Sony NEX FS-100

Tomorrow I am filming a wedding with Platinum Video Sydney for the first time. I am very excited about working them as I have the chance to work with the Sony NEX FS-100. Which I haven’t used before, so I am thrilled at the opportunity to get my hands on one.

As I haven’t used the camera before, I thought I would piece together a little basic info to help other people who may be in my situation (needing to know how to use a new camera very quickly). I will also share my thoughts of using the camera in a few days, so keep your eyes peeled for that blog post.

Sony NEX FS-100


The Sony NEX FS-100 is specifically designed for shooting incredibly beautiful footage at a very low price. The follow up to the successful Sony PMW F3, it’s an interchangeable-lens, large-single-sensor NXCAM with a unique design.

The camera has a large Exmor ‘Super 35’ CMOS sensor which allows it to provide a shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera. It has the same creative depth of field as the PMW-F3.

If you’ve been filming with a DSLR as much as I have of late, then this next point will be of particular interest to you. “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.”  – Sony Product Overview 

The FS-100 records up to 1080p Full HD videos at various frame rates (60, 30 and 24fps in NTSC countries, 50 and 25 in PAL) at bitrates of up to 28Mbps. There is also the option of 120 FPS super-slo-mo available at a slightly reduced resolution.

It records onto SDHC in AVCHD an 8-bit, 4:2:0, long-GOP, h.264 codec. The cards are similar to those used in the Panasonic AG AF-100. The camera allows extended continuous recording up to 10 hours and, for peace of mind, it has the option of an instant backup system by simultaneously recording the HD video footage using an HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit.

The camera features Sony’s E-mount. Though E-mount lenses are not as popular as PL- mount lenses, there are many adaptors available to suit your lens requirements. It is rumoured that Sony will be releasing up to an extra 15 E-mount lenses by the end of 2013.

Unlike it’s bulky older brother the F3, the FS-100 has a unique, lightweight design (Body only approx. 1.04 kg (2 lb 4oz) and is considerably smaller in size.

At first glance it seems intimidating with two faces of the camera absolutely covered in buttons, however, once you get your head around them, it seems quite practical, though the buttons are quite small in size.

Unfortunately the camera isn’t very flexible in the sound department. It doesn’t support SDI or HDSDI like the Sony F3, however it is equipped with HDMI and component signal outputs as well as dual XLR inputs.

Handy features include a  flexible 3.5″ LCD, an optional stove-pipe style monitor attachment for eye-level viewing, a removable handgrip with a trigger and a removable microphone arm / carry handle, with mic.

Price Tag

The FS-100 is generally sold in a kit which also includes Sony E-mount 18-200mm IS F3.5-6.3 lens
RRP- $5600 approx including the 18-200 lens
$5000 approx body only

Recommended Videos

Sony NEX-FS100 Introductory preview / guide

Sony NEX-FS100 Q&A – Lens Adapters


Cinema 5D – 5D mark III vs. FS100 vs. GH2 lowlight shootout

Pro Video Coalition NEX FS-100 Review  – An in-depth overview of the camera specifications and functions
DV-User – This blogger reviewed the camera prior to release and seems quite negative, but I felt I should share for a blatantly honest look at the camera.

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