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Sony FX3 Full-Frame Cinema Camera

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Sony FX3 Full-Frame Cinema Camera
Key Features
  • 12.1MP 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
With a compact design for solo shooters, for travel applications, and to serve as an ideal B cam, the Sony FX3 borrows from both the Cinema Line and Alpha series of cameras to create an optimized portable cinema camera. The FX3 features all the imaging attributes you'd expect from this class but sports a new lightweight, handheld form with a streamlined profile and a "cage-free" design offering the ability to secure various accessories directly to the camera body.
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Sony FX3 E-Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Cinematic Capture in a Compact, Streamlined Form
  • 3Firmware Update v.2.0
  • 4Expressive UHD 4K Video Capture
  • 54K Full-Frame CMOS Exmor R Sensor
  • 6S-Cinetone Color
  • 7Video Recording
  • 8Steady Focus
  • 9Ergonomic Form for Solo Operation
  • 10Easily Viewable Tally Lights
  • 11Quality Audio Options
  • 12Remote Control, Streaming, and Transfers
  • 13Post-Production Stabilization with E-Mount Lenses
  • 14Improved FX3 Features
  • 15Common FX3/FX6/a7S III Features
  • 16Shared FX3/FX6 Attributes
  • 17Shared FX3/a7S III Attributes
  • 18Wireless Connectivity
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Cinematic Capture in a Compact, Streamlined Form
With a compact design for solo shooters, for travel applications, and to serve as an ideal B cam, the Sony FX3 borrows from both the Cinema Line and Alpha series of cameras to create an optimized portable cinema camera. The FX3 features all the imaging attributes you'd expect from this class but sports a new lightweight, handheld form with a streamlined profile and a "cage-free" design offering the ability to secure various accessories directly to the camera body.
Firmware Update v.2.0
With firmware update 2.0, Sony aligns the FX3 more closely with its Cinema Line workflow. Updates include advanced log shooting choices, including Cine EI options, the ability to import user LUTs, timecode syncing via an optional cable, and an easier-to-operate camera interface.

When updating from v.1.01 or earlier:

  • Note your chosen settings before updating since the process will initialize the camera and will be unable to read saved settings from v.1.01
  • S-Log2 will no longer be included; you must use S-Log3
  • Connecting to the Imaging Edge Mobile app has been made easier (see Smartphone Registration in the Help Guide); this requires updating the Mobile app to v. 7.7 or later and registering the camera as new.
  • Note that the NFC one-touch connection function will no longer be available
Expressive UHD 4K Video Capture
The FX3's 12.1MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor (10.2MP effective in video mode) is paired with a BIONZ XR processor to achieve UHD 4K video capture with internal 10-bit 4:2:2 sampling or 16-bit raw output. The sensor's BSI design heightens clarity and sensitivity, with an expandable ISO 80-409,600 range and greater-than 15-stop dynamic range for working in mixed lighting conditions. Benefitting color and tonal control, the S-Cinetone mode can be used for matching to VENICE, FX9, or FX6 sources, and there is also S-Log3/2 gamut support and 10-bit HLG for simple HDR productions. The sensor and processor also work together to greatly reduce rolling shutter, and the sensor's design incorporates a Fast Hybrid AF system for intelligent and quick focusing performance and subject tracking.
4K Full-Frame CMOS Exmor R Sensor
A 12.1MP Exmor R sensor and BIONZ XR processor offer the FX3 true cinematic expression with 10.2MP effective video and 12.1MP stills capture. The full-frame sensor provides shallow depth of field looks, impressive bokeh, and reduced rolling shutter artifacts. A base sensitivity of 80-102,400 expands to a lofty 409,600 for impressive low-light capture, and 15+ stops of dynamic range reproduce the nuances of both spectacular exteriors and carefully lit interior scenes with plenty of allowance for color grading.
S-Cinetone Color
Beautiful skin tone reproduction and a softer-toned look that complements your VENICE, FX9, or FX6 footage are created using the FX3's default S-Cinetone color setting. S-Log-3, S-Gamut3, S-Gamut3.Cine, and 10-bit 4:2:2 support help maintain rich gradation and color matching with the range of Sony Cinema Line cameras, while HLG HDR provides the option of direct HLG playback without the need for grading.
Video Recording
Capture sharp, detailed images at rates up to 4K 120p with up to 5x slow motion at 24p output. Recording options include the ability to output DCI 4K+ in 16-bit raw over HDMI to compatible recorders while simultaneously recording XAVC 4K and proxies in-camera. Internal 4K recording options include 4:2:2 10-bit color with All-Intra and Long GOP codecs.

  • Cooling features like a silent fan and a heatsink dissipate warmth to enable uninterrupted recording up to 4K60
  • Dual SD card slots accept both CFexpress Type A and SDXC cards for easy relay or backup recording
  • Super35 1080p capture at rates up to 240p
Steady Focus
  • Now even solo shooters can keep the action in focus thanks to real-time Tracking and Eye autofocus functions made possible by AI-based algorithms plus a simple touchscreen focus function.
  • Seven choices of AF Transition Speed let you rack focus, and five AF Subject Shift settings enable you to adjust the speed when shifting from a locked-on subject.
  • Fast Hybrid AF uses 627 points to cover approximately 89% of the image frame
Ergonomic Form for Solo Operation
The FX3's cage-free design enables you to mount ¼"-20 compatible accessories directly on the camera or on the detachable handle, saving you the weight and setup/breakdown time of a camera cage. The clustered record button, focus and menu controls, and six assignable buttons all help to enable single-handed control, leaving your left hand free for balancing or controlling your lens.
Easily Viewable Tally Lights
Top, front, and rear tally indicators let the operator, talent, and sound person know precisely when the camera is recording, enabling accurately timed movements and dialogue delivery.
Quality Audio Options
Pro audio recording options include:

  • A detachable XLR adapter handle with two XLR-1/4" TRS combo audio inputs
  • A mic holder and a 3.5mm input for adding a microphone
  • Up to 4-channel, 24-bit audio recording
Remote Control, Streaming, and Transfers
Control your FX3 remotely using the Imaging Edge Mobile or Imaging Edge Desktop apps, and transfer files using Wi-Fi or via a wired USB Type-C connector to let your editor get a jump on post-production. You can also stream your content using your computer and the Imaging Edge Webcam app.
Post-Production Stabilization with E-Mount Lenses
  • Sony's Catalyst Prepare/Browse software uses shake metadata to stabilize your image
  • An adjustable balance between shake compensation and image area trimming lets you fine-tune the image
Improved FX3 Features
The FX3 updates the Cinema Line with improvements like comfortable, cage-free handheld operation, a battery runtime 1.6x longer than that of the a7S II, and a USB-PD power option for extended shooting times.
Common FX3/FX6/a7S III Features
Like the FX6 and the a7S III, the FX3 features:

  • Full-frame, back-illuminated 12.1MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  • High-speed rates of 120p in 4K and 240p in HD
  • A dynamic range of 15+ stops
Shared FX3/FX6 Attributes
Attributes that the FX3 has in common with the larger FX6 camera include:

  • S-Cinetone, S-Log3, HLG, and Rec. 709 gamma options
  • Tally lamps on the front, side, and rear
  • An internal fan to prevent overheating
  • A zoom lever for easy frame adjustments
Shared FX3/a7S III Attributes
Attributes that the FX3 shares with the a7S III include:

  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • 16-bit raw output via HDMI
  • S-Log2 gamma choice
  • 80 to 409,6000 ISO range (expanded)
Wireless Connectivity
  • Dual-band 2.4/5 GHz wireless connectivity
  • Wired LAN link using the USB Type-C port and a separate adapter

Sony FX3 E-Mount Specs

Imaging
Lens MountSony E
Lens CommunicationYes, with Autofocus Support
Sensor ResolutionActual: 12.1 Megapixel
Effective: 10.2 Megapixel
Sensor Type35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Internal Filter HolderNo
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 1/4 Second in Movie Mode
1/8000 to 1/60 Second in Auto Mode
1/8000 to 30 Seconds in Manual Mode
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO SensitivityVideo
80 to 102,400 in Manual Mode (Extended: 80 to 409,600)
Advertised Dynamic Range15 Stops
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Metering Range-3 to 20 EV
White Balance2500 to 9900K
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps
Interval RecordingNo
Video Capture
Internal Recording ModesH.265 Long GOP/XAVC HS 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) from 1 to fps [50 to 280 Mb/s]
H.265 Long GOP/XAVC HS 4:2:0 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 from 1 to fps [30 to 150 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 from 1 to fps [100 to 280 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S 4:2:0 8-Bit
3840 x 2160 from 1 to fps [60 to 200 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 240 fps [16 to 100 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S-I 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) from 1 to fps [240 to 600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 240 fps [89 to 222 Mb/s]
XAVC Proxy
1920 x 1080 [9 to 16 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 [6 Mb/s]
External Recording ModesRaw 16-Bit via HDMI
4264 x 2408 at 23.98/25/50/59.94 fps
3840 x 2160 at 23.98/25/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
Sensor Crop ModesSuper35 / APS-C
Fast-/Slow-Motion SupportYes
Gamma CurveHDR-HLG, S Cinetone, Sony S-Log 2, Sony S-Log 3, Standard
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording4-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio
2-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio
IP StreamingYes
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes16:9 JPEG / Raw
12 MP
5.1 MP
3 MP
1.3 MP
11 MP
4.6 MP
2.7 MP
1.1 MP
10 MP
4.3 MP
2.6 MP
8 MP
3.4 MP
2 MP
0.8 MP
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File FormatHEIF, JPEG, Raw
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: CFexpress Type A
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video I/O1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR / 1/4" TRS Combo Mic/Line Input on Included Handle
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input on Camera Body
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output on Camera Body
Power I/O1 x USB-C Input
Other I/O1 x USB-C (Ethernet, USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) (Shared with Power Input)
1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth, NFC
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3"
Resolution1,440,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeOptional, Not Included
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 627
Built-In FlashNo
Maximum Sync Speed1/125 Second
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionIntelligent Hot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 72°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
General
Battery TypeSony Z-Series
Power Consumption≤7.3 W
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mount1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe
5 x 1/4"-20 Female on Camera Body
3 x 1/4"-20 Female on Included Handle
Netflix ApprovedYes
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.1 x 3.3 x 3.1" / 129.7 x 84.5 x 77.8 mm
Weight1.4 lb / 640 g (Body Only)
1.6 lb / 715 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.775 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.7 x 9.4 x 5.8"

Sony FX3 E-Mount Reviews

Love this camera

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-16

Every thing!

the Beast

By Aaron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-06

i have two BMPCC6K's and they are now used solely for corporate interviews; but with this baby right here; oh my, i am able to do so much cause the set up is so light using this along with the PZ lens i have the best mobile set up to film networking or corporate events; run and gun documentary; short films; b roll shots and most importantly, sporting events; look, i am not one of those guys to nitpick so you can do that; i will say this, i was a Canon user and after getting this beast, i am never going back; this is pound for pound, the best and it is the creative tool that let's me do anything;

Maximum sync speed

By Meir
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-05

Don't understand something, I try to do some flash photography with my FX3 ( in my opinion is good enough for stills ),and I realize that in 1/250 ,I see those black shutter lines on photos, why ??? It's suppose to be good in 1/250...I put flash on HHS mode , and the trigger as well.and I see that sync speed is 1/200 ,and not 1/250...

FX3

By Jack
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-05

i've been a sony fan for almost a decade and already own the A7 S - II and III as well as the A7R II and III, i'm just now adding the FX3 to my gear list but have rented this camera for a few interview jobs. same as the A7S III which i expected but the camera's design makes it feel a bit different - in a good way. looking forward to using the audio capability.

The color of this camera is unbelievable

By Dimitrios
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-07

Of course it's expensive, but really the image you get out of this camera is outstanding. It's very bright. The performance in shadows is outstanding. I've to use ND filters often since even the 800 native ISO feels like 2400. All the pro-features you would expect like 16-bit raw HDMI output. If you can appreciate the features, this car is a bargain despite its price.

Fx3 Cinema Quality

By Lyndsey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-28

Upgraded from an A7III and wow! This camera is similar in many ways to my A7III but boasts major improvements. I love that I can record 10-bit now and not have to sacrifice quality. Love that this eliminated some of the extra equipment I was carrying too. Again B&H for the win on in store pick up.

Great Camera

By Yoni
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-08

Me compre la Fx3 y creo que fue la mejor eleccin que he hecho en mi vida

Indispensable imager in our kit

By Jacob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-06

We already have a whole mess of Sony bodies and wanted something capable, and yet small and flexible to simplify b-roll and gimbal work. The FX3 has proved quite invaluable in those applications, but has also provided us with a professional additional body for long form production. The footage is spectacular. I love what we get with the FS7/F5/55, but the FX3 really does blow us away. Dual ISO makes low light shooting a breeze, and I've been shocked at the noise performance in low light low contract situations. You can get away with most recording formats with a V90 card, but you really do need a CFexpress card to take advantage of this camera fully. We haven't had any issues with overheating and in general, the FX3 seems rock solid. Powering it with USB-C PD is totally awesome, and a 98wh V-mount can easily run it for an entire day. Build wise, I think the top hand is the only real shortcoming. It's just okay. The audio interface works great, but is pretty flimsy and I've seen a number of other operators break it clear off the handle. I wish we had two.

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