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

VG # SONNEXFS700 • MFR # NEXFS700
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Main Features
  • Capture 1920 x 1080/50p Video
  • Up to 960 fps Super Slow Motion (half res)
  • NXCAM Recording Format (AVCHD)
  • LCD 3.5" Screen with VF Attachment
  • Camera Profile Settings Storage on Memory Card
  • Future 4K Upgrade (Not Included)
  • 4K Exmor Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • 120 and 240 frames per second in a 16 or 8 second burst mode respectively at Full HD
  • E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System
  • Dual XLR, HDMI & 3G/HD-SDI Connectivity
  • Switchable 50 Hz and 60 Hz Shooting
  • FMU Port Supports Optional Memory

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

Image Sensor 4K Exmor Super 35 CMOS Image Sensor (11.6MP)

Effective Pixels
HD: 8,400,000 pixels, Photo: 7,100,000 pixels

Aspect Ratio
HD: 16:9, Photo: 16:9 or 3:2

Sensitivity
ISO 500 (0 dB) - ISO 16,000 (30 dB)

ND Filter Switching Mechanism

Clear
1/4 = ND.6 (2 stops)
1/16 = ND1.2 (4 stops)
1/64 = ND1.8 (6 stops)

Super Slow Motion
120 fps
240 fps
480 fps
960 fps

Signal System 50/60Hz (NTSC/PAL)

LCD Monitor 3.5" (8.9 cm)

Viewfinder
Supplied VF tube for LCD

Memory Card Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC

Recording Formats

1920 x 1080/60p
1920 x 1080/50p
1920 x 1080 (23.98p)
1920 x 1080 (29.97p)
1920 x 1080 (25p)

File Format AVCHD, MPEG-2 (SD video)

BNC Connector 3G/-HD-SDI / 4:2:2 / 8-bit (59.94p, or 50p) / 29.97p or PsF, 23.98p or PsF)

HDMI Output HDMI 4:2:2 8-bit (59.97p & 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p)

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Sony NEX-FS700 4K Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)
 
5.0

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5.0

EXCELLENT

By Boeindriver29

from Gold Coast Australia

About Me Video Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Great camera for under $10,000 Very happy.

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    5.0

    Impressive So Far

    By South West Snow Project

    from Perth, Australia

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Slow motion
    • Use of Canon EF Lenses

    Cons

    • Doesn't feel solid
    • No Iris Ring

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Movies/Short Films

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

    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.

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    • Q:

      Hello there,
      Just wondering when you expect the 4k upgrade will be available?
      regards,
      Johnny
      Asked on 14/8/2013 by Evs

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        This is currently available. The Ver3.0 upgrade is chargeable and must be performed by the Sony head office workshop in Sydney. Cost is $430 + GST. Purchasers of the HXRIFR5 will receive a voucher in the box, allowing them to receive the upgrade free of charge. This offer is valid only until the end of December, 2013.

        Answered on 19/8/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
    • Q:

      Hi guys,
      Can you please give me an idea of the crop factor of this sensor. Very interested in purchasing.

      Cheers,

      Paul.
      Asked on 6/3/2013 by Boeingdriver29

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        The FS100 and FS700 sensors are very slightly larger than the Canon APS C sensors, but still quite a bit smaller than full frame 35m. APS-C was designed to approximate the actual width (24mm) of a 35mm motion picture image. The Epic, C300, FS700/F3/F65 and even the Alexa are all approximately APS-C - to make it sound good they call it Super 35, except that -
        Super 35 actually has a 1.33 aspect ratio on 35mm film, but is used to shoot 2.39:1. In that mode, it's vertical size is about 10.4mm - which is less than micro 4/3rd and slightly more than the Blackmagic Camera.

        The advantage of using this format is that you get similar DOF characteristics when compared to film.

        Answered on 6/3/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
    • Q:

      Hi guys, can you please tell me the exact weight of this camera.

      Thanks,

      Paul.
      Asked on 5/3/2013 by Boeingdriver29

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Hi paul, here are the weights; Body Only: 3.7 lb (1680 g), Fully Loaded: 6.75 lb (3060 g)

        Answered on 5/3/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
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    Sony NEX-FS700 4K Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)
    • Adapter / Charger
    • Rechargeable Battery
    • Microphone
    • Connector Cord
    • Viewfinder Tube
    • Large Eyecup
    • 2 Year Warranty

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    Sony NPF-970 Twin Pack batteries
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     Sony NEX-FS700 4K Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)
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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
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