February 26, 2015

Sony FS7 Getting ProRes & DCI 4K Support in Free March 2015 Update

Sony FS7 with 28-135mm F/4

Sony is likely working on new products for April's NAB show, but that doesn't mean they aren't still supporting current cameras. This week they announced that the FS7 will get a bunch of new features in firmware 2.0, which will be a free update coming in March (this update was expected sooner than this, so it's possible it could get pushed into April if they run into any issues).

Here's what's new in the firmware:

  1. Expands audio recording to four channels audio at 24-bit, 48 KHz.
  2. Supports DCI compliant 4096 x 2160 XAVC-Intra-frame recording up to 60 fps.
  3. Adds HD Apple ProRes codecs to enable progressive and interlaced HQ and 422 recording.
  4. Eliminates “Magenta Cast” in WB preset mode.
  5. Renames "Color Temp" menu parameter to "Preset White"
  6. Eliminates need to re-enable “Steady Shot” after power ON/OFF cycle.
  7. Retains “Paint Menu” settings after power OFF/ON cycle.

This is a look at the specs of the new 4K XAVC-I codec:

In addition they've said that the new ProRes recording options will only work when you're using the XDCA-FS7 expansion module:

Audio is also improved in this update:

Enabled two additional audio inputs via the built-in Multi-Interface “MI Shoe” located on the FS7 top handle; for a total of four, 24-bit, 48 KHz digital audio channel recording. The Audio Menu is enhanced to enable management of additional inputs.

You can read more about these updates in the PDF here, and the download should be available sometime in March    

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The C300markII is gonna have to have one big bronze set of hairy swingers to top the FS7. Looking forward to what they announce at NAB.

February 27, 2015 at 12:15AM, Edited February 27, 12:15AM

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Scott Wild
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Rightly or wrongly, Canon see the FS7 as quite inferior to what is coming:-
http://www.canonrumors.com/2015/02/more-canon-eos-c300-mark-ii-talk-cr1/
The C500 Mk 2 is also confirmed:-
http://www.canonrumors.com/2015/02/nab-2015-cinema-eos-c500-mark-ii-confirmed/

It is very interesting, given that the first C500 was reckoned to be unsuccessful, that a second is coming. If the new C300 is indeed also 4K, Canon look to be stepping up the bar. They have taken a lot of flak recently, but Panasonic were the same until they unleashed the GH4 and 4K Varicam.

February 27, 2015 at 1:32PM

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Saied M.
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It'd be cool if the pictures it made looked nice

February 27, 2015 at 6:42AM

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Liam Martin
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Liam,
I have to agree with you. I haven't seen any pictures from it I liked.

February 27, 2015 at 10:21AM, Edited February 27, 10:21AM

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Scot Yount
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Sure you have, like this shot on FS7
https://vimeo.com/119020133

February 27, 2015 at 11:11AM, Edited February 27, 11:11AM

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Imnusg
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Tons of good stuff shot with the FS7. Just leave it on CineEI or LC709a LUT and instant cinematic image. The problem is, many people use Hypergammas and Custom mode too much which is total rubbish.

For $8K, it can certainly be a B-Cam to an Alexa. We used it as a B-Cam to the Alexa a month ago for a Lifetime network gig and the director and colorist were blown away by the FS7. Incredible highlights on the FS7.

https://vimeo.com/118506668

Has an absolutely great out of the box look with LC709a. Good skin tones nice color with zero grading.

https://vimeo.com/120324016

Can get a nice cinematic look with very little effort

https://vimeo.com/118384681

It's an insane camera.

February 27, 2015 at 12:09PM

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Gene Sung
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If it didn't have the letters S O N Y on the side of it, everybody would think the pictures it makes are beautiful.

February 28, 2015 at 11:14AM, Edited February 28, 11:14AM

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Richard Krall
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YESS this is great news. Does this mean Pro Res 422 and 4K recording internally? Without the addition of the extension unit? Anyone have an idea when it will be back in stock specifically at B&H?

February 27, 2015 at 8:17AM

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You might wanna read the whole thing...

ProRes ONLY with the expansion module

February 27, 2015 at 9:11AM

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Richard Krall
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This will be my next camera. Saving up now so hopefully I can afford it next year.

February 27, 2015 at 1:09PM

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Geoff C. Bassett
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"Sony is likely working on new products for April's NAB show, but that doesn't mean they aren't still supporting current cameras. " You're mentioning this as if this camera is ten years old..they are still working out the bugs of this -still- brand new camera and they are still way behind with the production.

March 6, 2015 at 5:22AM

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