Sony just announced the NEX-FS700 camera early this week. It has all the features of the FS100 but with some big improvements including a 3G-SDI output, ND filters and high-speed recording options. The big news is that the camera is “4k Ready,” meaning that in the future it will be able to output 4K 12-bit RAW data over the 3G-SDI connection.
The list price of the camera will be around $10,000, and it should ship in June of this year. Watch the video above to get a closer look at the slow-motion fonction of the camera and read the Preliminary information from Sony Europe to have an idea of some the specs.
The first footage from Sony’s new NEX-FS700. 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.
Before the preliminary information I wanted to list a few of the videos that feature the Sony FS700. I have to say that the 200fps slow motion in 1080p looks pretty good.
Racing with planes by Peter Prevec
This is a movie recorded a few hours after Peter got a pre production Sony NEX-FS700 camera for a weekend. It was shot completely in 200fps, except a few shots. Peter shot the film using Nikon lenses. He used a shoot35 follow focus and a SmallHD DP4 . The camera was rigged on Half Inch Rails S2 Run ‘n’ Gun rig on Manfrotto 540HD head.
VS – 1080p Film shot on Sony NEX FS700 by Hangman Fstop
This film was produced to demonstrate the 200fps mode 1080p on the New Sony NEX-FS700. This camera will do up to 960fps but at reduced bitrate and resolution. Directed by James Tonkin, produced by Den Lennie, Camera, James Tonkin and Director of Photography Den Lennie.
VS – 1080p Film shot on Sony NEX FS700 Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes film about the first test shoot with Sony NEX FS700
Camera James Miller
Editor Matt Cronin
Music Alan Witts
A short review on the Sony NEX FS700 by Hangman Fstop
90 Seconds – Shot on Sony NEX FS700 by James Miller
A Sony FS700 480 FPS Test by Andy Shipsides
This was a very quick test Andy did with the FS700 and its super slow motion options. Both clips are shot at 480 fps which records 10 seconds of real time. The image quality is reduced when shooting in this mode. The camera can be triggered at the start, end, or ‘end half’ when shooting slow motion. Even with some quality loss, the 480 fps looked pretty good. Andy did test 960 fps and the image quality was obviously reduced. They used a very strong LED light source which caused the magenta / green shifts.
This is preliminary information. All features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
4K “Exmor” Super 35 CMOS sensor
The NEX-FS700E 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. A future firmware upgrade will enable the NEX-FS700E to output 4K RAW bit-stream data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional external 4K recorder.
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.