HOT! First video from the just announced Sony NEX-FS100E – UPDATE: scheduled interview with Den!

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Den Lennie from F-Stop Academy has just released the ‘Worldwide Exclusive' first video from the just announced Sony NEX-FS100E – a Digital Super 35mm camcorder and we've got it for you! (Thanks to Den for the alert!)


planet5D live with Den Lennie

Thursday March 24th at 4pm EDT – 8pm GMT (20:00 GMT) about his experience with the Sony!

please join us for this live interview where you get to ask the questions!

For those of you needing a little help converting to or from GMT for your time zone, use this GMT conversion site to help

Update 2: someone tweeted this Sony page with a list price USA of $6550

original post continues Mar 23, 2011 @ 7:54:
Of course, you're wondering why we care since it isn't an HDSLR – well, that's because we want to let you know about the world surrounding the HDSLRs as well. It never hurts to be aware of your choices! This is a video camera (camcorder) that is looking to be a much smaller form factor to be like an HDSLR… much like the RED Scarlet. Of course, it doesn't shoot stills. And, we wonder if it will be as ‘stealthy' as an HDSLR. Target price wasn't announced by Sony, but expectations are it will come in around $5800 US (Den Lennie estimate – estimates $4500 US). Oh, and Sony says they won't be available until somewhere between July and September.

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Den Lennie's hands on and music video

I believe we are the first independent team to shoot anything with the NEX FS100.

First, I think it might be easiest if you watch Den's hands on video – which includes a music video at the end. Den gives a great description of the features of the camera before getting into the video.

NEX FS 100 Video Blog from Den & James on Vimeo.

This is a Worldwide Exclusive.

Not only did I contribute to the design of this camera but we managed to get a prototype and shoot a music video a few weeks ago. I believe we are the first independent team to shoot anything with the NEX FS100.

When I got the call we were told we could have the camera for a little over 24hrs.

We wanted to do more than just simply test it. But also we wanted to see what we could get out of the camera with stock lenses and recording internally.

So James from teamed up with Den from and we pulled off this amazing shoot in 48hrs. Needless to say we didn't get much sleep but we valued the opportunity and wanted to shoot as much as we could in as many environments as we could.

We especially wanted to push the low light capability and use the in camera media. It shoots to SD cards, Sony Memory sticks and also has a 128GB FMU which is a solid state pack that integrates with the camera and will give up to 10 hrs record time at 24mb/s AVC HD.

We shot everything at 24mb/s AVC HD and ingested into FCP and transcoded to ProRes 422 using Log and transfer.

Shot over a 36 hr period in one weekend on one of only 2 prototype NEX FS 100 Cameras in the world.

We used 3 lenses:
A Sony Alpha 50mm f1.4 with alpha to emount adaptor
A E mount 16mm f2.8
The Stock lens 18-200 f3.5-5.6

For more information on the camera you can go here​biz/​content/​id/​1237480587665?en_GB=

Here's just the music video

Cozi: ‘Vertigo' Music Video from Den & James on Vimeo.


From Sony:

The NXCAM NEX-FS100E Super 35mm camcorder has been developed specifically for shooting truly stunning images at low cost. The high sensitivity, large format CMOS sensor is capable of producing full 1920 x 1080 progressive images with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera.

For even more creative flexibility, the NEX-FS100 also enables extended continuous recording and simultaneous recording of HD video footage for instant backup with an HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit. These and other valuable features make this compact, high performance camera ideal for producing everything from low budget commercials, music videos and documentaries to wedding videos.

The NEX-FS100E is supplied without lens so you can choose the optics which best suit your creative requirements. Sony's E-mount interchangeable lenses let you enjoy a level of creative freedom unimaginable with camcorders of the past and optional adaptors enable use of a vast array of lenses from a wide variety of manufacturers.

Sony promo video

More Sony supplied details

Modular design for a variety of shooting styles

Featuring a compact, lightweight body with detachable grip, handle, and viewfinder, the NEX-FS100E is ideal for a wide range of shooting situations.

During hand-held shooting, the angle of the grip can be changed as desired, and recording started and stopped with a button on the grip. Recording start/stop buttons are also provided on the top and lower right of the camera.

There are also 1/4- and 3/8-inch screw holes on both the handle and the bottom of the camera body for mounting various peripheral devices. Plus a tape measure hook and an image sensor position index on the body.

XtraFine LCD panel

Located on the optical axis, the 3.5-inch-type XtraFine™ LCD panel enables easier, more intuitive framing, especially during hand-held shooting. And the LCD panel can be rotated for stress-free operation when shooting low-angle scenes and digital signage footage. For easier, more precise focusing in daylight, the viewfinder comes with a detachable 1.2x magnifier.

1920 x 1080P Slow and Quick Motion

Recording images at a different frame rate from that used for playback provides the extra versatility of slow and quick motion shooting. Furthermore, the NEX-FS100E enables Full HD (1920 x 1080) progressive slow and quick motion. Frame rates are selectable from among 50fps, 25fps, 12fps, 6fps, 3fps, 2fps and 1fps. So, for example, when recording at 1080/25p, if the frame rate is set to 50fps, images are recorded in 2 times slow motion. This means you can create impressive slow motion scenes without the need for troublesome editing.

Note: Shooting in slow and quick motion is possible during HD recording and in the progressive mode. Simultaneous recording to a memory card and the flash memory unit is not possible.

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 also possible for secure backup when shooting footage that can't be reshot.

Note: When recording on different media, the resolution must be HD or SD. HD and SD cannot be simultaneously on different media.

NXCAM Recording Format

Like other NXCAM series cameras, the NEX-FS100E 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 1080/50p (28Mbps) for even higher quality recording. For more flexibility, it's also possible to record in Standard Definition MPEG-2 format.

Uncompressed 4:2:2 Output with Embedded Time code

When shooting, the NEX-FS100E can output uncompressed 4:2:2 footage via HDMI (with an embedded SMPTE Time Code) which can be recorded onto external media, such as HDD.

Other resources

Many blogs won't share other resources because they want you to only know about their stuff… here at planet5D we love to share!


We may be hearing a lot more about this camera in the future… if you're purely into digital video, this may be very exciting to you. For those of you looking for low cost options, the HDSLR market still seems to win here. We'll see what we can get out of the next round of HDSLRs – the times certainly are exciting!

We might even have an interview with Den shortly… keep your fingers crossed.

(cover photo credit: snap from the Sony site)

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  1. Bit pricey, but otherwise looks like a great cam. Love the s35 sensor, take that Panasonic!

    All in all, very nice, not perfect (codec is a bit meh, you’ll have to record everything out which costs more $$$$).

    What’s the rolling shutter like on this thing? Any improvement on DSLRs?

    Still, I’ll wait and see what Canon come up with here still, but this is a big step by Sony and it’s bordering on being game changer (it would be if they knocked 1.5k off the price).

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  3. No 4k. No Full Frame. No Cheap then HDSLR.Only Full HD
    Maybe good color quality. So What? season finale of HOUSE shot entirely with 5D2. Who need this ridiculous machine? Still using My 5d mark II.

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