I think the Sony FR7 is the future of broadcast cameras – and here's why

Sony FR7
(Image credit: Sony)

In my last story on the Sony FR7, I suggested that it was a compact Sony FX6 on a permanent gimbal. That opinion has not changed, but I felt I needed to go into greater detail on why this new cinema camera with PTZ functionality is a complete game changer to the industry. 

We hear that term a lot these days, for even the most basic of upgrades, but what Sony has done with this PTZ cinema camera is a world first; never before has a PTZ camera offered full-frame technology paired with an interchangeable lens system. That is totally mind-blowing. Think about it for a second: how many times have you mounted a lens and thought, "I'd like to shoot this wider," or, "I want to zoom in on the action"? Well, in the world of PTZ you could not do that – or you were limited to a strict zoom range. 

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.