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Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System (Body Only)

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Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System (Body Only)
Key Features
  • 6K Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 15 Stops of Dynamic Range, Dynamic HDR
  • DCI 4K and UHD 4K up to 59.94p
  • HD Recording up to 150/180 fps
Whether you're shooting documentaries, events, reality TV, education, or corporate productions, the PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System from Sony has you covered with its powerful and flexible 4K interchangeable lens camera system. The PXW-FX9 features a full-frame, oversampled 6K Exmor R CMOS sensor that allows you to capture 4K images with cinematic depth of field. The camera's E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses.
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Sony PXW-FX9 E-Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Firmware Version 3.0
  • 36K CMOS Exmor R Sensor
  • 415 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • 5ISO Control
  • 6Electronic ND Filter
  • 7Recording Formats
  • 8Adjustable Frame Rates
  • 9S-Cinetone Look
  • 10Fast Hybrid AF
  • 11Advanced Image Stabilization
  • 124-Channel Audio Recording
  • 13Inputs and Outputs
  • 14Recording Modes
  • 15Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe
  • 16XDCAM Air and GPS Support
  • 17Optional Extension Unit
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Whether you're shooting documentaries, events, reality TV, education, or corporate productions, the PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System from Sony has you covered with its powerful and flexible 4K interchangeable lens camera system. The PXW-FX9 features a full-frame, oversampled 6K Exmor R CMOS sensor that allows you to capture 4K images with cinematic depth of field. The camera's E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses.

The PXW-FX9 input and output features include 12G/6G-SDI and HDMI outputs for 4K video, a 3G-SDI output for HD, and genlock and timecode when using a multicamera setup. The Fast Hybrid AF autofocus system allows for accurate focus and even allows facial detection to automatically detect human form with 561 points of detection. Advanced image stabilization is achieved using the PXW-FX9's internal gyroscope for shots so smooth it'll look like you used a gimbal. Its 4-channel audio recording allows you to use external microphones and record ambient sound with the internal mics simultaneously.

The camera features a 15-stop dynamic range, supports dynamic HDR, hybrid log gamma mode (HLG), and records 10-bit 4:2:2 to dual XQD media card slots that support simultaneous and relay recording, as well as multiple backup recording modes that utilize proxy files. The camera can record UHD (3840 x 2160) and HD (1920 x 1080) internally at a selectable frame rate from 1 fps up to 60 fps in XAVC-I, XAVC-Long, and MPEG HD formats. Its 7-stop electronic variable ND filter can perform in auto or manual mode, smoothly adjusting from 1/4 to 1/128 density. The camera's default S-Cinetone color look offers the same soft, vivid tone as with Sony's VENICE camera.

In addition to its wide dynamic range, its enhanced color and light features include a dual base ISO of 800/4000 with a maximum ISO up to 102,400, which is helpful when in low-light situations or using a slower lens. Other improvements with the latest firmware include improved white balancing in sunlight with a more natural look, user-created 3D LUTs, improved AF, audio improvements, USB tethering, T-value metadata, password enhancements, and an S35 2K imager scan mode.

The FX9 includes an integrated Multi-Interface (MI) shoe and comes with a BP-U35 battery, BC-U1A battery charger, AC adapter with two power cords, body cap, viewfinder, eyepiece, remote control, and USB cable. The PXW-FX9 is also compatible with the separately available XDCA-FX9 extension unit, which provides ENG shoulder-style support, networking features, and a slot for an optional wireless audio receiver.

Firmware Version 3.0

The v3.0 firmware update offers:

  • S700 protocol over Ethernet
  • B4 lens support:
    • S16 scanning mode (up to 1080p at rates up to 180 fps)
    • B4 lens control using the LA-EB1 lens mount adapter
    • ALAC (Auto Lens Aberration Correction) function
  • Assignable center scan
  • Anamorphic lens support
  • Clip naming (Cam ID + Reel#)
  • Real-time tracking (touch-tracking autofocus)
  • Additional items can be modified in the status screen
  • SR Live for HDR metadata support
  • Recording proxy clip real-time transfer
  • Camcorder network setup using smartphone app
  • Remote control using smartphone over USB tethering
  • USB tethering activated using iOS 14 iPhone and iPad
Note:
The network features above also support C3 Portal (only available in specific countries).

6K CMOS Exmor R Sensor

The PXW-FX9's oversampled full-frame 6K sensor provides recording in DCI 4K, UHD, and HD resolutions. Powerful image processing with debayering and down-sampling ensures image quality beyond the limits of conventional Super 35mm sensors. The back-illuminated CMOS image sensor also uses Sony's Exmor R technology for improved sensitivity and noise reduction. Compared to a 4K Super 35mm sensor, the FX9's 6K sensor has over twice the surface area while providing a wider angle of view and shallower depth of field.

15 Stops of Dynamic Range

The FX9 offers an exceptional 15+ stops of dynamic range, allowing for creative freedom in color grading and post. Camera operators can concentrate on framing the scene they want while relying upon the FX9 to capture every nuance and detail using 4K 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording.

ISO Control

The FX9 features a base sensitivity of ISO 800, providing the optimal dynamic range for typical documentary applications such as shooting outside or in brightly lit interiors. A secondary high base sensitivity of ISO 4000 excels in low-light conditions such as early morning and evening shoots while maintaining superb image quality and whenever you're using slow lenses. The FX9's extended ISO range is 320 to 102,400.

Electronic ND Filter

Sony's built-in electronic variable neutral density (ND) filter can be set to auto, or adjust filter density manually in smooth increments from 1/4 to 1/128 as you shoot, for perfectly exposed images without affecting depth of field as lighting conditions change. Use higher-density settings with a slower shutter speed for artistic effects.

Recording Formats

Depending on the project, the FX9 has a selection of recording formats. XAVC-I with 422 10-bit quality at a higher 600 Mb/s in 60p. XAVC-Long for longer recording time in smaller file size. The traditional MPEG HD codec is also available. All files will be recorded onto XQD media cards.

Adjustable Frame Rates

Choose your desired frame rate from 1 up to 60 fps for quick- and slow-motion footage. The FX9 creates an immersive image with a wide-angle look and shallower depth of field provided by its full-frame sensor in combination with quick and slow motion. It also offers a quality priority setting that maximizes Full HD slow-motion image quality with advanced oversampling technology.

S-Cinetone Look

S-Cinetone is the default look of FX9 that's tuned to meet the requirements of today's content creators with rich midrange colors, alluring facial tones, and a softer tonal look developed with the same expertise as Sony's world-leading VENICE digital cinematography camera. S-Cinetone means that straight out of the camera your content looks fresh and vivid, with subjects that really stand out while retaining plenty of latitude in post-production, thanks to the high-performance full-frame image sensor.

Fast Hybrid AF

Effortlessly track fast-moving subjects with pin-sharp focus, even when using wide-lens aperture settings to maintain a shallow depth of field with the camera's full-frame sensor. Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF combines phase-detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. In addition, Face Detection intelligently recognizes and locks on to human faces. The dedicated 561-point phase-detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% of the whole image area width and 96% of the height, allowing for consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with fast-moving subjects.

Seven-level AF transition speeds from fast-switching between subjects as quickly as possible to slow, where speed is reduced to fit a more measured shooting style, such as a historical TV drama.

Five-level AF subject shift sensitivity ranges from locked-on, ignoring other moving subjects in the frame, to responsive that switches focus from one subject to another—ideal for snapping between race cars as they speed by.

Advanced Image Stabilization

Advanced image stabilization information means even handheld footage can be transformed with Sony Catalyst Browse/Catalyst Prepare software in post-production to look as smooth as if it were shot with a gimbal. Unlike in-camera or lens stabilization, metadata generated by the FX9's built-in gyro allows you to creatively choose the balance between the level of shake compensation and the resolution of trimmed 4K imagery. This feature is also compatible with any E-mount lens and allows for far faster processing than conventional NLE stabilization workflows.

4-Channel Audio Recording

The FX9 offers audio capabilities with independent control dials for each channel. In applications such as an interview, 4-channel audio recording enables simultaneous use of an external microphone for recording ambient sounds, and the built-in microphone for ambient sound and voice memos by the operator.

Inputs and Outputs

The FX9 is equipped with various outputs including a 12G-SDI and an HDMI for 4K output. Also, it has a 3G-SDI for HD output to expand its monitoring flexibility. For multicamera operation, Genlock and TC In/Out terminals are available.

Recording Modes

The FX9 has a selection of backup recording modes that will help ensure the recording is safe. Simul Rec will enable simultaneous HD recording onto two media cards. The 4K/HD Sub Rec mode will allow 4K recording on one card and MPEG HD recording on another card. XAVC Proxy Rec is also available, offering a 9 Mb/s small size proxy file which will be easily sent via the network. Also, a maximum 28-second Cache Rec is available to prevent missing any shot.

Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe

Sony's flexible Multi-Interface (MI) shoe provides power, signal connections, and coordinated on/off switching with compatible Sony accessories.

XDCAM Air and GPS Support

Use the FX9 with Sony's XDCAM air service for camera control, to stream to the Sony Cloud, and to upload proxy footage from the field, saving valuable post-production time. A GPS function both records location information in video clips and displays it via XDCAM air.

Optional Extension Unit

Further extend the capabilities of the FX9 with the optional XDCA-FX9 extension unit that optimizes camera weight distribution and ergonomics for comfortable shoulder-style shooting—ideal for ENG and documentary applications. The extension unit also adds advanced networking for streaming/file transfers and a slot-in for a wireless audio receiver.
UPC: 027242919365

Sony PXW-FX9 E-Mount Specs

Lens MountSony E
Lens CommunicationYes
Sensor ResolutionActual: 20.5 Megapixel
Effective: 19 Megapixel
Sensor Type35.7 x 18.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Built-In ND Filter4 to 128 Stop Electronic ND Filter
Shutter TypeRolling Shutter
Gain-3 to 18 dB
Shutter Angle6 to 360°
Advertised Dynamic Range15 Stops
Signal-to-Noise Ratio57 dB
Variable Frame RatesDCI 4K: 1 to 60 fps
UHD: 1 to 60 fps
1080p: 1 to 180 fps
1080p (Windowed): 1 to 120 fps
Gamma CurveHDR-HLG, S Cinetone, Sony S-Log 3, Standard
Built-In Microphone TypeMono
Audio RecordingXAVC: 4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
Proxy: 2-Channel AAC Audio
Raw OutputExternal Recorder In Raw Mode:
4096 x 2160 16-Bit at 23.976/24.00/25/29.97 fps 
3840 x 2196 16-Bit 100/119.88 fps 
3840 x 2160 16-Bit 23.976/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps 
2048 x 1080 16-Bit 23.976/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/119.88/150/179.82 fps 
IP StreamingYes
Media/Memory Card SlotSlot 1: XQD
Slot 2: XQD
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid
Video I/O1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output
Audio I/O2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x Barrel (18 to 20.5 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x BNC Genlock Data Input
1 x BNC Timecode Data Input/Output
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini LANC Control
1 x USB Micro-B USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1 Data
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Size3.5"
Resolution2,760,000 Dot
Display TypeIncluded External Touchscreen LCD
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Battery TypeSony BP-U Series
Power Consumption35.2 W
Tripod Mounting Thread3/8"-16 Female (Bottom)
1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe
1 x Cold Shoe Mount
2 x 3/8"-16 Female
6 x 1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.7 x 5.6 x 9" / 146 x 142.5 x 229 mm (Without Protrusions)
Packaging Info
Package Weight18 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)60 x 20 x 13"

Sony PXW-FX9 E-Mount Reviews

Fantastic camera

By lane
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-09

I've had this cam for over a year. It's been basically flawless. The image is fantastic. The handling is really good. The menu could use a complete overhaul - but it's not something that you deal with during a shoot really. It has been reliable. The media is reliable. It's solid in low light. If you want to shoot wide open in the day you'll need to add some extra ND. We've used it for commercials, unscripted TV, corporate videos, brand films etc. and it's been great at all of it. If I could give 4.5 stars I would, simply because they could improve the menu and add some extra internal ND for daytime.

Great overall camera for the $

By Todd
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-21

If you are a beginner or a pro you will definitely appreciate this camera. The ergonomics are great and the picture coming straight out of it are impressive. With some miner tweaks plus the new firmware coming out soon makes this the absolute best run and gun/ solo operator camera I’ve ever worked with.

The Camera We Were Waiting For

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-28

Thought long and hard about spending money on a new camera during this down time. In the end we pulled the trigger and bought the FX-9 and we used it on our first shoot last week. We were using FS7s and I liked them. Mostly. We. did not love them. The FX9 we love. The Cinetone profile is great SOOC. That saved me countless hours in post trying to get color - especially skin tones - at least close to right. The new color science is outstanding. Much more “Canonesque” - even better. Color on the FS7 in post was a nightmare and we wanted to go back to Canon after out last documentary where our colorist was ready to quit. Autofocus is to die for. As is the dual native ISO feature. The new menu controls are a vast improvement. The viewfinder and eyepiece, not so much. I connected my Atomos Ninja V and it worked well. 6K (which as of now is actually 4K oversampling) produces large file sizes. Don’t try to use this camera without at least 240GB XQD cards. Use Sony 512GB XQD Tough Cards if you can afford them. Insanity. A note on size. With the extender, this is really configured as a modified ENG setup. Without the extender and V-Mount batteries, it’s a LOT more manageable. If you have a good set of sticks it’s a lot easier. We use the Sachtler Flowtech FSB 10 fluid head on their Flowtech 100 carbon sticks and it’s outstanding. A few nits. Sony, ditch the micro tiny screws to take the cap off to install the back. Use Allen Key screws that are actually sized for humans to use. Same with other screws on the camera where users need to make adjustments in the field. This should not be like neurosurgery. Get a real base and a real top plate. Shape makes nice things. They also make a shoulder mount that you can actually use and a monitor arm extender. Sound is good and the inputs are easy to adjust. We usually take our audio into a mixer and then into camera. Yamaha XF12XU for interviews. In short, buy this camera and replace your FS7. Now.

Excellent Camera! Some issues

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-16

Given V1.2 firmware is only available at the time of this writing, the camera performs very nicely. It's low light capability is amazing! My only complaint is green/purple fringing around bright objects. And Green fringing with objects over warm or overexposed backgrounds (this is NOT LCA! - Chromatic Aberration). The image shows this artifact in various modes of the camera. This is absolutely an upgrade from the FS7. I use this for HDR production and storm chasing.

Celebrating 1 Year With the FX9

By Rick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-19

I've been married to the FX9 for a year and am still in love! Although I am still friends with my URSA mini and the many DSLRs I still let hang around. But my true love is the FX9.

Great camera

By Alexander
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-24

I just got it, the picture looks awesome, great low light and autofocus!

Pretty awesome; but still needs some firmware changes

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-30

Coming from the FS7, then the FS7mkii; the FX9 is a nice upgrade. Full frame image is beautiful, and even the s709 LUT is a nice addition. Having an additional base ISO of 4000 is wonderful for doc work; as f4 lenses become that much more useable for verite scenes. Having timecode built in saves me from buying the extension back, which is something that just added bulk (although I do like using larger batteries). Excellent AF is also a great addition. The menu system is about the same as the FS7, they've just moved things around to complicate things a little - the customizable user menu is your friend. The quirks so far: Both the multi-function wheel (I use for iris) and the ND wheel cannot be changed to operate in the reverse direction. Want to stop down? Dial the wheel up. What to ND down? Well, dial the wheel up. This is opposite from how I had set my FS7, and I'm really hoping they add the ability to change this. Also, switching into S&Q mode is no longer 1 button touch like it once was. If you're on a higher scan rate, first you've got to drop to 5k crop, or S35. Then you've got to select which S&Q frame rate you'd like... instead of it just remembering you we're shooting 60p last time. Strange. Again, firmware update...? There's also an oddity when using LUTs. If you've got a LUT on the viewfinder, then you're stuck sending that LUT out via SDI1 and SDI2. So, if you turn the LUT off in the viewfinder, you can send a clean signal out (which I prefer, adding a LUT on my OLED external panel). Sony has figured this out and added 'gamma display assist,' a la Sony a7s, but I would prefer to look at an mLUT than 709 when run and gun exposing. The FX6 opens up another whole can of worms. How in the world is it able to do 4k/120, and Raw with no back but the considerably more expensive FX9 can't? I'd happily take a 4k/120 in body of the FX9, even if it was S35 only, or had some other quirk. In order not to cannibalize sales from the FX9, they've made the FX6 only shoot 4k in full frame, not in S35. Something fishy going on here. Anyway, love the camera so far. It's great that I've already got all the media from my past FS7s, and the image is brilliant. I'm looking forward to Sony replacing the F55; as there is a big gap between this camera and the Venice.

Great camera with a couple small issues.

By Brian
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-08

I got the FX9 in May as a major upgrade from the Pocket 4k and A7iii, and I've been loving this camera for both personal and professional work. All the features of this camera are wonderful. The variable ND, the autofocus, and dual native ISO (not to mention 15+ stops of dynamic range) make this camera a joy to use. I'm still tapping into and learning this camera, but I have very little to complain about. If you're a at a level of production where you need a proper video camera body with a beautiful image, this is a great option. There's only a couple reasons I am giving this camera 4, and not 5 stars. The first is that it can be clunky to navigate the menu, and it is quite slow to change your sensor readout size (FF or S35) and frame rate (camera has to restart any time you switch it). The second is that unfortunately on my model, and many other models, the camera really accentuates chromatic aberration into very harsh noticeable lines that are not easy to remove in post. 95% they're not an issue, but occasionally if you have to shoot a backlit subject you could be in a world of hurt. Sony is working on this issue allegedly, and if firmware fixes or makes less painful any of these issues I'll update my review.

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