Sony asked Art Adams and Adam Wilt to talk about our experiences with and impressions of the NEX-FS700 camera at Cine Gear Expo in LA.
The sensor is said to have enough photosites for a full, DCI-compliant 4K image—4096×2160—though the camera currently records and outputs 16×9 1920×1080. A future firmware upgrade should, at some point, provide the ability to output “compressed 4K RAW” over the 3G SDI port to an unspecified Sony recorder (not the SR-R1, as it turns out, but some still-to-be-defined device).
However, future specifications may change at any time (shades of RED!), so it’s best to treat this as a 1920×1080 HD camcorder until something is actually released.
E-Mount is so shallow it’s possible to adapt just about any other interchangeable lens to the FS700 with the right adapter. Sony’s LA-EA2 allows phase-detection autofocus (but not image stabilization) with Sony ? lenses. The Conurus / Metabones adapter lets the camera control the iris in Canon EF lenses and supports image stabilization, but not autofocus.
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