Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder with 18-200mm Zoom Lens, 3.5" LCD, 1920x1080p Quick Motion, Memory Stick, SD/SDHC/SDXC Recording

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About Sony NEX-FS100U

The NEX-FS100UK super 35mm sensor camcorder is Sony's first fully professional large-sensor video camera. This compact, highly modular camera comes equipped with a stabilized 11x zoom lens while using the same S35-size CMOS sensor as the higher-end PMW-F3. Unlike smaller, broadcast-style sensors or the larger "full-frame" sensors of some DSLRs, the NEX-FS100's imaging area matches that of standard Hollywood film cameras, providing complete compatibility with cine-style film lenses (via optional adapters) as well as any of Sony's E-Mount lenses.

The sensor's large size offers a variety of other advantages, including increased control over depth of field, higher sensitivity in low light, lower image noise, and an exceptional dynamic range. Able to shoot full 1080p video in a range of frame rates up to 60p, the FS100 provides the option of recording 28Mbps AVCHD footage onto SD or Memory Stick media, or it can output uncompressed 4:2:2 video (with embedded timecode) and RGB via HDMI 1.4 to an external recording unit.

There's no stinting on audio, either, as the camera includes not only a shotgun microphone with mount/carrying handle, but dual XLR inputs for recording uncompressed, professional-level sound from an external source. Other features--such as a rotating 3.5" XtraFine LCD panel with detachable viewfinder, SD recording, GPS geotagging, and slow shutter--make the FS100 an impressive companion to other cameras in the S35 line.

Not only will it intercut perfectly with the F3, F35, or SRW-9000PL as a 2nd unit or B camera, it can stand on its own in applications as diverse as indie film, commercials, music promos, education, and wedding videos.

Sony NEX-FS100U Features

  • Exmor Super 35 CMOS Sensor for Shooting Motion Pictures: Equipped with a large CMOS sensor equivalent in size to Super 35mm film, the NEX-FS100 enables shooting with the same creative depth of field as the PMW-F3
  • E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System: Sony's E-mount interchangeable lenses let you enjoy a level of creative unimaginable with camcorders. All feature precision-crafted optics with aspherical glass elements for compact high performance, and circular iris mechanisms for smooth background defocusing
  • Modular Design for a Variety of Shooting Styles: Featuring a compact, lightweight body with detachable grip, handle, and viewfinder, the NEX-FS100 is ideal for a wide range of shooting situations
  • XtraFine LCD Panel: Located on the optical axis, the 3.5"-type XtraFine LCD panel enables easier, more intuitive framing, especially during handheld shooting. And the LCD panel can be rotated for stress-free operation when shooting low-angle scenes and digital signage footage
  • 1920 x 1080P Slow & Quick Motion: Recording images at a different frame rate from that used for playback provides the extra versatility of slow and quick motion shooting. The NEX-FS100 enables Full HD (1920 x 1080) progressive slow and quick motion
  • Hybrid Recording: Recording to the directly mountable HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory unit allows continuous recording for over 10 hours without changing the recording medium. Simultaneous recording using memory cards and other media is possible for secure backup when shooting footage that can't be reshot
  • NXCAM Recording Format: Like other NXCAM series cameras, the NEX-FS100 uses the well established AVCHD recording format supported by a wide range of nonlinear editing systems. Better still, it's ready to shoot with a maximum frame rate of 1920 x 1080/60p (28Mbps) for even higher quality recording
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2 Output & RGB Output via HDMI 1.4: When shooting, the NEX-FS100 can output uncompressed 4:2:2 video with embedded timecode, as well as RGB via HDMI 1.4, onto external media recording units like an HDD
  • Geotagging with Built-in GPS Receiver: A built-in GPS receiver makes NEX-FS100 an ideal choice for professional videographers. The receiver gives you ability to "geo-tag" shooting locations making it easy if you need to return to the same location or to create a log when surveying remote locations
  • Picture Profile: Six picture profile settings for different shooting conditions are provided as default settings. Selecting a picture profile for a particular scene offers an easy way to creatively change your shoot
  • Last Scene Review: Press a single button to immediately review the last recorded scene
  • Expanded Focus: Press a button and this enlarges the centre of the displayed image by 2x, a particularly useful feature when making critical focusing adjustments
  • Histogram: Onscreen display of a histogram enables easier exposure adjustment. The histogram also shows the point where the zebra pattern appears (the zebra point). This enables confirmation of overall brightness distribution and the brightness level set with the zebra function
  • Peaking: A peaking function draws a defined line around the subject displayed in the LCD monitor and viewfinder. Peaking sensitivity and color (red, white, yellow) can be selected to enable more precise focusing
  • Markers: Center, aspect, safety zone, guide frame and other markers can be displayed on the LCD

Sony NEX-FS100U Specifications

Imaging Device
Exmor Super35 CMOS Sensor
LCD Screen
3.5 inch-type, XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots(1920 x 480), 16:9 aspect
Microphone
ECM-XM1 Shotgun type monaural mic.
Effective Picture Elements
3.43 M pixels (2464 x 1394)
Gain Selection
0dB
3dB
6dB
9dB
12dB
15dB
18dB
21dB
24dB
27dB
30dB
Minimum Illumination
0.28 lx (1/30 shutter, IRIS F1.4, Auto GAIN)
Optical System
Single Super35mm size sensor
Pickup Device
Exmor Super35 CMOS Sensor
Shutter Speed (Time)
Auto: 1/60-1/2000, 30p: 1/30-1/2000, 24p: 1/48-1/2400
Manual:60i/30p/60p: 1/3 - 1/10000, 24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
Slow & Quick Motion Function
REC. Frame rates: 1080/60p, 1080/30p, 1080/24p
Camera capture: 60fps, 30fps, 15fps, 8fps, 4fps, 2fps, 1fps
Aperture
F3.5-6.3
Filter Diameter
67mm (SEL18200 kit lens)
Focal Length
18 to 200mm
Focus
Manual & Auto
Image Stabilizer
Optical SteadyShot
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
Iris
six blade
Lens Type
SEL18200 E-Mount zoom lens
Maximum Relative Aperture
F 3.5 to 5.6
Optical Zoom
11.1x
Audio In
XLR 3-pin (female) (x 2), LINE/MIC/MIC with selectable attenuation and +48V phantom power
Audio Out
2 RCA L&R
Component Out
HDMI 1.4
RCA Type (x 3) via Mini-D jack
Composite Video Out
RCA Type (x 1)
Earphone
3.5mm Stereo
Lens Connector
E-Mount Hot Shoe
MIC In
Two 3-Pin XLR with selectable attenuation and phantom power
Monitor Speaker
YES
Remote
LANC type 2.5mm
TC Out
HDMI 1.4 (embedded SMPTE TC Out)
Test Out
Via HDMI 1.4
USB
mini-AB/Hi-Speed (x 1)
Lens Mount
Sony E-Mount
Built-in LCD Monitor
3.5 inch-type, XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots(1920 x 480), 16:9 aspect
Viewfinder
Supplied VF tube for LCD
Audio Recording Modes
16-bit 48KHz LPCM or Dolby Digital Stereo 48KHz
AVCHD Recording Modes
HD-FH: YES
HD-FX: YES
HD-HQ: YES
HD-LP: YES
PS: YES, 1920x1080 60P (59.97P)
Continuous Operating Time
Approx. 510 min (NP-F970: fully charged battery.)
Operating Temperature
+32 to +104 degrees F (0 to +40 degrees (C)
Power Consumption
5.6W (w/ supplied lens) 6.7W with HXR-FMU128
Power Requirements
AC adaptor / Battery) 8.4V / 7.2V
Recording Frame Rate NTSC Mode
PS (28Mbps) 1920x1080 60p,
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 30p
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 24p,
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 60i,
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 60i,
HD HQ (9Mbps) 1440x1080 60i,
HD LP (5Mbps) 1440x1080 60i,
HD FH (17Mbps),1920x1080 24p,
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 30p,
HD FX (24Mbps), 1280x720 60p,
HD FH (17Mbps) 1280x720 60p
HQ (9Mbps) 720x480/60i (30p Scan)
, HQ (9Mbps), 720x480/60i (24p Scan)
Recording Media
HXR-FMU128optional 128 GB Memory Module
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX
Recording/Playback Time
170 min (2h 50m) with 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX at FX(24Mbps) Linear PCM 2ch recording
Storage Temperature
4 to +140 degrees F (-20 to +60 degrees C)
Video Recording Format
HD: HD MPEG-4 AVCHD format compatible +1080/60p original format)
SD: MPEG-2 PS (Same as DVD)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Body only: 5 x 4 x 7-5/8 inch (126.5 x 101.5 x 193.5 mm)
Weight
Including lens and microphone: 6 lbs. 1oz (2.76 kg)

Sony NEX-FS100U Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

 
4.0

Great camera

By

from Orangeburg, sc  -  Pro Videographer

Great camcorder. I returned it because the weight was too heavy for my purposes. Well made construction and usual Sony quality.

 
5.0

Great camera

By

from Silver Spring, MD  -  Pro Videographer

I use it for filming live indoor events (dance ,theatre, concert) and also in natural light. Great in low light. The sensor has a bit of a hard time with heavily saturated purple/blue stage lights but expected. Just a great overall camera. I use the 18-200 for the range; not the best lens but nice and practical and glad I got it. I use also the Canon 24-105 f/4L with electronic adapter; great image quality.

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Shopper  Can anyone confirm if I could use the Nikon 80-400mm zoom and especially the 600mm f:4 tele with this camcorder ? Any inconvenient doing so ?
KARYN P  You can use just about any lens from any manufacture. You will need to buy an adapter as the fs-100 is an e mount lens. The converter you will need will be a nikon f mount to a sony e mount. I'm not sure if the lens your talking about has auto focus. If it does and you want to utilize the auto focus you will need to make sure the adapter you get is an electronic one. Otherwise it will be manual. Also if the lens doesn't have aperture ring on the lens it will default to open all the way or whatever your last aperture setting was on the lens. Again you can get a converter that communicates electronically and avoid this issue but they are a bit more expensive. I've read good things about this one. Check out a company metabones. I've heard good things about they're converters. There are other options too. Just search Nikon to Sony E mount.
ricky c  Im shooting a short film and then a full feature, which camera is best for my projects, the Sony NEX-FS100UK Super 35mm, or the Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD?
JULIAN C  Its best FS100.
ricky c  Whats the difference in quality, when recording on memory stick verses p2 cards?
MAURICE T  I would say the main difference is price. I have used both p2 cards and SD memory sticks..I haven't noticed a difference in quality.
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