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SonyNEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens
 
4.6

(based on 100 reviews)

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    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (87)
  • Good in low light (80)
  • Easy to use (68)
  • Great sound (60)
  • Zoom range/performance (59)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (8)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Poor still image (4)
  • Complicated to operate (3)
  • NO ND FILTER (3)

Best Uses

  • Movies/short films (76)
  • HD shooting (72)
  • Documentaries (70)
  • Low light (57)
  • Weddings (57)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro videographer (70), Semi-pro (18), Enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (92)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceeded Expectations

I researched cameras for about 5 months before purchasing the FS100. I was originally looking at the 5D Mark III, but wanted a camera just for video. I did so much research I...Read complete review

I researched cameras for about 5 months before purchasing the FS100. I was originally looking at the 5D Mark III, but wanted a camera just for video. I did so much research I was losing my mind, but I finally decided on the FS100, and I can say I made the right choice. I film sports primarily, and recently brought it to the US Wrestling Nationals in Vegas, and the depth of field on this camera was fantastic. It was awesome in low light, and the picture profiles built in are a great help. One of the Cons people reported were it was cumbersome, but I rigged it up to a VariZoom monopod and find it extreamly easy to carry and maneuver. I'm running around alot when filming, so I can say this is great for those who do both run-and-gun, and stationary shooting. The kit lens was better than expected, and though I will evenetually upgrade, it certainly suffices. It's small, and very easy to trasport. I recommend this camera to anyone!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

awesome camera but far from perfect

I use this product for event, corporate and commercial videography.

The image quality is by far the greatest thing about this camera. Having access to interchangeable lenses is amazing, however using...Read complete review

I use this product for event, corporate and commercial videography.

The image quality is by far the greatest thing about this camera. Having access to interchangeable lenses is amazing, however using your canon or nikon lenses will definitely be problematic. Being there is no way to control aperture it becomes a little bit complicated to use this camera in high pressure situations.

With the nex sony lens, the camera definitely becomes easier to use, but it still has some major flaws with what i consider consumer quality features. digital aperture wheels located on the rear/side of the camera make for an extremely consumer and complicated level of use.

The LCD screen is big and crystal clear. However, it's somewhat annoying that there's no ocular.

In general I would love to see the use and quality of the ex-03 with the image quality and lens versatility of the FS100.

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5.0

Great Camera

By D-Ray

from OKC, OK

About Me Pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries

    Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

    Great for interviews and indie film making for both novice and pro!!

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    4.0

    FS100 is solid camera for filmmaking

    By John Brune

    from Fort Wayne, Indiana

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • No Built In Nd

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

    I already own an FS100 and since I make my living shooting and editing video I need a second camera so that I can have matching shots and continuous coverage--as well as a backup if something goes wrong. The FS100 has everything I need at this point. Unlimited record times without camera overheating and interchangability with so many new and legacy lenses. The lack of a zoom control and no ND filter built in are my only criticisms. Fantastic picture quality and now a very affordable price--$ less than what I paid for the first camera!

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    4.0

    Finally a REAL Camera at DSLR pricepoint

    By colin carnival

    from portland oregon

    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
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

    • Poor Still Image

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

      for starters, I like the form factor of the camera, it adapts well to rail systems, the LCD viewfinder is great for covering stationary events in the sun.
      the threaded mount holes are great for attaching arms, handles and attaching an LCD monitor for shooting more cinema, everything is modular and can be relocated as well.

      the kit lens is definitely competent and with the metabones sony promotion till the end of the month you can lock in all the EF primes you want as well.

      2 XLR inputs and built in manual audio level controls are a breath of fresh air.

      paired with the NP-F970 Battery (purchased seperately) you can have up to 8 hours of recording battery life.

      I bought this camera to eventually be a B cam for my next purchase, a RED.

      I would reccomend it to anyone looking to move from a DSLR

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      5.0

      really great one with great price!

      By Five Colors

      from Saudi Arabia

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light
      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

      I have more then 10 cameras : RED Epic, Canon 5d mark II , Black Magic broadcast & 4K etc
      this is one of my favorite its really good one give you more then 5 hours with battery no charge and also memory nothing more then 64GB with really great film when I compare with Canon !
      its my best now with my business

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      5.0

      awesome

      By qana

      from atlanta

      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

      I impressed by the picture quality

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      5.0

      Steal for the price!

      By Gregroy

      from Glendale, CA

      About Me Pro Videographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

        Great in low lights, excellent video quality, easy to use, small and very light, can use any lens with adapter(CAN CONTROL EVERYTHING EXCEPT FOR AUTO FOCUS THOS/NO AUTO FOCUS WITH CANON LENSES).
        Don't like the gain control because its presets only, the monitor is not good when filming above the head need to add on.
        The adapter arrived in less then a month. Great job Sony.
        Better then any dslr in price range I tried them all (Canon 70D, 6D, 5D ii/iii, Sony A7, Panasonic GH3,4……) yes no 4K but much better in low light then GH4.

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        4.0

        NEX-FS100UK Camcorder

        By sailinsteve

        from San Jose CA.

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

        • No Neutral Density Filter

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

          I record speakers for the native plant society as well as make videos of plants, pollinators and birds in natural areas.
          Videotaping presentations can be difficult because the room needs to be pretty dark for the PowerPoints. This camera has much better low light abilities than my previous unit. For pollinators it's great to have slow motion abilities and this camera does that, though only for 3 seconds at a time. the camera does not include internal neutral density filters, but I bought a variable set. It would be nice not to have to put them on and off though. I'm looking forward to recieving the canon lens adapter. It will take 8-10 weeks, per Sony. The ability to use my suite of Canon glass was a major plus for this camcorder.

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          5.0

          NEX-FS100UK Superiorty

          By world traveler (-:

          from Jesup, GA

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

            Its better to have it an not need it, than to need it an not have. This is a rule I use when camping. When I purchased my new Sony, I decided to pay extra so that I might be able to capture those once in a lifetime shots or videos. I may not have the expertise to take full advantage of this gems facets, but I Will Learn. I Love My New Sony! So, don't visit the Tetons with an Instamatic...LOL...spend a little more an capture some lasting memories in stills and video.

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            4.0

            Will by any time over Canon 5D mark III

            By Gary

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Pro Videographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

              Most of negative reviews here are by some one who don't know anything about using camera. This is a great buy for the price. If you want to buy it, you should test it first to see if its for your needs and then buy it.
              In my experience this camera is great in low light, great image quality, very easy to use, and much much cheaper compared to similar ones.
              Yes Canon C100 is good but there are things that you can do with FS100 and you can't do with C100 I own them both. Slow motion is really great even tho its only at 60fps.
              The only thing didn't like about it and it doesn't say any where that you can't adjust gain/iso manually its auto or presets H/M/L which is a big deal when you use in going from low light to bright and back-and-forth, but for the price its not a big deal.
              Better then Canon 5D III to shut video for many reasons.
              1. Much longer lasting battery. With 5D I had to change it's often get very annoying.
              2. Will record way more hours in the same size SD card because of AVCHD.
              3. Will record 1080 60p 60i
              4. With adapters can use all kids of lenses so if you own nikon can work with nikon if you own canon will work with canon………

              Its a great buy, but still test it first to make sure it suits your needs don't rely on reviews because most of them don't even know what there talking about. I almost didn't buy because of some negative reviews I am glad I did buy it.

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              5.0

              Exceeded Expectations

              By Geoff

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Hard To Carry

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

              I researched cameras for about 5 months before purchasing the FS100. I was originally looking at the 5D Mark III, but wanted a camera just for video. I did so much research I was losing my mind, but I finally decided on the FS100, and I can say I made the right choice. I film sports primarily, and recently brought it to the US Wrestling Nationals in Vegas, and the depth of field on this camera was fantastic. It was awesome in low light, and the picture profiles built in are a great help. One of the Cons people reported were it was cumbersome, but I rigged it up to a VariZoom monopod and find it extreamly easy to carry and maneuver. I'm running around alot when filming, so I can say this is great for those who do both run-and-gun, and stationary shooting. The kit lens was better than expected, and though I will evenetually upgrade, it certainly suffices. It's small, and very easy to trasport. I recommend this camera to anyone!

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              4.0

              really nice but needs the accessories

              By Zak W

              from Ellwood City, PA

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                really needs a tripod rig or handle to be functional and it would have been just that much nicer if the ND filter was somehow built in - the ND filter we got also wasn't compatible with the lens hood that comes with it

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                4.0

                Love The Image

                By Wesyde

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                I use this camera for industry productions and i really do love the image this camera puts out. With the correct settings the HD image has a great film like quality. The lack of the auto zoom is not a great feature but if you work off the lense it is not a problem.

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                4.0

                Great camera.

                By Wade

                from Pa

                Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                Just got this camera a few weeks ago and I love it. The only thing you almost HAVE to invest in is a variable ND filter...
                So far, highly impressed, even with the kit lens.

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                5.0

                Excellent Buy

                By Joe Z

                from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting

                  Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                  This is the third time we purchased this camera.
                  We use it to produce a TV program in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
                  We love the changeable lens and available accessories.
                  You must purchase the extra large battery to be usable all day.

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                  4.0

                  Great camera for a great price

                  By Dean

                  from Philadelphia, Pa

                  About Me Pro Videographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                    Out of the box this camera makes a nice picture. The Kit lens feels sturdy enough and doesn't breathe a lot. It's a little slow, but for the price, what do you expect? It covers a nice focal range and I'm not finding too much to complain about. I love that there are six buttons on the side that are all fully customizable. Being able to create custom picture profiles is a nice option and overall the camera has a very professional feel. Giving it 4 stars because SDI would be nice.

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                    5.0

                    Worth every penny

                    By Boom

                    from San Antonio, TX

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                      I use the NEX FS100UK mostly for wedding and other events. Like how most people agree, video quality is the thing we like the most. Shooting in low light conditions just got so much easier. I no longer have to use artificial lighting, even in poorly lit venues.
                      There are a few things I didn't like about the camera but I got used to it. 1. the lack of power zoom, 2. lack of nd filters 3. the inability to see the screen from overhead shooting.
                      To compensate for this problem, well for power zoom I practiced both using the zoom wheel or grabbing the lens hood back or forth. I actually got really good using that method and I found it to be smoother than using power zoom on other cameras. For the filters, well, for the ones I need, they're not that expensive. For the overhead shooting, I also practiced that by using a monopod to raise the camera and just judging by where the lens is pointed I am able to capture a smooth footage from above.
                      The EVF viewfinder is basically useless. I found it much better by investing in a $20.00 screen hood. I had to modify the hood a bit so now I got it fitted exactly how I want it.
                      It took me a couple of events to get used to the position of the grip for gunning and shooting. The XLR cable audio input 1 does get in the way and if the stock microphone had a little bit longer cable you could connect it to audio input 2. That's an easy fix by purchasing a short XLR cable for extension.
                      Overall, great camera for the money. not a perfect camera, but if it was perfect, it would be much more expensive. In conclusion, I give it 5 stars for the price.

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                      4.0

                      Clients love the quality picture

                      By Flash Pro

                      from Pensacola

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                        This cam is very versatile. I can set it up like a cinema camera with follow focus and matte box. Put a Nanoflash on it and shoot great green screen. Strip it down and put the Sony lense on it for run and gun. As a freelance producer I never know what kind of job I will be working on, and the Sony NEX FS-100 allows me to be ready for almost any kind of job. My clients always comment on how great the picture is. It is a keeper.

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                        4.0

                        A good entry into pro video equipment...

                        By Joshua

                        from Kennewick, WA

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Interviews

                          Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                          This product is used primarily to film interviews and b-reel footage within an agriculture context.

                          The dynamic range from the 35mm sensor, interchangeable lenses, and XLR audio inputs allow for greatly improved video and audio capture versus 'prosumer' type video cameras.

                          Most of my lenses are canon EF mount, so I highly recommend getting an adapter unless you already have an investment in Sony lenses.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent

                          By Buss

                          from Sacramento, CA

                          About Me Pro Videographer

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                          Pros

                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                              Very good camera for it's price.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent low light camera

                              By Still Frame Pictures

                              from Nashville, TN

                              About Me Pro Videographer

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                              Pros

                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                              • Poor Handle Design
                              • Poor Lcd Placement

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens:

                              I purchased this camera to upgrade from my Canon XH-G1 for shooting weddings and events. I needed something that had autofocus and good low light ability, but still wanted the look of Super 35. This camera is perfect for that. I primarily use it on my Steadicam Flyer LE, and since it is not economical to hire a focus puller for wedding videography, having a quick autofocus lens is an enormous bonus. This camera maintains its color space through the ISO range, which is perfect since most weddings are very low light. I feel it is highly intrusive to use video lights when a bride has specifically determined the mood she wants to set through her event lighting designers. So, having a camera that can take whatever lighting situation you want to throw at it and still look great is phenomenal. The main downside to this camera is its design. The "handle" doesn't feel sturdy enough to carry it by (like the Canon XH-G1 was) without holding the bottom of it too. The LCD screen is also in a bad place for handheld, and if you need to hold the camera above your head to get a shot, you can forget seeing the screen. On a positive note for handheld though, you can have the kit lens at 200mm and it stabilizes well enough that it could almost be mistaken for being on a tripod. I highly recommend getting the Metabones Speedbooster adaptor for mounting Canon EF glass. Absolutely worth every penny. And with a Sony NP-F970 battery, I can have the camera on for 6 hours straight and still keep shooting.

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