Since Sony's sub-$10K FS7 camera hit the market back in 2014, it has become a staple in the filmmaking industry due to the competitive features and performance.
Just two years later, the company has announced a successor dubbed the FS7 Mark II which is the same sensor technology with small changes to the hardware and performance.
Here are the most notable changes:
- Electronic Variable ND Filter – same as the FS5 allows you to achieve stepless ND adjustments
- BT.2020 Color Space Option – while the sensor is the same, you can natively shoot and bake in the BT.2020 color space versus the Rec. 709 used on the original. This option may come to FS7 Mark I owners via a future firmware update.
- E-Mount Level Lock – a more robust mounting system similar to that of a PL mount which allows you to lock lenses more tightly without the need to twist the lens into place
- Power LED next to on/off switch – small but useful tweak
- Thumb screw on grip arm extension – a necessary change as the first iteration required a screwdriver to make adjustments
- 10 user assignable buttons – the Mark I only offered 6
- Better XQD card placement – the XQD cards stick out 4.3mm more than the Mark I making it easier to retrieve them from the card bay
- Improved Viewfinder Loupe – the flimsy loupe attachments has been improved, and a foldable sun hood is now available for use in bright environments without the loupe
- Improved LCD monitor attachment – the round rod utilized in the Mark I has been replaced with a square rod to help avoid side to side tilt. The rod length hasn't changed although I'd like to have seen it extended to allow for easier use on the shoulder with the loupe attached.
The FS7 Mark II will retail for $10,000 for the body only or $13,000 with the new 18-110mm f/4 kit lens (this bundle saves you $500 off the lens purchase). Anyone interested in pre-ordering the FS7 Mark II can now do so through B&H Photo with units expected to ship by the end of January 2017.
For an FS7 Mark I owner like myself, I'm not all that upset with this announcement. The changes are appreciated, but not a necessity in my opinion and I won't be upgrading to the Mark II as I have plenty of life left in my FS7.
At some point down the line, I will likely upgrade to an entry-level RED or Canon C300 Mark II depending on where the market is at that point, but my satisfaction with the FS7 remains unchanged with this new announcement.