Sony Unveils FS7 II Camcorder

Sony Updates FS7 camcorder with electronic ND filter, level-lock e-mount and tool-less configuration changes. The new FS7 II camcorder is designed for long-form shooting and production applications, especially for documentaries and independent filmmaking.

Sony is expanding the FS series of super 35mm camcorders with the FS7 II. The camera has a 4K Exmor sensor for 4K DCI and UHD operation. The sensor has 14 stops dynamic range and shoots frame rates to 180fps. The camera is rated up to ISO 2000 (S-Log3 Gamma) and minimum illumination is 0.7lx at 18dB gain.

Electronic Variable ND Technology
The camcorder features an Electronic Variable ND Filter system, for greater control over exposure. The filter can be used with preset or variable density settings. Variable ND mode (clear + 2~7 stop range, in seamless transition steps up to 1/128) allows the user to vary the density of the ND filter during shooting and to transition seamlessly between steps. This also ensures an optimum motion delivery by maintaining desired shutter speed.
The camera’s expanded ND operations enables fine exposure adjustment by relegating iris to set depth of field, prevents soft focus caused by diffraction, and prevents colour shift caused by stacking multiple external ND filters.
Preset mode lets users assign three ND settings to the filter turret, useful in selecting the most appropriate filtration range for changing light conditions, for example. Auto ND mode is also available allowing exposure to stay at a fixed level while adjusting the depth of field with iris control.

E-mount (Lever Lock type)
The FS7 II has a revisited E-mount that allows users to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don't need to be removed, saving time during a production. The new E-Mount will fit any existing E-mount lenses in the market and other mount lenses with an adapter. The new FS7 II camcorder also supports Sony α Mount System, which includes more than 70 lenses.

“Tool-less” Configuration

The FS7 II “tool-less” mechanical design lets users make on-the-fly changes to the camera’s set-up and operation. For example, no tools are required to adjust the Smart Grip or viewfinder positions. The detachable viewfinder eyepiece, which comes with a pop-up hood, provides a third stabilizing contact point when shooting handheld.

Enlarged Color Space

Amongst the many enhancements the FS7 II can also record in Rec. 2020 color space, hence making it ideal for today’s UHD broadcast productions.

XQD Memory Cards

The FS7 II supports the XQD memory card format, and records XAVC-I up to 600Mb/s.With Sony’s optional XDCA-FS7 extension unit the camera can record RAW, Apple ProRes 422. The extension unit also adds genlock for multicam operation.

The camera is set to ship January 2017

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