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SonyNEX-FS100U Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder (Body Only)
 
4.7

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96%

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Pros

  • Great picture quality (43)
  • Good in low light (39)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Great sound (31)
  • Large clear LCD (25)

Cons

  • Complicated to operate (4)

Best Uses

  • Documentaries (41)
  • Movies/short films (39)
  • HD shooting (38)
  • Low light (33)
  • Weddings (18)
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    • Pro videographer (40), Semi-pro (7)
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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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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

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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
      • 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

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      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

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      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

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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

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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

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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

              Verified Buyer

              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

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                  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

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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

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                  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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                    5.0

                    My first S35 Motion Picture Camera

                    By Just a DP

                    from Santa Barbara

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                    Pros

                    • 1080p 60p
                    • 8bit 422 uncompressed
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                    • Plasticky

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I really like it. I was a long 5D user and I just couldn't work with all he issues I had. I decided to go big and I got fs100. Great in low light, stunning resolution, 1080p 60p 8 bit, 4:2:2 output, ect one thing that a little bit I'm worried about is that it's a little bit plasticky. It doesn't feels like cheap plastic, it's really strong but it's still plastic.

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                    5.0

                    Brilliant Camera

                    By S. Syed

                    from NYC

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This is - for the indy filmmaker - the best upgrade path after graduating from DSLR cameras. It's brilliant. The picture quality of this camera is amazing. Granted, it lacks the DOF of a FF like the 5D2. However, the dof resembles that of a 7D. It's not razor thin, but it can get really thin with the right lenses.

                      The screen is limited and you will need a nicer field monitor - which is something you need regardless. Also, people complain about the placement of the controls. I'm indifferent as it doesn't bother me, however, I can see how it can be troublesome. The handle placement is an issue. It would do you well to buy a shoulder rig or cage setup.

                      XLR inputs, 1080/60p, S&Q... all very useful. If you don't buy the SSD HD, you won't be able to shoot 1080/60p natively as it will not record this format to SD card. If you want slomo and have to shoot on SD card, you'll have to use S&Q... essentially over cranking. It'll record 60fps in a 24fps container.

                      The one thing you will have to get used to is playing around with color profiles. You will need about 4... indoor, outdoor, extreme tungsten, extreme brightness/contrast (midday)... the native profiles aren't... the best.

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