Yesterday I took a trip to The Media City in Salford to do some hands on molesting of the Sony fs-700. There where other small sensor camcorders their as well (along with the incredible Sony f65) but I was only really interested in the fs-700. First impressions? Well its bigger than the fs-100 and it feels very sturdy. This is good because to me it defiantly looked like it could handle some rough film making stick. First port of call was straight for the knads, that slow motion feature. It’s a very simple feature to navigate too using the main menu and once we had figured this out we set about recording some 200fps, what can I say, it’s very smooth. We couldn’t see any flicker and the resolution look very impressive indeed. When Philip bloom did his video review about this camera he mentioned that it took a while to read to card, approx 30secs but this is an issue we didn’t have, it was almost instant.
Yes they are an amazing feature to include and I would be very happy to have these in my Canon but we can’t all be winners. The Sony gives us the ND options of – 1/4 ND -1/16ND & 1/64ND and its placed perfectly on the side behind where the lens will go (just like the EX1cams). My friend also mentioned it felt much sturdier when switching the ND’s on from the older EX cams but when I used it I found it to be slightly temperamental, making it too easy to just whack all the ND on fully rather than just 1/4. Continue reading