But it’s not an FS700 Upgrade
By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
This week, SONY gave a sneak peak of a video on YouTube that featured a bunch of indie filmmakers, mostly web video types, but there was some feature shooters as well, who were invited to Sony headquarters to get a peak at what many believe is a new 4K XDCAM. And judging by the Christmas morning look on several of them after their off camera showcase, it could very well be just that. And we’ll know tomorrow if all the speculation is true. But in the meantime, well, here’s a rundown on what the conventional wisdom is on what we can expect …
The word on the street is that Sony will announce tomorrow an internal recording 4K XDCam rocking Sony’s proprietary XAVC codec. And it won’t be an upgrade or next generation to the FS700 either. But 4KShooters had an image that was leaked and it’s believed to be the FS7. This new camera will shoot on two Sony XQD cards, have a full auto and manual mode, and a form factor that ENG shooters will find very familiar. It will also sport a servo lens element that will be the equivalent of an 18-200mm zoom with an e-mount.
There’s also talk that in addition to shooting XAVC, it will also have a RAW option, and be able to capture at up to 180 fps. So it could be very popular with cable sports networks. Could this be a broadcast video variant that will go in a similar category as the F5, but with smaller and more affordable footprint? At around $10,000, it could appeal to the lower-end smaller media markets, corporate and wedding video crowd, and, of course, the filmmakers living on YouTube.
You know, this category is getting a bit busy, and frankly, I don’t know if Sony can do enough to really break away from the growing pack here. We’ll just have to see. But all things being equal, I think the Blackmagic Production Camera and Sony’s own α7s are a lot more appealing, especially to my wallet. Either way, the Presser will take place at 3AM ET/Midnight PT from the IBC Conference. If you’re burning the midnight oil like I am, you can watch it live from Sony’s pro website here.
Hat Tip – NFS