Sony FS5 Footage Is Noisy. Here’s Why:
We use a Sony FS5 to shoot slow motion b-roll for our tutorials. We shoot in 2K at 120 FPS, usually on a DJI Ronin or jib. The footage looks great, but high noise was adding time and steps to our post production workflow. I did some research and found a solution.
The native ISO for the Sony FS5 is 3200!
Crazy, right? Don’t worry, I found a solution to reduce noise and clean up the FS5 footage. Here’s what to do:
Sony FS5 Noise Reduction
- Do a firmware update to get PP10, an HDR picture profile
- Go to Menu > Camera/Paint (Camera Icon) > Picture Profile
- Select PP10
- Ok and Settings options will appear. Go to Settings
- Change the Gamma option to S-LOG3*
*S-LOG3 will allow you to reduce the ISO to 2000 and clean up grain and noise substantially.
This was the immediate solution we needed for our use of the Sony FS5. Hopefully this quick fix helps your workflow as well. Check back with our blog to get more insight, tips and tricks!
I’m Seth, a cinematographer at RGG EDU. I will be contributing to the RGG EDU blog by providing insight and advice on problems and solutions we encounter with video equipment and technology at our studio. I will do occasional gear reviews and comparisons as well. In our industry time = money, so my goal is to streamline information and cut to the chase with whatever answers and solutions you may be looking for. Feel free to contact to leave comments below if you have any questions!