Professionals are greeting the Sony PXW-FS7 with surprise, appreciation and excitement. And for good reason. The camera reflects years of intense conversations we’ve had with documentary shooters. In response, we completely redesigned the grip, improved the viewfinder, optimized the balance and refined the ergonomics. Of course, the FS7 also reflects Sony’s expertise in 4K and HD codecs, Super 35 sensors and memory recording. The result is the ideal camera for cinéma vérité documentaries—and the optimum tool for magazine shows, reality TV, unscripted TV and more.
Shoulder mount comfort
without rigs—or rigmarole
It's ironic that so-called affordable cameras need to be outfitted with expensive rigs, cages, hand grips and accessory viewfinders before they can be properly handheld. The PXW-FS7 is different. It was designed from a clean sheet of paper to rest comfortably against your chest or sit well on your shoulder. Zoom, Start/Stop and Assign controls are carefully located on the sculpted, telescoping Smart Grip. Sony supplies a proper viewfinder that's perfectly offset to the left with a huge range of fore-aft adjustment.
This lens changes everything:
Sony’s E-mount servo zoom
There’s nothing else like Sony’s latest E-Mount servo zoom lens, the SEL-P28135G. Unlike SLR lenses, this 28-135mm F/4 G OSS zoom is designed from the ground up for moving pictures. The advantages are profound.
Motorized zoom empowers you with smoother moves than you could accomplish by hand.
Click-free iris ring enables split exposures and smooth adjustment, even during a shot.
Minimized “focus breathing” fights unwanted image magnification during a take.
Constant aperture eliminates “zoom ramping,” unwanted exposure changes during a zoom.
Sony’s Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization reduces the effects of camera shake.
Meticulous optical design maintains axial image consistency across the zoom range.
Internal focus and zoom mean the front of the lens does not extend, so it will not interfere with your matte box.
Advanced Aspherical elements achieve extraordinary optical refinement while reducing size, weight and complexity.
Luxurious color at money-saving bitrates
Long-form projects shine with Sony's XAVC™-L (Long GOP) recording system. Here's the superior grayscale rendition of 10-bit High Definition, plus the uncompromised detail of 4:2:2 color—all at budget-friendly data rates of 50, 35 or even 25 Mbps in HD mode. You can also record on-board 4K (3840 x 2160 at launch, 4096 x 2160 with free upgrade, expected early 2015). Other formats include the same XAVC-I (Intra) recording as Sony's high-end F55, well-accepted MPEG HD 422, the Apple ProRes 422 codec (with future upgrade and XDCA-FS7 extension unit, sold separately), and even outboard RAW recording (with XDCA-FS7 and outboard recorder, sold separately).
Long-form programs need media that's both reliable and affordable. As specified by the CompactFlash Association, XQD™ memory cards score big on both accounts. Reliability comes from in-camera recovery. You get very low cost per minute compared to CFast™ cards. And robust communication between the camera and the card's controller enables read/write speeds up to a sizzling 600 Mbps.
180 fps High Frame Rates
High Frame Rate shots can turn everyday actions into slow-motion ballet, a visual feast of elegant movement. The FS7 delivers a maximum of 180 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting in Full HD. If your project plays at the cinematic 24 fps, you get beautiful 7.5x Super Slow Motion. There's no sacrifice in bit depth and no "windowing" of the sensor. So there's no crop factor, no loss in angle of view. The camera also performs Slow & Quick (S&Q) motion from 1 to 180 fps in 1 fps increments. So you can alter the narrative by selectively speeding up or slowing down the action.