The Sony PXW-FS7 has managed to become, in a very short period of time, an absolute monster. Offering a Super 35 sensor, full 4K recording, variable frame rates from 1-180fps, a lightweight body, and an easily adaptable lens mount, the FS7 is configurable for all types of production.
The PXW-FS7’s ability to record internally in a variety of formats and codecs is the first and foremost selling point. Offering full Cine 4K, UHD 4K, 2K, 1080 and even 720, the FS7 fits seamlessly into any production. Adding to the versatility are the codec options: XAVC-I, XAVC-L, MPEG-HD 422, and, yes, even ProRes 422 and 422HQ. These codecs are seamlessly integrated within all modern NLEs, thus giving the PXW-FS7 astounding flexibility. Combine these choices with the option to shoot from 1-180fps and we finally have a camera that can please both the production and post-production crews.
Another huge selling point of the FS7 is its size. Weighing in at under 10lbs with the viewfinder, eyepiece, handgrip, battery and lens all attached, the camera is lightweight and shoulder mountable. The universal adaptability of the native Sony E-mount makes things even better, as the camera offers full iris control of Canon EF lenses and full functionality of those lens’ image stabilization. The PXW-FS7 can easily switch from composed interviews on a tripod to b-roll with the interview subject to run-and-gun scenarios.
The camera records to Sony XQD memory cards, which come with a USB3 reader. A 64GB card can hold 75 minutes of 1080p footage or 30 minutes of 4K footage at 23.98fps. And with the ability to hot swap the cards in the camera, and two available card slots, rolling on a long interview is not a concern.
The final trick that the FS7 has up its sleeve comes with the addition of the XDCA extension back. This allows you to not only use industry standard V-Lock or Anton Bauer batteries and a four pin DC ower input, but also gives you a timecode in/out spigot, genlock, RAW output and *hallelujah!* enables internal ProRes recording to the XQD cards. ProRes 422 and 422HQ are your options, and suddenly you and the FS7 are an editor’s best friend.
UPDATE! Literally. Our FS7 has ben upgraded to firmware V3, which enables the incredibly useful 2K Center Crop, effectively doubling the focal range of a lens; selectable focus magnification, so you can now choose exactly which portion of the screen you’d like to check for critical focus; more responsive menus; and faster boot times. It’s like having a brand new camera!
The operating manual for the Sony PXW-FS7 with V3 firmware installed is right here.
ANOTHER (LITERAL) UPDATE! Firmware V4 has just been released and is now up and running. Here’s a rundown of the new and improved features:
1. Support for Flexible Spot in Focus setting.
2. Support for XAVC-I 4K 24.00P.
3. Display for Video Signal Monitor is improved.
4. Operability of S&Q setting by assignable button is improved.
5. Remove Basic Authentication from items saved in all file.
6. Auto knee stability is improved.
7. Overall stability and operability of the camera is improved.
Our FS7 is customizable for your production, so give us a call at 301/530-8210 or email email@example.com to set up a rental.