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Philip Bloom Shows You What the FS700 Has to Offer (And How It Stacks Up with the FS100)

06.4.12 @ 11:24PM Tags : , , , , ,

The FS700 is expected to start shipping in less than a month, and as we await the flood of beautiful slow-mo videos that will surely come in its wake, Philip Bloom has recently put up his review of the camera — yes, slow-mo abilities are featured, but Bloom also looks at other important factors such as low light sensitivity and ergonomic considerations.  You might be weighing whether you want to buy this camera over the FS100, or perhaps you’re a current FS100 owner wondering if the FS700 is an upgrade.  Bloom offers answers to these questions and more:

First, the obligatory slow-mo test footage:

In the spirit of that footage, the first part of Bloom’s review focuses on the camera’s slow-mo abilities — highlighting the mechanics of recording in high frame rates (i.e buffering, and how the camera allows you to pick what you want to save or discard):

The second part of the review gets into juicier territory (only in that it has been less covered by folks previously demonstrating the camera): how does the camera handle low light?  How does the footage cut with footage from the FS100?  What are the pros and cons of the camera?

For Bloom’s full review, go here.  There’s lots of food for thought for anyone hoping to get their hands on one of these in the near future, so definitely check it out and let us know what you think!

[via Philip Bloom]


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  • Another great review from Phillip Bloom. Great features for the price although as for owning one, it’s out of my price range (and I think most indie DSLR users). He’s definitely right about the splurge of slow motion stuff we will be getting after the camera’s release. Hopefully we see more creative shots like the opening of Zombieland :)

  • Johnny Unitas on 06.5.12 @ 3:53AM

    I really like Philip Bloom, but compared to his C300 review, this was really bad and lacking depth.

  • Footage is beautiful, but all that aside, the pigeon slowly emerging from the rubbish bin in the first video cracked my shit up. I can’t stop laughing.

  • Anthony Marino on 06.5.12 @ 9:14AM

    Phillip truly inspires, seems like such a nice guy too. Love his motto, “Right tool, for the right job” and that’s certainly true. But what I’ve noticed lately with these camera reviews is that its boiling down to ergonomics. Thankfully picture quality seems as though it’s arrived (miminal moire, great low light performance and better dynamic range) IMO the “shortcomings” of these new camera releases are easy work arounds (EVF, lower bit rates and form factor). So kudos to companies like RED, Sony and Blackmagic for pushing the bundries and offering such affordable tools. I’m not sure what cameras gonna get my money, but whatever it is I’m confident I’ll obtain the look I’m after without a doubt. The rest is up to us. Thanks, and love this site guys. Happy shooting.

  • john jeffreys on 06.5.12 @ 11:46AM

    I don’t understand Philip Bloom’s popularity. His short films are really inane and lack any kind of depth or message in both their subject matter and their compositional structure. In fact, they all just seem to be composed entirely of sterile and boring shots of nature, ducks, and man made structures or people on sidewalks with the occasional cliche timelapse, all set to bland stock music. His work epitomizes the post-5D vimeo trash genre of overblown depth of field and boring shots of things immediately around you. I don’t get it- aside from his supposed expertise in camera gear (which anybody can get with just a few weeks of internet research), why does everybody worship him like he is some kind of Kubrickian figure? Is it because all you people care about is gear and Bloom satisfies that itch for you perfectly? It sure seems like it, especially on nofilmschool when the posts about actual creative processes and writing have 0-5 comments while camera posts have over 30…

    • dude…why do YOU care who people worship? just do your thing.

      I don’t worship the dude, but the fact is he has worked for LucasFilm shooting DSLR footage for the Red Tails movie he did that when DSLRs weren’t really seen as worthy of being shot side by side with a film camera or a high end digital camera. He has educated alot of folk on how to use the DSLR to achieve the best results, a DSLR Guru if I may call him. so yeah, people look up to him. I don’t find his shorts to be necessarily that great but it’s okay, doesn’t lessen the value of the information he gives away on his blog.

    • Once you realize that Philip is now primarily a camera ambassador for the DSLR video era and beyond, the less your impressions of his work interfere with appreciating his technical assessment of gear. He comes from a background of shooting news, and that has likely affected his aesthetics regarding subject matter. It’s also provided him a with a solid technical experience, daily shooting to meet broadcast standards, something indie filmmakers usually less experienced with. I really enjoyed “Day at the Races”, but I understand where you are coming from.

    • I don’t think of these videos as being short films – they are camera test footage put together with some nice music. And for being test footage, they are quite watchable.
      And yes, I am interested in cameras and footage. I am not interested in screen writing and directing because I am a cameraman and photographer, not a director.
      Maybe there is just not many aspiring directors reading these pages, that is why the screen writing articles don’t get as much attention.

    • Vanlazarus on 06.7.12 @ 5:01PM

      Got to love the current generation of couch cynics. Let’s see you put your work out there and see how many people will tear it to shreds. Kudos to Philip for creating and providing useful, entertaining reviews.

    • I think someone is jealous, no?
      Look, like any film-maker, Philip Bloom has some good ‘vignettes’ and some mediocre ones ( I don’t think I’ve seen one I’d consider bad as such), but the visual quality and professionalism is consistent. I do occasionally find a lot of them quite boring and skip through them looking for the next nice shot.
      I doubt if you asked him he’d really consider them ‘films’. If you sat down and asked him seriously, I’m sure he aspires to much more – as someone interested in film how couldn’t he? but the the film making ethic behind his vignettes is one that should in some shape or form reside in and be appreciated by any film-maker and that is to capture moving life, to savour moving images and moments that have been lost in time and space but retained by a camera. Philip Bloom obviously enjoys what he does dearly for he is consistently filming and teaching, which if you’re a film-maker yourself, you’ll know is time consuming and can take it’s toll on your personal life. So although I think there are more interesting folk out there as regards to film-making, I think his popularity and existence in the industry is justified through his work ethic alone. And besides if he made the vignettes and didn’t upload them to the world then I doubt he’d be as successful as he is today, so it isn’t really his fault he’s popular; he doesn’t control his fan base he merely supplies a demand.

  • Anthony Marino on 06.5.12 @ 1:09PM

    Of course we care about gear. Its what some people use to earn a living, plus It helps tell the story the way it’s envisioned. Philip provides good insight and shows how equiptment stacks up in different shooting environments. Not everybody has a 100,000.00 budget and some of us can’t show up on paid gigs with just a DSLR. Not that there’s anything wrong shooting content with a DSLR, sometimes (most times) it’s just not feasible. Despite how you feel about Phillip on a creative level there’s no denying if your looking for camera equiptment he’s one of the go to guys. Hell I just did a web series (cooking show) on a HD pocket cam and just last year got an aired pilot based off the footage from my flip. So yes the right tool for the right job I’m sure is important to most of us. Of course content matters (duh) but without the right tools the best story in the world can get looked over. If technology didn’t matter we’d still be reading reviews about the moviola. I say God bless Philip and some others who provide us this useful information. That’s why I love this site, I feel no film school cares more about the person using the equiptment than the equiptment itself. But never underestimate the power of the tool to craft the best story.

  • john jeffreys on 06.5.12 @ 1:50PM

    I would be lying to you all if I said that I never read his blog for advice on what DSLR to buy, especially back in my T2i days. His reviews are fairly well thought out and are from a hands on VIDEO making perspective, contrary to the whiny and critical photographer based reviews on other camera sites and blogs, which is great and fills a sorely needed niche.

    So I respect him in that way, as a camera reviewer and source of information when youtube and wikipedia fail me.

    But he still makes fucking awful shorts.

    • Its a shame the comments get so personal on here John. All I am trying to do is share/ educate / help people out.

      Nobody worships me but some people are grateful for the free help I provide to people.

      You are more than entitled to dislike my work. I encourage people to look deeper at my work. Unfortunately you don’t like my stuff that’s cool but it sounds like you really have seen very little. For longer form work check out my recently won Bafta and Raindance winning feature documentary ” how to start a revolution” or “confluence”. For my shorter work if you don’t like the pretties check out my short doc section. If you don’t like any of them then no problemo!

      Am all for criticisms. I just prefer them to be slightly more constructive, informed and certainly without the profanity. Unless you were to say they were fucking great then that would be fine! :)

      Kind regards


      • Indeed. From our comment policy: “Criticism is valuable as long as it is constructive, but personal attacks are grounds for deletion.” If Philip hadn’t already responded personally, I would think about moderating a comment like this… But thankfully others also pointed out how valuable Philip is to the community.

        Again, you don’t have to love everything we post but at the same time there is no need to discount someone’s entire body of work like that. That doesn’t do anyone any good.

      • Philip,

        +1 for being a class act as per usual

        +1000 to referring to your camera demo shorts as “pretties” (which nobody does better than you)

        Cheers for offering to take us behind the proverbial curtain time and time again.

      • john jeffreys on 06.5.12 @ 2:29PM

        Wow, you took the time to reply to me.
        Thats really cool…I had no idea you were so down to earth. I take back any negativity in my previous posts

        • john jeffreys, makes you seem a bit shallow, eh?

          I don’t get a woody from him, but have followed Philip off and on since he was shooting lens adapters on an EX1. My buddy played poker with him at NAB 2011 and found him to be far too nice to other players, letting them stay in the game after they’d lost their chips.

          Philip Bloom is the Guy Kawasaki of the big-chip camera era.

    • Vanlazarus on 06.7.12 @ 5:09PM

      John Jeffreys, let’s see your short films. Post some stuff publicly instead of lamely tearing into someone elses work. And even if you’ve created some cool work, show a little class and realize that your opinion is not the only one that matters.

      Philip, eventhough I’m sure this happens often (I’ve read of some of the more lively threads), don’t let it bother you. Your work is appreciated. I’m realizing that one must form a thick skin in today’s internet generation where it’s considered cool and sophisticated to be a cynic.

    • So what you’re really saying is ‘ How come Philip Bloom is so popular and I’m not…. My stuff is far more interesting than his?’… But I believe you’ve answered your own question.

  • Just a quick few recommendations:

    Portrait of a boxer
    Booths and bodies
    The redneck hippy
    Great wooden boats

    Enjoy…or not :)

    • I enjoyed Portrait of a boxer and The redneck hippy. Haven’t seen the others…yet. I really liked the portrait of a boxer, with his answers used as narration driving the piece and that homemade rig that you attached to him. That was some cool shit. I watched the behind the scenes stuff on sony’s site too, very informative. Thanks Bloom, for all your info and time giving back.

    • Johnny Unitas on 06.5.12 @ 3:34PM

      “Portrait of a Boxer” is absolutely phenomenal – definitely my favourite piece of yours!! Philip, I hope you take the FS700 for another spin if ever you get your hands on a production model! I’d really love to see you do more 24P stuff with it, and a wide range of differently composed shots consisting of day and night – like you did in your C300 piece, “Le Mont, La Pluie et La Nuit: The beauty of Le Mont St Michel”. Thank you for your work regardless, your reviews are always appreciated! :)

    • I like mr.bloom’s pieces when he mix principles from miguel rio branco (strong color and cynical view) with martin parr’s way of seeing the ugly and funny side of humans. Both, Rio Branco and Parrs are extraordinare photographers from magnun.

      The Tramway – the dream like quality of it, the strong colors, the slow pace of the shots, it’s amazing.
      Love from Southend – the harsh but funny look on common people is full of martin parr’s principles over it.
      Toronto Falls -one of the most “cinematic” timelipse on vimeo.
      A day at the races – simple, honest look, pure documental videography.
      Portrait of a boxer – wow! i would hire him as DP for my first feature! pity he’s not in brazil! :D
      Booths & Bodies -needs sensibility to take an ordinary, not so dramatic subject and made it so cool. And again, some sparks of Martin Parr in some shots.

      And if there is love, there will be hate too ;) people would need to practice hsiao chou t´ien, small universe daoist meditation, A LOT! :D :D, to transcend such dual perceptions! but they prefer to make love to gadget!! :D :D :D :D
      keep those eyes humans for a long time, mr. bloom!
      and thanks for the review, the cons of FS700 are huge for what i want, so thanks and more and more I think maybe 2 Blackmagic cameras will be what i’ll get in the end of the year (of course i’ll wait your review of it too! :P)

  • Jordan Carr on 06.7.12 @ 1:49PM

    Does P. Bloom ever do voice overs for shorts – or hired work? I actually like his voice and could use his help (paid of course) if I am in the UK.

  • Phillip Bloom always makes me want to buy the camera he’s shooting on…he does great work. Typically I need to see some really artistic shots from a camera before I make that decision and Phillip always delivers those in his reviews, in a funny, down to earth way and a delightful accent. Keep doing your thing Mr. Bloom.

  • Sorry, good people, but my comments have got NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with Mr. Philip Bloom of the United Kingdom. My apologies, once again. I thought we were to talk about a NEW CAMERA from Sony here, anyhow.

    “…. as we await the flood of beautiful slow-mo videos.”

    No, we don’t. Unfortunately, everybody better get ready for approximately 2 years’ worth of “most beautiful slow-mo video” camera tests out of the FS700 and coming down the Vimeo and You Tube pike. Oh-la-la. Just how often and how many times does one really want to watch grass grow or paint dry at 480fps?

    Regarding possibly meeting any sort of broadcast standards, you will not be able to do that with this Sony NEX-FS700 camera. It’s an AVCHD-corder after all, remember? No broadcast grade about it, unfortunately. And for an AVCHD codec camera that takes SD media cards and comes with no lens, and with no possibility of using a pro-style servo zoom lens on it, its $8,000 list price by Sony is totally preposterous.

  • CON’T: Part 2 of Philip Bloom’s review is superb. Love the match strikes in macro. Love his Oriental cats! Besides, just why talk to death something if it is not an issue? Camera has both plus and minus factors, summarized concisely and informatively by Mr. Bloom.

    Looking at that $4.95 grab handle on top of a an $8,000 camera made me scratch my head, for sure. Altogether, this camera looks like it was designed in the German Democratic Republic around 1964.

    Too bad hearing about the low-end combination LCD/EVF on this thing, and the crazy positioning of it. I guess this $8,000 camera (w/o a lens) suddenly becomes a $9,000 camera body when you add a quality LCD or EVF to it. But even then, due to the codec and bitrate and chroma depth and color fidelity it uses, things you shoot with it will rarely cut QC for the more discriminating broadcasters, at least in North America and Europe. Maybe it is designed and marketed mostly for technical shooting (high frame rate) and indie filmmaking, after all?