Sony Electronics Inc. announced the latest addition to its cinema lineup, the ILME-FR7an E-mount interchangeable-lens camera with an image sensor of full frame and integrated pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) functionality. Its versatile remote control and cinematic features open up creative possibilities in studio, live production and cinematography environments.
A high-performance full-frame image sensor and the expressive reach of Sony’s extensive lineup E-mount lens*two alignment Work with remote pan/tilt/zoom control, high flexibility in zoom capability, and wide-angle shooting to break through location and space limitations. It also offers the cinematic look and operability that have seen Sony digital cinema cameras push the boundaries of the film industry, plus versatile connectivity and efficient multi-camera workflow support.
“The cinematic look is fast becoming the norm in broadcast and live production as it opens up new ways to tell a narrative,” said Yang Cheng, vice president of imaging solutions at Sony Electronics Inc. “In parallel, in the last 2 years, we have seen a sharp increase in content created remotely or in small places where access is difficult. At Sony, we are always listening to our customers. We are delighted to announce the FR7 which combines the flexibility of a standard PTZ camera with stunning images through advanced cinematic features.”
Uncompromising image quality in a PTZ form factor
The FR7 features a 35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 10.3 effective megapixels and a wide latitude of over 15 stops on a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera for the first time. In addition to wide dynamic range, low noise, and full-frame cinematic bokeh, this incredible sensor also offers high sensitivity that allows you to expand iso up to 409,600. when shooting in low light.
The FR7 features Sony’s E-mount and can mount a wide range of E-mount glasses, including the G Master series with impressive resolution and bokeh effect. A choice of focal lengths ranging from 12mm to 1200mm gives users comprehensive creative control.
A number of Cinema Line features are built into the camera to deliver a cinematic look, including:
- Sensitivity adjustment allows iso to be stretched up to 409,600 when shooting in low light.
- A stop latitude of more than 15 allows smooth reflections and low noise levels.
- A number of preset scene files are included, including S-Kinetone for natural midtones that are essential for healthy-looking skin color, plus soft colors and gorgeous highlights. Since the target look can be created during the shoot, time can be saved in post-production. In Cinema EI mode, base sensitivity can be set to ISO 800 or ISO 12800 to match lighting conditions and minimize noise while maintaining a consistent look. This mode is ideal for post-production as it allows the use of Sony’s original S-Log3 gamma, S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine color spaces.
- Up to 120fps 4K (QFHD) and 240fps FHD shooting slow motion is possible, again creating that emotional possibility that a cinematic gaze offers.
Prices and availability
The new FR7 will be available in November 2022 for approximately $9,699.99 USD and $12,399.99 CAD. The FR7K, which includes the FR7 lens and SELP28135G, will be available for $12,199.99 USD and $15,699.99CAD, while the CIB-PCM1 ceiling mount will be available for $119.99 USD and $159.99 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of authorized Sony dealers throughout North America.