The FS7 has a unique new compact design meant to be used on the shoulder “out of the box” with a built-in adjustable grip and handle which features zoom control (for compatible lenses). No rig required. The camera has 4 built-in ND’s which are mechanically switchable with a dial similar to the one on the F5 and F55. The LCD viewfinder comes with a newly designed attachable loupe. The camera has been purpose-built to provide a versatile range of creative shot options while sitting comfortably on the shoulder, even after hours of operation. The supplied grip, easily adjustable viewfinder and fully-sealed, die-cast magnesium chassis have been designed to provide robust usability in dusty or humid environments and for ‘run and gun’ applications.
The FS7 grip, designed for easy handling and oper- ability, is the result of exhaustive consultation with vid- eographers and cinematographers, as well as the pro- duction of various prototypes.The shape supports long periods of camera use and flexibly accommodates subtle differences among various users’ gripping styles. The angle of the grip can be easily adjusted with the press of a button. In addition to a zoom button and Rec Start/Stop, the grip also has several programmable buttons that can be customized for easy access to any other functions such as the focus magnifier function.
The length of the arm section of the FS7 can be ad- justed just by turning a knob. Another knob at the joint makes it easy to adjust the angle of the camera. So a user can choose a comfortable style that suits his or her physique and shooting position. The FS7 is equipped with a shoulder pad for stable shoulder-style shooting. Users can also choose oth- er supported shooting styles including handy style, chest style (using the curved rear part of the FS7), tripod shooting, etc. depending on conditions.
What it Records
It can shoot 4K in XAVC (up to 600Mbit/s in 60p, 300Mbit/s in 30p) in 10-bit 4:2:2 I-Frame in up to 60 frames per second. It can shoot slow motion in up to 180fps in proper 1080p resolution, also in 10-bit 4:2:2 I-Frame 100Mbit/s compression . Support for QFHD 3840 x 2160 resolution is available now but 4096 x 2160 resolution support will be provided by firmware update scheduled for early 2015. The camera can or will support for a variety of recording formats including XAVC Intra, Long GOP, MPEG HD422 (XDCam422) and Apple ProRes 422 (some codecs available early 2015 by firmware update).
SlowMotion up to 180fps or even Full High Definition with 60/50 progressive frames is possible. By using the optional extension unit FS7 is capable of natively recording in Apple ProRes 422 codec, planned to be available in early 2015 by firmware update. In addition the optional extension features optional RAW interface, meaning the PXW-FS7 is capable of 4K/2K 12-bit RAW recording up to a maximum 240fps with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q.
Sensor, Media, Lens Mount
The FS7 features the same image sensor that is found in the much more expensive PMW-F5. The PXW-FS7 is able to capture great image quality without needing significant lighting support. It has high-speed image readout characteristics, such as 240 fps while recording 2K RAW on an external recorder, responsive sensitivity (ISO 2000) and a high signal-to-noise ratio. The PXW-FS7 supports QFHD up to 60 fps with an upgrade to 4K 4,096 x 2,160 resolution due to be made available in early 2015.
The FS7 uses Sony’s Alpha E-mount system. There is a wide variety (and growing number) of high quality light weight lenses that are natively design for the E-mount system. The E-mount features a very shallow flange. When this is combined with the nearly universal compatibility of the Super35mm size image sensor the camera can be adapted to nearly any lens mount in the world. It is very common, and easy, to adapt the E-mount to Canon EF, Nikon F, Arri PL, or even Sony’s Alpha A-mount lens lines.
The FS7 uses a media called XQD. This is not a proprietary media card. Rather, it was developed in conjunction with the Compactflash Association to be the Next Generation media that takes over as Compactflash reaches its final limitations. XQD gives the necessary read and write speed to handle the very high bit rate XAVC codec at the high frame rates that todays media professionals require. The FS7 features two internal XQD memory card slots.