Version 9 Firmware for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Released.

Looks like I will have a busy day today upgrading cameras. As well as the re-release of Version 4 for the PXW-FS5, Sony have also released version 9 for the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 cameras.

Version 9 adds some additional high speed frame rates when recording with the R7 recorder. It also adds extra parallel recording functions when using the CBK-WA100 Wireless Adapter and interestingly also adds Long GoP recording (XAVC-L) when shooting at 29.97fps and 59.94fps (sadly no 24,25 or 50fps Long GoP).

The new firmware can be downloaded from here:





Please install Version 9 ONLY if your F5 or F55 camera has been successfully updated to Firmware Version 8 or higher. Otherwise, it is very important to note that for the F5 and F55 cameras with the serial numbers range listed in the Release Notes document, the user cannot perform the Upgrade to Version 9 and should contact your local Sony Service agent.


1) Frame rates for 4K and high frame rate recordings added.
72, 75, 90, 96, and 100 FPS have been added to the available values in “Frame Rate” when the AXS-R7 is attached to the PMW-F55.

300x250_xdcam_150dpi Version 9 Firmware for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Released.

2) Compatible with the “Parallel Rec” mode with CBK-WA100 attached.
The “Parallel Rec” mode enables synchronization with the same file name between the XAVC Proxy recording by using the wireless adapter  CBK-WA100.

3) XAVC HD Long added (when the system frequency is set to 29.97 or 59.94).

4 thoughts on “Version 9 Firmware for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Released.”

  1. Thanks for the update, Alister.

    The XAVC HD Long is interesting for long format event recording. Has Sony considered adding XAVC-L for UHD (3840×2160) resolutions in the future like the FS5 and FS7 support today?

  2. Hi, just updated to the 4.02 Firmware – the audio is now back in sync but the HDR clips are still crashing Premiere CC 17.02 for me.
    Come on Sony – this is a big issue for many of us!

    Great rant about when a DP is not a DP….thanks.

  3. Hello Alister,

    I’m sure you are busy with NAB ’18 and I know Venice is the talk of the town. Simple question. If you get any insight, it would be interesting to know if Sony plans on releasing anymore firmware updates for the Sony F5/55 line past v9? New “Color science” or XAVC-L in 23.98? Sony F5 to get BT.2020 in custom mode?

    Thank you in advance.

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