Sony Announces FX3 Full-Frame Cinema Camera, with YouTube Review from B&H

Sony Announces FX3 Full-Frame Cinema Camera, with YouTube Review from B&H

B&H is excited to announce the Sony FX3 Cinema Camera; an especially compact full-frame camera that mixes Cinema Line capabilities with the portability and versatility of an Alpha camera. Straddling these two lines from Sony, the FX3 features a familiar set of recording capabilities but sports an all-new body design that emphasizes solo, handheld shooting in a minimalist manner.

Key Features

10.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Exmor R Sensor
UHD 4K up to 120 | 1080p up to 240
Compact Form for Cage-Free Operation
10-Bit 4:2:2 XAVC S-I,16-Bit Raw Output
S-Cinetone/S-Log3/HLG, 15+ Stops DR
Detachable 2 x XLR/TRS Adapter Handle
Phase Detection AF/Face Tracking/Eye AF
80 to 409,600 Expanded ISO Range
Dual CFexpress Type A/SDXC Card Slots

Revolving around a full-frame 12.1MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor, the FX3 supports UHD 4K recording up to 120p and Full HD up to 240p, with internal recording possible at 10-bit 4:2:2 sampling. The sensor and processor afford an impressive 15+ stop dynamic range, wide ISO 80-409600 sensitivity range, and feature quick write speeds to help greatly reduce rolling shutter. Recording externally, 16-bit raw output is possible, too, via the full-size HDMI port.

Complementing the recording assets, the FX3 includes an S-Cinetone profile for smooth and distinct color handling that matches other cameras from the Cinema Line, including the VENICE, FX9, and FX6. S-Log3/2 gammas are supported, too, along with 10-bit HLG for direct HDR productions. The sensor's design also features an advanced Fast Hybrid AF system, which benefits run-and-gun filmmakers with intelligent and quick focusing performance and advanced detection and tracking capabilities.

What makes the Sony FX3 so unique within the Cinema Line is its especially compact profile, which measures approximately 5 x 3 x 3", making it similarly sized to a7-series mirrorless camera bodies. The sleek profile still manages to contain an internal fan to promote longer, uninterrupted recording times and it also sports a large right-hand grip for handheld use and a flip-out 3.0" touchscreen LCD for onboard monitoring. The rectangular body design is also positioned as being "cage-free," meaning it includes five ¼"-20 threaded mounts around the body to facilitate direct accessory attachment. A removable top handle is included, as well, which helps with low-angle shooting and features dual XLR ports for improved audio recording. Further contributing to handheld shooting, too, the FX3 has 5-axis mechanical image stabilization and a unique Active mode that's perfect for steadying shots made while walking.

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