2 Apr 2012 - New product announcements, Video Production
Sony Announces 4K-Ready NEX-FS700 & Palm-Sized HXR-NX30P Camcorders
Sony today launched two new camcorders: the NEX-FS700, the latest addition to the manufacturer’s range of NXCAM camcorders, and the palm-sized HXR-NX30P, which is equipped with a built-in projector.
The NEX-FS700 is a 4K-ready NXCAM camcorder with a superior Super35mm CMOS sensor, super slow-motion capability and an interchangeable E-mount lens system, offering unrivalled flexibility and creative expression.
The NEX-FS700 camcorder uses a new 4K ExmorTM 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.
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 without 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 HXR-NX30 is an ultra-compact, palm-sized, professional NXCAM camcorder compatible with the latest full HD formats including 1080/50p video. It features a 26.0mm ultra wide-angle lens with 10x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 26-260mm) and a back-illuminated 1/2.88-inch type Exmor R CMOS sensor for outstanding versatility.
One of the HXR-NX30's biggest advantages is the Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization system. This allows the entire optical block, from the lens to the image sensor, to "float" and absorb movement from the body. The result is extremely effective image stabilization even when zooming in, something previously difficult to achieve, providing handheld shooting with a new level of image stability.
A built-in projector can project images up to 100 inches wide (when projecting 5m from a screen), enabling production crew to easily check the rushes at the end of the shoot.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony NEX-FS700 is expected to be available by the end of June 2012 and will be sold in a body-only configuration (NEX-FS700) or with an 18-200mm lens (NEX-FS700K). The HXR-NX30P is also expected in June 2012. Pricing will be announced shortly.