If you have not convinced yet as to the immense capabilities the new Sony A7R II and A7s II mirrorless cameras can offer both photographers and professional cinematographers, Sony have prepared some presentations and technical discussions with photo professionals from PhotoPlus 2015 Expo in New York, which occurred last week.
PhotoPlus 2015 is the biggest photographic convention in the United States and attracts over 21,000 visitors including not only professionals photographers, but also enthusiasts and video professionals eager to get their hands on the latest kit that manufacturers have to offer.
Sony were, as always, exceptionally busy during PhotoPlus 2015, organising numerous presentations and panel discussions around their latest 4K technology implemented into their full-frame Alpha 7 mirrorless line-up and more precisely, the incredible opportunities and flexibility that the A7R II and Sony A7S II offer both in stills and especially video mode.
For those not yet familiar with the Sony A7R II and A7S II here is a brief overview of what the cameras can do and the differences between them in the video department.
Sony A7R II Features
- Full Frame 42 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
- Super 35 4K Mode for best results in 4K recording
- Internal 4K UHD XAVC-S recording at 100Mb/s at 25p
- 1080p/60 Slow-Motion
- 4K 8bit 422 output via HDMI
- Both Full-Frame and S35 4K modes
- Super 35 4K mode exhibits less noise
- Native ISO 800 (for S-Log2 2
- S-log2 Gamma for maximum flexibility in post
- In-Body Images Stabilisation
Sony A7S II Features
- Full-frame 12.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
- 4K XAVC-S 100Mbs internal recording in Full Frame mode at 25p
- No 4K Super35 mode
- Super 35 Crop mode available in Full HD only
- 1080p/120 Super Slow motion
- S-Log3 Gamma
- Slog Gamma View Assist (shows Rec.709 image for monitoring purposes only)
- Native ISO 1600
- In-Body Images Stabilisation
And for those who are more drawn to using a traditional camcorder design style camera, the PXW-FS5 offers some serious flexibility and pro performance in a tiny body, ergonomically designed after the bigger Sony FS7. We had a chance to play with the FS5 at IBC 2015, and loved it.
Check out our FS7 vs FS5 differences video with Sony ICE and DP Alister Chapman.
In the presentation below you can see DP Rob Scribner talk about his experience with the Sony FS5 and what the camera can do for your productions.
Sony PXW-FS5 Features
- Super 35 4K CMOS Sensor
- UHD 4K up to 30p in XAVC-L format
- 240fps Super Slow Motion in Full HD (8 second burst)
- 1080p/60 continuous slow-motion recording
- 10bit 422 Full HD XAVC-L recording format
- AVCHD in Full HD also available
- Removable Smart Grip
- Super Light at approx. 800 grams body without grip
- Records onto affordable SDXC Cards
- Dual SDXC Slots for backup or simultaneous recording
- LAN Ethernet for streaming
- Built-in Wi-fi and NFC connectivity
- HDMI out and 3G-SDI out
- Future Planned 4K Raw output via SDI (Paid)
We see the Sony FS5 as the perfect budget 4K camera for video producers, live event shooters, documentary shooters and everyone who is after a small, but very capable camera. The FS5 will nicely match A7s II and FS7 footage as it features S-Log3 gamma, and also the same sensor as the FS7. In addition, in Full HD the camera records in a 10bit 422 codec, which means it is ready for broadcast. The addition of 240fps super slow motion in Full HD is very impressive and a feature usually found on much higher priced cameras.
We have received a large quantity of pre-orders for the PXW-FS5, which is a product in great demand, and are proud to announce that we have made an even larger order with Sony, therefore we are expecting to have stock towards the end of November.
To get yours head over to our FS5 page here, or give us a bell at 0208 977 1222.