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NAB 2012: Sony Launches $10,000 Super Slow Motion Camcorder With 4K Sensor

Sony F65 Camera - H 2011

Sony also previews a two-minute clip from M. Night Shyamalan’s "After Earth," which is being lensed with Sony’s F65 4K camera.

Sony launched a Full-HD super slow motion camcorder with a new 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor and an estimated price of just under $10,000, Sunday at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas.

Recommended for uses including TV dramas, documentaries, and sports and event shooting, the NEX-FS700U is designed for high-speed shooting and captures footage at up to 960 frames per second.

The 4K resolution—roughly four times that of HD—will be a big focus for Sony this week at NAB, where it will feature products including its F65 4K digital cinematography camera with an 8K sensor that entered the market in January for $65,000.

Slated for June availability, the NEX-FS700U supports full HD quality at 120 and 240 frames per second in a 16 or 8 second burst mode respectively. Its 480 fps and 960 fps at reduced resolution are available.

The NEX-FS700U camcorder uses a new 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor, and Sony said it is planning a future firmware upgrade aimed at enabling the camera to output 4K bitstream data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional Sony 4K recorder.

The NXCAM line is designed to accept most SLR and DSLR 35mm lenses, with the use of adapters.

Sony reported that users would be able to save up to 99 camera profile settings on a memory card, and can copy the same setting to multiple cameras. Compatible media includes SD and Memory Stick cards, and Sony's HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit that attaches to the camera.

On Sunday, Sony also previewed several clips of productions that were lensed with the F65.

That included an eight-minute short from director of photography Curtis Clark, who also made last year’s F65 preview short, The Arrival, and a clip from the Rio Carnival from Brazil’s TV Globo.

Sony reported that Universal’s Oblivion and several TV pilots are also in production with the F65. An estimated 400 F 65 cameras have already been sold worldwide.