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Sony announces NEX-FS700 '4k-ready' E-mount camcorder

By dpreview staff on Apr 2, 2012 at 18:40 GMT

Sony has announced the NEX_FS700 pro-grade 4k-capable E-mount camcorder. The camera will initially offer 1080p video, switchable between 50Hz and 60Hz frame rates (including 60p, 50p, 60i and 24p). A later upgrade will enable 4k capture and Raw output from its built-in 3G-SDI connector. The camera is also able to capture slow-motion footage, shooting at up to 960 fps at reduced resolution (240fps in Full HD). It also offers built-in 2- and 4-stop ND filters (which can be combined), to allow lenses to be used at wide apertures in bright light.

The camera is based around a 11.6MP 'Super-35mm' sensor. The Super 35mm format is 13.3mm x 23.6mm - essentially the same as a 16:9 crop taken from an APS-C sensor. EOS HD is reporting a price of around $8k.

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Press Release:

Sony expands NXCAM line up with new Full-HD super slow motion camcorder

PARK RIDGE, N.J., April 2nd, 2012 – Sony is pushing the creative boundaries once more with the new NEX-FS700 Full-HD Super Slow Motion camcorder, the latest in Sony’s line-up of NXCAM interchangeable E-mount camcorders. The new Super 35mm model is designed for high-speed shooting and is capable of capturing footage at up to 960 frames per second. The camcorder also features a range of capabilities such as 3G HD-SDI output and built-in ND filters. Additionally, it also offers several creative options, shooting styles and enhanced ergonomics – all based on customer feedback – to deliver a flexible production tool that fits seamlessly into a variety of shooting applications.

“The NEX-FS700 opens the door to a new world of creative shooting,” said Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Europe. “You can record beautiful high speed Full-HD movies with the freedom of choosing interchangeable lenses. The NEX-FS700, with its super slow motion mode, is ideal for pop promos, commercials and documentaries as well as sports and a variety of events productions.”

The camcorder delivers Full-HD quality images at 120 and 240 frames per second in an 8 or 16 seconds burst mode respectively. The NEX-FS700’s high sensitivity and low noise shooting capability makes super slow motion shooting more convenient without additional equipment. 480 fps and 960 fps rates at reduced resolution are available for faster frame rate recording.

The NEX-FS700 camcorder uses a new 4K “Exmor” Super 35 CMOS sensor (total 11.6 million pixels). This high-speed readout chip is optimised for motion picture shooting, giving high sensitivity, low noise and minimal aliasing.

The NXCAM’s E-Mount flexibility is designed to accept virtually all SLR and DSLR 35mm lenses, with the use of simple, inexpensive adapters without optical degradation. FS series owners can make use of their existing lenses and add more lenses without being forced on a brand or mount.

Users can capture high-quality still images with the NEX-FS700. The camcorder also includes face detection and auto focus to help ensure the subject is always kept in focus.

NEX-FS700 operators can take advantage of the camcorder’s built-in ND filters, with a newly designed wheel that rotates across the sensor like a turret. The wheel includes positions for Clear, 1/4 (2 Stop), 1/16 (4 Stop), and 1/64 (6 Stop).

The camcorder is 60/50Hz switchable to give people the freedom of working in any geographic region without being restricted to only PAL or NTSC recording.

The NEX-FS700’s 3GHD-SDI and HDMI connectors can output Full-HD 50p and 60p, in addition to standard HD 60i, 24p, 25p or 30p frame rates with embedded time code and audio. 3G HD-SDI can output native 23.98, 25, 29.97 progressive signals; users can choose to output PsF over the 3G HD-SDI. Thanks to flexibility of the digital ports virtually any external recorder can be connected.

Users can save up to 99 camcorder profile settings on a memory card and can copy the same setting to multiple units. Compatible media includes MS and SD memory cards and Sony’s HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit that attaches to the camcorder.

The NEX-FS700 features include a robust detachable top handle, secured by a pair of screws (a cold shoe, plus two sets of 1/4 and 3/8 inch holes) that allow heavy accessories to be mounted. The handle is attached with a rosette mount.

A key element of the handle is an “active grip” that features four buttons for commonly used functions – expanded focus, auto iris, still capture and Recording Start/Stop – so users can easily operate the camcorder while holding it. Function buttons are also enlarged to make operating easy, even while wearing gloves.

The camcorder’s enhanced durable design also includes anchor points for compatibility with third party accessories.

Sony is planning a future firmware upgrade that will enable the NEX-FS700 to output 4K bit-stream data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional Sony 4K recorder.

The NEX-FS700 is planned to be available in June 2012.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 2, 2012)

Now they just need some good E mount lenses to go with it. Only one right now is the CZ 24mm.

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chaking
By chaking (Apr 2, 2012)

The sensor and resolution characteristics are different than those of the NEX APS-C system cameras. Quite possibly the lenses available right now will perform very well with this camera.

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ET2
By ET2 (Apr 2, 2012)

All pro camcorders are manual focus only. The E-mount works with all Canon, Nikon, and especially with PL lenses.

No one who buys this camera would be worried about "lenses" -- that's for sure. All their existing video lenses would work.

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Bob Howland
By Bob Howland (Apr 2, 2012)

So the Canon XF100/105/300/305 camcorders aren't for professionals. That'll come as a surprise both to Canon and the BBC.

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ET2
By ET2 (Apr 2, 2012)

These are not interchangeable lens large sensor camcorders. Canon C300 ($16,000) is manual focus only, so is Sony F65 ($65000) and F3 ($16,000)

In fact, this FS700 can at least AF with E-mount lenses, unlike the more expensive large sensor interchangeable camcorders

Plus FS700 can use every lens that Canon C300 can, so E-mount is just a plus anyway you look at it.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 2, 2012)

@ Bob Howland It's not that the Canon XF100 is not "professional" but it's a small 1/3" sensor type camera that won't compete with the Super 35mm sensor cameras in low light, and for IQ. The BBC will use those small ENG style cameras more for documentary than for cinema style work.

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GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (Apr 3, 2012)

Lenses? Are you joking?
Most would probably be using PL mount cine lenses on this beast.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 4, 2012)

Boy, oh boy, where to begin.... first off, why would anyone care what the heck the BBC "approves" or "does not approve?" They are only one of like a hundred thousand broadcasters and networks and television stations worldwide, after all. Are some people really selecting and buying their cameras to please one single broadcaster's whims?
No camera is "professional" because it cannot do AF. The AF cameras can do AF or manual focus. So they can be construed as more useful that the types that cannot do autofocus, period.

Even though the BBC "approves" of them, Canon can hardly give away their ill-fated, tiny-sensor, glued-on lens XF-series camcorders. But sky-high prices they are demanding for them. I guess they just hadn't gotten the memo.

And their EOS Cinema C300 is the most grotesque digital camera that ever came down the price. Also priced way off at $16,000.

Finally, nobody should waste a professional Arri Positive Locking PL cinema lens on something like this FS700 job.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 2, 2012)

Now Dpreview is citing the rumor sites for pricing information. I guess if you can't beat them then join them, right?

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Apr 2, 2012)

Whats wrong with adding value to a post?

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EOSHD
By EOSHD (Apr 2, 2012)

EOSHD is not 'a rumours site'. It is my filmmaking blog. The price info comes from a proper source.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 2, 2012)

@EOSHD

I don’t doubt that the pricing info is from a reliable source. However, I disagree that your site is not a rumors site. Now that is not a negative thing. It just means that you release information before it is official. Until now I had not seen dpreview release unofficial information. It just surprised me that they are doing this now after they hadn’t done it for so long.

At one point dpreview complained about how the “rumor sites” were posting information before they were allowed to post it. Now it seems they are able to do the same.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 2, 2012)

All photo and video related blogs speculate about upcoming products. That doesn't make them "rumor sites", as indeed EOSHD has way more useful information related to videography than a typical "Nikon Rumors" type of website.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 3, 2012)

@ mpgxsvcd - DPR has been posting some rumours for a while now.

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JimW
By JimW (Apr 2, 2012)

Oh come on a riprap... Get a Novoflex Grip, and you're good to go handheld...

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dholl
By dholl (Apr 2, 2012)

is this gonna be more or less than 5 grand?

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Apr 3, 2012)

More. Sony USA is saying under $10K.

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mmcintosh2012
By mmcintosh2012 (Apr 2, 2012)

Well that looks expensive. I'm not into video, but why do we need 8mp video when hdtv in only 2mp?

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Nonyazz
By Nonyazz (Apr 2, 2012)

Digital projectors used in movie theaters are 4k. Plus, even if your downsizing to 1080p, a 4k master is nice to have.

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Bob Howland
By Bob Howland (Apr 2, 2012)

Or is it that digital projectors used in SOME movie theaters are 4K?

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Nonyazz
By Nonyazz (Apr 2, 2012)

Regardless, that's the reason.

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Felix E Klee
By Felix E Klee (Apr 2, 2012)

I'm also not into video, but I can imagine that 4k is nice to have even when producing for 2k. One can do different framing in post production, software zooms, etc.

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nathanleebush
By nathanleebush (Apr 2, 2012)

Yeah and nothing projected in Regal cineplex in 4K is shot on this camera, rest assured.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 4, 2012)

You can put in an 8K DLP or SXRD projector in your cinema chain.... when Columbia or WB sends you a 7200RPM encrypted hard disk drive with their latest movie, rest assured it will most likely be in 2K, not 4K. Oh yeah.... these 4K PJs are usually running 2K material how sad, huh? They should have printed that info on the ticket stub perhaps.

There is only 2 areas where 4K projection is warranted:

(a) For 2D films screened to screens wider than 65-feet.

(b) for 3D, so that the simultaneous left/right 2K resolution images can be projected simultanously instead of sequentially out of a 4K DLP or SXRD chip projector.

The 4K video that this little FS100 can one day deliver won't hardly be better than what the under $5,000 4K JVC camera can now shoot. And at least the JVC model records 4K right now internally to 4x SDXC cards. The Sony FS700 may record 4K later, at an unspecified time -- and then only externally to an extra cost, extra hustle connected recorder. Big difference, huh?

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ulfie
By ulfie (Apr 2, 2012)

The body itself looks like some kind of industrial pump. And about as ergonomic.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Apr 2, 2012)

Yes indeed. When I used to shoot broadcast ENG Sony 300s and 330s back in the 80s - and they were about £30K a pop at the time - I wonder how we ever managed to get any decent pictures with such a terrible dearth of buttons and switches. Of course back then you were actually expected to understand how they worked and how to use them.
It still makes me want to up-chuck when I see people with these lumps held out in front of them. So far I have yet to see a camera of this sort of design, when mounted on a tripod, equipped with a zoom-servo remote control attached to the pan-bar. Almost a litmus test for amateur nelly-telly.

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richg101
By richg101 (Apr 2, 2012)

The dryness of your comment made me laugh out loud. I have to say, the fs100 is very ergonomic in my opinion. you do need the side handle and other bits and bobs attached though. nice for shooting from the hip as with medium format photography.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Apr 2, 2012)

Nicely done 4k. The more buttons the better.

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BJL
By BJL (Apr 2, 2012)

Buttons and hand-holdability, harumph! As the enemies of video in still cameras might say, "If I wanted a piano accordion, I would buy one". But anyway, all you need is this and the $30,000 Sony "consumer level" 4K projector, and you are ready to brag on your newborn like never before.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Apr 20, 2012)

I have no newborn. Where did you hear this?

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Riprap
By Riprap (Apr 2, 2012)

When are Sony ever going to learn; just like their stills cameras (NEX) and their camcorders (Z1) it's designed with little consideration for hand holding. Such a shame they can't get the ergonomcs right.

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ET2
By ET2 (Apr 2, 2012)

There is a handgrip .. see the rest of the images on the official siite

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 2, 2012)

Who "hand holds" a cinema cam? It's made to go on a rig or tripod of some sort.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Apr 2, 2012)

NEX-VG10/VG20 and NEX-FS100 got a handgrip, NEX-7 and NEX-5/5N got one of the best handgrip on mirrorless cameras and this camera too got a handgrip. Look a bit further, not just these pictures ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dFj9i297IQ
a video about the possibilities using the FS100 handheld. FS700 is a bit larger...but many people would prefer carrying the camera with a shoulder rig...

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Riprap
By Riprap (Apr 3, 2012)

"Who "hand holds" a cinema cam? It's made to go on a rig or tripod of some sort."
Never heard of Peter Jackson I suppose?

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AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Apr 4, 2012)

Who's Peter Jackson? Hahahaha.

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animal900
By animal900 (Apr 2, 2012)

Will it have smile detection?

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Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (Apr 2, 2012)

No. Sony specs indicate only smirk and frown detection. Maybe a firmware update will solve this.

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Alpha Phil
By Alpha Phil (Apr 3, 2012)

Buttons, Buttons, Dials, Buttons, Buttons, Dials, Dials, Buttons. Heck this this is a specimen of pure industrial design. NOT

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abortabort
By abortabort (Apr 3, 2012)

@ Alpha Phil - Why exactly is that?

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mbot
By mbot (Apr 3, 2012)

If it takes high quality still photos as it says, then as long as those photos can be taken as DNG RAW, that would effectively make a Canon 1 DX and Nikon D4 an unnecessary expense. Plus you will have the best video camera on the planet and would make the video functions and quality on the Canon and Nikon look amateur...for the same price as the flagship Canon and Nikon you will have far more power for both still photos and video with interchangeable lenses...just a thought.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Apr 4, 2012)

The Sony FS700 is a minor improvement over their below $5,000 FS100. It may or may not get to 4K stage. And I just love it how they most conveninently skipped FS200, FS300, FS400, FS500, and FS600 in coming from 100 to 700. Wow!!! Some folks will fall for this, I guess.

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Daomay Keo
By Daomay Keo (Apr 5, 2012)

Here is the first video of the camera.

http://blog.abelcine.com/2012/04/04/sonys-nex-fs700/

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