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Sony FX3, the new camera with 4K cinema quality

Sony FX3 technical characteristics

Characteristics Sony FX3
Sensor 35mm Full Frame Exmor R with 10.2 MP resolution for video and 12.9 MP for photography
Stabilization 5-axis stabilization system in the body plus support for Catalyst
Frame type E-Mount
Video 4K at 120 fps and support for HDR image capture (up to 15 stops)
Video codecs XAVC HS, XAVC S and XAVC SI
Audio Audio recording up to 4 channels MPEG-4 AAC-LC or 2 channels LPCM
RAW output RAW output via HDMI at 4264×2408 pixels at 16 bits up to 60p
Additional features Accessory for professional audio recording with XLR connections and greater control, customizable buttons on the body and holes for attaching accessories
Screen Articulated and folding to facilitate self-recording
Connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC

You can check the rest of the technical details on the official Sony website.

Sony FX3, a very compact film camera

The Sony Cinema Line range It is made up of a family of cameras designed for the professional user who is dedicated to the world of video. But not like, for example, the spectacular Sony a7S III but as cameras more focused on cinema, at the cinematic quality offered by models super known by all these professionals such as the Sony VENICE. With the latter it shares such striking characteristics as the S-Cinetone look. But let’s go in parts.

The first that Striking this Sony FX3 is its compact size. The body is very reminiscent of the recent Sony a6600 or Sony a7C, although it is a bit larger. But not much, just enough to add some key elements in a proposal like this and still be very easy to operate and even use in complex situations where there is not much space to put other film cameras.

What’s more, this is a camera that is also clearly intended for that new drone business that Sony has gotten into. So you would not have to resort to third-party solutions and your users would have a set of tools capable of offering them everything they need.

Next with the design, the body shows different programmable buttons to which to assign the function that most interests you. So the camera adapts to you and not the other way around. And then there are other striking elements such as the holes that surround the entire body and that allow you to attach accessories without using the typical cage that adds more volume and weight. Although it is also true that many use them for the extra security against bumps and falls.

For the rest, physically in the video that you can see below, it is already shown very well what the camera is like, its size and how the set looks when using the new accessory for connecting XLR microphones and even a battery and monitor. Because as we have said, this camera is designed to facilitate its use without having to resort to a gimbal, although it could since its weight allows the use of more compact models.

Cinema quality

If the design is attractive, the real potential is in its video recording capabilities. For starters, the full-frame type sensor offers an effective resolution of 12.1 MP when it comes to taking pictures and 10.2 MP for video themes.

This allows achieving a 4K resolution at a maximum speed of 120 fps. This equates the recent Sony a7S III, a superb camera for video subjects that we have already tested here. But not everything is resolution, there are aspects such as color science that are very important when we talk about cinema-quality video issues.

Here the FX3 shares the color science of the Cinema Line range and incorporates the S-Cinetone profile seen in the Sony Venice, a camera of reference within the world of cinema. It offers natural midtones with softer colors and more intense highlights. In this way, that cinematic look is achieved with little effort.

To all this must be added the good low-light performance that Sony has been perfecting generation after generation. Thus, the ISO sensitivity range goes from 80 to 102,400, expandable to 409,600.

Logically, being a camera with a cinematographic orientation, the connections are also something important. Here we have a full HDMI output, which is always more robust than the mini or micro HDMI. Also 3.5mm microphone input and headphone output to monitor the capture. Although if we talk about capturing audio with higher quality, it is better to use the adapter that it also offers and is similar to that seen in Panasonic cameras.

An ideal camera for dynamic recordings

Without a doubt, seeing all the features of this sony FX3 it is evident that Sony has created a perfect camera to use freehand and taking advantage of all those technical advantages such as the super precise and proactive eye tracking autofocus system, or the image stabilization system integrated into the body.

This last section of image stabilization is reinforced with the Catalyst system, which in post-production improves even more the smoothness of the captured images. There are many features of this camera that make it one of the ideal options for many content creators with a high level of demand.

As much as its price, because logically this new camera does not have a low price to say, but it is justified. 4,700 euros is what the body costs, to which you will have to add lenses and other accessories. But with the current catalog of E-mount lenses it’s not a big deal. Although the ideal is to use it with quality crystals such as Sony’s G Master series.

In short, Sony has created a very capable camera that professionals will appreciate highly.


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