Object of Desire: Sony FS7 II Cinema Camera

February 3, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

This new cinema camera builds on the original FS7’s strengths by adding an electronic variable ND filter to control exposure over a seamless range between two and seven stops. It also has three preset filter settings to choose from alongside an auto ND mode, which keeps exposure at a fixed level while you adjust the depth of field using iris control. The FS7 II’s new E-mount (lever lock type) lens mount gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself. This way, you can keep support rigs fastened to the camera when changing lenses. Image-wise, the camera uses a Super35mm-sized CMOS sensor capable of 4K recording at 4096 x 2160 at up to 60p internally (10-bit, 4:2:2) to a pair of XQD cards. Full HD can be captured at up to 180 fps for slow motion recording. If you need a higher-quality RAW file, the camera supports outputting a 12-bit 4K file at up to 60 fps or a 2K file at 240 fps using an optional accessory unit. The FS7 II has a tool-less mechanical design so you can adjust the Smart Grip or viewfinder positions without breaking out the screwdriver.


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