Sony is pushing the creative boundaries once more with the new NEX-FS700/K Full-HD Super Slow Motion camcorder, the latest in Sony’s line-up of NXCAM interchangeable E-Mount camcorders. The new Super 35mm model is designed for high-speed shooting, capable of capturing footage at up to 960 frames per second. The camera also features a range of capabilities such as 3G HD-SDI output and built-in ND filters. Additionally, it also offers several creative options, shooting styles, and enhanced ergonomics – all based on customer feedback — to deliver a flexible production tool that can fit seamlessly into a variety of shooting applications.
The camera delivers full HD quality at 120 and 240 frames per second in a 16 or 8 second burst mode respectively. The NEX-FS700/K’s high sensitivity and low noise shooting capability makes super slow motion shooting more convenient without additional bulky and expensive equipment. Its 480 fps and 960 fps at reduced resolution are available for faster frame rate recording. The NEX-FS700/K camcorder uses a new 4K Exmor Super 35 CMOS sensor (total 11.6 million pixels). This high-speed readout chip is optimised for motion picture shooting, giving high sensitivity, low noise and minimal aliasing.
The NXCAM’s E-Mount flexibility is designed to accept virtually all SLR and DSLR 35mm lenses, with the use of simple, inexpensive adapters without optical degradation. NEX-FS series owners can make use of their existing lenses and add more lenses without being forced on a brand or mount.
Users can also capture high-quality still images with the NEX-FS700/K. The camera includes “face detection” and auto focus to help ensure that a subject is always kept in focus. NEX-FS700/K camera operators can take advantage of the camera’s built-in ND filters, with a newly designed ND filter wheel that rotates across the sensor like a turret. The wheel includes positions for Clear, 1/4 (2 Stop), 1/16 (4 Stop), and 1/64 (6 Stop).
The camera is 50/60Hz switchable to give shooters the freedom of working in any geographic region with-out being restricted to only PAL or NTSC recording. The NEX-FS700/K’s 3G HD-SDI and HDMI connectors can output full HD 50p and 60p, in addition to standard HD 50i, 60i, 24p, 25p or 30p frame rates with embedded time code and audio. 3G HD-SDI can output native 23.98, 25, 29.97 progressive signals; users can elect to output PsF over the 3G HD-SDI. Thanks to flexibility of the digital ports, virtually any external recorder can be paired.
Users can save up to 99 camera profile settings on a memory card, and can copy the same setting to multiple cameras. Compatible media includes MS and SD memory cards, and Sony’s HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit that attaches to the camera. The NEX-FS700/K features include a robust detachable top handle, secured by a pair of screws (a cold shoe, plus two sets of 1/4 and 3/8 inch holes) to allow secure mounting for heavy accessories. The handle is attached with a rosette mount. A key element of the handle is an “active grip” that features four buttons for commonly used functions – expanded focus, auto iris, still capture and recording Start/Stop — so users can easily operate the camcorder while holding the camera. Function buttons are also enlarged to make operation easy even while wearing gloves.
The camcorder’s enhanced design also includes anchor points for compatibility with third-party accessories and a more durable design than previous models. Sony is planning a future firmware upgrade that will enable the NEX-FS700/K to output a 4K bitstream data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional Sony 4K recorder.
HXR-NX30U high-definition camcorder NXCAM Camcorder
Sony is giving video professionals freedom from camera shake with the HXR-NX30U high-definition camcorder, a palm-size addition to Sony’s NXCAM line. The new model uses Sony’s breakthrough Balanced Optical SteadyShotTM image stabilization technology to significantly reduce camera shake in challenging shooting applications. The new camcorder also offers convenient features such as a built-in projector, all combined in Sony’s smallest, lightest handheld professional camcorder.
“This high-quality yet easy-to-use camcorder is an extremely versatile field production tool,” said Chiyoko Yannette, marketing manager at Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America group. “It’s perfect for documentary makers, video journalists, educational establishments or corporate users, for shooting in many different situations where other stabilization equipment is not practical such as on-board a vehicle or in a crowd.”
Conventional image stabilization systems typically “float” an individual lens element with a motor drive to compensate for camera shake. Balanced Optical SteadyShotTM combines the entire lens and image sensor assembly into one floating element that moves as a unit to reduce the shaking effect caused by normal motion during shooting.
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