Sony held its press conference this morning at IBC, and announced two new cameras: the PXW-X200 and the PXW-FS7. While the X200 looks interesting, the big buzz was around the FS7, a 4K XDCAM camera with a Super35 CMOS sensor.
|New PXW-FS7 being unveiled at IBC|
- Super35 ‘Exmor’ CMOS sensor with 8.8 million-effective pixels.
- Responsive sensitivity (ISO 2000) and a high signal-to-noise ratio.
- SlowMotion up to 180 frames per second
- Full HD with 50 or 60 progressive frames
- High-speed image readout, such as 240fps while recording 2K Raw on an external recorder
- It supports QFHD up to 60fps at launch, with an upgrade to 4K 4096x2160 resolution will be made available in early 2015
- Compatible with Sony's new XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GoP formats, each supporting 10-bit 4.2:2 sampling for Full HD recording
- By using the optional extension unit XDCA-FS7, the PXW-FS7 is capable of natively recording in Apple ProRes 422 codec, also planned to be available in early 2015 via firmware update
- With the XDCA-FS7’s Raw interface, the PXW-FS7 is capable of 4K/2K Raw recording with Sony’s HXR-IFR5 and AXS-R5, or with a compatible third-party external recorder
- Features two XQD card slots that support simultaneous recording or relay recording
- To support FS7’s S&Q motion and internal 4K recording, a new XQD G series with ultra-high speed transfer up to 400MBps (read) and 350MBps (write) has been developed
- Built-in ND filters
|Its form factor influenced by an Aaton film camera maybe?|
|All the usual controls: Focus, iris, gain (ISO), shutter, audio levels and menu.|
|Two XLR audio sockets and two SDI out and HDMI|
|Ergonomic grip when going hand-held|
|Hand fits snuggly round the handle|
Sony also launched the VCT-FS7, a lightweight rods support, with 15mm rods and an adjustable shoulder pad. So you'll be able to add your matte box and with that shallow depth of field you'll be needing a Follow Focus too.
By Christina Fox
|Yes, it's a viewfinder....|
The PXW-FS7 uses the E-mount lens system and comes with a new E-mount lens - FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS (SELP28135G), which Sony boasts is the world’s first 35mm full-frame interchangeable power zoom lens.
The new lens features:
- constant F4 aperture
- independent rings for Iris, Zoom and Focus control
- dust and moisture resistance
- steady shot stabilisation
- minimum focus breathing
- Sony’s new SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) to reduce zoom and focus noise while shooting.
The camera will be available in the next few weeks.
By Christina Fox