Is the new Sony FS7M2 (sometimes also called the Sony FS7 Mark II or FS7 Mk II) worth the extra $1,500 over the original? Should you consider upgrading? In this post, we dig into the camera, tell you what changes were made, where upgrades didn't happen and try to help you decide if it's worth the extra money.
First, all of the updates have been done to the outside of this new camera. There are no differences in codecs, menus, or frame rates. If you were hoping upgrades there, you're going to be out of luck. The changes they did make help the FS7 Mark II be much more user-friendly and faster to work with on set.
New Mount and ND Filters
Starting around the front of the camera, you'll notice a super beefed up locking E-mount. This mount is actually welded to the rest of the frame to allow for much heavier and longer lenses like the Fuji 18-55 cine lens below without the need for a support.
You'll also notice the addition of ND filter presets. Just like the Sony FS5, you have a Variable ND. So you can put it in a specific stop or anywhere in between. With this design, it also allows for automatic exposure adjustments through the ND. Instead of changing your aperture, shutter speed or ISO, it will compensate with NDs, which is a pretty amazing and powerful tool for quick, quick run-and-gun or dock-style shooting.
New Adjustable Arm & Sun Hood
Another change we are loving is the new arm for the shoulder rig set up. You can now adjust the length with this easy to use thumb screw instead of needing a screwdriver like you did on the original camera. They also updated the eyepiece support to now have a square tube to stop it from rotating under the weight of the LCD and the viewfinder.
Welcomed changes have also come to the viewfinder, too! You now don't need to struggle with both hands to try attach it. They've also added a sun hood for the LCD screen if you don't want to use the viewfinder but are shooting outdoors.
10 Assignable Buttons
On the side of the camera, you're going to notice that we get a lot more options for assignable buttons, a total of 10 now, where it was only six on the original. This will be a huge help because we all know it's not fun trying to find something in Sony Menus when you're on set and short on time. Now you can just set it up beforehand and keep shooting.
Two more small changes are an increased space around the XQD card slot so it's easier to swap out cards and a small LED indicator light to easily see if the camera is on or off.
With all of these improvements, do you think it's worth the upgrade or the extra $1,500 from the original if you're just getting into it? It's hard to say! The changes aren't earth shattering, but it does make for less work and a more run and gun camera. If you can swing the money, we'd suggest this camera. If you aren't sure if it's the perfect tool for you give it a try by renting it! Click ADD TO CART below to get started with your rental!