Sony’s has just announced at IBC, that the newest addition to its XDCAM range is a complete camera system that delivers long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design.
The new PXW-FS7 XDCAM is a native E-mount camcorder, with an 11.6 million-pixel Super35 Exmor CMOS sensor, flexible viewfinder mounting system, Smartgrip, 4 built-in ND filters, XAVC Intra/Long GOP recording, FS-RAW interface, with auto exposure and SteadyShot stabilization. An 18 mm flange-back distance enables the use of a range of 35mm lenses. The optional LA-EA4 A-mount lens adaptor allows compatibility with a wide range of high-quality A-mount lenses.
The new camera will be available in two versions: body-only, and the PXW-FS7K version with a new servo zoom E-Mount lens FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS (SELP28135G).
Recording on the camcorder uses Sony´s XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP formats, each supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 recording (XAVC-I, 180fps; XAVC-L, 120fps). Recording in UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, slow motion up to 60fps and Full High Definition (1920×1080) with 60/50 progressive frames is possible. A firmware update in early 2015 will enable native HD recording in the Apple ProRes HQ 422 codec, when using an optional extension unit (XDCA-FS7).
Through the XDCA-FS7’s FS-RAW interface, the PXW-FS7 is capable of 4K/2K RAW recording with Sony’s HXR-IFR5 and AXS-R5, or with a compatible third-party external recorder.