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Welcome to Sony’s online resource for technical information, industry-related news, and updates on the latest products and technology. The Sony Tech Guy and other leading authorities will keep you informed with topicalarticles to help improve your workflow, day-to-day video production, and expand your video and audio knowledge. You’ll also be the first to learn about new product version upgrades and downloads.

As a lifelong skateboarder, the Sony brand has always been rooted in our community.  Skateboard kids were brought up shooting videos on Sony gear, especially the VX1000, which was the iconic skateboarding camera of a generation.  Many...

Sony cameras help create the supernatural look in “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”

PMW-200, NEX-FS700, plus the α7S used to achieve a first-person “home movie” perspective
Written by  |  October 23, 2015
The action on-screen in Paramount Pictures’ new “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” may be scary, but the production behind the scenes was anything but horrific.  For this sixth installment in the...

Capturing the aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake

We were documenting the impacts of a devastating natural disaster and once you got out of Kathmandu, you realized the severity of the destruction
Written by  |  October 6, 2015
I got my start at Al Jazeera English/America. I remember my first digital photo camera – it was a Sony Alpha. Though I started my career as a photojournalist, I soon realized I wanted to move into video, so I taught myself to shoot on a DSLR. 
Sony is expanding its line of large sensor 4K technologies with the PXW-FS5 compact Super 35mm camcorder. The new model rounds out Sony’s line of 4K professional cameras, filling an important niche between cameras like Sony’s PXW-FS7 and the NEX-FS700, or complementing Sony’s new consumer α7R II and α7S II models.

Redefining “entry level”

Going professional with Sony’s new HXR-NX100
Written by  |  September 3, 2015

Tons of products are geared for the "entry level" professional, but what does that really mean? Who are the entry-level users and what kind of equipment best serves their needs? These are the questions Sony's engineers asked and answered in the process of developing the new HXR-NX100 handheld camcorder, a product that redefines the entry level for today's imaging professionals.


Onward and upgrades

New firmware continues to improve Sony’s handheld cameras
Written by  |  August 14, 2015

The age of fixed feature lists in professional cameras has yielded to the era of free firmware upgrade paths. And owners of Sony® cameras are reaping the benefits. First Sony delivered on a comprehensive roadmap of upgrades for our CineAlta® cameras. Now we’re expanding the capabilities of the handheld PXW-FS7, PXW-X200, PXW-X180 and PXW-X70. In addition, we’re releasing the promised 4K upgrade license for the ultra-compact PXW-X70 – complete with a special customer loyalty incentive for early adopters.


The Pittsburgh Pirates are discovering an added home field advantage this season, through an A/V system installed by Sony Electronics. Sony’s Solutions Development and Integration group served as the prime contractor, working with system integrator Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group to design and install a new video control room using Sony HD broadcast technology that provides the Pirates with additional enhancements to the game presentation.


Shooting a Documentary at a Nunnery in Myanmar with the Sony FS7

My Experience with the Sony PXW-FS7K Made Me a Convert
Written by  |  June 9, 2015
The story of how I became a cinematographer surprises even me. Although I've always loved watching films, I had no idea one could make a career out of being a cameraperson and I never imagined that cameras would create such extraordinary ways to interact...

Sony Delivers New Entry-level Professional Camcorder with 1.0” Type Sensor

HXR-NX100 Combines High Sensitivity, Enhanced Resolution and Accurate Color Reproduction; Ideal for Web Content Creation, Student Filmmaking, Documentary and Event Video Production
Written by  |  June 2, 2015
Sony’s new HXR-NX100 expands its line of professional compact camcorders that deliver the benefits of a 1.0” type sensor.  The new model delivers high resolution, superb low-light performance, and accurate color reproduction, and...
A 19-day shoot covering more than 35,000 miles requires a very special type of camera. For me that was the FS7 and its servo zoom E-Mount lens (FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS – SELP28135G), which I put through their paces in some very challenging conditions.
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