The Sony PXW FS7 Mark II
The Sony PXW-FS7 MK II is an updated version of the ground breaking FS7 Digital Cinematography 4K 35mm Camera. With Variable ND filter, uprated viewfinder bracket and improved positive lock E Mount for lenses, it is a natural progression from the original.
Since its introduction in 2014, the Sony PXW FS7 has become one of the most widely used 4k video camera in a range of production applications, and the original model remains in the Sony line-up. Based on end user feedback the new PXW-FS7M2 now gives creative professionals new features and a broader range of creative tools.
The new Sony PXW-FS7 MK II is designed for long-form shooting and production applications, especially for documentaries and independent film making. Amongst the many enhancements outlined below, the Sony PXW-FS7 II 4K Camera can also record in BT2020 colour space, hence making it ideal for todays 4K broadcast productions.
Sony PXW-FS7 MK II 4K Camera Overview:
- Super 35-Sized CMOS Sensor
- Locking Sony E-Mount
- Integrated Electronic Variable ND Filter
- DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 59.94p
- UHD up to 59.94 fps, HD up to 180 fps
- XAVC-I/L, MPEG-2, XAVC up to 600 Mb/s
- Supports Rec. 709 and BT-2020
- Dual XQD Memory Card Slots
- Dual HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Output
- Ergonomic Handgrip with Camera Controls
Freedom to shoot and move with Electronic Auto Variable ND
Shooting with FS7 II is a truly liberating experience – shoot and move with no need to worry about changing light conditions, no time wasted fiddling with exposure settings or changing filters. Sony’s unrivalled technology continuously adjusts the density of the electronic ND Filter without losing resolution while maintaining colour balance. See FS7 II in action for yourself to discover how Sony has transformed shooting on the move.
E-mount flexibility extended
E-mount offers unsurpassed compatibility with both Sony and third-party lenses. And for FS7 II there’s an all-new lever lock design. Simply put the lens in place and rotate the collar until it locks in place. A lens release lever provides added security. The process of switching lens can be simplified to save time. And of course, the E-mount can take cinema lenses and SLR lenses with a third-party adaptor, as well as Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses. Whatever your lens requirements, FS7 II has you covered.
Super 35/APS-C power zoom for 4K movies
SELP18110G powered zoom lens delivers optimum performance in Super 35/APS-C movie-making applications, starting at 18 mm wide-angle and extending through an impressive 6.1x zoom range with a constant F4 maximum aperture.
G Lens optical performance suitable for 4K throughout the zoom range.
- Lag-free mechanical manual zoom for high-level, versatile zoom control
- Refined manual focus operation for subtle adjustment
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation helps keep images blur-free as well as minimising the need to boost ISO in low light conditions
- Compact, lightweight design ideal for active shooting and when using gimbals
- Reliable in challenging conditions with a sealed dust and moisture resistant design
Shoulder mount comfort and control
FS7 delivered a revolution in ergonomics, but we listened to cinematographers to make FS7 II even more comfortable to use, especially when operating for hours in the field. The number of assign buttons has been increased from six to ten, all extra large, while the LCD monitor arm and mic holder can be swapped for left-eye shooting. The telescoping arm offers even more settings, allowing the camcorder to be mounted closer to your body and you no longer need a tool for adjustments.
You can be sure the remarkable Sony smart grip is always at hand with all the key controls at your fingertips.
180fps High Frame Rates
High Frame Rate shots can turn everyday actions into slow-motion ballet, a visual feast of elegant movement. The FS7 II delivers a maximum of 180 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting in Full HD. If your project plays at the cinematic 24fps, you get beautiful 7.5x Super Slow Motion. There’s no sacrifice in bit depth and no ‘windowing’ of the sensor. So there’s no crop factor and no loss in angle of view. The camera also performs Slow and Quick (S&Q) motion from 1 to 180fps in 1fps increments. So, you can alter the narrative by selectively speeding up or slowing down the action.
Handheld, long form, perfection redefined
You asked and we delivered: an all-new E-mount lever lock design. Sony’s world-leading variable ND Filter technology integrated for smooth fine-tuning of depth-of-field. A host of ergonomic refinements to make FS7 II even more comfortable to shoot with. The uncompromising image quality of Sony’s high performance Super 35mm sensor for 4K and HD capture, including superior 4K/QFHD 60p/50p with support for the BT.2020 colour space, plus fantastic slow motion pictures up to 180fps.
Built-in electronic variable ND Filters
Originally developed for the PXW-FS5, Sony’s ground-breaking integration of electronic variable ND Filters into the body of a Super 35mm camcorder enables fast, agile shooting. Moving from shadowy interiors to bright sun-lit exteriors is no problem with the FS7 II. Unlike conventional optical ND Filters, the electronic ND Filter on the FS7 II can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly while ND Filters can be set to fully auto. You can even manually adjust depth of field using the iris lens ring, while relying on the FS7 II to maintain constant exposure without changing gain nor shutter speed.
FS7 II is your perfect partner for fast-moving shoots in changeable environments.
4K Super 35 Exmor® sensor
When it comes to image sensors, size definitely matters. Sony’s Super 35 sensor delivers ‘bokeh’, the defocused backgrounds made possible by shallow depth of field. A common technique for directing audience attention within the frame, shallow depth of field is far easier to achieve with a large sensor. Other things being equal, a bigger sensor also equates to better low-light sensitivity and lower image noise. And with bigger sensors, the field of view is wider for any given focal length lens.
With the FS7 II sensor, size is just the beginning.