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Old September 10th, 2014, 02:28 AM   #1
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New Sony FS7 4K XDCAM at IBC 2014

Not sure why everyone is calling it the FS700 II, when Sony is calling it the FS7, it's official name.

I get the impression that the camera will have far less capabilities than the FS700/7Q combination, but might be better a little more suitable for ENG/Docu work. It does look sort of odd and bulky, but htey said that about the FS700.

On the other hand, if you are looking for the flimsiest excuses to cross over, I can claim otherwise if it helps you. ;)

Now the other rumor I am hearing is that sony will announce a firmware update to the FS700. Can anyone comment on that? If that pans out, it will be interesting to see what a firmware updated FS700 will do compared to the new FS7.

Strange name by the way, seems to contradict the F5 and F55's. I do have a feeling this will be a bit more than the rumored $8K.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 09:12 AM   #2
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Old September 10th, 2014, 09:50 AM   #3
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Because until Phillip Bloom clarified the name of the camera a few days ago, nobody had a clue what it was called.

The FS7 isn't a replacement to the FS700 confirmed by Sony.

I feel sorry for the recent sellers that got rid of their FS700's on eBay as i'm fairly sure they sold for atleast 10-20% lower than the price they would of sold for after this news.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 12:43 PM   #4
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Because until Phillip Bloom clarified the name of the camera a few days ago, nobody had a clue what it was called.
To be fair, our own Mister Alister Chapman DID need to prompt him...
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Old September 10th, 2014, 05:07 PM   #5
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I think those of us with F700's and Odyssey 7Q's are not going to find this new unit interesting enough to jump ship.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 03:50 PM   #6
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To be fair, our own Mister Alister Chapman DID need to prompt him...
Actually no...Alister of course had nothing to do with it as he is under NDA. I have numerous sources and the official name came through two days ago WITH an official photo.


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Old September 11th, 2014, 08:06 PM   #7
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From Philip Bloom's own twitter:
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Old September 11th, 2014, 08:19 PM   #8
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Here it is - Higher res photos to come according to sources. This camera is HUGE. I can't imagine that the woman in the Sony teaser video who mentioned that she would like "a camera that was easy to carry around" was still smiling after the viewing. Do You Tubers and Bloggers use rigs like this?

Perhaps there is another camera in addition to this that will be announced?
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Old September 11th, 2014, 08:36 PM   #9
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Why do you say it's huge? It looks like the size of a typical shoulder mount camera.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 09:53 PM   #10
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That's one of the best looking cameras I've seen in ages!
I hope it is huge... Just to watch people collapse under the weight of awesome.
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Now the other rumor I am hearing is that sony will announce a firmware update to the FS700. Can anyone comment on that? If that pans out, it will be interesting to see what a firmware updated FS700 will do compared to the new FS7.
Sony has already announced a firmware upgrade for the FS700 that will make it compatible with the new zoom lenses like the 18-105. And I guess the new 28-135 that's seen on the pic with the FS7.
Hopefully they'll add some other goodie to the FS700! Would love if they gave it XAVC but I really think that the lens compatibility is all we'll get.
Oh, if they fixed the edge contrast issues, that would be swell too ;)
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Old September 11th, 2014, 10:10 PM   #12
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Only ENG types would understand how wonderful the form factor is :)
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Old September 11th, 2014, 10:27 PM   #13
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Actually no...Alister of course had nothing to do with it as he is under NDA. I have numerous sources and the official name came through two days ago WITH an official photo.


P.S. I am a member here, just not a very active one anymore. :)
Phil I don't read your blog often but confess I've been sneaking over for insights and speculation on the FS7. If you do a shakedown on it vs the F5 make sure you drop back in here!
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Old September 12th, 2014, 01:25 AM   #14
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Re: New Sony FS7 4K XDCAM at Photokina

I'm desperate for some one to develop a nice sharp 18-200mm constant F4 or even F2.8 if they can.

As for this FS7 ... well what can I say. This might the 4K ENG style update to their EA50 ENG solution.

Looking forward to reading the full specs and all the video reviews that will be out in due course.
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Form factor is not to dissimilar from a Panasonic AF100. All depends on the installed lens as well.

I can see how this isn't a FS700 replacement, and I hope they have an option for a BP-U battery mount if you aren't crazy to get V-mount batteries.
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