F5 and F55 Audio Module

Some additional information on audio for Sony’s new F5 and F55 cameras. Audio recording is Linear PCM, 2 channel, 24-bit, 48 khz.

The module will have two standard 3-pin XLR female connectors, switchable from Analog to Digital:

  • Analog: CH 1 and CH2 for  Line/Mic/Mic +48 V (phantom power)
  • Digital: 4 channels AES/EBU (Audio Engineering Society/European Broadcast Union)
“How can you get 4 channels of digital audio into two XLR connectors?” A single 3-pin XLR AES/EBU connector can handle 2 channels simultaneously (multiplexing).

Audio output on the camera is via a phone jack (CH1/CH2), with a monaural speaker output and a stereo headphone mini jack.

Peter Crithary provided the two pictures of the removable audio input module for Sony F5 and F55.

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