With the recent demise of the NEX-3, some were worried about the demise of the entire E-mount interchangeable standard but with the launch of the NEX-FS100, Sony has allayed most of those fears.
We first saw the NEX-FS100 last November when it was still in development as part of its NXCAM line. The NEX-FS100 is equipped with an Exmor Super 35 CMOS Sensor specifically designed for shooting commercials and music videos, as well as action scenes in budget dramas. The sensor shoots 1080p60 content at up to 28Mbps to SD, Memory Stick (or an optional 128GB SSD) or can output uncompressed 4:2:2 footage over HDMI, while you can keep an eye on everything on a tiltable 3.5in LCD display.
“The NEX-FS100E NXCAM Super 35mm camcorder enables budget content creators and videographers to experience a new level of creative expression,” said Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager, of Sony Professional. “Sony has responded to professional user feedback to create this new camcorder with an ergonomically designed body and accessories offering really flexibility in use.”
The NEX-FS100E uses the Sony E-mount interchangeable lens system used in the alpha series NEX-5, 3 and NEX-VG10E Handycam. It will also allow for the A-Mount lenses to be used with an adaptor due to its very short flange back distance (the distance between lens mount surface and sensor surface). However this budget model, only comes with the camera body (seen below), with the lens kit costing you a bit more.
We are awaiting a reply from Sony regarding the UK pricing, but in the US the NEX-FS100E will cost you $5,850 with the lens kit costing another $700 – though for that you do get the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens, viewfinder tube and shotgun microphone too.