Some thoughts on the possible “Sony FS700 Mark II”

Sony FS700 Mk II

The image leaked by a Chinese site (Filmaker.cn) shows what looks like a 4K XAVC recording FS700 successor. Via RedShark News

Leaked blurry smartphone images are all over the web yet again!

This could be the FS700 successor, although in reality we don’t know anything beyond that it records 4K to an internal XAVC codec and appears to use E-mount lenses, the leak offers some tantalising prospects…

Read moreSome thoughts on the possible “Sony FS700 Mark II”

I’m on the judges panel for the Sony PROduction Awards 2014 – Win a FS700!

Below, the full panel –

EOSHD

The Sony PROduction Awards is a short film competition, and a chance to get your work noticed and win some pretty nifty Sony gear. Filmmakers from around the world will be pitted against each other and go up against a judging panel which includes myself, Andrew Reid of EOSHD, Shane Hurlbut ASC, Philip Bloom, BAFTA winning dramatist Tony Marchant and others!

Enter your film now at the PROduction Awards competition website or read on for more details…

Read moreI’m on the judges panel for the Sony PROduction Awards 2014 – Win a FS700!

Odyssey7Q turns wimpy Sony FS700 into monstrous 4K raw crunching beast with 15 stops DR!!

Sony FS700

Super charged specs!

  • 1-60fps 4K raw to DPX format
  • 120fps 4K raw burst mode
  • 240fps 2K raw continuous to Cinema DNG (would love to see the file sizes on that!!)
  • Single 3G HD-SDI link

You won’t need Sony’s own expensive raw recorder for the F5 to get 4K raw on the FS700. The camera firmware will step it up to being able to deliver 4k over a single 3G HD-SDI connection to the affordable Odyssey7Q monitor / recorder.

Read moreOdyssey7Q turns wimpy Sony FS700 into monstrous 4K raw crunching beast with 15 stops DR!!

First 4K Canon 1DC drone flight (and FS700 / C300 also gets airborne)

The Canon 1D C has taken to the skies for the first time thanks to Perspective Aerials founder Anthony Jacobs, who has just stepped up their drone to fly heavier cameras. The new rig has a custom built RC follow focus by Anthony Lenzo of Air Sea Land (ASL).

Read moreFirst 4K Canon 1DC drone flight (and FS700 / C300 also gets airborne)

Sony FS700 slow mo goes low light with Speed Booster and the new SLR Magic T0.95 lenses

Please email SLR Magic here to order their new lenses

I’ve had a FS700 for a few days and tonight myself and Rudi of Slashcam.de got out and gave it a test run in Berlin. We only shot for 2 or 3 hours and after editing the test I had a lot of ideas for slow-mo shots that would have worked with the song – slow-mo is actually a great creative tool, not a gimmick. Had we the FS700 for longer then I think I could run with this theme of rushing commuters set to the David Bowie song Move On, which pokes a little fun at wanderlust.

Alas slow-mo is the FS700’s best feature. I consider the ND as a bit of a clumsy bolt on, the Sony F5 does it much better. I will consider the 4K output when I see it. Until then this is a 1080p camera.

I’ve also been shooting with the new SLR Magic 35mm T0.95 (Leica M / E-mount) and 25mm T0.95 (Micro Four Thirds / Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT). Shooting slow mo in low light, you need them.

Read moreSony FS700 slow mo goes low light with Speed Booster and the new SLR Magic T0.95 lenses

IFA show report – Sony FS700 4K firmware due in a few weeks for same price as F3 S-LOG upgrade?

Sony NXCAM FS700

Today I was at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. Sony had the FS700 to play with. Asking about the 4K update – I was told that by Sony insider (not a sales rep) there are two external recorders already on the market that will work with the camera in 4K mode by Aja and Sony. Sony have no plans to restrict 4K output to their own external recorder(s), and that is the first bit of good news…

Read moreIFA show report – Sony FS700 4K firmware due in a few weeks for same price as F3 S-LOG upgrade?

Sony FS700 – the image quality verdict – incredible 14 stops of dynamic range in AVCHD

http://vimeo.com/42589604

Above: 240fps at 120mph by Bill Totolo shot on the FS700

Adam Wilt over at ProVideoCoalition has done the first really comprehensive look at the Sony FS700’s image quality with a lab test. So far we’ve had field reports but nothing that goes into depth about image quality. How does it perform?

Read moreSony FS700 – the image quality verdict – incredible 14 stops of dynamic range in AVCHD