December 8, 2017 at 3:38AM

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What's a good b-cam to go with Sony Fs7?

Is it only A7s II? I heard a lot of good stuff about Panasonic GH5, but probably matching it's footage to Sony could be a problem, right?

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Sony would tell you it's the FS5, and in practice they do cut pretty well together, being the same sensor and using the same color science. The FS5 has less flexibility in terms of color balance, and the readout is noisier, so find the setting that works on that camera, and then set the FS7 accordingly. In cases where you're using different camera models, you should always aim for the "least common denominator."

December 11, 2017 at 12:26AM

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Eric Darling
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December 11, 2017 at 3:50AM

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I'd go with the a7sii. Obviously there is a slight downgrade in overall quality, but in addition to matching up well to the Fs7, you're really getting a new tool. The FS5 is a better camera overall than the A7sii, but it doesn't do much that the FS7 doesn't already do better. The A7sii has two big advantages for me. Its size factor and its lowlight performance. I like using it as a 2nd camera to the FS7 because it is a good match, and it brings extra functionality to the table.

December 11, 2017 at 3:43PM

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I own and use all three of the Sony's mentioned. In my experience it depends on what profile you're shooting. If in S-Log then you'll probably need a Shogun or equivalent on the FS5, it just can't manage the profile internally on the SD card. The A7 gives you some nice options with the form factor and large sensor so this is a real contender.

December 12, 2017 at 12:28PM, Edited December 12, 12:28PM

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Adam Russell
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Depending on your requirements (do you want a small portable camera or a big one?), the Sony A6300 or A6500 could be selected. These are APS-C camera's with 4K resolution for video at affordable prices. It will be quite easy to match colors with the FS7, as their picture profiles are quite similar. I've been using the A6300 for nearly two years now and am impressed by it's image quality. For some people shooting in higher temperatures, overheating sometimes does occur though. (A6300)

December 13, 2017 at 9:55AM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
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