The FR7 is the newest model in Sony’s cinema series. It builds the first full-frame interchangeable lens (ILC) PTZ camera in the world by fusing its existing imaging technology with remote-controlled robots.
As the first camera to integrate lens interchangeability, a full-frame sensor, and the PTZ capabilities, according to Sony, the new camera inherits the aesthetic of the cinema series and offers a “new universe” of remote shooting with precise and fluid pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) robotics.
According to the firm, reality shows, serial drama, discussion shows, food shows, and music videos are the main uses for it (for example, in cooking shows it would make it easier to move a camera around a chef without getting in the way).
The camera could also be used in situations where PTZ cameras are more commonly used, like fixed event spaces, places of worship, streaming events, music festivals, wedding venues, fashion shows, and theatres.
According to Sony, the camera is based on three principles: appearance, use, and workflow.
The “look” is the camera, which is the same as the FX6 camera and has a full-frame 10.3-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor with 15+ stops of dynamic range and ISO performance starting at ISO 800 and expandable up to 409,600, according to Sony, making it ideal for placement where lighting cannot always be controlled. It supports a broad variety of codecs, including high-definition 4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit out through HDMI and SDI and up to 120p at 4K.
In order to maintain subject focus, it also has Sony’s autofocus innovations like real-time eye AF and Real-time Tracking.
The FR7 and the FX6 vary in that the former can take microphones with an XLR connection, but the latter cannot.
While it functions with 70 E-mount lenses, the “Z” in PTZ is controlled by lenses with built-in motors, and Sony claims to be one of the only manufacturers of lenses with built-in servo zooms, which are crucial for this line, at the moment. Considered to be the finest solution, the 28-135mm f/4 will be provided as a kit option.