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Sony's New FS-700 Revealed - 4K-ready Super 35mm Camcorder for Less Than $10k?

04.2.12 @ 7:39AM Tags : , , ,

Looks like Sony has decided to make some waves with the next model in their line of NEX cameras — the FS-700.  Building on the FS100 (Super 35mm sized sensor, interchangeable E-mount lenses, XLR inputs, etc.), with some nice additions (internal ND filters, 3G-SDI output), they have decided to throw in some very big features — up to 10X slow motion at 1080p resolution (i.e 240 fps), and an upgrade path to 4K acquisition/delivery.  It’s rumored that it will run about $8k, confirmed that it will run you about $8k (body only).  More images and a preliminary features list after the jump:


This list is from the Sony UK site, and as stated is simply preliminary.  There are a lot of questions that remain to be answered: how expensive will the upgrade be, what kind of storage/workflow will raw 4K footage require?  It looks like Sony won’t debut the U.S. version until NAB, but according to SonyAlpha Rumors the camera should be available in June, so we’ll keep our ears open as more information comes out:

Preliminary Information
This is preliminary information. All features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

4K-ready
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 HD 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.

Exceptional ergonomics
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.

And of course, some images:

Is this the camera that will let Sony compete with the RED Scarlet?  What does this mean for the C-300?  What’s with Sony’s firmware strategy, are they double-dipping on their customers?  Share your thoughts!

[via The Verge and SonyAlphaRumors]

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