Sony Announces FS700 Super 35mm CamcorderBy: Mike Fossum - April 6, 2012
Sony has recently announced its new NEX-FS700e NXCAM Camcorder, which features a Super35mm CMOS Sensor, variable frame rates and an interchangeable E-mount lens system. The FS700 is 4K-ready via an established upgrade path, and will in the future support 4K 12-bit RAW data output over its 3G-SDI connection, per impending firmware.
The inclusion of variable frame rates is not very limited by cropping with the FS700 – the camera shoots in full 1080 at 10x in 24 and 30p, which equates to 240 and 300 frames per second respectively, though likely in short bursts in these settings – settings which might become on par with a RED Epic’s 300fps at 2K resolution after the FS700 4K firmware upgrade intervals are released. The Sony presently also records up to 960 fps in lower resolutions.
Below is a clip of FS700 Footage at 480 frames per second:
While not as impressive as the latest footage from Vision Research, the FS700 is roughy 10 to 15 times cheaper than the Phantom v642 – which is a specialty cam, to Sony’s credit. Another noted feature of the FS700 are the included internal neutral-density filters, which were noticeably missing from its predecessor, the FS100.
Preliminary listed features include:
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.
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 ND filters
The NEX-FS700E 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-FS700E has a refined ergonomic design with a robust detachable handle and grip.
Switchable 50 Hz and 60 Hz shooting
The NEX-FS700E 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.
Below is Sony’s official introduction of the NEX-FS700:
The FS700 is said to be priced at around $10K, and should ship sometime around June.