updated 07:05 am EDT, Mon April 2, 2012
Sony NEX FS-700 lands with 4K, and super slo-mo
Sony has taken the wraps off its rumored NEX FS700 pro video camera. As had been suggested, the video camera is capable of shooting at 4K resolution, but this will only be supported through a future upgrade. Initially it will be limited to shooting at 1080p, but it will be able to record 4K video, when its firmware is upgraded in time, over 3G-SDI to an optional external 4K recorder.
Its other notable talent is its super-slow motion capability. It can shoot up to an incredible 960fps, but only if recording quality is wound back. However, it can still shoot 120fps in 1080p over a 16-second burst, or 240fps in a shorter 8-second burst. As a member of Sony's NEX family product line, it will also do this using existing and future E-mount lenses. An adapter will allow users to shoot with just about any SLR or DSLR 35mm lens.
It captures its images using a Super 35mm sensor with a new 4K 'Exmor' Super 35 CMOS sensor with 11.6 million pixels. It is also 60/50Hz switchable allowing film makers to shoot in any region without concern for PAL or NTSC recording formats. Compatible storage media includes SD and Memory Sticks, as well as Sony's new HXR-FMU128 flash memory.
The NEX-FS700U (body only) and the NEX-FS700UK (with 18-200mm zoom lens) will be available in June for 'under $10,000'.