A Wedding Cinematographer’s Review of the Sony FS5

Welcome to my second (of hopefully many) video blogs aimed at helping wedding cinematographers. In the future, I’m planning on covering tips, tutorials, and training all about shooting and editing wedding films to help all of us become better creators. It feels good to start with the basics though, and you can’t get very much more basic than the camera itself. Wedding days are notoriously difficult to shoot, with so many varied locations, lighting conditions, and an occasional crazy aunt on the dance floor. It is incredibly important to have a camera that can handle all of these scenarios well, especially when things get rough. Hence why my first video blog was a review of the Sony A7Sii for wedding cinematography.

Sony FS5 4K

I’ve been a huge fan of the Sony FS100, and have used it to film all my wedding since early 2012. The sensor was truly ahead of its time, and it still cuts well with Canon C100 Mark 2 footage, a camera that released in late 2014. It goes without saying that camera years are like dog years, with technology changing so fast that every year things keep getting better. Sony is at the forefront of this change, being responsible for a massive amount of the camera sensors on the market today. It is hard to believe that the A7 lineup of cameras has only been around since 2013. With the release of the A7Sii, we are on the 6th (SIXTH!!!) iteration of this camera, and it hasn’t even been 3 years yet. This pace of development is staggering, what a time to be alive.

Sony FS5 Electronic Variable ND Filter

While Sony’s FS series of cameras isn’t seeing quite the development speed as the A7 line, Sony is packing a ton of power into their new FS5 camera. In the video review, I go in-depth with the pros and cons of the camera, while keeping focused on its uses for wedding cinematography. So if you are a wedding cinematographer/videographer/friend that was randomly asked to film a wedding/Uncle Bob at the back of a church with a camera/whatever, and you want to learn more about wedding cinematography and cameras, I hope that this video and my future video blogs are helpful to you. Special thanks to Katelyn and Paul too, for letting me use some footage from their wedding film in this video review.

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Filters for the best drone ever: http://geni.us/polarpromavic2
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BEEFY electronic gimbal: http://geni.us/o4rj6
Fantastic video monopod: http://geni.us/Q6Hqz
Ridiculously tiny audio recorder and mic: http://geni.us/dr10ltrecorder
Prism for fancy in-camera effects: http://geni.us/9C9X
FAST video editing laptop: http://geni.us/i8B4
Indestructible camera case: http://geni.us/ZKSeHZ
Light & sturdy travel tripod: http://geni.us/hTtdPP4
Portable LED Lighting Kit: http://geni.us/sCUsvs1

Thanks for watching! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the review video or the camera. If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find it out for you.

  1. It goes without saying that camera years are like dog years, with technology changing so fast that every year things keep getting better.

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