Pairing a video-optimized camera with a host of accessories to enhance your audio recording, the Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera with Portable Recorder and Microphone Audio Solutions Kit from B&H includes the 4K-capable full-frame mirrorless body along with the Tascam DR-70D 4-Channel Portable Recorder, a Rode NTG-2 Condenser Shotgun Microphone, a microphone shock mount, two 4-packs of AA batteries, an 8GB SDHC memory card, an XLR M to angled XLR F 1.5'-long microphone cable, a right-angle 3.5mm to right-angle 3.5mm 10'-long stereo cable, and closed-back, over-the-ear studio monitoring headphones.
The a7S features a full-frame 12.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to enable notable video and still image quality with an expansive dynamic range, low noise, and extended sensitivity to ISO 409600. At the sensor level, this full-frame sensor features a unique on-chip gapless lens design, which incorporates small lenses between neighboring pixels in order to increase light-gathering efficiency and promote greater image quality across the entirety of the sensor plane. Additionally, the a7S is able to output uncompressed 4:2:2 UHD 4K video to an optional external recorder over HDMI, as well as record full HD 1080p video in-camera in the high-quality XAVC S format at 50 Mbps in multiple frame rates. Extending the video recording capabilities is support for S-Log2 gamma, which helps to expand the effective dynamic range during recording, as well as picture profile options, time code, and zebra marker display aids.
Enhancing the audio recording capabilities of the a7S, the included DR-70D is capable of recording four channels of audio simultaneously in the WAV/BWF format. High Definition Discrete Architecture preamps deliver accurate and crisp recording quality, which can be adjusted using dedicated hardware-based controls for more intuitive handling. The design of the recorder can be attached directly to the camera body's tripod socket, the included 8GB SDHC memory card can be used for recording audio files to, and the four AA batteries are used to power the device.
Also included in the kit, the Rode NTG-2 condenser shotgun microphone uses a super-cardioid polar pattern and line plus gradient acoustic principle to minimize audio and noise to the sides of the mic for more efficient recording in noisy areas. It is powered by an internal AA battery or using +48V phantom power afforded by the Tascam recorder, and the included microphone shock mount can be used to attach the microphone to the a7S' hot shoe.