The Sony FS700 Price Has Dropped to $5,000

Coming almost a year after the price dropped to $6K, we've got another $1,000 cut, bringing Sony's FS700 to down to $5,000. While you might see the FS7 as a better value with its internal 4K, it does start at $8K, which may or may not be just above your budget, especially when you build out a kit for that particular camera. That's not the only deal on the FS700, we've also got the 18-200mm kit lens version which is now down to $5,600. Here's a look at the two options for purchasing a new FS700:

The fact that you can record RAW from this camera without having to use Sony's unwieldy option is a big deal. It was mostly an afterthought, especially as you need an adapter just to use the Sony RAW recorder. While the support is coming to the Atomos Shogun to actually capture 4K RAW in CinemaDNG, the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ are capable of it right now. The Odyssey can also record ProRes from the RAW feed. If you're not interested in dealing with RAW but want a higher quality file than what you can get internally, this is a fantastic option, and it's going to give smaller file sizes and will likely be easier to play back depending on the system you're working with.

RIght now it says this deal is going to be over at the end of June, but it's very possible that this will be a permanent drop as Sony starts to phase out this camera. Obviously the FS7 is newer and has compressed 4K built-in, so if you need that kind of setup built-in, that's going to be the least expensive way to get it in a Sony cinema camera internally. If you want to save a little bit of money, the FS700 is still capable of some fantastic images.      

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June 14, 2015 at 9:09AM

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Karel Bata
Director / DP / Stereographer
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Definitely too old.

June 14, 2015 at 11:29AM

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Andrea Labate
Director / Cinematographer
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Too old.

June 14, 2015 at 2:33PM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
CineVideo-NL videographer
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I would buy an URSA mini instead of an FS700!

June 14, 2015 at 5:13PM

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Hope you have lots of lights.. lol

June 15, 2015 at 7:15AM

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Kyle Lamar
Director Producer DP
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Does your triple post mean that three times the lights would be required for the Ursa mini? Or just that you are really loudly laughing out loud?

June 16, 2015 at 7:19AM

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Sean Bokenkamp
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But the URSA Mini with the new 15 stops of DR and 4.6K sensor is $5000 too, so what gives!?! Not the mention, the image of BM cameras is much nicer than that of the FS700 (to my taste, at least).

June 14, 2015 at 5:22PM

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Cédric Jouarie
Director, Writer, Producer
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blackmagic killed the market once again :)

June 14, 2015 at 5:47PM

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I agree!!!

June 14, 2015 at 8:19PM

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Menelikk
Computer Scientist/Film Director
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Depends what you are shooting off course... for a movie/ short film I would prefer to work on the Ursa mini but if you are shooting a documentary or sports videos with more run and gun I would prefer the FS700

June 15, 2015 at 4:07AM

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gandulf charpentier
director of pornography
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I agree

June 15, 2015 at 7:16AM

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Kyle Lamar
Director Producer DP
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Nobody in his right mind will buy this until lots of footage from the Ursa mini is around and probably better. I think this sony is not going to sell at all!

June 15, 2015 at 4:22AM

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Anyone dogging this camera has never shot on it because if you have used the FS700 you'd know just what an insane camera it is, and for $5k it's an absolute steal!! A friend of mine uses the 7Q with the 700 and my jaw hit the floor when I saw the images in person.

June 15, 2015 at 9:38AM

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Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor
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I tried to get on board with this camera I've shot with is atleast 5 times couple of short films one commercial project. Can't get past how mediocre Sony's color science is. The slow mo from it is cool but past that it's always felt like an over priced slow mo machine. Had a complete production switch to my personal Blackmagic Pocket after I was messing around with it during the shoot. If the 700 drops to $2000 I might start recommending it haha

June 15, 2015 at 5:28PM

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Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker
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work with 7Q/7Q+, it gives us quite amazing "ALEXA-ish" 4K footage with the latest firmware they just release. it's so damn good and makes us so happy to work with, period.

however FS700 is now few years old cam, yes.
URSA, CION, and a7RII (maybe a7SII in 2016 too?), ring your bell? then just ignore FS700.

June 15, 2015 at 10:08AM

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Too old and still has that weird Sony color science

June 15, 2015 at 5:24PM

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Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker
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It seems that it really is that this camera is being phased out. Maybe Sony has a 6K camera on the way. Or maybe the next a7S will have internal 4K. Or maybe a camcorder with a7S technology is coming out. The a7S, with the Shogun, is the first Sony camera that has caught my eye.

June 15, 2015 at 9:33PM

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Gene Nemetz
live streaming
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Surely overpriced considering the competition. However i must disagree with the majority's opinion of inferior image quality. If you passionately study your camera, you can get amazing results with it. Look at what i get from a Nikon DSLR, at 1:03 the dynamic range is especially telling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUDDdNBnboU

Let alone if you have a RAW enabled camera like the FS700...

June 16, 2015 at 12:19AM, Edited June 16, 12:19AM

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Patricijus Petrukonis
Cinematographer
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My two cents - I've been using the FS700 / 7Q combo for almost two years and it's been an excellent combo. Is the image as nice or clean as the F3 in Slog? No. But is it more versatile? Definitely. To be able to switch within seconds from a fantastic 1080P/4K 24P capture to 4K/120fps bursts or 60fps continuous within a few seconds is excellent. And switching to 240fps for those really specific shots has been a lifesaver at times. Couple the camera with a decent shoulder system and V-mount counterweight behind my shoulder (I've been using the Movcam system which has been very reliable) and it becomes an awesome run and gun system that doesn't weigh a ton. I've used it on corporate, documentary, studio, and narrative based projects and it has adjusted without issue. Learn how to expose the camera, and you'll maximize what it is actually capable of - it's at least 12 stops of DR. If you use the camera it's worth the money, and the 7Q is not just a recorder - I've considered it the leatherman of monitor/recorder systems - I've been amazed by it's performance and feature set.

June 16, 2015 at 6:27AM, Edited June 16, 6:27AM

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James Poremba
Cinematographer & Steadicam Operator
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Let's not forget about the soon to be released Atomos Shogun 6.4 update to support 4K ProRes and 4K RAW for the FS700. It will easily be one of the cheapest 4K recorder options since Atomos won't be charging a licensing fee like the Odyssey 7Q.

June 16, 2015 at 8:04AM

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and not forget that Shogun is "up to 4K30P" too.

June 17, 2015 at 11:45AM

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June 16, 2015 at 8:07AM, Edited June 16, 8:08AM

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After reading the comments I have this to say: I used the URSA within weeks of it's release and it was not ready. I feel that Blackmagic cameras are Beta releases and they fix things somewhere between 60 and 90 days. The URSA mini is not even a consideration until it is shipping.

I am also not sold on the notion of shooting 4k. It will be years before that is a standard for viewing. There are lots of instances where shooting 4k is justified/beneficial, but I don't think that it's wise without the budget to support it (storage costs, redundant back-ups, a dedicated data manager). Log vs Raw is not a big deal in terms of color, unless the DP is really bad and/or the colorist is good.

Lastly, neither camera is suitable to use without an EVF, so factor that into your costs if you are seriously considering these as options.

June 17, 2015 at 3:53PM, Edited June 17, 4:01PM

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chris Larsen
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Thanks so much Chris for your awesome straight to the point answer. What camera would you recommend to a guerrilla filmmaker of shortfilms, features for self distribution theatrical releases and web series? Blackmagic, Fs700 and gh4 are in my thoughts. Thanks in advance for your response.

June 25, 2015 at 2:06PM

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Tery Wilson
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