The new redesigned PXW-FS7 is a reflection of years of intense conversations with the fields professionals and documentary shooters. The new features include the perfect grip, improved viewfinder, optimised balance and redefined ergonomics. This model also reflects Sony’s expertise in 4K and HD codecs, Super 35 sensors and memory recording. This is a perfect camera for documentaries and the optimum tool for magazine shows, reality TV, unscripted TV and more.
Its design is different, designed to perfectly rest against your chest or sit well on your shoulder. Zoom, Start/Stop and Assign controls are carefully located on the sculpted, telescoping smart grip. Sony supplies a proper viewfinder that’s perfectly offset to the left with a huge range of fore-aft.
α Mount flexibility
Sony’s α mount lens system offers great compatibility with Sony and the third-party lenses. The FS7’s E-Mount can take Cinema lenses and SLR lenses with a third party adaptor, as well as Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses.
180 fps High Frame Rates
Now with the high frame rate shots, you can turn every action into slow-motion ballet or elegant movement. The FS7 delivers a maximum of 180 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting in Full HD. If your project plays at the cinematic 24 fps, you get beautiful 7.5x Super Slow Motion. There’s no sacrifice in bit depth and no windowing of the sensor. So there’s no crop factor, no loss in angle of view. The camera also performs Slow and Quick (S and Q) motion from 1 to 180 fps in 1 fps increments. So you can alter the narrative by selectively speeding up or slowing down the action.
With this camera, the reliability comes from in-camera recovery and robust communication between the camera and the card’s controller enables read/write speeds up to a sizzling 600 Mbps.
Long-form projects shine with Sony’s XAVC™ L (Long GOP) recording system. Here’s the superior grayscale rendition of 10-bit High Definition, plus the uncompromised detail of 4:2:2 colour — all at budget-friendly data rates of 50, 35 or even 25 Mbps in HD mode. You can also record on-board 4K (4096×2160) at cinema standard 24p, 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 23.98p or 25p. Other formats include the same XAVC I (Intra) QFHD (3840×2160) and Full HD (1920×1080) recordings as Sony’s high-end F55, well-accepted MPEG HD 422, the Apple ProRes 422 codec (with XDCA-FS7 extension unit, sold separately), and even outboard RAW recording.
Sony’s engineers developed a sculpted handheld design that remains comfortable even over the course of long shoots. It supports hour after hour of recording without changing memory cards, provides latest resolutions, exposure latitude, and colour reproduction. With PXW-FS7 your mission can be a success at affordable pricing.
4K Super 35 Exmor sensor
Size definitely matters, when it comes to image sensors. Sony’s Super 35 sensor delivers ‘bokeh’, the defocused backgrounds made possible by the shallow depth of field. A common technique for directing audience attention within the frame, shallow depth of field is far easier to achieve with a large sensor. Other things being equal, a bigger sensor also equates to better low-light sensitivity and lower image noise. And with bigger sensors, the field of view is wider for any given focal length lens.
Built-in ND filters
A built-in Neutral Density (ND) filter wheel includes positions for Clear, 1/4 (2 stops), 1/16 (4 stops), and 1/64 (6 stops).
Support for 4-channel audio input and recording
The FS7 supports 4-channel audio input. In an application such as interview, this function enables the simultaneous use of an external microphone for recording ambient sounds, the built-in microphone for voice memos by the operator. And two optional UWP Series wireless microphones for voice of interviewer and interviewee. In addition, by the use of an optional XLR adapter XLR-K2M or XLR-K1M which provides additional 2 XLR inputs, possible applications are further expanded.