Sony NEX-FS100

by on March 23, 2011

in Sony

Sony has just released details on its new professional grade NEX camcorder – the NEX-FS100.  This new camcorder is the big brother to the popular NEX-VG10 and accepts all E-Mount lenses, as well as A-Mount lenses with the use of an adapter.

The Sony NEX-FS100 sports an APS-C / Super35mm format sensor and is capable of recording 1920 x 1080 60p at 28Mbps.  The NEX-FS100 will also capture at 30p and 24p frame rates – and it offers the ability to shoot with a proper 1/48s shutter speed when recording 24p video.  Additionally, the NEX-FS100 includes built-in controls for over- and under-cranking footage at full 1920 x 1080 resolution.

The NEX-FS100 has 2 XLR line/mic inputs with selectable attenuation and available phantom power.  Additionally, the NEX-FS100 features an HDMI-out with embedded timecode for 4:2:2 uncompressed digital output.

The NEX-FS100 features an articulating 3.5-inch LCD (921k-dot resolution) and a viewfinder tube with a 1.2x magnication.  The modular design of the NEX-FS100 offers a detachable grip, handle and viewfinder tube.  Additionally, the angle of the grip can be adjusted at a variety of angles to facilitate specific shooting requirements.

The NEX-FS100 records to SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards – along the option of recording to Sony’s dedicated HXR-FMU 128GB memory module.  Both recording mediums can be used for instant backup if needed.

Sony has priced the NEX-FS100 at $5850 (no lens) and $6550 with lens.  No official word on availability dates yet though.

NTSC Frame Rate / Bit Rate Recording Options

  • PS (28Mbps) 1920×1080 60p
  • HD FX (24Mbps) 1920×1080 30p
  • HD FX (24Mbps) 1920×1080 24p
  • HD FX (24Mbps) 1920×1080 60i
  • HD FH (17Mbps) 1920×1080 60i
  • HD HQ (9Mbps) 1440×1080 60i
  • HD LP (5Mbps) 1440×1080 60i
  • HD FH (17Mbps),1920×1080 24p
  • HD FH (17Mbps) 1920×1080 30p
  • HD FX (24Mbps), 1280×720 60p
  • HD FH (17Mbps) 1280×720 60p
  • HQ (9Mbps) 720×480/60i (30p Scan)
  • HQ (9Mbps), 720×480/60i (24p Scan)

Expect to see lots more of the Sony NEX-FS100 at NAB 2011.

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{ 3 comments }

1 BIG_ROD March 24, 2011 at 3:00 am

The Sony NEX-FS100 looks like a possibly great and viable option for me as an Independent filmmaker (as opposed to the more expensive Sony PMW-F3).

HOWEVER, the question becomes (for me), is there or will there be an f-mount adapter made available where I can use to my existing Nikon lenses 0n the NEX-FS100???!! I have absolutely no desire to (go out and) buy Sony lenses to use with this device.

And would the quality of the picture drop if were to use Nikon lenses (with an adapter) on this camera?

2 Fernando March 25, 2011 at 5:58 am

Big_Rod
I don’t know if saw the NEX cameras (NEX-3 and NEX-5), on e-bay you can find F-mount adapters for NEX cameras. I think NEX products is the most versatile image and video product in the market you can find any adapters for it from Leica, Canon to LensBaby.

3 Jsmear April 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm

PL and Nikon lenses can be used, but not without an adapter.
http://www.zacuto.com/sony-nex-fs100

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