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Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)

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Product Highlights
  • Exmor Super35 CMOS Sensor
  • E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2 & RGB Output via HDMI
  • NXCAM Recording Format (AVCHD)
  • Embedded Timecode
  • 3.5" XtraFine LCD Screen
  • 1920 x 1080p Slow & Quick Motion
  • Dual XLR Audio
  • Modular Design
  • Memory Stick, SD/SDHC/SDXC Recording

The NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder is Sony's first affordable and fully professional large-sensor video camera. Hot on the heels of the PMW-F3, this compact, highly modular camera uses the same S35-size CMOS sensor as the F3. Unlike smaller, broadcast-style sensors or the larger "full-frame" sensors of some DSLRs, the NEX-FS100's imaging area matches that of standard Hollywood film cameras, providing complete compatibility with cine-style film lenses (via optional adapters) as well as any of Sony's E-Mount lenses. The sensor's large size offers a variety of other advantages, including increased control over depth of field, higher sensitivity in low light, lower image noise, and an exceptional dynamic range.

Able to shoot full 1080p video in a range of frame rates up to 60p, the FS100 provides the option of recording 28Mbps AVCHD footage onto SD or Memory Stick media, or it can output uncompressed 4:2:2 video (with embedded timecode) and RGB via HDMI 1.4 to an external recording unit. Simultaneous recording to both is also possible when instant backup is called for. There's no stinting on audio, either, as the camera includes not only a shotgun microphone with mount/carrying handle, but dual XLR inputs for recording uncompressed, professional-level sound from an external source.

Other features--such as a rotating 3.5" XtraFine LCD panel with detachable viewfinder, SD recording, GPS geotagging, and slow shutter--make the FS100 an impressive companion to other cameras in the S35 line. Not only will it intercut perfectly with the F3, F35, or SRW-9000PL as a 2nd unit or B camera, it can stand on its own in applications as diverse as indie film, commercials, music promos, education, and wedding videos.

Note! Lens not included, must be purchased separately.

Exmor Super 35 CMOS Sensor for Shooting Motion Pictures
Equipped with a large CMOS sensor equivalent in size to Super 35mm film, the NEX-FS100 enables shooting with the same creative depth of field as the PMW-F3.

The sensor also features the optimum number of effective pixels for shooting HD moving images. At a high 60fps in all-pixel scan mode, this allows images to be captured with less color aliasing, jaggedness and rolling shutter than DSLR cameras, while providing the sensitivity to shoot at a minimum illumination of 0.28 lux. Another advantage of Exmor technology is minimal noise when shooting lowlight scenes.

E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System
Sony's E-mount interchangeable lenses let you enjoy a level of creative freedom unimaginable with camcorders of the past. All feature precision-crafted optics with aspherical glass elements for compact high performance, and circular iris mechanisms for smooth background defocusing.

Thanks to the E-mount's short 18mm flange-back distance, using a mount adapter allows shooting with a wide range of existing lenses. For example, with the optional LA-EA1 mount adapter, you can take advantage of the abundant lenses (A-mount lenses). Third-party adapters enable use of an even wider variety of lenses.

Modular Design for a Variety of Shooting Styles
Featuring a compact, lightweight body with detachable grip, handle, and viewfinder, the NEX-FS100 is ideal for a wide range of shooting situations.

During handheld shooting, the angle of the grip can be changed as desired, and recording started and stopped with a button on the grip. Recording start/stop buttons are also provided on the top and lower right of the camera.

There are also 1/4" and 3/8" screw holes on both the handle and the bottom of the camera body for mounting various peripheral devices--plus a tape measure hook and an image sensor position index on the body.

XtraFine LCD Panel
Located on the optical axis, the 3.5"-type XtraFine LCD panel enables easier, more intuitive framing, especially during handheld shooting. And the LCD panel can be rotated for stress-free operation when shooting low-angle scenes and digital signage footage. For easier, more precise focusing in daylight, the viewfinder comes with a detachable 1.2x magnifier.
1920 x 1080P Slow & Quick Motion
Recording images at a different frame rate from that used for playback provides the extra versatility of slow and quick motion shooting. The NEX-FS100 enables Full HD (1920 x 1080) progressive slow and quick motion. Frame rates are selectable from among 60fps, 30fps, 15fps, 8fps, 4fps, 2fps, and 1fps. So, for example, when recording at 1080/30p, if the frame rate is set to 60fps, images are recorded in 2 times slow motion. S&Q shooting plus last scene review permits checking the S&Q effects on-set, immediately after shooting the scene without drilling down menus.
Hybrid Recording
Recording to the directly mountable HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory unit allows continuous recording for over 10 hours without changing the recording medium. Simultaneous recording using memory cards and other media is also possible for secure backup when shooting footage that can't be reshot.

Note: When recording on different media, the resolution must be HD or SD. HD and SD cannot be simultaneously on different media.

NXCAM Recording Format
Like other NXCAM series cameras, the NEX-FS100 uses the well established AVCHD recording format supported by a wide range of nonlinear editing systems. Better still, it's ready to shoot with a maximum frame rate of 1920 x 1080/60p (28Mbps) for even higher quality recording. For more flexibility, it's also possible to record in Standard Definition MPEG-2 format.
Uncompressed 4:2:2 Output & RGB Output via HDMI 1.4
When shooting, the NEX-FS100 can output uncompressed 4:2:2 video with embedded timecode, as well as RGB via HDMI 1.4, onto external media recording units like an HDD.
Geotagging with Built-in GPS Receiver
A built-in GPS receiver makes the NEX-FS100 an ideal choice for professional videographers. The receiver gives you the ability to "geo-tag" shooting locations--making it easy if you need to return to the same location or to create a log when surveying remote locations. Your locations can be tracked on Google Maps and all GPS data can be extracted with a PC. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone when international travel is part of your assignment.
Picture Profile
Six picture profile settings for different shooting conditions are provided as default settings. Selecting a picture profile for a particular scene offers an easy way to creatively change your shoot.
Last Scene Review
Press a single button to immediately review the last recorded scene.
Expanded Focus
Press a button and this enlarges the centre of the displayed image by 2x, a particularly useful feature when making critical focusing adjustments.
Histogram
Onscreen display of a histogram enables easier exposure adjustment. The histogram also shows the point where the zebra pattern appears (the zebra point). This enables confirmation of overall brightness distribution and the brightness level set with the zebra function. As well as preventing overexposure, this is useful as a guide when aiming for optimum exposure of certain parts of an image, such as faces.
Peaking
A peaking function draws a defined line around the subject displayed in the LCD monitor and viewfinder. Peaking sensitivity and color (red, white, yellow) can be selected to enable more precise focusing.
Markers
Center, aspect, safety zone, guide frame and other markers can be displayed on the LCD.
Firmware Update
Sony has implemented a firmware update scheme for future functions.
Image Device Super 35mm Exmor CMOS Image Sensor (23.6 x 13.3 mm)
Picture Elements 1920 x 1080 (Effective)
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 54dB (Y) (typical)
Horizontal Resolution 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 0.28 lx (1/30 shutter, IRIS F1.4, Auto GAIN)
Signal System NTSC
Built-in Filters None
LCD Monitor 3.5 inch-type, XtraFine LCD
Approx. 921,600 dots (1920 x 480), 16:9 aspect
Speaker Mono
Viewfinder Supplied VF tube for LCD
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/60-1/2000, 30p: 1/30-1/2000, 24p: 1/48-1/2400
Manual: 60i/30p/60p: 1/3-1/10000, 24p: 1/3-1/10000
Gain Selection Not specified by manufacturer
White Balance Auto, Outdoor (5800K), Indoor (3200K), One-push (Touch panel)
Memory Card Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC / Memory Stick (x1)
Recording Format Video HD: HD MPEG-4 AVCHD format compatible (1080/60p original format)
SD: MPEG-2 PS (Same as DVD)

Audio
HD: Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz) / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
STD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Frame Rates HD mode
PS (28Mbps) 1920x1080 60p
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 30p
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 24p
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 60i
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 60i
HD HQ (9Mbps) 1440x1080 60i
HD LP (5Mbps) 1440x1080 60i
HD FH (17Mbps),1920x1080 24p
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 30p
HD FX (24Mbps), 1280x720 60p
HD FH (17Mbps) 1280x720 60p

SD mode
HQ (9Mbps) 720 x 480/60i (30p, 24p Scan)

Slow & Quick Motion Function
REC Frame Rates: 1080 60p/30p/24p Capture Rates: 60fps, 30fps, 15fps, 8fps, 4fps, 2fps, 1fps

Recording/Playback Time 170 min (2h 50m) with 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX
@FX(24Mbps), Linear PCM 2ch Recording
Audio Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
Audio Signal Format Not specified by manufacturer
Audio Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
Signal to Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer
Input and Output Connectors HDMI: Type A Connection (x1 Output)
Component: RCAx3 (x1 Output)
Composite: RCA (x1 Output)
Line/Mic: 3-pin XLR (x2 Input)
Audio: RCAx2 (x1 Output)
USB: Mini-AB/Hi-Speed (x1)
Headphone: 3.5mm Stereo Mini (x1 Output)
Remote: 2.5mm Stereo Mini (x1)
Power Requirements 8.4V AC Adapter / 7.2VDC Battery
Power Consumption 5.6W
When Flash Memory Unit HXR-FMU128 is used, average power consumption increases about 1.1W.
Operating Temperature 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5 x 4 x 7.6" (12.7 x 10.2 x 19.4 cm) (body only)
Weight 2.3 lbs (1.04kg) (camera only)
Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)
  • AC-VL1 AC Adapter/Charger
  • NP-F770 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack (7.2v, 4400mAh)
  • DK-415 Connecting Cord
  • ECM-XM1 Microphone
  • RMT-845 Remote Commander
  • Component Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • USB Cable
  • USB Adapter Cable
  • Viewfinder Tube
  • Large Eyecup
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • Software (CD-ROM)
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyNEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)
     
    4.7

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (40)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (45)
    • Good in low light (41)
    • Great sound (33)
    • Easy to use (32)
    • Large clear LCD (25)

    Cons

    • Complicated to operate (5)

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries (43)
    • Movies/short films (41)
    • HD shooting (39)
    • Low light (34)
    • Weddings (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (40), Semi-pro (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    THIS IS THE ONE!

    After owning a FX1, Z7U, EX1, 5D & 7D, I thought to myself, well here comes another product to get my hopes up then destroy them. However, I like to give...Read complete review

    After owning a FX1, Z7U, EX1, 5D & 7D, I thought to myself, well here comes another product to get my hopes up then destroy them. However, I like to give every product an opportunity to prove itself, so I started doing my research. After investigating, I decided to rent this unit to give a try. I wasn't expecting too much at first, but I must say after shooting with it and reviewing the footage, I was speechless. This is the one I was waiting for all along!After I returned the rental, I sold ALL my equipment to buy this unit and the necessary gear.I will start off by saying I would not put this product in the same category as a DSLR, not sure why it's marketed as such. This video camera blows away any product on the market under [$], whether it is a dslr "with video" or camcorder.Image Quality & Clarity:The image quality & clarity "with a zeiss lens" is comparable to the 5D. The colors are spot on with the FS1, unlike the EX1 "blacks were greenish, What is that about?" The clarity is much better than the FX1 or Z7U, which appeared grainy in comparison. Quite simply the FS1 image quality is stunning and the colors are beautiful. Being able to added zeiss lenses and provide short focal distances is amazing.Video Movement:Again, not sure why the FS1 is marketing to the DSLR market. This product doesn't have any jello effects, stuttering, moire, ailasing, or any such performance problems. It behaves like an excellent camcorder should. I recorder everything in 1920x1080-60p. The movement is amazing. The slow mo effects are breathtaking, using either quick/slow function or slowing it down to 40% in post.Sound:Sound quality is excellent with the mic. It also has the ability to reduce the wind effect just like prosumer camcorders. Buttons & Screen:The buttons are well thought out, some are programmable, again everything you would expect on a camcorder. I love the LCD screen on the top "the side position was getting old"! Having the screen bright with red peaking is the bomb.Playback & Editing:The avchd codec files play perfectly on the PS3 without any need for conversion. Editing is a breeze with Vegas Pro. I don't even have to convert the files, they play and editing very smoothly. Unlike the 5D & 7D mov files "those had to be converted". All I do is copy the stream folder from my SD card to the PC and I am ready to edit.I own a Mac but use the Windows partition to edit video. I love Macs, but the apple & adobe editing programs are sub par. Vegas Pro is much easier to use and you don't have to render every couple minutes.Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase. I just need to buy two other zeiss lenses to combine with my FS1 and soon to be announced A950.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's ok

    I bought this camera as my first upgrade from a DSLR with the hopes that it would open up s new world of tools for me to use and make my life easier on...Read complete review

    I bought this camera as my first upgrade from a DSLR with the hopes that it would open up s new world of tools for me to use and make my life easier on set. A lot of the features for this camera did make filming much nicer and easier but this camera kind of took the fun out of filmmaking for me. So here is a list of pros and cons.

    Pros:

    Audio from XLRs is amazing compared to DSLRs.

    Focus peaking is cool. (not always 100% accurate though. Sometimes, even with peaking, the subject would appear and they were ever so slightly out of focus.)

    Histogram REALLY helps.

    Zebras are nice but I never really found myself using them.

    Long lasting battery.

    Codec allows for long record times with small amounts of memory. (but compressed codec is kind of annoying)

    60p at 1080p (This and the lower price point at the time were the main reasons I decided to buy this camera over the Canon C100. I literally never found myself using this slow motion though)

    Cons: Before I write this list, I want to say that while researching this camera, I looked at A LOT of reviews and all of them said that the camera had a nice image but it wasn't without it's faults. When I heard about the faults of this camera, I thought to myself, "that's not such a big deal. I can work around that" but they ended up being the reason this camera took the fun out of filmmaking for me. I will mark those specific issues with a ***.

    Erganomics *** (this has got to be the biggest killer of this camera and the main reason I sold mine. When I had my DSLR, I rarely required more than a lens, a battery, and a memory card to go out and film. I took my DSLR everywhere with me because I could. It was small, light, compact, and with a neckstrap and IS, I could get amazing shots just handheld and most of my personal work was done this way and even a good amount of my professional documentary work. The FS100, you cannot use without some sort of rig. You just can't and it is a giant pain to have to setup a tripod or a shoulder rig just to be able to walk around with the camera. I stopped taking my camera with me when I went places because I couldn't stand having to setup a tripod or shoulder rig when going places like the beach or the city. This isn't something I thought about when people said the erganomics were terrible. I didn't realize how much I loved the fact that I could literally pick up my DSLR and go out and shoot and get good results most of the time. It's one of those things that you don't realise you have until it's gone and, in my opinion, the biggest fault of the camera)

    No ND filters (not a huge deal but having to take the extra time to attach a variable ND to every lens was annoying. And variable NDs have a weird annoying effect on wide lenses which would be a solved problem if the camera had NDs)

    ISO is only drops to 500 *** (this is annoying. Plan and simple. Going from a camera that could drop down to 100 ISO was nice but not having that ability is a pain. Everything requires an ND filter because of this, which the camera doesn't have. Even indoor shots during the day required NDs sometimes.)
    Took the fun out of filming *** (There were a lot of things about this camera that made me think more about the technical side instead of the creative side and it took the fun out of shooting. The main being the erganomics. Not being able to just pick up the camera and shoot what I saw ruined it for me with this camera. Having to have a setup for every situation isn't fun.)

    Can't hold highlights at all *** (I told myself that I would just work around this but it's pretty bad. If you're in an area with bright areas and dark areas, this camera will not help you very much. Dynamic range kind of sucks. I thought it would blow my DSLR out of the water but it seemed to be about the same. The second anything is overexposed, the shot is pretty much ruined with this camera)

    PICTURE PROFILE IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT *** (HOLY MONKEY THIS WAS ANNOYING! Ok. It wasn't too bad because there are a lot of these made on the internet already but my god. People call it picture profile alchemy for a reason. You need to create different picture profiles for each scenario, such as outside, inside, day time, night time, etc. It was a pain in the butt. Where as something like S-Log or C-Log is something you can pretty much use in any situation. Giant pain)

    Screen doesn't show an accurate pictures *** (I couldn't stand this. I got an external recorder/monitor for the camera and holy monkey. The image that I saw on the calibrated external monitor blew the on camera LCD away. What appeared over or underexposed on the LCD screen looked fine in the monitor.)

    Noise levels at high ISOs are not as good as everyone says (people say this is an amazing low light camera but it's not. Maybe I got a defective camera but I had WAY too much noise at every ISO. Even ISO 500. It didn't make sense that people said that there was no noise up to ISO 6400 but I was getting it at ISO 500.)

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    5.0

    Pro quality with prosumer price

    By BrianB

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Complicated To Operate

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Home Movies
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

    Footage looks very professional. Customizing the picture profiles will put your film next level. Only downside is its a little difficult to adjust ISO and gain on the fly. Would definitely recommend to a friend.

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    4.0

    Great camera with just a few flaws

    By Corey bo Borey

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

      The FS100 shoots a great picture, and S+Q mode is awesome! But if I can nitpick, the camera does, as everyone probably agrees, feel plasticky. Some of the buttons are in weird places (expanded focus, record). Not having all of the input ports on one side of the camera can lead to a tangled mess (come on XLR input 2). Oh, and the native ISO of 500 plus no integrated ND filters is a royal pain.

      I do appreciate having manual control over all of the basic video features, but if I could do it all over again, I probably would have gone with the a7s.

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      2.0

      It's ok

      By BL

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Complicated To Operate
      • Poor Image Quality
      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

        I bought this camera as my first upgrade from a DSLR with the hopes that it would open up s new world of tools for me to use and make my life easier on set. A lot of the features for this camera did make filming much nicer and easier but this camera kind of took the fun out of filmmaking for me. So here is a list of pros and cons.

        Pros:

        Audio from XLRs is amazing compared to DSLRs.

        Focus peaking is cool. (not always 100% accurate though. Sometimes, even with peaking, the subject would appear and they were ever so slightly out of focus.)

        Histogram REALLY helps.

        Zebras are nice but I never really found myself using them.

        Long lasting battery.

        Codec allows for long record times with small amounts of memory. (but compressed codec is kind of annoying)

        60p at 1080p (This and the lower price point at the time were the main reasons I decided to buy this camera over the Canon C100. I literally never found myself using this slow motion though)

        Cons: Before I write this list, I want to say that while researching this camera, I looked at A LOT of reviews and all of them said that the camera had a nice image but it wasn't without it's faults. When I heard about the faults of this camera, I thought to myself, "that's not such a big deal. I can work around that" but they ended up being the reason this camera took the fun out of filmmaking for me. I will mark those specific issues with a ***.

        Erganomics *** (this has got to be the biggest killer of this camera and the main reason I sold mine. When I had my DSLR, I rarely required more than a lens, a battery, and a memory card to go out and film. I took my DSLR everywhere with me because I could. It was small, light, compact, and with a neckstrap and IS, I could get amazing shots just handheld and most of my personal work was done this way and even a good amount of my professional documentary work. The FS100, you cannot use without some sort of rig. You just can't and it is a giant pain to have to setup a tripod or a shoulder rig just to be able to walk around with the camera. I stopped taking my camera with me when I went places because I couldn't stand having to setup a tripod or shoulder rig when going places like the beach or the city. This isn't something I thought about when people said the erganomics were terrible. I didn't realize how much I loved the fact that I could literally pick up my DSLR and go out and shoot and get good results most of the time. It's one of those things that you don't realise you have until it's gone and, in my opinion, the biggest fault of the camera)

        No ND filters (not a huge deal but having to take the extra time to attach a variable ND to every lens was annoying. And variable NDs have a weird annoying effect on wide lenses which would be a solved problem if the camera had NDs)

        ISO is only drops to 500 *** (this is annoying. Plan and simple. Going from a camera that could drop down to 100 ISO was nice but not having that ability is a pain. Everything requires an ND filter because of this, which the camera doesn't have. Even indoor shots during the day required NDs sometimes.)
        Took the fun out of filming *** (There were a lot of things about this camera that made me think more about the technical side instead of the creative side and it took the fun out of shooting. The main being the erganomics. Not being able to just pick up the camera and shoot what I saw ruined it for me with this camera. Having to have a setup for every situation isn't fun.)

        Can't hold highlights at all *** (I told myself that I would just work around this but it's pretty bad. If you're in an area with bright areas and dark areas, this camera will not help you very much. Dynamic range kind of sucks. I thought it would blow my DSLR out of the water but it seemed to be about the same. The second anything is overexposed, the shot is pretty much ruined with this camera)

        PICTURE PROFILE IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT *** (HOLY MONKEY THIS WAS ANNOYING! Ok. It wasn't too bad because there are a lot of these made on the internet already but my god. People call it picture profile alchemy for a reason. You need to create different picture profiles for each scenario, such as outside, inside, day time, night time, etc. It was a pain in the butt. Where as something like S-Log or C-Log is something you can pretty much use in any situation. Giant pain)

        Screen doesn't show an accurate pictures *** (I couldn't stand this. I got an external recorder/monitor for the camera and holy monkey. The image that I saw on the calibrated external monitor blew the on camera LCD away. What appeared over or underexposed on the LCD screen looked fine in the monitor.)

        Noise levels at high ISOs are not as good as everyone says (people say this is an amazing low light camera but it's not. Maybe I got a defective camera but I had WAY too much noise at every ISO. Even ISO 500. It didn't make sense that people said that there was no noise up to ISO 6400 but I was getting it at ISO 500.)

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        5.0

        Solid

        By Ron

        from New Haven, CT

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

          Excellent camera. Plan to buy a good rugged handle for it if you plan on working with it. The body is awkward to carry without a professional handle. Other than that, with lense kits to use whatever you want on this Super35mm body, this camera is a serious tool for productions. It was designed to be modular, so as it comes stock, it leaves you wanting a little bit more from it. But if you are serious and can afford some upgrades, this camera is like a little baby RED or Alexa.

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          5.0

          Used 1 year, still outstanding

          By Robert

          from San Antonio TX

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Built To Last
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Features
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

          • Too Many Haters

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

          I've had this camera for over a year. Yes, when I first got it, it was a little awkward, but as I got used to it....it's AMAZING. All the negative comments about the "kit lens" not being as good as a Canon are bogus. Show me a Canon kit lens that's half as good as this one. There are some amazing lenses out there for this camera for alot less than Canon's mid quality lineup and produce better than most of Canon's L series. I know this because I also have a Canon DSLR with several L lenses and the Sony FS100 walks all over it. People complained about the placement of the LCD display. Get an off camera monitor like a professional. I don't even use the LCD monitor on my Canon. How many pros do you see using a 7D with the cameras monitor???? The low light ability of this camera dominates any Canon camera out there and most video cameras out there at twice the price. Zoom toggles are for lazy people. I admit I missed the electronic zoom from my other video camera, but after you get used to it, it becomes second nature and there isn't any of that "opps...zoomed in to far or opps....zoomed to fast". You control everything you want. The auto focus is the best I have ever seen, even in low light. I have yet to see it searching for something to focus on with any of my video lights turned on(like a professional should have). Besides weddings, we have done several movies and even won several film festivals. Not just local, but through out the US. We even had several shorts make it past the first couple rounds of cuts in Cannes. The bottom line is if you want the best camera for your money and aren't lazy, then this is the camera for you. If you want a camera to do everything for you, then go to [*]and buy a Handycam.

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          5.0

          Excellent camera for the money

          By RicM

          from Providence, RI

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          Pros

          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • Complicated To Operate

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

          This camera has been eclipsed by the FS-700, but we bought one to serve as the #2 camera to an FS-700 as we already had Slo-Mo and the other FS-700 features in our #1 cam. We tried using several other less expensive solutions for the second point of view in interviews, but this camera teamed up with an Atmos Ninja gives beautiful results, and matches the 700 image quality pretty closely. The controls and menus are similar or the same, making going back and forth between the two easy in the studio or the field.

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          5.0

          the best independant film camera

          By madog milko

          from colorado springs ca

          About Me Pro Videographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Awkward Hand Grip

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

          Super 35 mm sensor equals big picture with big results. I was ready to make a short film. I decided to make a feature film. My only gripe? Give me slow mo options at the price.

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          5.0

          Excellent low light camera

          By Shazad1

          from TX

          About Me Pro Videographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • No image stabilization

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

          Excellent video quality low light capability is hard to beat.

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          5.0

          HD Cinema for less than 50k? YES!

          By accidentalcinema

          from austin texas

          About Me Pro Videographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Movies/Short Films

            Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

            I make industril videos and paired with the right lens (sony zeiss 24mm fixed). This camera deliver stunning results. The color balance is amazing. the lattitude is like film, and it is sharp sharp sharp.
            Unlike may other HD or equl to 35mm cams, this one has just the right number of buttons and adjustments.

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            5.0

            Love hate relatioship! (90% love)

            By Cliff

            from Hollywood FL

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Pros

            • Fantastic Lens Options
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Low light
            • Super 35mm Sensor

            Cons

            • Complicated To Operate
            • Handle Is Wierd
            • Odd Ergonomics
            • Strange Body Shape

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

            Sony has created a great camera and by implementing a very awkward body design, they have successfully kept it far away from their Event/News market products.Things I love:Image quality – very sharp with no moire or interpolation artifacts of any significance. (finaly,...thank God)Low light ability – This sensor is bright (even at 0db) and wonderfully clean at high gain amounts. (+18db on an already very bright sensor is still pristine!...even +30db has nowhere near the noise you would normally expect)Picture profiles – Nice set of picture profile options that allow you squeeze allot into it's tough AVCHD codec. (which holds up very well, even under light to moderate color grading)60p frame rate – love it, love it, love it.Full manual control - Iris, gain and shutter speed and the option of running any one or more independently on auto. (Create your own Auto/manual functions of the 3) Excellent lens options, including E mount lenses that run great on auto focus/Iris. You can easily adapt to any Nikon, Canon, Alpha and many others.Great audio control and options. – everything you could want including a good limiter option.Thinks I hate:Strange body design with screen on top.Handle that is,…I don't know. Just awkward feelingNo built in mics. Something Sony could have easily added but remember, Sony does not want their hand-held ENG camera sales affected by the FS100.Horrible bolt on rotating handle. It's just very, VERY weird feeling!Odd cable management and connector/jack placement.Overall, I'm getting used to the Fs100's foibles. The end result is the most important thing for me and I'm VERY happy with this camera's image quality and performance. This camera is very versatile and it is truly an extremely powerful tool for the patient videographer.At the current price?,..it's a steal. If you want this as a "run & gun" camera,..you will be very frustrated by it's ergonomics. (again, exactly as Sony intended it to be to protect it's other ENG cameras)

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            5.0

            NEX-FS100u Super Duper 35mm Rocks

            By Megalodon

            from Right Coast: DC

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

              For my kind of work, the FS100U is a clear champion of features, functions and capabilities. My personal BHPhoto interview many other magic eye balls [cameras in this price point] proved that the NEX-FS100u's combination of auto and manual controls, industry sounds connectivity and configurability, lens adaptions, media modals and physical style, put it way above the fray.

              Certain to not meet everyone's needs, the FS-100U has the muscle in the area of visual control features that make it RIGHT for Indialists, Documentarians, and CraftsPeople that need to control everything, but want the lazyFare to accomplish shots with ease and breeze when possible.

              One fine camera; the weight is right, the feel is right, the controls are where they are needed .. and it easily fits as a one or two person cinematic Kamakozee... taking Zero Prisoners!

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              4.0

              Amazing camera. Amazing picture.

              By MGBarrett

              from Lakeland, FL

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                The Sony FS100 is simply an amazing camera. I was a 5D Mark II user for many years. That was a good camera and created beautiful images with a tremendous depth of field but with no XLR audio inputs, the camera created a lot of extra work and equipment to keep up with. When I first bought the FS100, I wasn't that impressed. As I got used to a real camera again and learned to dial in the right picture profiles, the camera got better and better. Granted, Sony doesn't have the greatest "out of the box" picture profiles. In fact things were very much on the yellow and green side which threw me off.

                Look at the images side by side with any DSLR and the Sony clearly wins. It's simply in a different league. Paired with the metabones speed booster and the Rokinon Cine Lenses, the depth of field is as shallow as the 5D and the speed booster almost makes it full frame again.

                I simply love the camera. I certainly wish it wasn't as plastic as it is and I really don't like the screen on the top of the camera but for the price, what you get is the best bang for the buck of any camera out there. I am tremendously pleased and with every shoot the camera gets better and better. I am looking to upgrade to the FS700 and keep the FS100 as my B camera. I love the Sony look and that's coming from someone who struggled to let to of the Canon color. Now, it looks artificial to me.

                All in all, the FS100 still is the best value of any camera available. The AVCHD codec has caused no issues, the SD card media is cheap, removable batteries last a long time, HDMI out allows for external monitors and EVFs, XLR audio inputs are to be celebrated and the sensor is quite impressive. Totally happy I moved away from the DSLRs and to a real camera. Thank you Sony!

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                4.0

                Sensor is Optimized for Video Excellent!

                By Roy

                from Nashville, Tn

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                  Sony should optimize some of their consumer camcorders for video like Canon 1920x1080 pixel size or at least near that, in order to have bigger pixels per sensor size ratio better light sensitivity. You can always use a photo camera for stills. This camcorder is great! But for a price!
                  The Case feels very cheap but the performance is great, excellent video and great light sensitivity!

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                  5.0

                  Love this camera

                  By Sunithaya

                  from Ithaca, NY

                  About Me Pro Videographer

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                  Pros

                  • Best Camera For The Price
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • No Built-in Nd

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Movies/Short Films

                  Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                  After my College bought 9 of these cameras for its media program and I was able to use them for a while I decided to purchase my own. At first I was puzzled by the boxy shape and though it might be uncomfortable for hand held shots and though it might need a shoulder rig. I was wrong, The camera is perfectly balanced and designed in such a way that all the controls fall in the right logical place for both hands and the viewfinder (more on it later) has exactly the right dimension and placement to reach your eye when you are in a normal upright position.
                  A word about the viewfinder. It is incredibly bright, large and makes focusing and framing a delight. Its position is adjustable. It is detachable from the LCD screen so you only use it when you need it, for example in bright outdoor situations. One nice feature is that you can simply lift the viewfinder to expose the screen (e.g. to show someone else) and the viewfinder then acts like a shade.
                  The most outstanding thing for me is the image quality. True, you must first modify the factory default profiles to get the best result, but once that is done you will be very satisfied by the great range of the sensor. Assuming of course that you have good glass on your camera.
                  Like most cameras at this level the NEX-FS100U features a lot of configurable options to fit your shooting style. Menus are clear and straightforward and the abundance of programmable buttons make it easy to adjust to most special situations.
                  On my wish list for this camera, hoping that Sony might implementi in a future firmware upgrade are: the ability to save single profiles instead of the entire set. A feature I absolutely love about its bigger brother, the F3, I would like the ability to overlay a reference frame for matching purposes. Also I would like the ability of choosing from a larger variety of grids or compositional overlays, perhaps user defined.
                  Another great feature is the ability to enlarge all the data displays, for example the audio levels, instead os relying on tiny representations.
                  I have tried a few professional mikes and the audio capabilities seem excellent although have not analysed further.
                  Summing up I have yet to find something I dislike about this camera, specially when coupled with excellent glass and other accessories like follow focus etc. THe college cameras have a couple of matched Zeiss zooms but my personal lens (other than some Nikon's from my still camera that I use with an adapter) is a Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Standard Zoom Lens with which I am really happy.

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                  5.0

                  Well designed large sensor camera.

                  By Nobby Squirt

                  from New York

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting

                    Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                    I use the FS100 with a Nikon adapter to extend my optical options in video.Like the way the camera can be stripped down or built up as needed. Overall thought out design is good. The NEX codec did not work as effortlessly in Final Cut Pro as advertised.

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                    5.0

                    Great tool for the job

                    By CS Films

                    from Houston, Tx

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                    Pros

                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                      Love the camera. Love the image quality. It takes some work to get that 'look' out of the camera. Adjust those picture profiles, it is actually alot of fun to learn what all of the settings do, and will only refine your craft. Good luck!

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                      5.0

                      The best camera at this price!

                      By DarkLich

                      from Imperial, CA

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                      • No ND fillters

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • Movies/Short Films

                      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                      First of all - the sensor, it can produce beautiful, shallow depth of field at high quality of the video.
                      You can attach almost any kind of lens to the camcorder via adapters, which makes this one of the best camcorders at this price range.
                      The only thing I do miss are ND filters, which aren't built in, but this can be fixed by external ND filters.

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                      3.0

                      Needs Improvements

                      By Ken Editor

                      from Long Island, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • NO AUTO ZOOM
                      • Poor Focus
                      • Poorly Located Viewfinder
                      • Very Small Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • HD Shooting
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                      I am using this product primarily for even videography and business video production. So when I was looking for a better camcorder, specifically one that recorded on tapeless media and just had a higher quality to it, I was deciding between this camcorder and the Sony PMW-EX1R. Let's just say that after six months of having this camcorder, I realized that I should have gone with the EX1R all along. Ultimately, its the build/tech specs of the FS100, especially its E-Mount 18-200mm lens that are the problem. They are unwieldily. When the image is in focus, the quality is stunning. However, it is very difficult to focus and zoom properly because both have to be done manually to be effective. In other words, you have to physically touch the camera to operate the zoom and focus. There is no remote or auto zoom. Although there is auto-focus, it is always set to center, not the nearest object. Furthermore, and most importantly, it is slow. So all of this causes complications, such as poor subject tracking and DOF issues. Low light performance is outstanding however. The viewfinder is small and its location on the camcorder is difficult to access on a tripod or monopod, especially when panning down. Overall, it has its various pros such as high quality sound and picture. However, the con that outweighs everything is the difficulty of trying to reach said high quality because of all the improvements it needs, i.e. poor manual focus and zoom features and lack of proper auto functions.

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                      5.0

                      Absolutely Love and Enjoy

                      By RaymondT

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Pro Videographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Flexible
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • No HD-SDI
                      • No ND

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Multi-Camera
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                      I use the FS100 on a variety of projects from fashion Shows to local Business Infomercials to low-budget commercials to multi-camera live events.

                      And this camera has done wonders beyond my expectation.

                      Before buying this camera I went through reviews upon reviews. And was at a stand still debate between this, the AF100 and a DSLR setup. After a long period of debate I decided to go with the FS100.

                      I do not regret it at all.

                      - Sure there isnt an ND filter, buy a variable ND filter. To tell you the truth, it's second nature when you get use to it and your hand is already on the focus, so a couple of inches to adjust the ND on a circular variable isn't an issue.

                      - Sure you don't have HD-SDi out, the HDMI to HD-SDI adapters like the AJA and Blackmagic setup work just fine and worked well with a Multi-camera layout.

                      The picture profiles are very easy to adjust. And the quality of the color, tonality, dynamic range and contrast are just perfect for camera in this form factor.

                      And having XLR plug ins is definitely a step up from a DSLR setup for me, especially on projects that have quick turn-arounds and deadlines.

                      A GREAT LOW-LIGHT Camera.

                      I wouldn't hesitate on this camera. Just make sure you buy the right lens adapter for the lenses you own.

                      And update the firmware. With the new Sony Firmware update a few more features have been added and made the camera even more enjoyable.

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                      5.0

                      All has been more than expected

                      By MC

                      from Louisville KY

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sony NEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only):

                        This is my bread and butter and believe me B&H has always delivered .
                        Thanks for such a great service

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