FS7 II dramatically improves the experience of shooting with Sony’s ultimate documentary camcorder and simply one of the world’s most versatile Super 35mm camcorders. A host of enhancements, from an all-new lens mount to world-leading Electronic Auto Variable ND system and enhanced ergonomics, transform the possibilities of what you can do. Shoot and move. Handheld, shoulder-mount or suspended from a gimbal. FS7 II delivers the spectacular imagery you expect from Sony.
Handheld. Long form. Perfection redefined.
You asked and Sony delivered: an all-new E-mount lever lock design. Sony’s world-leading variable ND filter technology integrated for smooth fine-tuning of depth-of-field. A host of ergonomic refinements to make FS7 II even more comfortable to shoot with. The uncompromising image quality of Sony’s high performance Super 35mm sensor for 4K and HD capture, including superior 4K/QFHD 60p/50p with support for the BT.2020 colour space, plus fantastic slow motion pictures up to 180 fps. Just think what the possibilities are…
Built-in electronic Variable ND Filters.
Originally developed for the PXW-FS5, Sony’s ground-breaking integration of electronic variable ND Filters into the body of a Super 35mm camcorder enables fast, agile shooting. Moving from shadowy interiors to bright sun-lit exteriors is no problem with the FS7 II. Unlike conventional optical ND filters, the electronic ND filter on the FS7 II can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly while ND Filters can be set to fully auto. You can even manually adjust Depth of Field using the iris lens ring, while relying on the FS7 II to maintain constant exposure without changing gain nor shutter speed.
4K Super 35 Exmor sensor
When it comes to image sensors, size definitely matters. Sony’s Super 35 sensor delivers "bokeh," the defocused backgrounds made possible by shallow depth of field. A common technique for directing audience attention within the frame, shallow depth of field is far easier to achieve with a large sensor. Other things being equal, a bigger sensor also equates to better low-light sensitivity and lower image noise. And with bigger sensors, the field of view is wider for any given focal length lens.
With the FS7 II sensor, size is just the beginning.
14 stops of exposure latitude deliver powerful grayscale rendition without crushing shadow detail or blowing out highlight detail.
ISO 2000 sensitivity enables you to shoot well after sunset, without tons of lighting and grip.
4K resolution. The sensor incorporates 11.6 million total pixels and 8.8 million effective pixels to deliver full 4K resolution. Even if you’re delivering in HD, your recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors cannot see.
Sony Exmor CMOS design makes for extremely fast readout, contributing to frame rates of up to 180 fps and minimized image skew.
High Frame Rates up to 180 fps
Slow down time with HFR shooting to reveal the beauty and drama of everyday motion. That’s why the FS7 II provides continuous recording at Full HD at frame rates of up to 180 fps. When you play back at 23.98p, you’ll enjoy extraordinary Super Slow Motion of up to 7.5x. Compared to burst mode, the continuous recording of the FS7 II reduces mistimed shots and extra takes. The camera also provides Slow & Quick motion from 1 fps to 180 fps, in 1 fps increments. This enables time lapse effects to make the clouds race by or flowers bloom before your eyes. And for even higher frame rates, you can attach the XDCA-FS7 extension unit and connect an outboard recorder, both sold separately, for 2K RAW recording at up to 240 fps. This creates 10x Super Slow Motion when played at 23.98p.
Handheld comfort takes another leap forward.
The FS7 is renowned for taking handheld shooting to another level. Placed against your chest or shoulder, comfortably steadied by your right hand. The built-in shoulder pad makes for stable shoulder-style shooting, while the curved back sits comfortably against your chest. Now with FS7 II we’ve refined these elements to be even more flexible to you.
Sony’s remarkable smart grip
The result of thousands of hours of user research, Sony’s Smart Grip is a highly adjustable control centre located on a pivoting, telescoping arm. The smart grip includes Zoom, Start/Stop and a range of Assign controls, including a dial you can use to adjust Iris. So you can operate the camera without taking your hand off the grip. The shape is comfortable hour after hour. And the angle of the grip can be adjusted at the press of a button.
Easy to adjust, telescoping arm
Everyone loved the flexibility of the FS7’s ergonomic arm mount, but we’ve gone further with FS7 II’s new mounting positions – so you can hold it even closer to your body – and made it easily adjustable without tools. So it’s even easier to find the perfect set-up to suit your physique and your shooting position.
Ergonomically improved viewfinder
The mounting arm for the FS7 II’s viewfinder is now even more flexible with independent clamps easily adjusted by hand even while still on your shoulder. The viewfinder itself can be perfectly offset for right-eye or left-eye viewing with a huge range of fore-aft adjustment. Just turn a single knob to set the finder’s position. For even greater flexibility, Sony supplies a 15 mm rod mount. The viewfinder takes the form of an LCD monitor and a viewfinder extension box that easily tilts up and out of the way when you want direct viewing. The viewfinder extension box is now even easier to attach, while the LCD hood is can be bundled while not in use. Peaking, zebra and contrast controls enable easy adjustment of focus, contrast and exposure.
Sony designed the FS7 II to the same exacting standards as the FS7 for real-world shooting. The frame is magnesium, for high rigidity and light weight. Buttons, dials and other parts are sealed to prevent dust and water spray from entering. Cooling is an urgent requirement in a high-speed 4K camera. That’s why Sony engineers developed special heat pipes that whisk heat away from the electronics and into a remote heat sink. An air duct cools the heat sink while isolating the electrical components from exposure to dust and water spray.
Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe
The FS7 II takes advantage of Sony’s flexible Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, which provides power, signal connections and coordinated on/off switching to compatible Sony accessories. For example, you can connect and control Sony wireless microphone systems such as the UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 or attach the HVL-LBPC light.
Support for 4-channelAudio Input and Recording
The FS7 II supports 4-channel audio input and, in applications such as interview, this function enables the simultaneous use of an external microphone for recording ambient sounds, the built-in microphone for voice memos by the operator, and two optional UWP Series wireless microphones for voice of interviewer and interviewee. In addition, using an optional XLR adapter “XLR-K2M” or ”XLR-K1M” – with two extra XLR inputs – even more devices can be connected. And with FS7 II, the control cover now folds down flat to lessen risk of accidental damage.
Sony's 4K universe
Like high definition a decade ago, 4K is emerging as a consumer entertainment platform. And Sony is playing a pivotal role in this transition. When we launched the world's first commercial 4K projectors in 2005, we had to explain that a "K" was 1024 horizontal pixels and that "4K" meant 4096 x 2160 resolution. We had to itemize the advantages with tutorials on resolution and seating distance. Today 4K is a robust production platform. It is enshrined in the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specification. The ITU and SMPTE have both issued 4K standards. And the Consumer Electronics Association is promoting the term "Ultra High-Definition" (Ultra HD) to cover 4K consumer products.
Super 35/APS-C power zoom for 4K movies
SELP18110G powered zoom lens delivers optimum performance in Super 35/APS-C moviemaking applications, starting at 18 mm wide-angle and extending through an impressive 6.1x zoom range with a constant F4 maximum aperture.
G Lens optical performance suitable for 4K throughout the zoom range.
- Lag-free mechanical manual zoom for high-level, versatile zoom control.
- Refined focus operation so switchover can be made without changing your posture.
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps keep images blur-free as well as minimising the need to boost ISO in low light conditions.
- Compact, lightweight design ideal for active shooting and when using gimbals.
- Reliable in challenging conditions with a sealed dust and moisture resistant design.
Sensor: Super35 CMOS
Video Resolution: 4K
Lens Mount: Sony E
Shutter Speed: 1/3 sec. - 1/9,000 sec.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 2000
Screen Size: 3.5"
Recording Media: XQD/SDXC
Frame Rate: 60p
Bitrate: 600 Mb/s Maximum Bitrate
Audio Inputs: 2x XLR Inputs
Power Source: DC 16.5V Battery Pack
Dimensions: 158.9mm x 245.2mm x 247mm
What's In the Box
Grip Remote Control (1)
USB wireless LAN module IFU-WLM3 (1)
Wireless remote commander (1) (RMT-845)
WA Adaptor Bracket (1)
BC-U1 battery charger (1)
BP-U30 battery pack (1)
Power cord (2)
USB cable (1)
Operating Guide (1)
CD-ROM "Manual for Solid-State Memory Camcorder" (1)
IS1293 power cord for India (Not supplied in some countries) (2)