Sony’s NEX FS100 has Arrived

Sony’s interchangeable-lens concept camera may not be available until November of this year, but the company has plenty of other good news for the filmmaking community.   For those of you that closely follow Sony news, you’ll be happy to know that the new Sony NXCAM has arrived.  The Sony NEX-FS100 camera is here and Zacuto had the first chance to take a look at it.  Sony’s follow-up to the Sony F3, released in February of 2011, is smaller and lighter than the Sony F3 but uses the same Exmor Super 35mm CMOS image sensor chip.  The new camera does not support SDI or HDSDI like the Sony F3, but it is equipped with HDMI and component signal outputs.  The cost will be somewhere around $6000.  Much like the Sony F3, you will still have the option to swap out your lenses but, the camera will require an adapter for any lenses using a mount other than a standard Alpha NEX E-Mount Sony lens.  PL and Nikon lenses can be used, but not without an adapter.  Unlike its predecessors, the NEX-FS100 will not use SxS cards for recording.  Instead, the camera will record to SD cards much like the Panasonic AG-AF100.  Other unique features include a flip-out screen mounted to the top of the camera rather than the side, dual XLR inputs and a removable handgrip with a trigger.

The good news is that this new Sony NXCAM will work with your already existing Zacuto Universal Baseplate and the Zacuto Mini Baseplate.  Since 2005, the Zacuto baseplate has been the basic building block of all Zacuto camera rig systems and the NEX-FS100 mounting systems are no exception.  However, if you are using a non-adjustable matte box, you will need to use a Z-Spacer to get your lens to the correct height.  Unlike most ENG cameras, the NEX-FS100 is not ergonomic.  Because it is such a small camera, it doesn’t fit the human body very well.  Mounting the camera on your shoulder without a proper baseplate system is impossible.  However, with the addition of a few Zacuto accessories, your NEX-FS100 can be as comfortable and form-fitting as any camera you have used in the past.  By starting with one of our Universal Baseplate, you can then add our Shoulder Pad, and either our Z-Lite, counterbalance weight or a Zwiss Plate to hold V-Mount or Anton Bauer Style Batteries. You can also add on the Zacuto Follow Focus, Z-Focus and handgrips. All Zacuto products are interchangeable and transposable. When Zacuto owners and product designers, Jens Bogehegn and Steve Weiss first released the Zacuto Universal Baseplate, they said it would outlast your camera and they meant it.

fs100Above: FS100 Rig with Accessories & FS100 Filmmaker Kit 

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NEX-FS100 Zacuto rig configurations are also compatible with the new Zacuto EVF.  Because the screen for this camera is located on the top instead of on the side of the camera, it’s not ideal for shoulder mounted rigs.  With a Zacuto rig, you can easily position the Zacuto EVF off to the side for your Sony NXCAM operator and still have the Sony monitor available for your director to use.   Of course, there are multiple mounting options for your Zacuto EVF. Here at Zacuto, we like to give you options. Looking for a more compact rig for the Sony FS100, check out our FS100 Shooter kit and grip relocator.

Video production veteran and F-Stop Academy founder, Den Lennie, recently had the chance to shoot a music video with the NEX-FS100 and some Zacuto gear.

“The great thing about this camera is that you can shoot with it in a very small configuration just like a dslr and then when appropriate you can build up the rig and this is where the Zacuto kit really enables a speedy production,” said Lennie.

Check out the Den Lennie’s video below for a more in-depth review of the Sony NEX-FS100.

Sony NEX-FS100     Sony NEX FS100

Sony FS100     Sony FS100     Sony FS100

Sony NEX-FS100     Sony NEX-FS100     FS100

Sony NEXFS100  Sony NEXFS100

Sony NEX FS100      Sony NEX FS 100    Sony FS100

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20 Responses to “Sony’s NEX FS100 has Arrived”

  1. Andrew Howe on March 24th, 2011 4:47 am

    Does looping through the EVF affect the HDMI signal at all.  Is it still 4:2:2 with timecode on the output side?

  2. Steve Weiss on March 24th, 2011 9:35 am

    What comes in the EVF comes out the other end.  I see where you are going.  

  3. Stuart Millership on March 25th, 2011 9:13 am

    Looks really exciting, any idea when this is going to be dropping in the UK?  Also, do you think the use of nanoflash would be beneficial with this camera?

  4. Steve Weiss on March 25th, 2011 10:23 am

    I don’t think this camera is coming before September

  5. Cory Cross on March 29th, 2011 12:57 pm

    I am curious to how Canon EOS lens work on this camera with a proper mount..  I know the 7d has the cropped sensor, what would be different about putting the canon lens on this sony camera/w adapter rather than the canon 7d..  Would there be vignetting or any change in image?  Thank you!

  6. Den lennie on March 31st, 2011 9:04 am

    Hey Cory

    the sensor is similar in size to teh Canon 7D and so the crop factor is around 1.6 x.  I see that have been developing an EOS adaptor for teh Af100 so It’ll surely only be amatter of when not if they make one for the FS100.  there’s another company in teh UK caled MTF  who also make adaptros so I guess it’s only a matter of time.


  7. Cory Cross on March 31st, 2011 12:20 pm

    maaaaan… im ok with the 1 slot of the card… but the Hard drive makes it worthe it….. if there was only internal filters.. that would change much

  8. Cory Cross on March 31st, 2011 12:20 pm

    Thanks Den!

  9. James Usmanov on April 19th, 2011 6:54 pm

    Hi Den, the images look absolutely fantastic and I love the color tone that you were able to capture with this camera.  i noticed that the depth of field was pretty shalow.  Was there anything that you guys did to enhance that effect or does that camera naturally have that like the DSLRs?  Also, did you happen to notice any fluid wobbles when you pan and tilt?
    Thank you

  10. on May 21st, 2011 11:18 am


  11. Anonymous on May 30th, 2011 9:55 pm

    Why is the opening in the music video have a slight megenta look?  I think it needs better color correction.  The shots look pretty good.   At least, that’s how I see it.


  12. Phil Arntz on June 4th, 2011 7:39 pm

    I really want this! Now I need to earn more money ;)  #FS100

  13. Prasad on August 1st, 2011 7:42 pm

    Its Realy great picture with this kind of camera

  14. Valentino on August 2nd, 2011 11:37 pm

    Don’t forget the awesome green screen potential for this camera!

  15. Anonymous on August 14th, 2011 12:10 pm

    Absolutely Incredible review and video. I can’t wait to own one of thee camera’s. I had no idea it even existed other in the concept minds. Think it’s time to start selling off some gear.
    Thanks Again and kudo’s!

  16. on September 3rd, 2011 3:56 am

    it is samller but great

  17. andres on October 1st, 2011 3:48 pm

    como comprar sus productos? soy de mexico 

  18. hugo rey on December 8th, 2011 11:16 pm

    Existen matebox y follow focus para Sony Nex 5?

  19. Check Out Zacuto's Sony FS100 Rig | Zacuto USA on April 30th, 2013 10:11 am

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  20. emilio murillo on September 20th, 2013 9:27 am

    the zacuto top handle is really important.