Sony will shortly announce a new camera in between the FS700 and the FS7 today, right now!
The new camera is the Sony PXW-FS5:
- 4K Exmor Super35mm CMOS
- XAVC QFHD UHD 4K : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile (29.97p, 25p, 23.98p 100Mbps/60Mbps)
- XAVC HD : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:2 Long profile (59.94p, 50p, 50Mbps/35Mbps)
- 240fps Full HD 4:2:2 10bit
- Records on MemoryStick or SD-Card
- Detatchable rotatable grip and top handle.
- Electrical Vari ND
- Raw output available in future via firmware
- Price point: €5800 without lens
It will be a strong competition to Canon’s C100 MkII/C300. Downside is the codec with only 100mbit in 4K, which is way too low compared to Canon’s XC10 which has 305mbit 4:2:2 in 4K. I see it more as a replacement for the FS700 and the even the older FS100.
And the new A7S Mark II:
- 409600 ISO
- Internal 4K (UHD) XAVC-S 4:2:0 8-bit 60/100mbit
- HD XAVC-S 4:2:0 8-bit up to 120p 60/100mbit
- HD AVCHD 4:2:0 8-bit up to 60p 28mbit
- full sensor readout with no Pixel binning
A7S II thoughts
The Sony A7S Mark II now features 4K (UHD) internally, but with the cavait of the XAVC-S Codec with only 100mbit in 4:2:0 which is much to low for even medium quality 4K video from which you want crop in. The 100mbit will compress small details completely away. See it as a 4K Smartphone camera with swapable lenses.
Other so in HD with 120fps recording speed in 1080p. Thats a nice addition. Take that and a bit better image processing and less noise and you got a nice upgrade to the A7S with a 4K marketing badge on it. Because at this low datarate 4K is just useless.
Eager to await one to test it and take a look and the image.