Sony PXW-FS7 Firmware Release 3.0
by: lfarrar 1/21/16
Sony is pleased to announce the new PXW-FS7 firmware version
3.0. The development process for the new firmware is a result of the tight
relationship Sony has with their customers. Many of the new features were
requested by them. This new build is the result of a major commitment made by
SONY DI to continually add powerful functionality, life and value to the FS7. SONY
DI not only invested in adding major functionality and value to the FS7, but
also subtle optimizations that further improve efficiency and ease of use. Best of all, this firmware upgrade is FREE.
Take a look at the Version 3.0 improvements:
Focus Magnification function is
The 4x and 8x magnification windows can
now be repositioned on the viewfinder display using the joystick on the SmartGrip,
even while recording.
The position of the Magnification Window
is retained until it’s reset to the center of the frame by pressing the
Image quality of the viewfinder’s Magnification
Window is improved for ease of critically adjusting focusing.
A bright yellow frame surrounding the VF
image prevents the operator from incorrectly framing by continue recording while
the focus magnification is still ON.
Added “2K Full”, “2K Center” image
sensor scan function
2K Full Scan Mode reads the full Super35mm
sensor area as 2K resolution instead of 4K.
2K Center crops the scan area to a 2K
(2048x1080) area in the center of the sensor.
This mode enables use of lenses projecting a smaller image circle i.e.
Super16mm or 2/3-inch (B4) zoom lenses. Super16mm and B4 zoom lenses are smaller,
lighter, have a wider focal range and deeper depth of field than Super 35mm
equivalents, a boon for shooting, Vérité, sports and nature.
2K Center Scan also effectively doubles
the magnification (2x zoom in) of 35mm Still and Cine prime or zoom lenses
without any light loss.
For example, a
24mm prime’s effective angle of view becomes the same as that of a 48mm and a
24mm to 105mm zoom’s effective angle of view is equivalent to that of a 48mm to
Added Interval (time lapse) recording function
The Interval recording feature controls how
often and how many frames per shot, plus it can also trigger an optional
Interval duration is selectable from one
shot per sec up to one shot every 24h.
The number of frames recorded each
interval is selectable: 1, 3, 6 or 9 frames.
Pre-lighting controls the ON timing of an
attached light fixture via the camera’s MI Shoe. Pre-lighting duration is
selectable: 2, 5 or 10 sec. seconds.
Expanded lowest value of Zebra 1 &
2 level to 0% (range 0~109)
Both zebra 1 & 2 can be set at aby
level between 0% and 109%; vastly simplifying exposure setting for any gamma
Added Noise Suppression selection to
Cine EI recordings
It is now possible to apply Noise
Suppression to Cine EI recordings. Noise Suppression level is selectable: OFF,
LOW, MEDIUM & HIGH
Video Signal Monitor usability is
It is now possible to view WFM on the
LCD while shooting Cine EI with a Monitor-LUT applied to the VF.
Improved the feel and precision of the Iris
and Assignable dials.
The acceleration, ballistics (when
whipping) and sensitivity of the Iris and assignable dials is optimized.
FS-RAW image quality and operation
The image quality of 240fps FS RAW
recording is improved.
Overall stability and operability of
the camera is improved
Many additional improvements such as faster menu response and reduced
rebooting time are implemented.