With many product launches coming and going on a regular basis, few are as significant as the arrival of Sony’s new FS7 Mark II
Sony is expanding its FS Series Super 35mm professional family with the addition of the new FS7 II camcorder. The new model builds on the original FS7’s strengths by adding advanced features including Electronic Variable ND technology, a lever lock type E-mount, and a new mechanical design for faster and easier set-up.
Since its introduction in 2014, the FS7 has become one of the most widely used cameras in a range of production applications, and the original model remains in the Sony line-up. The new FS7 II now gives creative professionals a broader range of creative tools, with new features all based on end user feedback.
The new camcorder is designed for long-form shooting and production applications, especially for documentaries and independent filmmaking. Amongst its many enhancements, the FS7 II can now also record in BT2020 colour space, making it an ideal choice for today’s 4K broadcast productions.
- Electronic Valuable ND technology: to compensate for exposure fluctuation while adjusting the depth of field. Users can adjust exposure while keeping the same bokeh in changing shooting or lighting environments.
- Level lock type E-mount: giving users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, saving time removing rigs during production
- New mechanical design: to enable faster and easier set-up from design and ergonomic updates for comfortable and functional use in the field.
New Sony 18-110mm Sony G lens
Sony has also introduced a new E-mount, Super 35mm lens specifically designed for documentary and motion picture production.
The new lens, model E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS, covers Super35mm and APS-C sensors. Compact and lightweight — 2.4 lbs (1.1Kg) — with an 18 to 110 focal range (6x zoom) it uses a new fully mechanical/servo zoom switchable system, capable of snap zooms and entirely devoid of lag. The focal range is optimised for Super 35 and APS-C sensors.
The lens is compatible with Sony α Mount System cameras, including the α7 series interchangeable-lens cameras and professional Super 35mm 4K camcorders like the FS7 or FS5. Although perfectly suited for still image taking, filmmakers will fully appreciate the lens’ extended creative capabilities for shooting motion images.
The lens benefits Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design from Sony, which is developed to optimise performance during motion image capture. This lens design eliminates undesirable characteristics and artifacts that do not affect still image taking, but can severely limit a lens’ usefulness for motion shooting, such as:
● Ramping: F stop gradually diminishes when zooming tight
● Not holding focus while zooming
● Breathing (angle of view variation while focusing)
● Optical axis shift (image moves in the frame while zooming)
*Due to a change in the SELP18110G specifications it is no longer compatible with the SEL14TC and SEL20TC teleconverters.
The FS7 II supports the XQD memory card format, designed for capturing and transferring high-bandwidth, high resolution files. The newest XQD card from Sony, QD-G256E — with an industry first 256 GB capacity — enables recording time of approximately 45 minutes at 4K 60P and 3.5 hours at 2K 30P. Combined with a read speed of 440MB/s and write speed 400MB/s, users can shoot for longer without needing to change media cards.
The FS7 II is planned to be available in January 2017
Sony Launch the FS7 II Camcorder