This 4K XAVC Camera May Be the Sony FS700 Replacement
The image above recently appeared on a Chinese filmmaking website that shows what looks to be a brand new 4K camera from Sony with internal 4K XAVC, two XQD card slots, and a full-auto mode, because no cinema camera is complete without one. Labeled as an XDCAM model, it looks to be borrowing heavily from ENG cameras, in both form factor (EVF and shoulder pad) and in button selection and placement. The servo lens on the camera looks to be the 18-200mm, which would mean that this is an E-mount camera, just like the FS700. Sony Alpha Rumors has given this rumor its highest rating, and says this camera should retail for $10,000 or less.
There are reports that it may feature 180fps and may even have RAW support (like the FS700), and it could feature the same sensor as the F5. If that turns out to be true, it would put the F5 in a strange position feature-wise, especially since it's capable of 4K, but Sony has not enabled it. Either way, this is all still speculation until we see more, but it's pretty clear that 4K is going to be the standard with these cameras from now on, and the under $10K segment is going to get even more crowded with solid options. It will be interesting to see what Canon has up their sleeve as a response to a camera like this. There is no doubt a 4K camera is coming in this range from them, it's just a question of when.