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Sony FX6 Full-Frame Cinema Camera (Body Only)

Sony FX6 Full-Frame Cinema Camera (Body Only)
Key Features
  • 4K Full-Frame 10.2MP CMOS Exmor R Sensor
  • DCI 4K60p | UHD 4K120 | 1080p240
  • 15+ Stops of Dynamic Range in S-Log 3 EI
  • Compact Form Weighs Just <2 lb
The FX6 Full-Frame Camera from Sony was developed to offer versatile, cine-style imaging in a truly compact form. With the ability to capture up to 15+ stops of dynamic range, Sony's S-Cinetone gamma for filmlike skin tones, and up to 10-bit, 4:2:2 XAVC-I recording, the FX6 is poised to both supplement your FX9 or VENICE capture and to nimbly take on documentary, gimbal, and drone shoots on its own. The FX6 camera combines a 4K full-frame Exmor R sensor with a BIONX XR engine for extremely sensitive capture in a range of settings using a base ISO of 800 as well as an ISO 12800 high-sensitivity mode for nuanced low-light scenes.
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Sony FX6 E-Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Versatile Addition to Sony Cinema Line
  • 34K Full-Frame CMOS Exmor R Sensor
  • 415+ Stops of Dynamic Range
  • 5Wide ISO Range
  • 6Electronically Variable ND Filters
  • 7Advanced XAVC Codec Options
  • 8High Frame Rate Selections
  • 9Expressive Cinematic Look
  • 10Fast Hybrid/Phase Detection Autofocus
  • 11Image Stabilization and More with Catalyst and Metadata
  • 12Touchscreen 3.5" LCD Control
  • 13Reliable Design and Construction
  • 144-Channel Audio Recording
  • 15Professional Input/Output Interface
  • 16CFexpress Media Slots and Multiple Recording Modes
  • 17Modular, Grab-and-Go Design
  • 18Content Browser Mobile Compatibility
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The FX6 Full-Frame Camera from Sony was developed to offer versatile, cine-style imaging in a truly compact form. With the ability to capture up to 15+ stops of dynamic range, Sony's S-Cinetone gamma for filmlike skin tones, and up to 10-bit, 4:2:2 XAVC-I recording, the FX6 is poised to both supplement your FX9 or VENICE capture and to nimbly take on documentary, gimbal, and drone shoots on its own. The FX6 camera combines a 4K full-frame Exmor R sensor with a BIONX XR engine for extremely sensitive capture in a range of settings using a base ISO of 800 as well as an ISO 12800 high-sensitivity mode for nuanced low-light scenes.

Weighing just under 2 lb, the FX6 body is a full 2 lb lighter than the FX9 and measuring 6 x 4.6", it packs a full-frame sensor into a body comparable to the S35-sensor Sony FS5. While the FX6 fits seamlessly into a pro-cine on-set workflow, it also offers several features that are a boon for a single-operator user. These include fast and accurate phase-detection autofocus with both Face Detection and real-time Eye autofocus, both auto and manual ND filter settings for quick exposure compensation, and a 3.5" LCD monitor that boasts timesaving touchscreen access to key menu settings and versatile positioning for comfortable operating. In addition to improving the camera's overall stability, firmware update v1.10 adds 100p and 120p options to the Slow and Quick Motion frame rate menu when the codec is set to RAW or RAW and XAVC-I.

Versatile Addition to Sony Cinema Line
As part of Sony's Cinema Line, the FX6 shares key imaging features with established cameras like the VENICE and FX9. Common core attributes include a full-frame sensor, filmlike color science, a compact, lightweight form, professional connector interfaces, and advanced autofocus choices.

Compared to the FX9, the FX6 differs in several specs; but many FX6 specs tick the same boxes and several improve upon the FX9:

  • It matches the FX9's video capture up to DCI 4K60
  • Has the same S-Cinetone, S-Log3, and HLG gamma choices 
  • Outputs 16-bit raw like the FX9
  • Sony E lens mount
  • Offers the same 1/4 to 1/128 ND options
  • Also provides 2-channel XLR audio inputs

FX6 differences from the FX9:

  • 4K capture vs 6K
  • Has a single 12G/6G/3G-SDI BNC port, trimming the FX9's additional 3G-SDI port
  • Incorporates a timecode port but lacks the FX9's genlock connector

Improved FX6 specs include:

  • An ISO range of 320 to 409,600 vs the FX9's 320 to 102,400 range 
  • Top frame rates of 120p in 4K and up to 240p in HD vs the FX9's top 1080p in HD  
  • Dual card slots compatible with both durable, highly efficient CFexpress Type A or widely available SDXC cards, compared to the FX9's reliance on proprietary XQD cards and a single SD card option
Firmware Update v1.10
  • Adds 100p and 120p options to the Slow and Quick Motion frame rate menu when the codec is set to RAW or RAW and XAVC-I
  • Improves the overall stability of the FX6 camera
4K Full-Frame CMOS Exmor R Sensor
The FX6's 10.2 MP image sensor features back-side illumination for excellent low-light performance, 627 focal plane points for speedy phase-detection autofocus, and full-frame lens compatibility that produces a rich, immersive look. The sensor's fast scan speed minimizes rolling shutter artifacts and supports high frame rates and quick autofocus responses.
15+ Stops of Dynamic Range
The Exmor R sensor also enables the FX6 to capture a whopping 15+ stops of dynamic range in Cine EI mode with S-Log3, creating nuanced, high-resolution images.
Wide ISO Range
Choose from a base ISO of 800, a high-sensitivity 12,800 ISO for lower-light capture, and a 409,600 maximum ISO for true low-light settings.
Electronically Variable ND Filters
Set the FX6's integrated neutral density (ND) filter system to auto for correctly exposed shots even in changing light conditions, or smoothly adjust the ND filter density manually in increments from 1/4 to 1/128 as you shoot; both options will produce properly exposed images without affecting your chosen depth of field.
Advanced XAVC Codec Options
The FX6 is the first compact, full-frame camera to offer UHD 4K 4:2:2 capture in the high-quality yet efficient XAVC-I codec. It also enables you to choose from a range of professional XAVC Intra and XAVC Long codecs at bit rates ranging from 35 to 600 Mb/s.
High Frame Rate Selections
For slow-motion and fast action looks, choose from full-frame rates ranging from:

  • 1-60 fps in HD to DCI 4K resolutions
  • 100 or 120 fps in HD through UHD 4K 
  • 150, 180, 200, or 240 fps in Full HD 

Super35 choices include:

  • 1-60, 100, and 120 fps in Full HD
Expressive Cinematic Look
Sony's S-Cinetone gamma curve offers a cinematic look with filmlike color, softer tones, and pleasing skin tone reproduction. Not only is this cinematic look available for in-camera viewing, but it can also be captured and output with minimal or no grading at all for a time-saving post process. The S-Cinetone, S-Log3, S-Gamut3, and S-Gamut3.Cine choices also streamline the process of matching FX6 footage with your VENICE or FX9 video and offer broad color-grading options.
Fast Hybrid/Phase Detection Autofocus
Compatible with 50+ native Sony E-mount lenses, the FX6's improved autofocus choices include Face Detection and Eye Autofocus modes for rapid focusing with extremely sharp accuracy, even in lower-light settings. The phase detection autofocus accomplishes this accuracy using seven transition-speed steps and five subject-sensitivity.
Image Stabilization and More with Catalyst and Metadata
Pair the FX6 with Sony's Catalyst Prepare/Browse software to use metadata to stabilize your image, automatically rotate gimbal footage, and add flags for easier clip filtering in post-production.
Touchscreen 3.5" LCD Control
The FX6's 3.5" LCD monitor offers both high-resolution viewing and the ease of touchscreen camera control. The LCD quick menu controls include key settings like Codec, Imager Scan Mode, Picture Size and Frequency, Base ISO/Sensitivity, Shooting Mode, and Audio Levels.
Reliable Design and Construction
Constructed with a lightweight yet durable magnesium alloy chassis, the FX6 body offers maximum reliability and efficiently disperses heat to enable extended recording times. Exterior seams, buttons, and interfaces have been treated with updated sealing that improves the camera's dust and moisture resistance as well.
4-Channel Audio Recording
The FX6 offers up to 4-channel audio recording by combining sources from the dual XLR inputs, the 2-channel multi-interface shoe input, and the stereo mic built into the camera's top handle. This enables the simultaneous use of an external microphone for recording your main audio source and the built-in microphone for ambient sound and/or voice memos by the operator.
Professional Input/Output Interface
FX6 input and output ports include a selectable 12G/6G/3G-SDI output for flexible monitoring, 12-bit raw output via SDI, and an HDMI output. It also has timecode input and output for syncing multiple cameras and a built-in Wi-Fi module.
CFexpress Media Slots and Multiple Recording Modes
The FX6's dual media slots accept both rugged, high-performance, high-capacity CFexpress Type A cards and widely available UHS-II/UHS-1 SDXC cards. Note that the CFexpress Type A cards are required for 100/120 fps UHD 4K capture and 150/180/200/240 fps HD high-speed capture.
Modular, Grab-and-Go Design
The modular design of the FX6 enables you to pare down to its compact body for gimbal or drone use, or it can be used with separately available accessories such as a smart grip and smart handle for fingertip control when shooting handheld. A 3.5" LCD screen can be quickly positioned on the camera at multiple locations to provide comfortable, ergonomic viewing.
Content Browser Mobile Compatibility
When used with the separately available Content Browser Mobile app and a compatible smartphone or remote control, the FX6's Wi-Fi function enables remote monitoring and focus/iris/zoom control.
UPC: 027242921252

Sony FX6 E-Mount Specs

Lens MountSony E
Lens CommunicationYes, with Autofocus Support
Sensor ResolutionActual: 12.9 Megapixel
Effective: 10.2 Megapixel
Sensor TypeFull-Frame CMOS
Image StabilizationSupplies Stabilization Metadata
Built-In ND Filter2 to 7 Stop Electronic ND Filter
Internal Filter HolderNo
Capture TypeVideo Only
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 1 Second
ISO Sensitivity800 to 12,800 (Extended: 409,600)
Gain-3 to 30 dB (Native)
Shutter Angle5.6 to 360°
Advertised Dynamic Range15 Stops
White Balance2000 to 15,000K
Presets: ATW, Set A, Set B
Video Capture
Internal Recording ModesXAVC-I
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) from 1 to 59.94 fps [240 to 600 Mb/s VBR]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) from 1 to 59.94/100/119.88 fps [240 to 600 Mb/s VBR]
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 59.94/100/119.88/150/179.82/200/239.76 fps [89 to 223 Mb/s VBR]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) from 1 to 59.94/100/119.88 fps [100 to 150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 59.94/100/119.88/150/179.82/200/239.76 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
External Recording ModesRaw 16-Bit via SDI/BNC
4096 x 2160 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
Raw 16-Bit via HDMI
4264 x 2408 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
4240 x 2385 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
Fast-/Slow-Motion SupportYes
Gamma CurveHDR-HLG, Rec709, S Cinetone, Sony S-Log 3, Standard
Built-In Microphone TypeMono
Audio Recording4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
IP StreamingYes
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: CFexpress Type A / SD
Video I/O1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI 1.0 Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input on Included Handle
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Output
Power I/O1 x Barrel (19.5 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1)
1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Data
1 x BNC (Timecode)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Control
1 x Proprietary
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), NFC
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Resolution1280 x 720 (2,760,000 Dot)
Display TypeIncluded External Touchscreen LCD
TypeOptional, Not Included
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 627
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 Consumption18 W
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female
1 x 3/8"-16 Female
Accessory Mount10 x 1/4"-20 Female on Camera Body
7 x 1/4"-20 Female on Included Handle
1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe
Netflix ApprovedYes
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)6.02 x 4.57 x 4.49" / 15.29 x 11.61 x 11.4 cm (Without Protrusions)
Weight2.0 lb / 890 g (Body Only)
5.71 lb / 2.59 kg (With Battery, Grip, Handle, Viewfinder)
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.99 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.4 x 11.6 x 10.2"

Sony FX6 E-Mount Reviews

Side Handle Wiggles

By Benjamin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-30

The camera is fantastic minus one thing that drives me nuts, the side grip wiggles ever so slightly when any amount of force (anytime you pick it up). I contacted Sony and sent them a video and they said that amount of wiggle was normal and there is some play in the grip. The camera itself is amazing but I expected more quality in a $6k camera. My fear is that with the current amount of play it will only get worse in the field.


By Lake View Visua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-17

I am thrilled to finally get my hands on this camera after waiting for so long. The one negative is I had get the one that includes the kit lens. Sony must have made way too much 24-105 glass because including a non servo lens with this camera is a head scratcher. Beyond that the FX6 is a BEAST! The image quality buries the FS5 that it's replacing. I'm really excited to stop lugging around my external recorder. The dual sensitivities and the variable ND are really all you need to know about the FX6- so good.

I don't regret it

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-08

This Camera was pushing my budget by a couple Gs. I don't regret it one bit. I have worked with Cinema/Documentary cameras before and have longed for the day when I could own my own. I never though I could get something with so much capability as this. I have not even tried out the Raw recording, external recording, and workflow capabilities yet. The colors I have seen coming out of this in s.Gamut.slog3 look great though. Even in the slightly more compressed file format. I haven't tested the Dynamic range to much, but I have not had any reason to complain yet with 15+ stops. I only get to shoot with this a couple times a month right now but want to use it more consistently moving forward. Will need to use it with stabilization of some kind as there is no IBS. (It is very easy to hold still though). All around great camera. Would recommend for any application.

Best in Class

By Devon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-01

This is easily the best camera in its class, and probably the most versatile workhorse camera on the market for its form factor and usability.

Lives up to the Hype

By Shiseido
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-30

Let me just say we own several camera packages and it is just an amazing camera overall. We were back ordered since October and received in June: So far it has been on two shoots already and has worked flawlessly. The menu takes a minute to get a familiar aside from that no complaints so far. Variable ND is clutch and in auto it is WOW. Superlight even with the tilta cage, still trying to find the perfect balance of lens with Ronin R2 so once we have that squared we might edit the post after. The camera already came with the new firmware installed so the new touch autofocus feature and cache was great to start right out of the box.

A camera you'll have probably for the rest of your life

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-06

This is a long term review. I got my Sony FX6 June 2021, so I have had this camera for almost a year. My previous camera before this was the Sony A7III, so on price and specs alone, this was a massive jump. Most of my income is based around video but I still think it is good to have a photography camera just in case, as this cannot take photos. I'm sure grabbing 4K stills could work but any photo camera is usually a better option. I believe if you are getting this camera, it's either because, like me, you do video for a living or you just have some serious cash to drop. This camera is an expensive investment. Not just because the body only is six grand but because you need to invest in pro audio to take advantage of the XLR ports. You need to invest in the expensive batteries, which are great btw. You need to invest in CF express cards especially if you want 4K 120fps. They are pricey but the price is worth it. You need to invest in so much gear to really take advantage of this camera. I have not even mentioned lenses haha I have probably invested $10,000 - $20,000 just for this camera alone. Not many people can do that, but if you can, this camera will literally last you the rest of your life. Having the ability to capture the gyro data on all frame rates except 4K 120fps, is GAME CHANGING. It literally looks like it was on a gimbal, even if you run. I usually shoot ultra wide if I run without a gimbal. I have the Sony 14mm GM. This is NOT the same as warp stabilizer in Premiere Pro. Catalyst browse will CHANGE THE WAY YOU FILM EVERYTHING. It's literally magic. Not sure if it does work in 1080p 240fps, as I have not tried it yet. This is another thing I wanted to mention. There are features of this camera I have not even used yet and it has been over a year. The longevity of this camera is insane. A firmware update came out recently which added some Sony A7 IV features like focus breathing on Sony lenses and touch to focus on the touch screen. All welcomed benefits. If anyone is wondering, can this be mounted on a gimbal, the answer is yes. I have it balanced very well on the DJI RS2. Highly recommend, but you need to just have the camera body with lens mounted. I take the LCD that comes with it and mount it on a gimbal handle or the best use IMO. The gyro data is great as I previously mentioned but there is just something special about a gimbal, plus you can use it for smooth 4K 120fps. A big reason to get this camera is the variable ND filters and yes, they are incredible. Going from a dark environment to light environment, the camera exposes in mere seconds and you don't notice a single change, even while recording. It is such an amazing feature. S-Cinetone is amazing. It is always my go to and is very useable in post. The lowlight of this camera is unmatched, but that's Sony for you. Overall, this camera is amazing. It would have been nice to have XLR on the body or the ability to shoot photos, but those are small inconveniences as everything else is out of this world. If you can afford this camera and the various accessory investments to use this properly, you will not regret it. This camera is even Netflix approved. I know Sony will continue to support it for years to come, so I am looking forward to what new firmware updates they bring.

Game Changer!

By Ross
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-22

I've shot professionally for over 35 years with cameras made by Sony, Panasonic, Ikegami and Arri. The Sony XDCAM line of HD camcorders had been fantastic in my opinion. The field durability and image quality have never let me down. With the introduction of the FX6 I was really curious about the build quality and overall image quality. The chassis is both light and easy to work with and the menu system offers everything I need for optimum quickness, ergonomics and image adjustments. Now let's speak about the game changer aspect to this camera and that is stepless neutral density system that enables you not to worry about under or over exposure with your chosen aperture whether shooting inside or out in various lighting environments. I can shoot at f2.8 continually with a really soft boheh and not worry about having to adjust it iris as the ND system does it in complete auto. The buttons are all logically placed and have a great feel about them and the 3rd party accessories make this a wonderful cam to custom build to offer the client a superior product. I bought two because one was not enough for me!

Great FS700 Replacement

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-22

PROS: -Great replacement / upgrade from older Sony cameras, such as FS700 & FS7, etc. -Variable ND is awesome & seamless -Form factor & accessories are ergonomic & plentiful -New menu layout is a vast improvement over older Sony camera menus CONS: -10 Months wait time in my case to receive it after ordering -10% crop in some modes & frame rates -Typical Sony color-space issues revolving around green -Expensive SONY cards to unlock heaviest file types in high speed recording Overall, it is better to use than I had anticipated but all cons were considered before purchasing.

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Is it known if this camera features the Sony QoS ...

Is it known if this camera features the Sony QoS and MPEG-TS live streaming options?
Asked by: Paul
Live streaming options are not explicitly defined on this camera's specs. The FX6's Wi-Fi function enables remote monitoring and focus/iris/zoom control.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-11-18

Is there an adapter that enlarges e mount lenses ...

Is there an adapter that enlarges e mount lenses to cover the full frame sensor?
Asked by: Anonymous
You can mount E lenses that are inherently full frame and get the full 4K performance or if using S35 coverage, you will be limited to HD format only.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2021-09-20

Will the shoe on the handle work with the ...

Will the shoe on the handle work with the SMAD-P3D so I can use my URX-P03D dual channel receiver?
Asked by: frederick
No the SMAD-P3D will not work with the FX6. When you slide the Multi-Interface Shoe adapter in the shoe mount on the handle, there will be a box that will pop up on the screen that says unsupported device detected.
Answered by: gracem
Date published: 2022-01-09

Can the LCD Monitor be adjusted to a different ...

Can the LCD Monitor be adjusted to a different location on the camcorder?
Asked by: Derek
Yes, according to Sony&acirc;€™s product page at, which says, &acirc;€œThe 3.5-inch LCD screen allows precise manual focusing in challenging shooting conditions. Flexible positioning of both mounting locations and angles allows comfortable shooting to suit varied preferences and rigging.&acirc;€ One of the product images accessible from the &acirc;€œView Product&acirc;€ link at the top of that page also shows the LCD mounted to an alternate location near the rear of the camera body, without the top handle attached.
Answered by: Tim
Date published: 2020-12-19

Any idea if there&rsquo;s a way to record the same ...

Any idea if there&rsquo;s a way to record the same microphone on two different channels? Like having a &lsquo;high&rsquo; and a &lsquo;low&rsquo; in case there are unexpected peaks?
Asked by: Gab
The recently-released manual states that each channel can be set to record either INPUT 1, INPUT 2 or INTERNAL MIC
Answered by: Gab
Date published: 2020-11-27

Is REC trigger possible through TC in/out port? ...

Is REC trigger possible through TC in/out port? Do I have to jam sync timecode everytime I power the camera? I am looking to use this with Mixpre ii audio recorder.
Asked by: Dongjoo
The MixPre II gets triggered through it's HDMI input and the FX6 can be set up to send a record trigger from it's SDI and HDMI outputs (page 106 of the FX6 user manual), so yes it is possible, just not through the timecode BNC connector. The camera retains timecode when off and I even removed the battery for 12 hours and it didn't lose much (haven't done a proper test yet, so can't say how many frames). Be careful if you use S&amp;Q because that will mess up your sync and you'll need to rejam when you go back into your base frequency. I also tried with a Tentacle connected and the FX6 rejammed itself to the Tentacle when I came out of S&amp;Q, so keeping your MixPre connected should keep them in sync, but do test it to see how it behaves with your specific kit.
Answered by: Philip
Date published: 2021-02-03

Can I use the batteries I have from fs5?

Can I use the batteries I have from fs5?
Asked by: dina
Yes, the Sony FS5 uses Sony BP-U type batteries as well.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2022-02-23

Can it record proxy files to a slower SD card ...

Can it record proxy files to a slower SD card while silmutaneously recording to a CFexpress type-A card in a different slot? I don&rsquo;t want to purchase another CFexpress since they are pretty pricey
Asked by: Anatoly
Proxy files can be written in 8-bit 4:2:0 XAVC-L 1080p at 8Mbps with either UHS-II or UHS-I SDXC cards.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2020-12-07
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