I was lucky enough to get my hands on a production model (one with a real serial number, not a pre-production sample) of the new Sony PXW-FS7 last week.
One of the things that a lot of people that have played with the pre-production models noticed was that the hand grip was somewhat loose and flexible. Even when “locked” in position the hand grip could be moved from side to side or twisted slightly. This excess play was not apparent on the production camera giving the unit a much more solid feel.
The viewfinder bracket design does not appear to have changed from the pre-production cameras. I had expected there to be a ridge in the bracket on the camera to prevent the viewfinder arm (which has a detent groove in it) from twisting and thus the viewfinder sagging. There didn’t appear to be any mechanism in the production camera to stop viewfinder sag other than simply tightening the locking screw very tight. I think this will be a small area of annoyance with the camera. Having said that the design makes it very easy for 3rd parties to produce alternate mounting arms and brackets for the camera. One area that is greatly improved over the pre-production cameras is the arm that the microphone bracket and viewfinder bracket attach too is now solidly mounted so this will not rotate.
An often asked question is does the FS7 have cache record, well the good news is yes, it does have cache record. It also has simultaneous record where the same footage is recorded on both cards at the same time.
When you buy the camera in the box you will get the hand-grip, a single BP-U30 battery, a BC-U1 charger, MPA-AC1 mains power supply, a small wifi dongle and a wireless remote control. So not a bad package all in all.