Nigel Cooper posts the "worlds first official full review," and isn't happy. Describing is as a "huge let down" he says that the image quality on the Sony is better than the Panasonic AG-AF100, but the usability, ergonomics and build quality of the Panasonic AG-AF100 is better than the NEX-FS100: DVuser:Sony NEX-FS100E review by Nigel Cooper
- Plastic, ill-fitting fixtures and fittings, finicky switches and buttons, cheap feeling dials are just some of the things that spring to mind.
- The minute size of some of the other buttons defies belief they are so small.
- It is almost impossible to hold the camcorder by the top handle/mic holder and have a decent view of the scene via the LCD screen.
- Sony tell me that they could not fit an ND filter wheel due to the very short flange-back, there is simply no room for an ND filter wheel to go in front of the sensor.
- There is some visible aliasing, but not as much as Panasonic’s AF101
SonyUK: NEX-FS100E & EK product brochure [direct link to PDF]
Robin Schmidt (El Skid) isn't impressed by the AVCHD format used by the NEX-FS100, and is holding out for a Canon 5D successor: SONY NEX FS 100 c/o DEN LENNIE – INTERESTING
Sony announces the NEX-FS100
The NEX-FS100 is a new E-mount professional camcorder equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor specifically designed for shooting motion pictures ideal for commercials and music videos, as well as action scenes in budget drama for example.The large-format sensor's high sensitivity enables it to produce footage with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera.The camera will be sold with an E-Mount 18 to 200mm zoom lens (List Price $6,550) and without ($5,850)
Sony Product Info: NEX-FS100UK (kit with lens)
Den Lennie of the F-Stop Academy got to spend 24 hours with the camera and shot a music video: Cozi: 'Vertigo' Music Video.
He's put together a video blog about the camera which is well worth watching:
NEX FS 100 Video Blog from Den & James on Vimeo.
- there appears to be no built in ND filters (Wait, seriously?!)
- there’s no HD-SDI output, instead there will be 4:2:2 HDMI output with a time code signal
- Delivery "tentatively set for July" - (that's NZ; others are saying May UPDATE - July-September according to Sony US Press Release)
Videomaker got to spend some time with the camera
- undercranking to 1 fps and overcranking up to 60 fps
- viewfinder system can be rotated more than 90 degrees to each side of the camera
- white balance, shutter speed, gain, histogram, zebra, S&Q, and peaking
- 24 Mbps, but will also be able to record 28 Mbps in 1080/60p
Philip Johnston at HD Warrior:
- Sony have decided not to bring out a new battery for this camcorder and uses the infoLITHIUM “L” batteries (NP-F970).
- Unlike the VG-10 we get a gain switch and many pro features that will set this camera well above its competitors.