Sony NEX-FS700UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens

Sony NEX-FS700UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens

Sony NEX-FS700UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 4K Exmor Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Capture 1920 x 1080/60p Video
  • Includes 18-200mm Lens
  • 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-FS700UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens 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), as well as the Sony 18 - 200mm lens included with the camera (that's 27 - 300mm in terms of 35mm equivalence). 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 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
Includes Sony 18 - 200mm lens
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 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-FS700UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens
  • Sony 18 - 200mm Lens
  • Adapter / Charger
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Microphone
  • 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
    Kit Lens Sony 18 - 200 mm lens
    f/3.5 - f/6.3
    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)
    Super Slow Motion 120 fps
    240 fps
    480 fps
    960 fps
    Signal System 50/60Hz (NTSC/PAL)
    LCD Monitor 3.5" (8.9 cm)
    Viewfinder Supplied VF tube for LCD
    Shutter Speed Not specified by manufacturer
    White Balance Not specified by manufacturer
    Memory Card Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Recording Formats 1920 x 1080/60p
    1920 x 1080/50p
    1920 x 1080 (23.98p)
    1920 x 1080 (29.97p)
    1920 x 1080 (25p)
    File Format AVCHD
    MPEG-2 (SD video)
    Recording/Playback Time Not specified by manufacturer
    BNC Connector 3G/-HD-SDI / 4:2:2 / 8-bit (59.94p, or 50p) / 29.97p or PsF, 23.98p or PsF)
    HDMI Output HDMI 4:2:2 8-bit (59.97p & 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p)
    Power Requirements Not specified by manufacturer
    Operating Temperature Not specified by manufacturer
    Dimensions (WxHxD) Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.5 x 10.6 x 9.2"

    Sony NEX-FS700 reviews

    NEX-FS700UK Super 35 Camcorder with 18-200mm Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Camera! I have been a videographer for several years and had last used the HVX200 as my main camera. I spent several months researching cameras both DSLRs and traditional camcorders. This camera was one of few that allowed interchangable lenses and did not have the drawbacks of DSLRs. Intially I was not wanting to switch from Panasonic as I had great results with the HVX200, but the sensor quality and slow motion sealed the deal. I am very happy with my purchase after a month of use and am actually suprised that Sony was able to keep this under 10k. The only thing that I wish Sony would have changed is the weight distribution as the camera is very arkward to hold with out a stabilizer or tripod.
    Date published: 2012-08-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Camera My 1st Sony so I'm still learning this camera. It's been out of the box now for one week and I have no major issues. Yes, ergonomics are part of that learning curve (the onboard monitor configuration, switch arrangement & menu structure). I'm satisfied with the image quality & low light performance and excited by the fast/slow video and focus transition features. I do have a concern with the construction of the N/D filter 'slide switch': the switch slides in to the camera housing in such a way that I believe it might introduce dirt/sand into the camera internals especially when returning it to the 'clear' position - just an observation. Overall I am very happy with the capabilities of this camera.
    Date published: 2013-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great new tool I shot at 240FPS, and the footage are great. No artificial effects or drags. At 960 however the image is very poor, which was expected and mentioned in all other reviews. 6 assigned buttons are great and can be customize to individual liking. The ND filters are great additions to the camera. If you are familiar with other Sony cameras such as Z1 or Ex series, this camera is an ease to master. All menus are almost the same as those cameras. Use of the NP batteries is a huge plus. Audio inputs and control are easy to access and well located. HDMI, SDI, component and composite out put is well located in the back and nice to have them all. Supplied Sony Zoom is not that great and quality is poor. Very hard to focus. But overall a great camera.
    Date published: 2012-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great in many regards Bought this camera mainly for high end corporate work and low end commercial. Will probably shoot a documentary on it this summer. So far I love the image quality as well as the fact that it takes many of my Canon primes with the Metabones adaptor. The 85L 1.2 looks really good for interviews. Frustrated by the lack of zoom rocker on the included lens as well as the limited ergonomics. I had to buy a handheld kit (Zaguta) as well as a second external monitor just for handheld shooting. All that being said, its a great price point for a potent 4K camera with amazing slo-mo.
    Date published: 2013-04-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Camera! For the price, this camera is fantastic with its capabilities for interchangeable lenses, super-slow-motion, professional sound, and large sensor. The images are crisp and the camera is easy to use. For me, it's a bit too heavy for handheld work and I'll need to get a 3rd party rig/shoulder mount in order to better distribute the weight. My wrist is not strong enough to support the camera with the grip mount alone. The ND filters are a blessing and the eye piece serves it's purpose and I'm glad they both came with the camera.
    Date published: 2013-09-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome camera The FS700 is an amazing piece of equipment. The slow motion alone is worth it's weight in gold. Obviously, the higher you go for frame rate, the more light you need to denoise your image. Everything up to 480fps is solid. 960 is pretty much useless for all practical purposes. I would not suggest using this as a handheld camera as the ergonomics aren't very good at all. You can chest-hold it and get a decent image, but unless you're 6'8, you'll be low for eye level. Back to the slow-mo.. not only is this amazing when shot for it's purpose, but you now have a built in steadicam for handheld dolly shots. We drove around and filmed a building out of the window, while overcranking to 240fps. The outcome was awesome... add in a Warp stabilizer and you have a perfect dolly shot. The glass: The stock lens is good, covers 18-200 which is good for run and gun. IF you want more, you'll need an adapter, as I'm guessing your nice glass is Canon, Nikon, Leica, Zeiss, etc.. We got the Metabones adapter as it allows you to still adjust the F-stops electronically thru the camera, just like the stock lens. The FS700 + Metabones Adapter + Canon L glass gives fantastic results. Recording to SD cards has been flawless. We use Sandisk Class 10 30/MBs and no drops or corruptions. It writes .mts files which can go directly in Premiere Pro (you have to dig into the card to find them) or Log and Transfer with FCP 7. I don't know about or acknowledge FCPX. My only gripes: The rocker zoom control doesn't work (yet). Sony will be adding this I'm guessing as a fireware update, but right now, it's disabled. Again the ergonomics. If you're researching this you know about the monitor. The quality is great, but if you plan on shooting over your head at all, you'll need a chair, ladder or external monitor to see what you're doing. Lastly, and this is just going to get better in years to come as the technology gets faster, but after you shoot slow motion, the camera needs to process (buffer) the frames. This takes time away from being able to grab the next shot right away. The time you have to wait is well worth it, as the slow motion is (again) awesome. All in all, we're coming from EX1's and the 5D Mark III. I haven't taken either off the shelf since this came in. The Super-35 gives a razor sharp image with accurate color reproduction. When, not if, you start slow motion on everything... BE SURE TO LIGHT ACCORDINGLY. You won't be happy when you're slow motion is noisey from lack of light. I've had good results importing as XDCAM HD422 (50Mb).. you may want to do ProRes422, but the file size spikes. Bottom Line: Game changing camera with unlimited potential, especially since we haven't even seen the 4k yet.
    Date published: 2012-09-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera I have a small production company, and I can say right now coming over from a Panasonic HVX 200 and 5d Mk2 background this camera puts those to shame. It has the ease of use of my panasonic with the lovely large sensor advantages of a DSLR. The Gammas that it comes with are GREAT very cinematic and easy to grade even though it is AVCHD out the box. But it is totally amazing the latitude you can get from the AVCHD format that this camera really does utilize to the fullest. It plays nice with a Ki Pro Mini and its 422 8 bit output looks very good. So far i have used it for greenscreen work as well as live action stuff and it really is a beautiful camera. I can never shoot on a DSLR again. The autofocus is also surpisingly accurate, and i never thought i would say that on a large sensor camera. It's not as nice as a lot of 2/3 ENG cameras but what do you expect for $? The image stabilization is nice as well. And this goes without saying but the slow mo is AMAZINGLY good. At first I thought that 240P wasn't THAT slow, but man i must have been smoking something because 240P is pretty darn slow mo. The 480 is nice but you definitely get some noise and aliasing from the downsampling. My only 2 major complaints are #1 the diopter and viewfinder tube for the onboard LCD are a total joke and really do come across as completely useless. and #2 there are some cable management issues with this camera that annoying. But as a whole a total winner
    Date published: 2012-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best camera for the money Use the FS700 for shooting professional video for several high-profile clients. When it comes to cameras under 10K, the FS700 is a no's hard to justify buying anyother camera in this price range. I have cannon glass, so I had to purchase an adapter to make those lenses work. Kind of a bummer, but well worth it in the end. The camera also needs someshort of rig inorder to properly use as a handheld solution.
    Date published: 2013-02-25
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