Is it worth buying an external recorder for the FS700?

To find out what kind of difference it would make, I rented one for the weekend and shot some tests. And here's the result.

I did the test blind, just because I think it's way too easy to fool yourself if you know the answers; if you want to skip that and go straight to the conclusion, it starts at 1:55.

You might want to download this to watch on your computer, so you don't get the streaming compression messing it up; the download button is below the video.

All shots were recorded simultaneously on the internal AVCHD codec at 24 Mb/s, and on the PIX-240 using ProRes at 220 Mb/s. All shots used the Zeiss ZF.2 50mm f/1.4.

If you're interested in my tests of Zeiss vs Canon lenses plus the Sony zoom, check out that test here:

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