Sony FS-100: Enough Camera For You?By danseitz
One of the big disruptions in cameras lately has been the rapid rise of professional level digital video. The Canon 5DMkII suddenly became a filmmaker’s darling because it was (relatively) cheap and had interchangeable lenses. The camcorder industry is still getting over this drop kick to the face even as the stills side of things rushes to add 1080p video to everything, right down to their point-and-shoot cams to compete with the Flip.
This is Sony’s NEX FS-100. What’s under the hood, and does it measure up?
Survey says: nope. It’s got 1080p AVCHD recording, over and undercranking, and XLR inputs, but (barf) a proprietary lens mount, the E mount, because it just wouldn’t be Sony without some proprietary garbage you have to deal with.
Also, there’s no 4:4:4 recording option out of the box. That, of course, you have to pay extra for, because it’s not enough that you’re shelling out a fortune for lenses, recorders and other equipment: you need to pay for functionality which should really come standard in a $6000 camera at this point.
In short, we have yet another camcorder Edsel on our hands: trying to please everybody, including the corporate masters, and pleasing nobody. If I’m paying six grand, I’ll just get a 5D and a better set of lenses, guys.