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Sony NEX-FS700 4K Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)

VG # SONNEXFS700
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MFR # NEXFS700
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What's in the Box

Sony NEX-FS700 4K Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)
  • Adapter / Charger
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Microphone
  • Connector Cord
  • Viewfinder Tube
  • Large Eyecup
  • 2 Year Warranty

The Sony NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only) is a fully professional large-sensor video camera. Hot on the heels of the FS100, this compact, highly modular camera uses a very similar-sized Super 35 CMOS sensor as the FS100. But as a marked improvement over that earlier model's sensor, the FS700 features a native 4K resolution sensor.

Unlike smaller, broadcast-style sensors or the larger "full-frame" sensors of some DSLRs, the NEX-FS700's imaging area matches that of standard Hollywood film cameras, providing complete compatibility with cine-style film lenses (sold separately). The sensor's large size offers a variety of other advantages, including increased control over depth of field, higher sensitivity in low light, lower image noise, and an exceptional dynamic range.

Able to shoot full 1080p video in a range of frame rates up to 60p, the FS700 provides the option of recording AVCHD footage onto SD card/MemoryStick or via the FMU (flash memory unit) port, or it can output 4:2:2 video (with embedded timecode) via HDMI 1.4 or 3G/HD-SDI to an external recording unit. Simultaneous recording to both is also possible when instant backup is called for. There's no stinting on audio, either, as the camera includes not only a shotgun microphone with mount/carrying handle, but dual XLR inputs for recording uncompressed, professional-level sound from an external source.

One unique feature for a camcorder of this class is the FS700's ability to record bursts of super-slow motion video at rates up to a whopping 960 fps. (These bursts range from 8 to 16 seconds, depending of the frame rate). Full-resolution recording is possible at up to 240 fps; at 480 and 960 fps, resolution is reduced.

The 3G/HD-SDI port will get expanded capability when a future firmware upgrade is available (not included). This will allow 4K output via the BNC as a data stream, which can be recorded to an optional Sony 4K recorder.

Other included features--such as a 3.5" LCD panel with detachable with viewfinder attachment, super sensitivity, a built-in ND filter and up to 960 fps super slow motion, all help to set this model in a class truly by itself. Not only will it intercut perfectly as a 2nd unit or B camera, it can stand on its own in applications as diverse as indie film, commercials, music promos and education.

Key Features

    ISO 500 (0 dB) to ISO 16,000 (30 dB) sensitivity

    Cranks from 1 to 960 fps for fast motion to super-slow motion

    Four ND filter levels: clear, 2, 4 & 6 stops

    Four HyperGamma settings (same as F3)

    WorldCam 50/60Hz systems

    Exmor Super 35mm sensor 11.6-megapixles

    Effective pixels (photo): approx. 8,400,000 pixels (16:9) or approx. 7,100,000 pixels (4:3)

    Low aliasing (grossly over sampled HD)

    Runs cool, no grain and no fan noise

    Large buttons and switches with orange backgrounds for easy auto/manual distinction

    Arri Rossette with micro-adjusting (for connecting grips, etc.)

    Face detection

    Auto/manual iris and focus with Sony lenses (lenses sold separately)

    Features dual XLR inputs, a DC input, an FMU port for flash memory unit, SD / MemoryStick card slot, BNC connector and HDMI output

    Removable grip features four easy-to-use buttons including Start/Stop, Photo, 4x/8x expandable focus and push-button auto iris

    Display offers video/film selections for distance (meters/feet), sensitivity (dB gain/ ISO) and shutter (speed/angle)

    BNC connector offers 3G/HD-SDI and a planned future firmware upgrade will enable 4K data-stream output

    Camera supports 1920 x 1080/60p full HD recording and still image capture

Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT Great camera for under $10,000 Very happy.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive So Far Our company has been using XF300's, EX1's and 5D's for production but were looking for something more and the FS700 delivers (so far).

This is not an amateurs camera and you need to know what you're doing and some good glass to get the best from it.

The main thing I would love to have is an iris adjustment ring for those lenses that don't have it (Which is our entire EF series). The camera has a fiddly little wheel on the side but a nice big ring would been great. It would also be nice to have a reasonably priced lens available that takes advantage of the zoom rocker.

I have said a con is that the camera doesn't feel solid. It feels a little bit too plastic for my liking but this may force us to treat it a bit better. We are probably to use to the solid and chunky XF, 5d and EX cameras.

We are using a metabones adapter with our existing Canon EF lenses but the lack of autofocus with these lenses is annoying (Not Sony's fault - just waiting for someone to bring out the right adapter).

Enough of the minor negatives, this camera is a beauty.

Cine gammas are great, thanks Sony.

Love the layout of the controls, especially under the screen at the back of the camera.

All the video and audio outputs you could want/need are included.

We have used a Sony E mount lens to test the tracking focus which was surprisingly good. The quality of the lens we used is probably not quite good enough for what we need professionally but is fine for when we're playing around with the camera.

We are definitely going to get a nano flash to take advantage of the higher resolution output. The compressed AVCHD codec files that record onto the SDHC cards are okay for many applications but it seems a waste of image quality to compress it down so much.

Best of all though...... SUPER SLOW MO. It really is incredible that a camera under $10k can pull this off so well. We have been shooting at 200fps and that is slow enough for most applications. Haven't tried the 800fps yet but as yet we haven't had the need. There doesn't seem to be anything that isn't awesome in slow motion.

As long as Sony don't charge for the firmware upgrade to 4K (and its decent quality) this camera will be the number one go to cam in our kit for the next few years.
Date published: 2012-07-22
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