In-Depth Exploration of the Sony FS7 For Documentary Work by Award-Winning DP Andy Young

Ever since it's introduction almost a year ago at last year's IBC trade show in Amsterdam, the 4K Sony PXW-FS7 departs from traditional Super35mm camera design as it combines lightweight optics, efficient compression with high-performance 4K, excellent color, wide dynamic range, in a minimalist, rig-less, ergonomic package optimized for Cinéma Vérité type production.

Sony invited Award winning cinematographer Andrew Young takes a critical look at the camera and workflow while by lending him a Sony FS7 to use for a documentary in the Middle East.


Andrew Young is an acclaimed filmmaker and co-founder of Archipelago Films, a New York-based production company. His work has received an Academy Award® nomination, two Emmy® Awards, seven Emmy® nominations, and five awards at the Sundance Film Festival®, including the Grand Jury Prize.

Check out the nearly hour long presentation on his experience with the Sony FS7.

While we certainly hope this has been helpful to you, if you are in the market for an FS7, or are considering renting one for example for a documentary production, we've also summarised the main points that Andy made during his presentation:

Things he liked about the FS7:

- Ergonomic, Scalable Design easy to transport on airplanes

- Best value for money in its class

- 4K on-board, flexible on-board codec options

- Timecode

- 4 Channel audio

- High Frame Rates & Variety of lens options

- High Dynamic range, Log and Raw recording options


Things he would like to see improved on the FS7:

- Needs flat bottom grip mounting option

- Needs rubberized menu wheel

- Needs movable magnification area

- Eyepiece should maintain horizon while adjusting

- Waveform not always visible

- S&Q needs direct access to dial in frame rates