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More on the Sony NEX-FS100U AVCHD LSS Camcorder

The large-single-sensor "NXCAM 35" unveiled. Plus: writeups, NAB seminars, press release.

By Adam Wilt | March 23, 2011



NEX-FS100 next to a PMW-F3, from a Sony NAB Seminar email.

This image of the "NXCAM 35" camcorder is lifted from a promotional email for Sony's Super 35mm Seminars at NAB (more below).

Jon Fauer shows a different configuration from his Japan trip along with his un-embargoed writeup.

Sony is holding a seminar on the F3 and FX100 at NAB, at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday:


This in-depth seminar will take you through the features and operation of these exciting new cameras, and you'll learn more about the performance of Sony's true Super 35mm sensor and what makes these cameras so special. Topics to be covered will include:

• A review of general specifications and capabilities
• External monitoring and I/O connections
• Recording format plus media and lens options, special recording modes and much more
• Q&A

So please join us for this free seminar at the 2011 NAB Show. Seminar time slots fill up fast, so please register early!

Click Here to register for Sony's Super 35mm Seminar at the 2011 NAB Show.



Separately, I received a press release on the both the NEX-FS100 and the HXR-NX70 rain- and dust-proof camcorder:

Sony Expands its NXCAM Family of Products

New NXCAM Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder and "Rain and Dust Proof" Compact Camcorder Deliver Unprecedented Capabilities for Professionals

PARK RIDGE, N.J., March 23, 2011 -- Sony Electronics is unveiling the newest additions to its NXCAM® family of professional video products: the NEX-FS100U, an E-mount camcorder equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor, and the compact HXR-NX70U, the industry's first rain- and dust-proof professional HD camcorder. The new camcorders join Sony's existing NXCAM model HXR-NX5U to deliver an impressive range of options, creativity and flexibility for production professionals.

"These new camcorders fill an important void in the digital handheld production market," said Bob Ott, vice president of product marketing and management for Sony Electronics. "They combine affordability and high performance with a rich, ‘distinctive' look for a range of applications - including commercial video, music video and many others."

First premiered to the public a few months ago as a prototype, the NEX-FS100U Super 35mm camcorder is equipped with an Exmorâ„¢ Super35 CMOS Sensor. The large-format sensor's high sensitivity enables it to produce footage with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera.

The sensor also features the optimum number of effective pixels for shooting HD moving images. At a high 60fps in all-pixel scan mode, this allows images to be captured with less color aliasing, jaggedness and rolling shutter than DSLR cameras, while providing the sensitivity necessary for shooting at a minimum illumination of 0.28lux (when using a fixed shutter speed of 1/30, auto gain and an iris setting of F1.4). Another advantage of Exmor technology is minimal noise when shooting low-light scenes.

The NEX-FS100U adopts the Sony E-mount interchangeable lens system. The camcorder's very short flange back distance (the distance between the lens mount and sensor surfaces) allows various Sony A-mount lenses to be used via a mount adaptor (LA-EA1). It is also possible to attach a range of other lenses, using compatible third-party mount adaptors.

The NEX-FS100UK lens kit model comes supplied with the E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS zoom Lens which gives users optical SteadyShotâ„¢ and auto focus. The SEL18200 lens supplied with the NEX-FS100UK enables shooting in illumination as low as 1.5lux when using a fixed shutter speed of 1/30, auto gain and auto iris.

The NEX-FS100U also accepts affordable and readily available compatible SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, and Memory Stick PRO Duoâ„¢. It is capable of recording images at various frame rates providing the added creative freedom of Slow and Quick motion with full HD. The camera operator can simply adjust the frame rate without using converters or editing software.The grip, handle and hybrid LCD viewfinder are detachable, making it ideal for handheld scenes and shooting in confined locations.

HXR-NX70U - first dust- and rain-proof professional HD camcorder

The main unit of the HXR-NX70U has been proven to reach dust-proof and rain-proof performance requirements, specified by IEC60529 IP54. Sudden rain or dust will not affect the camcorder's operation, allowing the HXR-NX70U to perform in even the most challenging shooting environments.

The ultra-compact HXR-NX70U incorporates an Exmor R CMOS sensor to deliver superior quality low-light footage and enhanced manual controls to give the precision pro shooters need when capturing high-quality HD content. The camcorder also features a 96GB internal memory.

CinemaToneâ„¢ technology captures stunning footage with deeper, more film-like color tones and the wide angle Sony Gâ„¢ lens can take in more of the action, producing sharp images with brilliantly accurate color reproduction. The optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto perspectives. A built-in GPS receiver makes the HXR-NX70U an ideal choice for journalists and documentary makers as it gives them the ability to "geotag" footage when on location.

Each of the new camcorders is planned to be available between July and September 2011, at the following suggested list prices:

• NEX-FS100U (without lens) - $5,850
• NEX-FS100UK (with lens) - $6,550
• HXR-NX70U - $3,200


Sony's press release states a later release timeframe than Jon Fauer's pre-earthquake info does; presumably the delay is due to the difficulties following the disaster.


FTC Disclaimer: No material connection exists between me and Sony, Jon Fauer, or Film And Digital Times. No payments, material considerations, blandishments and/or outright bribes were offered me to post this article or to mention any product in a favorable or unfavorable light.

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Disclosure, to comply with the FTC’s rules 16 CFR Part 255 This article was either written by Sony employees or for Sony by an outside contractor. It is intended for the Sony Channel on ProVideo Coalition, which Sony sponsors.

Comments

geoff stock: | April, 03, 2011

Thanks,
Can’t wait to get my hands on the FS100 and see how good the results are and how enjoyable it is to use. Interesting time to be a cameraman with all the great tools and toys to use in our storytelling.

Adam Wilt: | April, 03, 2011

Mark Forman has shot a few FS100 clips around NYC’s Grand Central Terminal using the stock 18-200mm lens:

http://vimeo.com/21783226

No too shabby, I’d say…  (grin)

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