Designed as a camera that is at home on productions as diverse as "Cinéma Vérité"-style documentaries, reality TV, commercial and corporate applications Sony's PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is a flexible 4K camera system. It features a Super 35mm size sensor that allows you to capture images with cinematic depth of field. The camera's E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses or with the use of optional adapters to accept most 35mm lenses including PL, EF, Leica, and Nikon. The camera can capture footage to optional on-board XQD media cards in either DCI (4096 x 2160), UHD (3840 x 2160) at up to 60 FPS or HD at up to 180 FPS.
The camera records in your choice of XAVC-I, XAVC-L, or MPEG-2. However, MPEG-2 recording does not support the high data rates the camera is capable of generating when shooting in UHD, and is limited to recording HD video only. The camera incorporates Dual XQD media card slots that support simultaneous or relay recording. An ergonomically designed handgrip provides control of many of the camera's functions and features an adjustable length support arm.
The 4K Super35 EXMOR sensor features 14 Stops of latitude and a wide color gamut. It offers a choice of XAVC or MPEG-2 codecs. The XAVC codec can be used for 4K and HD recording, while MPEG-2 is limited to HD recording. XAVC comes in two flavors, XAVC INTRA, and XAVC Long, allowing you to encode from HD to UHD using Intra-Frame or Long GoP compression with 10-bit 422 for HD and the choice of 10-bit 422 or 8-bit 420 for UHD. XAVC intra compression is very efficient, recording at modest bit rates and XAVC Long also substantially extends the recording time while attaining very high quality and low noise.
SENSOR Super 35mm Progressive Scan Exmor CMOS
EFFECTIVE PICTURE ELEMENTS 17:9 4096 (H) x 2160 (V), 16:9 3840 (H) x 2160 (V)
SIGNAL-TO-NOISE-RATIO 57 dB (Y)
RECORDING FRAME RATE
XAVC-I UHD (3840x2160) 59.94p; 50p; 29.97p; 25p; 23.98p
XAVC-L UHD (3840x2160): 59.94p; 50p; 29.97p; 25p; 23.98p
XAVC-I HD (1920x1080) 59.94p; 59.94i; 50p; 50i; 29.97p; 25p; 23.98p
XAVC-L HD (1920x1080) 59.94p; 59.94i; 50p; 50i; 29.97p; 25p; 23.98p
MPEG-2 Long HD (1920x1080) 59.94i; 50i; 29.97p; 25p; 23.98p
MPEG-2 Long HD (1280x720) 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25pHD
RAW 12-bit linear with optional EXCA-FS7 and external recorder solution
4K RAW(4096x2160) 60p; 50p; 29.97p; 25p 23.98p
2K RAW (2048x2160) 60p; 50p; 29.97p; 25p 23.98p