Usually there are floods of rumors circulating a new camera before we actually see an official announcement but with Sony’s now confirmed FS700 there were hardly a few whimpers (or maybe we have just been distracted with the Canon 5D Mk III reviews/test footage). In any case, the FS700 is real and it has some seriously noteworthy specifications (taken right from the Sony site);
This is preliminary information. All features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
The first 4K-ready Super35mm camcorder in its class – providing an assured upgrade path to 4K acquisition and delivery – with full HD 1080p for today.The camcorder will also have the capability to produce 4K RAW 3G-SDI output via a future upgrade.
Super slow motion at 10x at full HD or 40x at lower resolutions
Incredible super slow motion capability of up to 10x slow motion at full HD resolution or up to 40x slow motion at a reduced resolution, giving you creative options that were once only available with specialist high-end equipment.
E-mount interchangeable lenses offer a wide choice of lenses
The E-mount interchangeable lens system utilises an extremely short flange back distance allowing you to use a huge array of lenses via a range of adaptors giving you almost unlimited creative options.
SEL 18200 lens supplied
The supplied SEL18200 (E 18–200mm F3.5–6.3 OSS) with the NEX-FS100EK boasts 11x zoom power, a quiet AF motor for cleaner sound recording, and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with an advanced Active mode that lets you take steady handheld shots while walking around — even without a bulky stabilization rig.
Additional A-mount lenses available
The Sony LA-EA2 A-mount lens adaptor allows you to use the wide range of high quality alpha lenses and take advantage of the auto focus function for quicker, more convenient operation.
Built-in HD filters
The NEX-FS700EK features built-in, ultra-thin ND filters, offering exceptional shallow depth-of-field on highlights. It also means less accessories to manage as no external ND filters are required.
3G-SDI interface and HDMI
A 3G-SDI output enables easy integration with highest quality recording formats.
The NEX-FS700EK has a refined ergonomic design with a robust detachable handle and grip.
Switchable 50 Hz and 60 Hz shooting
The NEX-FS700EK is switchable between 50 Hz and 60Hz to allow 24p shooting in PAL areas and no PAL/NTSC limitations.
Selectable magnification and positioning of expanded focus
Expanded focus improvement allowing 4x and 8x magnification and a moveable area of expansion for easy focusing with shallow depth of field.
Camera profile settings storage on memory card
Up to 99 camera profile settings can be stored, allowing rapid adaptation to multiple shooting environments without time wasted adjusting parameters. Settings are also easily shared in multi-camera productions.
4K Ready, slo-mo shooting up to 250 fps at 1080P (and even higher at reduced resolution), and built in NDs are a few things to get excited about. The pricing isn’t official though I’ve seen $8,000 pop up a few places but the consensus is that it will be sub $10,000. The FS100 kit is currently available at $5,500 so if the FS700 launches at $8,000 for a few thousand dollars more it’s definitely worth considering the upgrade. Factor in beasts like the Canon C300 (at $16,000) and RED’s Scarlet (at variable prices depending on your kit, but no less than $10,000) and you have a pretty good argument in favor of Sony. It’s jumped to the top of my list for must-sees at NAB in a few weeks.
I’m a big fan of the FS100 for documentary work and our Cinevate videos so I’m intrigued with Sony’s new offering. What are your thoughts? Do the features justify the price? Have you already picked up a 5D Mk III? Or currently own an FS100 and would consider the upgrade?