Matt Allard shoots S-Log2 and talks about Sony FS700 4K upgrade on the Need Creative podcast

By technical editor Matt Allard:

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I recently got the chance to test out the FS700 4K upgrade while I was in Hong Kong. It is a hardware not firmware upgrade, so you need to send your FS700 to a Sony service centre. It costs $400 and usually takes one to two days to complete.

In my opinion, it is worth the upgrade just to get the SLog2 that is included in the price. When using it the FS700 has a base ISO of 2000 and can be pushed to 64000; it really transforms the FS700 into a completely different camera and vastly improves its low light capabilities.

FS700 S-Log2 from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

But the main purpose of the upgrade is to allow the camera to record 4K raw using either the Sony AXS R5 recorder along with the HXR-IFR5 or the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q. The Sony solution will record 16bit linear RAW as well as 2K RAW. The 2K RAW can be recorded at up to 240fps continuously. The Convergent Design solution records a compressed version of 4K as well as 2K RAW at up to 240fps continuously.

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For me, the Convergent Design solution is a better option as it’s more compact, gives you a high quality OLED display and is less than half the cost of the Sony option.

For more information I give a detailed talk about it on the Need Creative Podcast.

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Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Matthew Allard | Category: Sony FS700 |

One response to "Matt Allard shoots S-Log2 and talks about Sony FS700 4K upgrade on the Need Creative podcast"

  1. C47 Says:
    August 24th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    We’re shooting with the same setup in Haiti right now. SLog2 was giving us unusable levels of noise in daylight. Sony’s official response was to turn it off. Run into anything like this?

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