Ever wondered what the rocker was for on the handle of the Sony NEX-FS700E? Well I can assure you it isn't cosmetic! With a firmware upgrade due at the end of this month you will be able to use Sony's two new powered zooms; the SEL-P18200 18mm-200mm and SEL-P1650 16mm-50mm.

This will open up the camera to a more ENG style of shooting, making it a 'Jack of all trades' tool. Whereas previously the camera was hindered by the ability to only use manual zooms, this will make it easier to use it for live, conference, documentary, sports, etc. Here's some info on the lenses:

 

Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom

Features:

  • The lens that goes where you go - with a slim, compact design that retracts down to 29.9mm, it’s perfect for travel
  • Effortless zooming - the first E-mount lens with an electrically driven zoom, it has a smooth, silent operation – ideal for shooting video
  • Noise-free shots even in low light - with a constant maximum aperture of F4, you can use fast shutter speeds without raising ISO sensitivity unnecessarily
  • Ready when you are - as soon as camera power is turned on, the lens extends and is ready for shooting
  • Flexibility and control - in AF (Auto Focus) mode the dual-function control ring handles zoom; in MF (Manual Focus) mode, the ring offers manual control
  • Big-lens performance - Extra-Low Dispersion glass and four aspherical lens elements deliver accurate, distortion-free images
  • Blur at its best - thanks to the circular aperture you can capture attractive foreground and background blur effects
  • Built-in image stabilisation - Optical SteadyShot not only reduces camera shake during handheld shooting but also improves performance in low-light conditions

 

 

Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Power Zoom

Features:

  • Get slow zoom effects for film shooting - From movies to documentaries, give your creative works a lift with controlled, steady close-ups from a smooth powered zoom
  • Shoot from a distance - Even the smallest details become sharp and clear using an 18-200mm telephoto zoom lens with 11x magnification
  • Two ways to get closer - Zoom directly from the built-in controls on your camera or camcorder, or try using the lever on the lens itself
  • Track quick movement with smooth autofocus - Lock-in your shot with fluid and silent precision for smooth detail in all your scenes
  • No jumps and shakes with Optical SteadyShot - Shooting on the fly becomes a snip, capture smooth Full HD images no matter how bumpy things get
  • Total control to create blur effects - Adjust the circular aperture for softer natural defocusing and make foreground objects stand out against a blurred background
  • Tough and light enough for any shoot - This stylish aluminium lens won’t be affected by knocks and bumps when you’re out and about

Pricing and availabilty coming soon.