SStP), Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD® recording format was selected, SDI output phase was about one line delayed from Genlock signal. This has been fixed.

* Assignable Buttons setting was not loaded when ALL file generated by previous firmware version was loaded.

 <Notification we would like to share>

  1. iOS setting for Wi-Fi Remote

While using Wi-Fi Remote by iOS devices and Safari, please turn off Private browse function.

2. All file Support

All files which are created with Firmware V6.0 are not compatible with an earlier firmware version.

Download Firmware Update 6.0 via the links below:

PMW-F5 / PMW-F55