Optimized for Long-form with XAVC-L Recording, Native E-Mount
Lens Flexibility, High Speed XQD Media and a Comfortable, Robust Design
Park Ridge, N.J., Sep.
12, 2014 – Sony’s newest addition
to its large sensor line is a complete camera system that delivers long-form
recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design. The
new PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camcorder combines the flexibility of native E-mount
technology, the recording efficiency of the XAVC-L codec; the transfer speed
and intelligence of XQD memory cards; and comfortable, handheld ergonomics,
including a new “Smart Grip.”
The new camcorder is designed for a range of long-form shooting and production applications, from “cinéma vérité”-style documentaries and reality TV to magazine shows, commercial and corporate applications.
A-Mount Lens Compatibility
The PXW-FS7 is a
native E-mount camcorder designed to give users maximum lens options and flexibility,
smooth and silent iris, focus and zoom control, with auto exposure and
SteadyShot stabilization. An extremely shallow, 18 mm flange-back distance
enables the use of a range of 35mm lenses. Sony’s optional LA-EA4 A-mount lens
adaptor allows compatibility with a wide range of high-quality A-mount lenses.
The new camera will be
available in two versions: body-only, and the PXW-FS7K version with a new servo
zoom E-Mount lens FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS (SELP28135G).
The new E-mount lens
is the world’s first 35mm full-frame interchangeable power zoom lens. It
features constant F4 value, independent rings for iris, zoom and focus control,
and is dust- and moisture-resistant. The SELP28135G has SteadyShot
stabilization, minimum focus breathing and is enabled with Sony’s new Super
Sonic wave Motor (SSM) to reduce zoom noise while shooting.
The PXW-FS7 is
compatible with Sony´s new XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP formats, each
supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 recording (XAVC-I, 180fps; XAVC-L, 120fps). Recording
in UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, slow motion up to 60fps and Full High
Definition (1920×1080) with 60/50 progressive frames is possible. A firmware
update in early 2015 will enable native HD recording in the Apple ProRes HQ 422
codec, when using an optional extension unit (XDCA-FS7).
Through the XDCA-FS7’s
FS-RAW interface, the PXW-FS7 is capable of 4K/2K RAW recording with Sony’s
HXR-IFR5 and AXS-R5, or with a compatible third-party external recorder.
The PXW-FS7 features 2
XQD card slots that support simultaneous recording and relay recording. To
support the FS7’s Slow and Quick motion and internal 4Krecording, a new 128 GB
XQD G series with ultra-high speed transfer up to 440MB/s (read) and 350MB/s
(write) has been developed. XQD cards are also available in 64 and 32GB
The camera includes a
low-pass video filter, progressive pixel reading and advanced camera processing
to give users a broad span of creative treatments and options such as high
speed recording, high resolution and high sensitivity, with less aliasing and
less rolling shutter.