I’m seriously considering updating cameras. I’ve been shooting most projects with the Canon 7D, which I love. However, any HDSLR has its limitions, and is by no means a proper video camera. The highly compressed H264 Codec limits the post-production capabalities for one thing. Then there’s the 12 minute recording limit, the lack of audio monitoring, no XLR mic inputs, and more.
Why the Sony FS100? First off, the price is right. I’d love to grap a Canon C300, but its cost drives it out of my reach. The jobs I do don’t require a camera at that price point. So I regretfully pass on Canon’s latest offering. It’s my opinion that you don’t get what you pay for with the C300. No 10bit, and no 1080p over-cranking? What was Canon thinking?
I figure as I do my research I’d compile a list of videos demoing, and/or reviewing the Sony FS100. I hope it helps save you time!
Here’s a link to the Vimeo FS-100 Users Group.
Philp’s demo shoot for Sony. Lovely imagery and great use of shallow depth of field (of course). More BTS on his blog here.
A review comparing the FS100 and its big brother F3. Includes some side by side shots.
Demo footage of the FS100 in the real world. Full review on Strapping Production’s blog.
Endgadget’s very practical and thorough review of the FS100. Blog post here.
James has done a ton of testing with the FS100. Visit his blog for more info.