With the updated firmware on the FS100 many people have also been asking about new Scene Files for the camera. There was talk about the color or gamma modes changing with the new firmware, but from my testing and from what Sony has told us this is not the case. However, it was well worth re-examining our original files to come up with some new looks for you to try out on the camera. I made six new files, which can be downloaded here in a zip file. Below is a description of the new files and what I thought they could be used for.
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Sony’s new NEX-FS700 camera builds upon the success of the NEX-FS100, but adds some much-requested features and a few surprises as well. The feature set is very similar to the FS100, so most lenses and accessories will be fully compatible between the two. In this article, we present the various accessories and lens options that can be used with the camera.
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When Sony dropped off the new FS700 at AbelCine for some quick tests, we put it to work right away. We wanted to test many things, but focused on low-light performance, dynamic range, and the camera’s slow-motion options. The FS700 is an updated model of the FS100, so much of our testing also compared these two cameras.
The first thing I wanted to test was the FS700’s low light performance; I checked the camera’s noise levels and how it performed at its highest ISO. In the first part of the test, I shot a lit chart at ISO levels from 500-16000 (in 1 stop increments) and maintained a consistent exposure. The FS100 has very low noise levels, so I wanted to compare the two cameras. Besides the noise level changes, also note the color and resolution performance on the chart. In the second part of the test, I brought out a single candle source and increased the ISO levels through the same range. You can see how the FS700 compares to the FS100. Also, watch how the camera handles highlights as we get to the higher ISO levels.
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Here’s something for you to try out over the weekend: our popular Field of View comparison tool has been updated with the latest cameras from this year’s NAB show.
I’ve added the latest Canon cameras including the C300, C500, and 1DC. The C300 and C500’s sensor is almost exactly the same size as Super 35mm film; at 24.6×13.8mm it has a 28.2mm diagonal. The 1DC can record in both HD modes and in a 4K mode. The HD mode uses the full frame sensor area just like the 5D Mark III, however the 4K mode uses a smaller APS-H mode, like the 1D Mark 4. All these options are now available in our tool.
Additionally, I’ve added the Blackmagic Digital Cinema camera to the list, which has a sensor size somewhere between Super 16mm film and a 4/3rd sensor like on the AF100. At 15.8×8.9mm it has a 18.14 mm diagonal, which leads to a fair bit of cropping when compared to Super 35mm and full frame sensors. The Blackmagic Camera can record in both HD (ProRes, DNxHD, and uncompressed) as well a full 2.5K 12-bit Raw format. The Raw data is captured in Cinema DNG format at a resolution of 2432×1366, however the captured image area is the same, so you should get the same field of view in either mode. The Blackmagic camera is now available for preorder from AbelCine.
Adding to the list of updates from Sony, the NEX-FS100 has also been granted new functionality via firmware version 2.0, available directly from Sony. The much-anticipated update includes the ability to switch between NTSC and PAL recording, saving and loading Picture Profiles, and full support for the Sony LA-EA2 E-mount to Alpha mount adapter.
Although you cannot save or load individual Picture Profiles from the FS100, you can now save all of your profiles to an SDHC card or Memory Stick via the Camera Profile option in the Others menu. This will also allow you to save or load other camera settings, including all menu settings and assignable button options. This is especially useful in a multicamera environment, as you can quickly ensure each camera is configured identically with one menu setting.
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Sony just announced the NEX-FS700 camera and, lucky for us, they brought it by for a quick peek. It has all the features of the FS100 but with some big improvements including a 3G-SDI output, ND filters and high-speed recording options. Of course, the really big news is that the camera is “4k Ready,” meaning that in the future it will be able to output 4K 12-bit RAW data over the 3G-SDI connection. The list price of the camera will be around $10,000, and it should ship in June of this year. Watch the video above to get a closer look at the camera, and read our first post to learn more.
Today, Sony announced its latest camera, the NEX-FS700. This is the big brother to the FS100 but with some major additions. The big news is the inclusion of an 3G/HD-SDI output and ND Filters, which were two of the most requested additions to the FS100. And the really big news is that the camera is “4K Ready” meaning that in the future it will be able to output 4K RAW data over the 3G-SDI connection. This data will be recorded by a future Sony device, which has not yet been announced. Having a 4K output really future-proofs the camera, which is important with technology advancing so quickly. The FS700 has a newly designed 11.6M sensor, 8.3M of which are used in the video mode. This sensor can be read out extremely quickly, allowing the camera to have some impressive high-speed options. It can record 120 fps (16 sec burst) and 240 fps (8 sec burst) at full HD resolution. 480 fps and 960 fps bursts are also available at half and quarter resolutions respectively. It has the same sensitivity and ISO range of the FS100, starting at 500 ISO (0db) up to 16,000 ISO (30 db).
With the Sony LA-EA2 A-mount lens adapter, the camera can focus extremely fast using phase detection and even track faces. The new adapter also adjusts iris more smoothly on Alpha lenses, which was a problem with the older adapter. Other big features of the FS700 include: Cine gammas (the same found in the PMW-F3), progressive (P/Psf) outputs over HD-SDI and HDMI, still picture shooting, 50/60hz switchable, the ability to save picture profiles to an SD card, up to 8x focus magnification, and a sturdy body design. The camera will have a newly designed handle which attaches to the camera via an Arri style rosette. The handle will feature a zoom rocker, which hints at the possibility of motorized zoom lenses coming from Sony in the future. The camera will be out in June with a list price of around $10,000, and we can expect the street price to be less. This is exciting news for sure, and we look forward to seeing more of the camera at NAB. Stay tuned for a video blog on the camera and see our pictures of the camera below. Also check out Sony’s press release with more information here.
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