Sony have at long last released their much anticipated NEX-FS100 Super 35mm NXCAM camcorder which has been designed to record video footage with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera.
The NEX-FS100 has a large CMOS sensor equivalent in size to that of Super35mm film, like that used in its bigger brother the PMW-F3. The NEX-FS100 also has a 35mm E-Mount interchangeable lens system that provides a wide variety of current and future E-mount lenses. This places the SONY camera firmly in battle with DSLR favorites such as the Canon D7. Although priced at an estimated £5000 (UK) the camera does appear to be very capable and produces stunning images.
The system creates AVCHD 1920x1080/50p @ 28Mbs onto a solid state device offering approx 10hrs worth of recording and can create SD material in an MPEG2 format. It will be interesting if this format and data rate is ratified by the BBC and Channel 4 for acceptable HD delivery as currently 50Mbs in the minimum.
In the single demo I have seen (see the link below) the material was edited on FCP having first been transcoded in ProRes and so not edited natively. As Avid currently does not support the AVCHD format natively we will have to wait for SONY to release an AMA plugin, but then it was Avid who actually implemented XDCam into its NLE range and not SONY so who knows. Media Composer 6?
For an in-depth review of the camera by Den from F-Stop Academy go here F-Stop Review
The official NEX-FS100 site can be found here...