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  1. Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camera Kit

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    The Sony FS7 features a Super 35-sized sensor, 4K internal recording, and codecs including XAVC-I at 113 Mbps, to match Sony’s flagship F55. Capture 14 stops of dynamic range in Slog-3, or choose a picture style to go direct to broadcast. 10-bit 4:2:2 in DCI-4K, QHD, and 1080p HD resolutions without bulky recorders means shooting for the colorist is easy.

    We include the extension unit with the kit rental, which adds raw output, timecode in and out, genlock, and multiple power options.

    The Sony E-mount on the PXW-FS7 can be adapted to fit EF and PL lenses, and a behind-the-lens ND filter means no more clumsy filter changes. The rental includes an electronic viewfinder/display and adjustable hand grip. The versatility makes the FS7 equally at home in cinema and broadcast applications.

    The FS7 camera supports UHD framerates up to 60p, as well as 1080p at 180 fps, all continuous and in-camera.  Sony rates native ISO at 2000, and low-light performance is superb, especially when compared with other 4K cameras.

    While Sony continues to offer the FS700, the FS7 offers multiple improvements in functionality, higher-quality recording formats, and a more ergonomic layout.  The FS7 is a well-matched camera to an F5 or F55, and also works well on a set with an FS700 or even an A7s backing it up.  This is Sony’s answer to the Canon C300, and it would appear the FS7 wins in every category worth measuring.This FS7 camera kit includes everything you need to get started shooting in 4K at high speed, just add lenses.

    Sony FS7 camera
    XDCA-FS7 extension unit
    Metabones EF to NEX Speedbooster Ultra
    2 64GB XQD cards
    1 USB 3.0 XQD card reader
    2 V-mount batteries
    1 Dual V-mount charger
    2 BP-U Batteries
    1 BP-U Charger
    Hard case

    A barebones Sony FS7 rental is also available.

    Rental Prices

    $324 for 1 day
    $648 for up to 3 days
    $972 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Lenses
    HD-SDI monitor
    Rails, mattebox, and followfocus kit
    Tripod

  2. Sony PXW-Z100 4K Camcorder

    sony-pxw-z100-cameraRenting a Sony PXW-Z100 is an easy way to elevate your workflow to true 4K (4096×2160 resolution at up to 60 fps).  The camera uses Sony’s XVAC 4:2:2 10-bit intra frame format, the same as the PMW-F55 CineAlta camera.  The camcorder features a G lens with 20x optical zoom and three control rings, dual XQD memory card slots, and 4K HDMI and 3G/HD-SDI interfaces.

    In our tests, PXW-Z100 excels at certain types of projects.  For nearly all ENG and EFP-style productions, it’s the perfect choice, matching well with Sony’s other cameras in HD and SD resolutions, but offering true 4K resolution as well, all in a package a single operator can handle.  The Z100 is basically the big brother of the FDR-AX1, which offers matching picture profiles and similar controls.  All of the must-haves for a ENG/EFP camera are included, like XLR inputs, ND filters, and familiar Sony camcorder layout.  The newly updated sensor features back illumination for acceptable low-light performance, on par with the larger sensor of the Sony EX3.

    This is our go-to camera for educational and corporate videos, live events, and greenscreen/white screen/chroma key shoots.   4:2:2 10-bit color makes for the cleanest keys we’ve ever seen in a broadcast camera. We continue to see the PXW-Z100 and the FDR-AX1 replacing the Sony EX1 for lots of field and studio production.  For events with super-sized digital displays, this is the best choice for i-mag as well as a great camera for pre-recorded content.

    One of our favorite features in the new Z100 is the Wi-Fi control, allowing remote focus, zoom, iris, and record controls, using a smartphone or tablet.  We have a tablet with Wi-Fi available for rent, as well.

    We’re pretty sure we’re the first rental house in Milwaukee (and even Wisconsin) to offer the PXW-Z100 for rental.

    We include two batteries, a charger, dual 64GB XQD N-series memory cards, one 32GB S-series memory card, and a shotgun microphone.  We also include a Sony XQD USB 3.0 card reader.  Don’t be fooled by other online renters’ low rates, they don’t include memory cards or a reader!

    Rental Prices

    $295 for 1 day
    $590 for up to 3 days
    $885 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

     

    Suggested accessories:
    HD-SDI monitor, Tripod, extra XQD cards, extra batteries

  3. Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camera

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    The Sony FS7 features a Super 35-sized sensor, 4K internal recording, and codecs including XAVC-I at 113 Mbps, to match Sony’s flagship F55.  Capture 14 stops of dynamic range in Slog3, or choose a different picture style for your workflow.  10-bit 4:2:2 color in DCI-4K, QHD, or 1080p resolutions without bulky recorders means shooting for the colorist is easy.  The Sony E-mount can be adapted to fit EF and PL lenses, and a behind-the-lens ND filter means no clumsy filter changes.  The camera includes an electronic viewfinder/display and adjustable hand grip.  The versatility makes the FS7 equally at home in cinema and broadcast applications.

    The FS7 camera supports UHD framerates up to 60p as well as 1080p at 180 fps, all continuous and in-camera.  Sony rates native ISO at 2000. Low-light performance is superb, especially when compared with other 4K cameras.

    While Sony continues to offer the FS700, the FS7 offers multiple improvements in functionality, internal 4K, higher-quality recording formats, and a more ergonomic layout.  The FS7 is a well-matched camera to an F5 or F55, and also works well on a set with an FS700 or even an A7s backing it up, especially using the Slog-2 or Slog-3 color profile.

    This FS7 rental package includes

    Sony FS7 body
    2 Sony BP-U battery
    1 Sony BP-U charger

    This camera requires a lens and XQD card, rented separately.  An FS7 rental kit with the most popular accessories is also available.

    Rental Prices

    $199 for 1 day
    $398 for up to 3 days
    $597 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Lenses, HD-SDI monitor, tripod, additional XQD cards, extra batteries

  4. FS7 Extension Unit XDCA-FS7

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    Expand the features of the Sony FS7 with the XDCA-FS7 extension unit. It mounts on the back of the FS7 camera and adds a V-mount battery plate, genlock, timecode in & out, and raw output. 12 DC XLR in and DC out over 4-pin Hirose are also provided. These features are a welcome addition on multi-camera and pro-level shoots, and make the camera a perfect match for a Sony F5 or F55.

    The unit enables raw video recording with an external recorder (not included), as well as on-board ProRes and ProRes HQ 4:2:2 1080p recording. Raw frame rates can be set up to 240 fps continuous in 2K, as well as DCI 4K (4096×2160) and DCI 2K (2048×1080) resolution. Sony’s raw recording is 12-bit log, making image quality and latitude in post production unmatched

    We suggest renting this with the Sony FS7 camera kit and a V-mount battery kit.

    Rental Prices

    $95 for 1 day
    $190 for up to 3 days
    $285 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Sony FS7
    HD-SDI monitor

  5. N-Series vs S-Series XQD Cards in the Sony Z100

    xqd-cardsWe recently added the Sony PXW-Z100 to our rental catalog, and one of the first things we wanted to test when we got it out of the box was real-world performance with N-series and S-series XQD cards.  Since S-series cards are, at the moment, much more expensive than N-series cards, we wanted to know what that extra cost was buying, in performance terms.  A scarcity of supply has driven the price of S-series cards up even further over the last six months.  We also wanted to clear up some of the confusion around XQD card speed ratings in general.  At one point, Sony offered H-series cards (with speeds similar to N-series), but those have been discontinued, so we did not test them here.  The S-series cards come in several varieties, rated by their read speeds (which don’t necessarily correlate with write speeds).  The S-series card we tested was the faster 180 MB/s variety, but Sony claims the 168MB/s S-series card is fully compatible with all Z100 video modes as well.

    For our test, we used two N-series 64GB Sony XQD cards and one S-series 32GB Sony XQD card. We recorded with a Sony PXW-Z100 with firmware version 1.01.  Each card was formatted in-camera before each test.  As of this firmware version, the camera only supports recording in one codec, XAVC, the same format used in higher-end cameras like the Sony F55.

    For the first test series (Test A) we recorded clips in mixed lighting, on a tripod with manual exposure and gain set to 0dB.  For the second test series (Test B), we recorded clips in a very dark room, handheld, zoomed in to max, walking around, with gain at 18dB.  We felt this was probably the most likely to max out the PXW-Z100’s bitrate, and represented a worst-case scenario for the cards.  A test was marked as a pass (✔) if the camera recorded successfully for 6 minutes, and a fail (✖) if recording was automatically stopped.  We tested each more than once, and used two different N-series cards, but we got identical results with each repeat test.

    For all settings of the camera, the N-series card returned a message “Not Guaranteed Media,” and for all settings with the S-series card, there was no message.  All of our failed tests stopped recording within the first 30 seconds of the clip.

    N-Series Card S-Series Card
    Guaranteed Test A Test B Guaranteed Test A Test B
    1920×1080 all framerates
    3840×2160 23.98p
    3840×2160 29.97p
    3840×2160 59.94p
    4096×2160 23.98p
    4096×2160 29.97p
    4096×2160 59.94p

     

    A quick peek at the file sizes indicated that the same 600Mb/s bitrate was reached for the 4096×2160 60p and 3840×2160 60p settings under all test conditions.  To put it another way: the bitrate is based only on the video size and framerate, not what is being recorded.

    The upshot is, if you’re recording in HD, or in 23.97p framerates, paying extra for the S-series cards will only buy you peace of mind.  If you’re looking to stay budget-conscious, or want to wait out investing in extra media until the price drops, N-series cards may be the way to go.  But N-series cards simply can’t handle 4K at framerates greater than 24p, yet.  To keep things interesting, Sony is expected to support writing lower-bitrate formats AVCHD and XAVC LongGOP with a scheduled firmware update.  The firmware update is also expected to enable the single SD/MemoryStick card slot, which is completely unused in the current version.  For shooters comfortable with AVCHD files, XQD cards may become completely unnecessary after the update.

    Posted by Jon Kline


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