Claim up to £400 cashback on your Sony accessories until March

Claim up to £400 cashback on your Sony accessories until March

If you buy an FS5 or FS7 between 1st December 2017 and 31st March 2018, Sony will give you up to £400 cashback against a huge range of their accessories. This effectively means you get up to £400 worth of accessories for free, making it the most cost effective way to a) kit out your camera or b) buy everyone you know a memory card for Christmas (full disclosure: we tried this last year, responses were… not excellent). 

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What do I have to do?

All you have to is purchase an eligible camera and accessories at the same time, at some point before 31st March (the camera and accessories need to be on the same invoice). As a Sony authorised dealer, we keep a range of the eligible models in stock and ready to deliver, so you could be enjoying your new camera and accessories in days.

You’ll then need to send Sony a scan of your invoice and pictures of the serial numbers of the products you’ve bought, which you can do by filling out the participation form here. You’ll need to have submitted this by 30th April 2018 to claim your cash.

Which models are eligible?

More specifically, anyone buying the FS5 or FS5K can claim £220 cashback, while anyone buying a Sony FS7, FS7 Mk II, or FS7K Mk II can claim £400. It’s worth bearing in mind that you’re claiming cash back against the value of the accessories, not the camera, so if you buy an FS7 and £200 worth of accessories, you can only claim £200 back.

The full list of eligible accessories is available here, and includes batteries, chargers, lenses, adaptors, mics, media and mounts, so there’s something for everyone.

Any recommendations?

Official word from our Sony product specialist is as follows:

“The list of potential freebie accessories is huge, so there’s plenty to take your pick from, whether you want to treat yourself to an extra lens or cover off some essentials like spare batteries.

“If you’re going down the FS7 route, it might be useful to get a bit of money off the XDCA-FS7 extension unit, to allow a RAW data output to record 12-bit RAW footage to an external recorder.

“We’re also big fans of using the lenses Sony have collaborated with Zeiss on, so you could pair a ZEISS Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA wide angle Prime lens with the FS5. If you’re not sure how best to take advantage of this great offer, feel free to drop us a line for some further recommendations.”

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Price drop on the FS7, and free RAW upgrades on other Sony camcorders!

Price drop on the FS7, and free RAW upgrades on other Sony camcorders!

Sony have recently announced price drops and free RAW upgrades on some of our favourite camcorders, and we’ve rounded up everything you need to know to get the best deal!

FS7 models

The Sony PXW-FS7 4K 35mm camcorder is now priced at £6799 (£8158.80 inc VAT), with an additional £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until the 30th September.

Since its release, the FS7 has been a firm favourite with Jigsaw24 and a must-have run and gun camera. The PXW-FS7 is equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS image sensor with approximately 11.6 million total pixels (4352×2662) and 8.9 million effective pixels. The high image readout speed of the image sensor allows the FS7 to support 4K motion-picture shooting and Super Slow Motion, and realises a high sensitivity of ISO2000 and a wide dynamic range of 14 stops. Its ergonomic design includes a grip designed for easy handling and operability, an angled grip that can be easily adjusted with the press of a button, and a shape that supports long periods of use and flexibly accommodates differences among users’ physique and shooting position.

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If you’re looking for an upgrade, we’ve also got the Sony PXW-FS7 Mark II now down to £8350 (£10,020 inc VAT) and comes with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

If you have a little extra to spend, we’d recommend going for the newest version, the FS7 Mk II. It builds on the great reputation of the original FS7, and includes new features such as an all-new lever lock design on the E mount, meaning you can use bulkier lenses with added stability. Another new addition is the electronic variable ND filter (the same one as seen on the FS5). Finally, the FS7 Mk II can record in BT2020 colour space, making it ideal for future-proofing your purchase.

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We’ve also got the kit version of the Sony PXW-FS7K Mark II, including the Sony SELP18110G 18-110MM servo zoom  lens, at £10,239 (£12,286.80 inc VAT). This also comes with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

The SELP18110G 18-110MM included is a powered zoom lens that delivers optimum performance in Super 35/APS-C moviemaking applications, starting at 18 mm wide-angle and extending through an impressive 6.1x zoom range with a constant F4 maximum aperture.

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FS5 models

Until the 30th September, you can get the RAW upgrade free of charge when you purchase an FS5 or FS5K with a lens

The Sony PXW-FS5 is currently at £4875 (£5850 inc VAT), with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

With the FS5, Sony have produced an amazing small form factor, large sensor 4K camera. It’s designed to be modular, so you strip it down to just a functioning body (weighing just 830g!) and a lens. Similar to the FS7, the handgrip can rotate 180 degrees and lock into nine specific places within that arc, so it’s so good in terms of weight, balance and ergonomics. The ND filter is digitally controlled, anywhere from 1/4 ND through to 1/28. The FS5 can shoot up to 240fps at full HD – but only in eight second bursts (like the FS7000), on a reliable 100MBp/s

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We’ve also got the Sony PXW-FS5K at £5399 (£6478 inc VAT) with £300 cashback when purchased with a lens adaptor until 30th September.

The E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens included in this bundle delivers stunning still or movie imagery with the flexibility of 6x power zoom. Maximum aperture is a constant F4 from 18mm wide angle to 105mm medium telephoto, with excellent resolution and contrast throughout. A lever and ring on the lens barrel allow zoom speed to be freely adjusted as required while maintaining a sure, stable grip.

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X70

With the Sony PXW-X70, users will get the CBKZ-X70FX upgrade licence free of charge – an offer that’s running indefinitely! (The licence is not pre-installed, but it’s very easy to install yourself). This camcorder is priced at £1999 (£2398.80 inc VAT) with £130 cashback when you buy.

The super compact X70 features a 1.0 type ExmorT R CMOS Sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The sensor, which is even larger than the Super 16mm film frame, delivers high resolution and fantastic low light performance, as well as offering more depth of field control as demanded by today’s diverse shooting requirements. The camcorder has the ability to record High Definition in XAVC Long GOP, enabling 422 10-bit sampling at 50 Mbit/s. This in turn supports a broadcast-quality workflow, and is used increasingly by professionals across the industry.

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MCX-500 and 2x PXW-Z150 – new live production bundle option!

Instead of the NX5, you can now get two PXW-Z150s with the MCX-500 mixer and RM-30BP remote controller at the special bundle price of £7499 (£8998.80 inc VAT).

Sony’s MCX-500 is a uniquely user-friendly and flexible production switcher makes it simple for a single operator or small team to produce a broadcast quality live event. Multiple video inputs include professional 3G-SDI, HDMI, Composite Video plus dedicated DSK mean you can mix and match kit as needed for each production. To minimise your workload, the MCX-500 offers hassle-free integration with camcorders such as the PXW-Z150. The lightweight RM-30BP remote controller allows you to control all the key features of suitable camcorders while sitting at your control desk. It also allows tally signals to be sent to connected camcorders, so a camera operator knows when each camcorder is on air, allowing you to work faster and more efficiently with MCX-500’s advanced workflow.

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Get a Sony FS5 or X70 camera with upgrade and save up to £100!

Get a Sony FS5 or X70 camera with upgrade and save up to £100!

Among Sony’s many exciting announcements at NAB 2016, their 4K RAW upgrade for the PXW-FS5 and MPEG HD upgrade on the PXW-X70 (two of our favourite cameras) were probably pick of the bunch. So now we’re bundling the upgrades together with the cameras, meaning you can get up to £100 off when you buy the FS5 or X70 along with the upgrade. Aren’t we good…?

What are these upgrades?

The RAW upgrade on the PXW-FS5 offers 4K RAW up to 60p and a 240fps slow motion in 1080p, allowing greater flexibility in post-production, and making the FS5 ready for just about any production, be that corporate, events, fashion, music videos, drone, rigs, online, you and your dog’s talent show submission tape, or whatever. And the MPEG HD upgrade on the PXW-X70 is perfect for anyone who wants to maintain a consistent workflow with existing broadcast, MPEG HD infrastructure.

Why are they so great?

4K RAW output. RAW is lightly compressed (3:1), 12-bit 444 signal. The firmware also enables true DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) RAW over the standard UHD, at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50 and 59.94p. This means infinite creative possibilities for grading or correcting in post. It’s based on a well-known RAW system (the same as for NEX-FS700 (SDI & HXR-IFR5)), and internal HD recording is possible during 4K RAW output.

4K and 2K super slowmo. Over-crank and shoot genuine slow motion in RAW – the upgrade gives you infinite creative possibilities in post, in super-slick slow-mo! Shoot 2K (continuously) up to 240fps at 100, 120, 200, 240 fps, and DCI 4K RAW (4096 x 2160) up to 120fps (in a 4 second cache).

MPEG-2 4:2:2 50mbps recording. With this upgraded codec, the X70 becomes a unique palm-sized broadcast camcorder, integrating into the professional broadcast and documentary environment. It optimises your existing workflow for Full HD takes without having to shell out for new editing systems or updates.

Easy to upgrade. There’s no need for a hardware upgrade – you just buy the camera/upgrade bundle from us, and perform a simple firmware update.

It’s just important to remember that, while the firmware enables the RAW output, you do need something to capture that output, and because it’s such a large amount of data, only a few solutions are qualified. Great options include the Atomos Shogun Inferno or Shogun Flame – both are High Dynamic Range (HDR) monitor/recorders, enabling accurate on-set monitoring when shooting in RAW.

Sounds good. Where do I get them?

You can get both the special camera and upgrade bundle deals from Jigsaw24 for a limited time by clicking on the links below (or giving the friendly sales team a tinkle, of course)…

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– Purchase the FS5 with the RAW upgrade at the same time and save £100!

Sony X70 on Jigsaw24

– Purchase the X70 with the MPEG HD upgrade and save £50!

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Sony PXW-FS5 gets v1.1 firmware update

Sony PXW-FS5 gets v1.1 firmware update

The Sony PXW-FS5 has only been around for a couple of months (check out our first-look review here), and has already received its first firmware update, v1.1. This new release adds both 4K QHD output to the HDMI port, and face detection too.

The first of these updates is big news to those shooting 4K on the Sony PXW-FS5. On arrival, the FS5 was unable to record 4K internally at the same time as outputting an image externally via the HDMI port (so you couldn’t record internally and use an external monitor or recorder at the same time).

Responding to popular demand, Sony have now made HDMI output with QFHD resolution available at the same time as the camcorder is recording QFHD XAVC-L internally. This means the FS5 can record internally in QFHD resolution while being either monitored or recorded externally in QFHD resolution. Great for anyone using an Atomos Shogun, Ninja Assassin or the like.

This is at the expense of losing the video image on the FS5’s built-in display though – LCD and VF signals are lost, and only parameters are screened, but with no live signal.

The second feature in the new v1.1 update is face detection. This will help users easily focus on a selected face, and even follow that person while moving. On the LCD, each face is framed, and the camera operator can select which one is the ‘priority’ face, that can be followed automatically by focus (if the lens allows it).

– You can download the new Sony PXW-FS5 v1.1 firmware update here.

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Sony FS5: Smart, cunning and divisive over media…

Sony FS5: Smart, cunning and divisive over media…

I recently got a sneak preview of Sony’s new PXW-FS5. The IBC noise sounded a bit like this was an FS100 replacement (it isn’t). It’s actually much closer to the FS7.

It doesn’t quite have the same 4K clout as the FS7, but it’s got a couple of really smart, discreet upgrades in tech and design, all in a much smaller form factor, allowing shooting from any angle. Sony have produced an amazing small form factor, large sensor 4K camera. Now you’re going to want one of each.

So the sexy specs – 14 stops, QFHD 4K, over-cranking, WiFi/near field communication, choice of two codecs (including XAVC).

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The body

As you can see from the pics, the FS7 closely resembles the FS7. From the tech specs, you can see this thing is half the size. Also, it’s designed to be modular, so you strip it down to just a functioning body (weighing just 830g!) and a lens. What Sony have done with the XLRs on the FS5 is my first favourite ‘smartness’ – they’ve put them in completely different places. One is in the handle where you’d always expect it, the other is in the body. This enables recording XLR audio without anything else attached.

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The LCD will rotate into any position on its axis, then there are loads of mounting screws, so it can be mounted in almost any position.

Another smartness – the handgrip. I love the physics-defying design of the rotating arm on the FS7. On the 5, it looks like they’ve taken the handgrip from the 7 and attached it direct – it will rotate 180 degrees and also lock into nine specific places within that arc It’s so good in terms of weight, balance and ergonomics.

The battery

The FS5 ships with a BPU-30 battery, but the camera has a really deep battery-bay –its designed so a BPU-60 will fit flush with the body and a BPU-90 will extrude just a bit. Incidentally a BPU-60 will run it for approx. 4.5 hours, so a great choice on the FS5.

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The best bit

Time for another smartness – and my favourite bit – the ND filter. I kid you not. Firstly, as you can see from my pics, the silver ND dial looks the same, and is in the same position as on the FS7. But it’s brand new technology. It’s not mechanical (or not entirely); it’s digitally controlled. So as you switch the ND filter on, a clear piece of glass is mechanically dropped over the sensor (see pic), but the amount that the glass is tinted (ND-ed) is done digitally. Anywhere from 1/4 ND through to 1/28. To make it simple, that silver dial (which is normally three positions of ND) is still that, but what you want each position to be is set in the Menus – so the silver dial is like three ‘assignable’ buttons for ND.

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The controversial bit

The next bit you’re either going to love or hate.

For choice of media, Sony have gone for good ol’ non-proprietary SDXC cards. Awesome – you’ll save a fortune on media. And I’m still impressed at the engineering that makes 4K acquisition onto an SDXC card possible. However, there’s a trade-off – bottom line is you can only get 100MB/s as a consistent write speed from most fast SDXC cards, so the FS5 can only shoot UHD 4K up to 100MB/s.

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The footage I saw looked stunning (funny, demo reels always do…), but the trade-off is it can only shoot 4K to SDXC as a Long GOP profile – no Intraframe, which is reserved for the FS7 with its fancy, faster (and much more expensive) XQD cards. If you’re a shooter who moans about the cost of the newer, faster media (whether XQD, C-Fast, AJA PAK…), be careful what you wish for.

Over-cranking

Which brings me onto over-cranking. Yep, the FS5 can shoot up to 240fps at full HD. I know, I know, you’re doing the maths and shouting ‘but that’s impossible if the capture media can only do a reliable 100MB/s!’ Yep. Which is why it can only do it in eight second bursts (like the FS700).

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The FS5 captures it to an internal buffer first, then adds it to media. Another trade-off for cheaper media. Furthermore, there’s no over-cranking at QFHD 4K (unhappy face). However, drop it to 120 fps at 1080, and this buffer becomes a sixteen second burst. And if you’re a real slo-mo freak, it will continue to shoot lower, for every drop in resolution you’re prepared to go –as far as up to 960fps at 260p (260 lines, or ¼ vertical HD resolution), or so I believe.

The boring bit

Resolution – the FS5 will shoot full HD at 4:2:2, 10-bit, at 50p at 50Mb/s or 10-bit 4:2:2 at 25p at 35Mb/s. And if you really want, you can even shoot AVCHD at 24Mb/s and lower. It will even shoot DCI 2K at this 10-bit 4:2:2 profile. Sony’s final trade-off with the SDXC choice – the FS5 will only shoot UHD 4K internally at 8-bit 4:2:0. It will do it in S-Log 2 and 3, but take into account the fact that it’s only 8-bit.

The verdict

A good time to take a good look at yourself and ask – do you prefer affordable media with limitations on shooting, or insanely expensive media (XQD, C-FAST, AJA-PAKs etc) that allows you to do everything? Luckily for Sony, they now have two answers to cover themselves: FS5 or FS7.

Another cunning trick, this surprise announcement really lays down the gauntlet on the (announced a while back) eagerly awaited URSA Mini. Now, wouldn’t it be really cunning if they released a firmware update for RAW…

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