Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sony NEX-FS100

[UPDATE 3 | 9:30AM -(first two are at end of this post)]

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

As promised, Sony has rolled out the new large-sensor camera, the NEX-FS100. (That's a surprise, I thought it was going to be the NXCAM FS100...interesting that they have thrown in the NEX designation due to the E-mount)
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 InfoNEX-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.

Crews.TV notes:
  • 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) Sony FS-100 Enters

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
Videomaker: Hands-on With Sony’s NXCAM Super 35mm Camcorder

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.
HDWarrior: The NEW Sony NEX FS100 Super 35mm camcorder “First Look”

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