Product Review: Sony PXW FS7

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Sony PXW FS7

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Tired of making compromises with your camera sensor? Today might just be your lucky day. The fresh-off-the-market Sony PXW FS7 camera is perhaps one of the most uncompromising cameras out there- read on for our full review.

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4.9/5

4.9

Based upon3 reviews from Wedio members

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Effectiveness

4.8

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Usability

4.5

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Value for money

4.9

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Overall rating

4.9

What creators like

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14 stops of dynamic range in S-Log3- you can capture loads of detail on a compressed codec and also record from 1 to 180fps.

What creators don't like

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Poor menu design- if the setting you need to adjust isn’t a button on the external body, you’ll be diving through menus for a century to change it.

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Is it worth it?

Yes

It really feels like a cinema camera, so if you’re shooting for the screen, you can’t go wrong here.

No

If you are a hobby creator and you want to use your gear only few times for the general use camera

Pros

Internal 4K recording with a super 35mm sensor

14 stops dynamic range in S-Log3.

Superb ergonomics

fully operational out of the box.

Cons

Very Poor menu design and functionality.

The LCD monitor is mounted with cheap plastic.

eyepiece adapter is even cheaper.

Sony PXW-FS7 vs. Canon C300

Sony PXW-FS7

Canon C300

Weight

2kg

1.45kg/p>

Sensor

4K Super35 CMOS

4K Super35 CMOS

ISO sensitivity

2000

850

Dimensions

156 x 239 x 247 mm

174 x 179 x 177mm

Battery runtime

2 hours with a BPU-60 for continuous use.

around 2 to 3 hours per battery

Dynamic Range

SLog2/SLog3 gamma options for 14 stops of latitude

C-log gamma option for 12 stops of latitude

Slow mo

180fps at 1080 (NTSC) at XAVC-I HD 1080p 150fps at 1080(PAL)

50fps at 720 HD 422 50Mb/s

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Complete Sony PXW FS7 Review

High-end features

The Sony PXW FS7 has various functions that make it high-end and worth the price. Its internal 4k with super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor makes this camera really stand out: Making the image quality second to none.

Pair that with an ergonomic magnesium body and a feather-light weight- this camera is perfect for anything from cinematography to run-and-gun shoots.

Ergonomic body and design

The body of the PXW FS7 is made out of magnesium, which keeps it light and durable. It weighs just under 5 pounds- astonishingly light for a camera of its capacity! That said, don’t be throwing it around.

Always treat your cameras with love and care!

Its top handle is sturdy- it has a mic holder, monitor mount, and hot shoe on top. (this allows you to communicate with Sony’s new wireless microphone system!) The monitor is cheap and plasticky- nothing special.

In terms of connections, you get 2x SDI outs, HDMI out, 2X XLR, power supply, a headphone jack, a USB, and a mini-jack for the remote. It also includes a shutter, iris, and white balance control. The aperture control is on the slow side, so beware of this.

Internal 4K with Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor

The ability to shoot in 60p at 4k enabled you to get some really crisp images. Combine that with the S-Log3, and you’re able to manipulate some beautiful photos.

Cinematography worthy performance

There’s no doubt that the image quality on the pxw fs7 is phenomenal. It performs just as well as some cinematography favorites and will probably be used in some fantastic movies to come.

One of its best features is a three-stage ND filter dial at the front of the body. Now you can go crazy in the bright sun without having to drive yourself nuts with the shutter speed.

One of the most annoying things about the camera is its snail-paced menu system. There are menus within menus within menus, so if you’re trying to adjust a setting quickly: good luck.

Final verdict: Who should get the Sony PXW FS7?

The Song pxw fs7 is a beautiful cinematic camera that functions well as an ENG camera. It really feels like a cinema camera, so if you’re shooting for the screen, you can’t go wrong here.

The image quality is impressive, and with the S-Log3, you get plenty of latitude with color. The pros definitely outweigh the cons here.

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What creators like

Tomas

DK

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Excellent handling- despite the little quirks and nit-picks, this camera really does grow on you. It’s also really lightweight! Dual audio XLR inputs- you can record great sound from numerous external sources with this.

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What creators don't like

Tomas

DK

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Cheap LCD monitor- the plasticky monitor just feels out of place on this high-end piece of equipment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Sony FS7 good?

The Sony PXW FS7 is a beautiful cinematic camera that functions well as an ENG camera. It really feels like a cinema camera, so if you're shooting for the screen, you can't go wrong here. The image quality is impressive, and with the S-Log3, you get plenty of latitude with color.

What is Sony FS7 used for?

Sony PXW-FS7 Overview. 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.

What is the difference between Sony FS7 and FS5?

The main difference is the codecs and how the camera processes the images internally. The FS5 uses XAVC-L and the FS7 uses XAVC-I. Now, all of these cameras sharing the same sensor is so intriguing to me because of the easy to access RAW capabilities of the Sony FS5.

What cards does the Sony FS7 take?

The Sony PXW-FS7 uses XQD Cards memory cards. We stock memory from SanDisk, Samsung, Lexar, and MyMemory.

Review by Tomas Garcar

Tomas Garcar

Aarhus, Denmark

There is no better camera on the market for the money The 35mm Exmor chip is the same one found in Sony's f5 and f55 cine cams and it uses the same 10 bit 422 xavc-i compression. Personally I would hold xavc-i against prores any day. With 14 stops of dynamic range it has outstanding in low light performance.

the extension arm is really too small and the camera is a little front heavy.

4.5

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Sony PXW-FS7 Alternatives

Sony PXW-FS7M2

The new Sony PXW-FS7M2 camcorder is designed for long-form shooting and production applications, especially documentaries and independent filmmaking. Sony is also introducing an FS7 II kit model which includes a new E-mount, Super 35mm lens, model SELP18110G, covering Super35mm and APSC sensors. $7899 at Amazon Rent from $206/day

Canon C300 Mark II

The C300 has undergone a complete revamp in the newest version, the EOS C300 Mark II. At first sight the Mark II looks just like the original C300, but looks can be deceiving. It’s really a completely new camera. When Canon launched the Cinema EOS range, the first model was the C300. $2535 at Amazon Rent from $118/day

Sony FS5

Sony recently released the PXW-FS5, a professional camcorder that in many ways delivers a bigger punch in a smaller package than the FS7. The FS5 boasts a 4K Super 35 Exmor sensor, an E-mount, an adjustable “Smartgrip” handgrip (Smartgrip), and both an EVF and adjustable LCD panel. $6899 at Amazon Rent from $60/day

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