NEX-FS100N (NEXFS100N)Discontinued

Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor without lens NXCAM AVCHD camcorder recording full HD / SD

Overview

Affordable high quality motion picture production
The NXCAM NEX-FS100N 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-FS100N 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-FS100N 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.

Features

Exmor™ Super35 CMOS Sensor for Shooting Motion Pictures
Equipped with a large CMOS sensor equivalent in size to Super 35mm film, the NEX-FS100N enables shooting with the same creative depth of field as the PMW-F3.

The sensor also features the optimum number of effective pixels for shooting HD moving images. At a high 50fps in all-pixel scan mode, this allows images to be captured with less colour aliasing, jaggedness and rolling shutter than DSLR cameras, while providing the sensitivity to shoot at a minimum illumination of 0.28lux*. Another advantage of Exmor™ technology is minimal noise when shooting low-light scenes.

* When using a fixed shutter speed of 1/25, auto gain and an iris setting of F1.4. The SEL18200 lens supplied with the NEX-FS100NK enables shooting in illumination as low as 1.5lux when using a fixed shutter speed of 1/25, auto gain and auto iris
E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System
Sony's E-mount interchangeable lenses let you enjoy a level of creative freedom unimaginable with camcorders of the past. Thanks to the E-mount's short 18mm flange-back distance, using a mount adaptor allows shooting with a wide range of existing lenses. For example, with the optional LA-EA1 mount adaptor, you can take advantage of the abundant lenses (A-mount lenses)*. Third-party lens adaptors enable use of an ever wider variety of additional lenses.

*When using A-mount lenses on the NEX-FS100 with the LA-EA1 mount adaptor, both the focus and iris can only be adjusted manually. In addition, other performance limitations may apply to some lenses, for example the aperture mechanism may emit a sound when adjusting. When the aperture is moved towards the open position, this sound will be noticeable or the aperture will not change smoothly.
Modular design for a variety of shooting styles
Featuring a compact, lightweight body with detachable grip, handle, and viewfinder, the NEX-FS100N 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-FS100N enables Full HD (1920 x 1080) progressive slow and quick motion. Frame rates are selectable from among 60fps, 30fps, 15fps, 8fps, 4fps, 2fps and 1fps.* So, for example, when recording at 1080/24p, if the frame rate is set to 60fps, images are recorded in 1/2.5 speed slow motion. This means you can create impressive slow motion scenes without the need for troublesome editing.

* 50fps, 25fps, 12fps, 6fps, 3fps, 2fps, 1fps frame rates will be available as a result of a future firmware upgrade planned for release in early 2012. It will provide half speed slow motion when 50fps images are recorded in 25p for example.

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-FS100N 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 1080/60p (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-FS100N 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.
Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver
A built-in GPS receiver makes the NEX-FS100N an ideal choice for professional videographers. The receiver gives you the ability to “geo-tag” shooting locations - making it easy if you need to return to the same location or to create a log when surveying remote locations. Your locations can be tracked on Google Maps and all GPS data can be extracted with a PC.

Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder’s clock to the proper time zone when international travel is part of your assignment.
Picture Profile™
Six picture profile settings for different shooting conditions are provided as default settings. Selecting a picture profile for a particular scene offers an easy way to creatively change your shoot.
Last Scene Review
Press a single button to immediately review the last recorded scene.
Expanded Focus
Press a button and this enlarges the centre of the displayed image by 2x, a particularly useful feature when making critical focusing adjustments.
Histogram
Onscreen display of a histogram enables easier exposure adjustment. The histogram also shows the point where the zebra pattern appears (the zebra point). This enables confirmation of overall brightness distribution and the brightness level set with the zebra function. As well as preventing overexposure, this is useful as a guide when aiming for optimum exposure of certain parts of an image, such as faces.
Peaking
A peaking function draws a defined line around the subject displayed in the LCD monitor and viewfinder. Peaking sensitivity and colour (red, white, yellow) can be selected to enable more precise focusing.
Markers
Centre, aspect, safety zone, guide frame and other markers can be displayed on the LCD.
Firmware Update
Sony has implemented a firmware update scheme for future functions, the next firmware version scheduled for release in early 2012 will include a 50Hz upgrade allowing the use of a wider range of recording frame rates including 1920x1080/50p and 25p.

Specifications

General
Mass
Approx. 1.04 kg (2 lb 4oz) (body only)
Mass
Approx. 2.76 kg (6 lb 1oz)
(w/optional lens w/VF, w/ Battery (NP-F970), w/large eyecup, w/handle, w/MIC (ECM-XM1), w/grip, w/o gripbelt)
Dimension (W x H x D)
Approx. 126.5 x 101.5 x 193.5 mm ( 5 x 4 x 7 5/8 inch ) (body only)
Dimension (W x H x D)
Approx. 178 x 192 x 519.5mm (7 1/8 x 7 5/8 x 20 1/2 inch) (w/optional lens, w/VF, w/large eyecup, w/handle,
(7 1/8 x 7 5/8 x 20 1/2 inch) (w/optional lens, w/VF, w/large eyecup, w/handle, w/MIC (ECM-XM1), w/grip, w/o gripbelt)
Power requirements
8.4V / 7.2V (AC adaptor / Battery)
Power consumption
5.6W (w/ supplied lens, w/ ECM-XM1 and LCD with normal brightness) N.B. When Flash Memory Unit HXR-FMU128 is used, the average power consumption increases about 1.1W.
Operating temperature
0 to +40 deg C (+32 to +104 deg F)
Storage temperature
-20 to +60 deg C (-4 to +140 deg F)
Continuous Recording Time
Approx. 510 min (NP-F970:fully charged battery)
Recording Section
Recording format
Video Format HD: AVCHD 
Recording format
Video Format SD: MPEG-2 PS
Recording format
Audio Format
Recording format
HD: Linear PCM 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Recording format
STD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Recording frame rate 50Hz Mode*
HD PS (28Mbps) 1920x1080/50p, HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/50i, HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080/50i, HD HQ
Recording frame rate 50Hz Mode*
(9Mbps) 1440x1080/50i, HD LP (5Mbps) 1440x1080/50i, HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/25p, HD FH (17Mbps)
Recording frame rate 50Hz Mode*
1920x1080/25p, HD FX (24Mbps) 1280x720/50p, HD FH (17Mbps) 1280x720/50p, SD/STD HQ (9Mbps)
Recording frame rate 50Hz Mode*
720x576/50i (Due to variable bitrate, 24Mbps is the maximum bitrate for AVCHD FX mode and the average bitrate is being stated for FH, HQ and LP modes.)
Recording frame rate 60Hz Mode*
Recording frame rate 60Hz Mode*
HD PS (28Mbps) 1920x1080/60p, HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/60i, HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080/60i, HD HQ (9Mbps) 1440x1080/60i, HD LP (5Mbps) 1440x1080/60i, HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/30p, 1920x1080/24p HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080/30p, 1920x1080/24p HD FX (24Mbps) 1280x720/60p, HD FH (17Mbps) 1280x720/50p, SD/STD HQ (9Mbps) 720x576/50i 
Recording frame rate 60Hz Mode*
(Due to variable bitrate, 24Mbps is the maximum bitrate for AVCHD FX mode and the average bitrate is being stated for FH, HQ and LP modes. 60i, 60p,30p and 24p means 59.94i, 59.94p, 29.97p and 23.98p respectively)
* Available via a firmware upgrade scheduled for early 2012
Recording/Playback time
170 min (2h 50m) with 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX at FX(24Mbps) Linear PCM 2ch recording
Camera Section
Imaging device
"Exmor" Super35 CMOS Sensor
Gross Pixels
Approx. 3,530,000 pixels
Effective pixels of moving pictures in 16:9
Approx. 3,370,000 pixels
Effective pixels of moving pictures in 4:3
Approx. 2,530,000 pixels
Minimum illumination
0.28 lx (1/25 shutter, IRIS F1.4, Auto GAIN) - 1.5 lx (w/ supplied lens: auto gain, auto iris, 1/25 shutter speed)
S/N Ratio
54 dB (Y) (typical)
Horizontal resolution
1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Shutter speed
Auto: 50i/50p: 1/50-1/1750, 25p: 1/25-1/1750 
Shutter speed
Manual: 1/3 - 1/10000 1/50 - 1/1750 (50i, 50p), 1/25 - 1/1750 (25p) 
Shutter speed
Auto: 1/60-1/2000, 30p:1/30-1/2000, 24p:1/48-1/2400*
Shutter speed
Manual:60i/30p/60p: 1/3 - 1/10000, 24p: 1/3 - 1/10000* 
* Available via a firmware upgrade scheduled for early 2012
Slow & Quick Motion function
Rec Format: 1080/50p, 1080/25p 
Slow & Quick Motion function
Frame Rate: 50fps, 25fps, 12fps, 6fps, 3fps, 2fps, 1fps 
Slow & Quick Motion function
REC. Frame rates: 1080/60p, 1080/30p, 1080/24p*
Slow & Quick Motion function
Camera capture: 60fps, 30fps, 15fps, 8fps, 4fps, 2fps, 1fps*
Slow & Quick Motion function
Shutter Speed: 1/scan frame rate - 1/10000(Manual)
* Available via a firmware upgrade scheduled for early 2012
White Balance
Auto, Outdoor (5800K), indoor(3200K), One-push (Touch panel)
Inputs/Outputs
Audio input
XLR 3-pin (female) (x 2), LINE/MIC/MIC +48 V selectable
Composite output
RCA Type (x 1)
Audio output
RCA type (CH-1,CH-2)
Component Video Output
RCA Type (x 3) via Mini-D jack
USB
USB device, mini-AB/Hi-Speed (x 1)
Headphone output
Stereo mini jack (x 1) ø3.5mm
Remote
Stereo mini-minijack (ø2.5mm)
HDMI output
HDMI connector (x 1)
Monitoring
Built-in LCD monitor
3.5 inch-type, XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots(1920 x 480), 16:9 aspect ratio
Recording Media
Type
Memory Stick PRO Duo(Mark2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX. SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Supplied Accessories
AC-VL1
AC Adaptor/Charger
NP-F770
Rechargeable Battery Pack
DK-415
Connecting cord
ECM-XM1
Microphone
RMT-845
Remote Commander
Component video cable
A/V connecting cable
USB Cable
USB Adaptor Cable (VMC-UAM1)
Large eyecup
CR2025
Lithium Battery
Clock Lithium (Installed)
CMU-2.0
Application Software (CD-ROM)

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