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

Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens
Key Features
  • Exmor Super 35 CMOS Sensor
  • E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2 & RGB Output via HDMI
  • NXCAM Recording Format (AVCHD)
The NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens is Sony's first affordable and fully professional large-sensor video camera. This compact, highly modular camera comes equipped with a stabilized 11x zoom lens while using the same S35-size CMOS sensor as the higher-end PMW-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.
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Sony NEX-FS100U Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Exmor Super 35 CMOS Sensor for Shooting Motion Pictures
  • 3E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System
  • 4Modular Design for a Variety of Shooting Styles
  • 5XtraFine LCD Panel
  • 61920 x 1080P Slow & Quick Motion
  • 7Hybrid Recording
  • 8NXCAM Recording Format
  • 9Uncompressed 4:2:2 Output & RGB Output via HDMI 1.4
  • 10Geotagging with Built-in GPS Receiver
  • 11Picture Profile
  • 12Last Scene Review
  • 13Expanded Focus
  • 14Histogram
  • 15Peaking
  • 16Markers
  • 17Firmware Update

The NEX-FS100UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens is Sony's first affordable and fully professional large-sensor video camera. This compact, highly modular camera comes equipped with a stabilized 11x zoom lens while using the same S35-size CMOS sensor as the higher-end PMW-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. 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.

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. The supplied E-Mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens boasts 11x zoom power, a quiet AF motor for cleaner sound recording, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with an advanced Active mode that lets you take steady handheld shots while walking around--even without a bulky stabilization rig. An ultra-compact SEL16F28 wide-angle lens and SEL1855 3x zoom lens are also available.

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.
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.
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.
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.

Sony NEX-FS100U Specs

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
18-200mm (11x) Zoom, 27-300mm 35mm equivalent
6-bladed Iris
67mm Filter Thread
Manual and Auto
Optical SteadyShot w/Active Mode
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
54dB (Y) (typical)
Horizontal Resolution
1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Illumination
0.28 lux (1/30 shutter, IRIS F1.4, Auto GAIN)
Signal System
Built-in Filters
LCD Monitor
3.5 inch-type, XtraFine LCD
Approx. 921,600 dots (1920 x 480), 16:9 aspect
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
Manual, 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)

HD: Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz) / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
STD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Frame Rates
HD mode
HD PS (28Mbps) 1920x1080 60p or 50p
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 30p or 25p
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 24p
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 60i or 50i
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 60i or 50i
HD HQ (9Mbps) 1440x1080 60i or 50i
HD LP (5Mbps) 1440x1080 60i or 50i
HD FH (17Mbps),1920x1080 24p
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 30p or 25p
HD FX (24Mbps), 1280x720 60p or 50p
HD FH (17Mbps) 1280x720 60p or 50p

SD mode
SD HQ (9Mbps) 720 x 480/60i (30p or 24p Scan)
SD HQ (9Mbps) 720 x 576/50i (25p scan)

Slow & Quick Motion Function
REC Frame Rates: 1080 60p/30p/24p/50p/25p
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
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)
5 x 4 x 7.6" (12.7 x 10.2 x 19.4 cm) (body only)
7 x 7.6 x 20.5" (17.8 x 19.2 x 52 cm) (w/lens)
2.3 lbs (1.04kg) (body only)
6.1 lbs (2.76kg) (w/lens)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
10.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
17.4 x 10.4 x 9.4"

Sony NEX-FS100U Reviews

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I bought this camcorder several years ago. I'm looking for a replacement VF viewfinder which attaches to the LCD screen. Can they be found?
Asked by: Michael
That may still be available, as a service part from Sony. You would need to contact them directly.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28


What external monitors are compatible with the Sony FS100? Looking for an easily-attachable monitor to assist with exposure and focus, between 5-6 .
Asked by: Jesy rae
I don't use an external monitor as I have gotten good results in terms of controlling the focus using the eyepiece and expanded focus feature. However, having an external monitor is certainly a good way to go. To me it would be best to get a monitor with HDMI, as this would easily plug into the HDMI out of the camera. I visited the Marshall booth at NAB and they seem to have good products. Here's one from B&H: Marshall Electronics V-LCD651ST-HDMI-JM 6.5 Field/Camera-Top Monitor. Their monitors looked good on the convention floor but I have not used any of them in the field.
Answered by: Larry F.
Date published: 2018-08-28


I am not able to adjust my IRIS. The only time the IRIS moves is when I adjust the shutter speed, then the IRIS adjusts automatically. All my settings are on manual. I press the IRIS button and it highlights A, but am unable to adjust the IRIS with the wheel. Is this a technical flaw?
Asked by: Michael B.
A couple of things could be happening. First- when you say you are unable to adjust with the wheel, does the wheel turn at all or is it stuck. If stuck, then its a mechanical issue, as it should adjust fairly easily. Next, is the lens mounted correctly, have you changed lenses - the contacts on the mount must be at full contact for the iris to work. Also, make sure you press the iris button to move it to manual (the A in front of the reading indicates Auto) . This is the top button above the wheel- not the bottom one. That is just a check button. Finally, make sure your auto manual button over the menu display buttons is on manual. Other than that it should work, unless it is a lens issue, which I have not heard of on this model.
Answered by: Nick D.
Date published: 2018-08-28


What is the Native ISO for the FS100?
Asked by: Anonymous
Answered by: Naqi K.
Date published: 2019-05-28


Does this camera have an auto-zoom rocker, or is zoom a manual operation depending on the lens attached?
Asked by: Jason W.
You have to do it manually
Answered by: SAJI J.
Date published: 2018-08-28


How do you download cards?
Asked by: Anonymous
This camera uses standard (though Class 10 or above) SDHC (High Capacity capable) cards. The camera has a USB port (I believe it is class 2, so a bit slow) on it that you can connect to a computer and use the cam as a reader, but an external reader is ideal. I use a USB3 reader and it is SUPER fast directly to my internal SSD drives or to a ThunderBolt RAID rig (I am on a Mac). You can also plug these directly into many laptops that have an SD card slot built in (MacBook Pro models mostly do). Either way you should get fast loads. I also suggest a third party conversion software to transcode the format for your particular editing program before ingesting the footage. I use Wondershare Video Converter (about $60) and it can transcode into nearly every codec I have ever needed. It is also useful for taking your final edit and coding it into the delivery format. I export everything into 1080p MOV Master Files from Final Cut X and then recode or resize down for 720p or NTSC, etc. in MOV or MP4 formats for the most part. Sure beats the heck out of tape!
Answered by: Levi N.
Date published: 2018-08-28


are these cameras Sony FS 100 and 700 suitable for multi-camera use for example with an Blackmagic ATEM 1 or 2 production 4k switcher?
Asked by: Anonymous
not sure we us just for films and interviews its really good for this but for multi camera the 100 just have HDMI no any sdi there , this is the problem. thank you
Answered by: Tareq A.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Is this camera LANC-equipped? Specifically, can I use this product with it: Sony RM1BP Remote CommanderB&H # SORM1BP MFR # RM1BP
Asked by: Beret S.
Yes... and it comes with a remote, but the lens will not be movable via lanc. There is a separate add-on that allows for servo zoom but it won't control focus. You'd have to run it in autofocus and hope for the best, there's no way to control that portion via lanc.
Answered by: Jacob B.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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