Sony NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only)

Sony NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only)

Sony NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 4K Exmor Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Capture 1920 x 1080/60p Video
  • NXCAM Recording Format (AVCHD)
  • LCD 3.5" Screen with VF Attachment
  • Up to 960 fps Super Slow Motion
  • ISO 500 (0 dB) to ISO 16,000 (30 dB)
  • Dual XLR, HDMI & 3G/HD-SDI Connectivity
  • FMU Port Supports Optional Memory
  • Future 4K Upgrade (Not Included)
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Sony NEX-FS700 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only) is a fully professional large-sensor video camera. Hot on the heels of the FS100, this compact, highly modular camera uses a very similar-sized Super 35 CMOS sensor as the FS100. But as a marked improvement over that earlier model's sensor, the FS700 features a native 4K resolution sensor.

Unlike smaller, broadcast-style sensors or the larger "full-frame" sensors of some DSLRs, the NEX-FS700's imaging area matches that of standard Hollywood film cameras, providing complete compatibility with cine-style film lenses (sold separately). 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 FS700 provides the option of recording AVCHD footage onto SD card/MemoryStick or via the FMU (flash memory unit) port, or it can output 4:2:2 video (with embedded timecode) via HDMI 1.4 or 3G/HD-SDI 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.

One unique feature for a camcorder of this class is the FS700's ability to record bursts of super-slow motion video at rates up to a whopping 960 fps. (These bursts range from 8 to 16 seconds, depending of the frame rate). Full-resolution recording is possible at up to 240 fps; at 480 and 960 fps, resolution is reduced.

The 3G/HD-SDI port will get expanded capability when a future firmware and hardware upgrade is available (not included). This will allow 4K output via the BNC as a data stream, which can be recorded to an optional Sony 4K recorder.

Other included features--such as a 3.5" LCD panel with detachable with viewfinder attachment, super sensitivity, a built-in ND filter and up to 960 fps super slow motion, all help to set this model in a class truly by itself. Not only will it intercut perfectly as a 2nd unit or B camera, it can stand on its own in applications as diverse as indie film, commercials, music promos and education.

ISO 500 (0 dB) to ISO 16,000 (30 dB) sensitivity
Cranks from 1 to 960 fps for fast motion to super-slow motion
Four ND filter levels: clear, 2, 4 & 6 stops
Four HyperGamma settings (same as F3)
WorldCam 50/60Hz systems
Exmor Super 35mm sensor 11.6-megapixles
Effective pixels (photo): approx. 8,400,000 pixels (16:9) or approx. 7,100,000 pixels (4:3)
Low aliasing (grossly over sampled HD)
Runs cool, no grain and no fan noise
Large buttons and switches with orange backgrounds for easy auto/manual distinction
Arri Rossette with micro-adjusting (for connecting grips, etc.)
Face detection
Auto/manual iris and focus with Sony lenses (lenses sold separately)
Features dual XLR inputs, a DC input, an FMU port for flash memory unit, SD / MemoryStick card slot, BNC connector and HDMI output
Removable grip features four easy-to-use buttons including Start/Stop, Photo, 4x/8x expandable focus and push-button auto iris
Display offers video/film selections for distance (meters/feet), sensitivity (dB gain/ ISO) and shutter (speed/angle)
BNC connector offers 3G/HD-SDI and a planned future firmware/hardware upgrade will enable 4K data-stream output
Camera supports 1920 x 1080/60p full HD recording and still image capture
In the Box
Sony NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only)
  • NP-F770 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack (7.2v, 4400mAh)
  • Adapter / Charger
  • Microphone
  • Remote Commander
  • Connector Cord
  • Viewfinder Tube
  • Large Eyecup
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Sony NEX-FS700 specs

    Image Sensor 4K Exmor Super 35 CMOS Image Sensor (11.6MP)
    Effective Pixels HD: 8,400,000 pixels
    Photo: 7,100,000 pixels
    Aspect Ratio HD: 16:9
    Photo: 16:9 or 3:2
    Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
    Sensitivity ISO 500 (0 dB) - ISO 16,000 (30 dB)
    ND Filter Switching Mechanism Clear
    1/4 = ND.6 (2 stops)
    1/16 = ND1.2 (4 stops)
    1/64 = ND1.8 (6 stops)
    Color Temperature Auto, One Push AB, Indoor (3200K)
    Outdoor (5800K ± 7 positions)
    Manual WB Temperature (2300 - 15000K, 100K step)
    Super Slow Motion 120 fps
    240 fps
    480 fps
    960 fps
    Signal System 50/60Hz (NTSC/PAL)
    LCD Monitor 3.5" (8.9 cm)
    Screen Resolution Approx. 921,000 dots (1920 x 480)
    Viewfinder Supplied VF tube for LCD
    Shutter Speed Not specified by manufacturer
    White Balance Not specified by manufacturer
    Recording Media Flash Memory Unit (HXR-FMU128)
    MS PRO Duo (Mark2 only)
    MS PRO-HG Duo
    SD/SDHC/SDXC (class 4 and higher)
    Recording Formats PS max 28 Mbps, 1920 x 1080/60p, 50p (16:9)

    FX max 24 Mbps, 1920 x 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p (16:9)
    1280 x 720/60p, 50p (16:9)

    FH approx. 17 Mbps (ave), 1920 x 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p (16:9)
    1280 x 720/60p, 50p (16:9)

    HQ approx. 9 Mbps (ave), 1440 x 1080/60i, 50i (16:9)

    LP approx. 5 Mbps (ave), 1440 x 1080/60i, 50i (16:9)

    HQ approx. 9 Mbps (ave), 720 x 480/60i, 720 x 576/50i (16:9, 4:3)
    Video Recording Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD Ver.2.0 (HD video)
    MPEG-2 PS (SD video)
    Audio Recording Format Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz, 16-bit) (in HD)
    Dolby Digital 2ch (48 kHz, 16-bit)
    Recording/Playback Time Not specified by manufacturer
    Input/Output Connectors 3G HD-SDI Output: BNC connecter x 1
    HDMI Output: HDMI connecter (type A) x 1
    Component Output: mini D terminal x 1
    Video Output: RCA Pin x 1
    Audio Output: RCA Pin x 2
    Headphone Jack: stereo mini jack (3.5 mm) x 1
    USB Port: mini-AB x 1
    Audio Input 1 / Input 2: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2 (LINE/MIC/MIC +48V selectable)
    Remote: stereo mini-mini jack (2.5 mm) x 1
    Power Supply DC 7.2 V (battery pack)
    DC 7.6 V (AC-DC adapter)
    Power Consumption 9.6W (60i)
    8.8W (50i)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.7 x 7.0 x 9.3" (145 x 178.5 x 235.5 mm) including protrusions
    Weight Body Only: 3.7 lb (1680 g)
    Fully Loaded: 6.75 lb (3060 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.5 x 10.6 x 9.3"

    Sony NEX-FS700 reviews

    NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good first impression I had it now for 2 weeks and took it on two professional shoots and did a bunch of tests. First of all - yes - the slow motion is awesome and up to 240fps it is very, very clean.But it's not only about the slow motion. The image itself is clean and detailed and the latitude is noticeable higher than in my Canon DSLR. I realized it while working with the footage in post.The picture profile presets with the cinegamma setting really excite me and I have just started exploring them. What I noticed is that this is an amazing camera for narrative film and any form of creative video. I'm using a Metabones adapter with my Canon glass and it works very well but I'm still hoping for sony to come out with amazing lenses that work 100% with the camera.
    Date published: 2012-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony Does It Again Davidson College recently purchased the FS700 for college's film and media studies students. So far, the camera has lived up to the hype and then some. Mated with the optional LA-EA2 E-Mount to A-Mount adapter and a set of fast Sigma primes, the camera has performed magnificently in low light. The slow-motion function is the best selling point though. Even at 920fps, the quality has been useable. At 120fps and 240fps the quality has been amazing. The LCD positioning is a little awkward and having pre-assigned ISO settings is annoying. Would have been nice to be able to dial through the ISOs without having to assign them to a H-M-L switch. It defaults to 500, 1600, 3200. Overall it is an AMAZING camera though. Very pleased with it.
    Date published: 2012-09-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Full Frame Camcorder Video quality is great if a good lens (in my case: Nikon ED with a third party adapter or Sony Carl Zeiss with Sony LA-EA2 adapter) is used. Super Slow Motion recording time is limited (240fps at 1080/24p gives only 80 second video clip) but video quality is excellent. 480fps video quality is acceptable. Monitor is too small for this type of pro camcorder. No built-in mic. It would be nice if there was no wire between hand grip and control jack on the body. The included Content Management Utility sw needs more improvement to manage Still Pix. A player sw would be nice for viewing video on PC. An editing sw for Camera Picture Profile is a plus.
    Date published: 2013-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do not hesitate. I was considering this camera for a good long while. If you are shooting on a 7/5D or something and considering upgrading, the difference is completely night and day. The interface is clean and quick. Great in low light. The noise scarcely even looks digital. Very film-like camera. Surprisingly so. I haven't handled 1dc footage yet, but so far no canon product holds a candle to this thing. No moire. Anitaliasing is incredible. Very little in the way of rolling shutter artifacts. My ONLY complaint here is that when you are recording to AVCHD, the highlights are a bit unrecoverable if overexposed. Definitely air toward underexposure here if you are uncertain. Haven't tried SDI out yet. Bought this in an emergency situation for a TV spot I needed the slow motion for. Couldn't be happier, and wish I'd done it earlier. Would have brought my work up quite a bit.
    Date published: 2013-04-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very poor WB issue I have been doing my research before buying and there is a huge issue with both the 700 and 100 when they are taken underwater in a housing. The Red Channel is clipped and the camera tried to compensate for this which leaves all the color all over the place. There is also an issue with this when using topside with some LED lights. I have emailed Sony and have not even received a reply which is typical for Sony. Unless this issue can be rectified you would honestly be better using a GoPro underwater and saving yourself $ for the camera and for the housing. Really a shame as this camera could have so much potential.
    Date published: 2013-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Indie Camera I needed a camera with an interchangeable lens system. My movies are moving more toward the artistic and I can't compromise with the standard built-in zoom camera systems anymore. Although I have a lot of great things to say, I will only mention things that are not commonly stated in reviews. So let me begin by refuting some of the negative things that amateurs have been saying. Yes, the LCD screen is more of for a documentary or wedding person. It sits on top of the camera. Unless you are a contortionist, you will find it hard to get some of those crazier angles. But you should get an external monitor anyway. Speaking of which, you should get an Atomos Ninja or Samarai. This captures uncompressed video, AND it acts as a monitor that you can place the way that you wish. Why would you buy an external recorder? The native codec, when this camera records onto SD cards, is AVCHD, and it has a maximum bitrate of 28 Mbits/sec. That is not too shabby if you are making Bluray discs. But if you want your movie to be availabe on-demand, many vendors insist on at least a 90 Mbit/sec stream. Get a Ninja. It records uncompressed ProRes at way beyond what you would need, stream-wise. I have seen some people complain that a camera that costs this much should already have that, and to them I say, You are recording commercial footage, NOT a home movie, so INVEST! The external recorder will pay for itself, that is, if you make movies that people buy, ha ha. The super slow motion is something that no other manufacturer seems to be interested in developing, so this camera is your only chance to play with this ability at the prosumer level. If you are shooting for DVD replication, you can stick with the SD cards, and then downsample. You will have the master in HD that is acceptable for Bluray replication as well. But I really recommend getting an external recorder for the aforementioned reasons. I purchased this through the mail after being assured that the package is insured and that I would have to sign for it. When it arrived, I took it out of the box, skimmed through the manual, attached a 50mm lens, and went to a park to play. The camera has highly intuitive menu and buttons. A few days later I went into my garage to test low light, extreme back light, and super high contrast (with firecrackers, matches, etc) and placed it on an Adobe Premiere timeline (for PC). There was no encoding. The workflow is a dream! I am not allowed to post links to the test-footage that I have shot, but there are many people like me who have uploaded video gold. The super slow motion will make you cry in adoration. I can go on and on about how I have become ADDICTED to this camera. If you make movies, GET THIS! You will become reinvigorated. This camera will make you LOVE film-making!
    Date published: 2012-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent product At Seventh Victory we are developing DVD releases that require the best optical quality we can achieve.I have been using a series of Sony cameras and have seen some good products that fell short in certain areas. The FS700 has addressed a number of the issues from its predesessors, is more intuitive to use, and possesses better colour representation.The image quality is stunning. It is early days and I am still learning the unit's abilities, however much is expected.The only reason for 4 starts is regarding the durability in the field. A better weatherproofing would be welcome. Having said that, the strength of the handle is most welcome. Some of the buttons could be less plasticy, if that is a word.An all around excellent product.
    Date published: 2012-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This camera is awesome. This camera has tremendous value. We've used it for both commercials, as well as documentaries. We use it with nikon prime lines by using a nikon adaptor. The large sensor give a great look and does a pretty good job in low light with little added noise.Would make a great pairing with a Atoms Samurai with I plan to upgrade to soon.The over crank option is just beautiful 240 frames at full 2k. It's limited to under 10 seconds, but at 240 frames, this stretches the shot out to a family long glorious shot.The screen is a tad small and I'd recommend an external mounted screen, but it'll make due in a pinch.
    Date published: 2014-11-28
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