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Frequently Asked Questions
1 ) How's the camera rated in terms of ISO?
The FS100 is rated at 500 ISO which would be the equivalent of 0 db. Unlike DSLRs and the Panasonic AF100, the Sony FS100 uses GAIN settings. +3db is 800ISO, +6db is 1000ISO. Noise starts appearing at +18db, that is 4000ISO. You can crank up the gain up to 30db or 16000ISO. Also to be noted is that the noise looks grainy and almost film like compared to DSLRs patterned noise.
2 ) Sony FS100 audio problem-I can't hear one channel on my Sony FS100
This is a very simple problem that comes up with Sony FS100 users. You plug in your headphones and can only hear one channel of audio while you see the levels. This is because the Sony FS100 has a unique feature which is located behing the camera. This feature allows you to "monitor" either both channels (stereo) or one in particular. So, when you plug in your headphones in your Sony FS100 to check on the audio and can only hear one channel, probably your control is set to monitor only that channel. Just switch to "stereo" and you'll hear both channels!
3 ) Does the Sony FS100 have built in ND filters?
No, the camera doesn't have built in ND filters. You will have to use a matte box to add ND filters.
4 ) Does the Sony FS100 have XLR audio connectors?
Yes, the Sony FS100 has 2 industry-standard XLR audio connectors.
5 ) What kind of sensor does the FS100 have?
The Sony NEX FS100 has an Exmor Super 35mm sized CMOS sensor which is the same size of the Sony F3's sensor. It has an optimum number of effective pixels when shooting moving images and has very little noise in low light situations.
6 ) What kind of lens mount does the Sony FS100 use?
The Sony FS100 uses Sony's E mount system which has a flange back distance of 18mm that makes it well suitable to use other lens systems with a limited crop factor.
7 ) How many Cine-Gamma options does the FS100 have?
The Sony FS100 has two Cine-Gamma options.