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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 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 409,600 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 Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
Sony E
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 12.1 Megapixel
Effective: 10.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor
35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
ISO Sensitivity Range
Video
80 to 102,400 in Manual Mode (Extended: 80 to 409,600)
Internal Recording Modes
H.265 Long GOP/XAVC HS 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [50 to 280 Mb/s]
H.265 Long GOP/XAVC HS 4:2:0 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [30 to 150 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [100 to 280 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120/200/240 fps [50 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S 4:2:0 8-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [60 to 200 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120/200/240 fps [16 to 100 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S-I 4:2:2 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 at 1/2/3/6/12/23.98/24.00/29.97/48.00/59.94 fps
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/59.94/100/120 fps [240 to 600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120/200/240 fps [89 to 222 Mb/s]
XAVC Proxy
1920 x 1080 [9 to 16 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 [6 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes
Raw 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
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: CFexpress Type A / SD
Video I/O
1x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Creators' App
Battery Type
Sony Z-Series
Imaging
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Communication
Yes, with Autofocus Support
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 12.1 Megapixel
Effective: 10.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor
35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Crop Factor
1x
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND Filter
No
Internal Filter Holder
No
Capture Type
Stills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter and Electronic Rolling Shutter 
Shutter Speed
1/8000 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 Mode
Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Range
Video
80 to 102,400 in Manual Mode (Extended: 80 to 409,600)
Advertised Dynamic Range
15 Stops
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Metering Range
-3 to 20 EV
White Balance
2500 to 9900K
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting
Up to 10 fps
Interval Recording
No
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
H.265 Long GOP/XAVC HS 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [50 to 280 Mb/s]
H.265 Long GOP/XAVC HS 4:2:0 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [30 to 150 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S 4:2:2 10-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [100 to 280 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120/200/240 fps [50 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S 4:2:0 8-Bit
3840 x 2160 at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [60 to 200 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120/200/240 fps [16 to 100 Mb/s]
MPEG-4 AVC/XAVC S-I 4:2:2 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 at 1/2/3/6/12/23.98/24.00/29.97/48.00/59.94 fps
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/59.94/100/120 fps [240 to 600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120/200/240 fps [89 to 222 Mb/s]
XAVC Proxy
1920 x 1080 [9 to 16 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 [6 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes
Raw 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
Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
Yes
Gamma Curve
HDR-HLG, S Cinetone, Sony S-Log 2, Sony S-Log 3, Standard
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
Audio Recording
4-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio
2-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio
IP Streaming
Yes
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio
1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File Format
HEIF, JPEG, Raw
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: CFexpress Type A / SD
Video I/O
1x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Audio I/O
2x XLR / 1/4" TRS Combo Mic/Line Input on Included Handle
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input on Camera Body
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output on Camera Body
Power I/O
1x USB-C Input
Other I/O
1x USB-C (Ethernet, USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) (Shared with Power Input)
1x Sony Multi/Micro-USB
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth, NFC
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Creators' App
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
No
Monitor
Display Type
Articulating Touchscreen LCD
Display Size
3"
Resolution
1,440,000 Dot
Viewfinder
Type
Optional, Not Included
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Automatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus
Autofocus Points
Phase Detection: 627
Built-In Flash/Light
No
Maximum Sync Speed
1/125 Second
Dedicated Flash System
TTL
External Flash Connection
Shoe Mount
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 72°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature
-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
General
Battery Type
Sony Z-Series
Power Consumption
≤7.3 W
Shoe Mount
1x Intelligent Hot Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mounting Thread
5x 1/4"-20 on Camera Body
3x 1/4"-20 on Included Handle
Netflix Approved
Yes
Material of Construction
Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.1 x 3.3 x 3.1" / 129.7 x 84.5 x 77.8 mm
Weight
1.4 lb / 640 g (Body Only)
1.6 lb / 715 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.775 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.7 x 9.4 x 5.8"

Sony FX3 Reviews

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Is this camera has a AC connection?

Is this camera has a AC connection?
Asked by: salvador
The Sony FX3 has a Sony Z-Series and USB Type-C power input.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-03-01

The Sony FX3 can take pictures with flash by ...

The Sony FX3 can take pictures with flash by selecting the photo mode? The shoe is compatible with Sony or Godox flashes, idem the Sony A7S3 model?
Asked by: Rodolfo
Flash can be used on the FX3 but keep in mind the camera it is optimized and designed for video.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2021-06-16

Is there any way to get AF Assist to work with ...

Is there any way to get AF Assist to work with third-party lenses? currently this feature only seems to work with native Sony lenses.
Asked by: Simon
Through a conversation with a Tamron Rep I found out that this is something Sony will need to grant permission on before the third party lens makers can implement a software fix.
Answered by: Simon
Date published: 2022-11-04

I have this camera and I'm having issues with the ...

I have this camera and I'm having issues with the audio recording when taking audio from a mixing board (live events) to the XLR handle. The audio does a micro drop/pop/click when the intensity of the sound gets too high. I noticed it happens when there's a lot of low end sound. Has anyone else had this problem?
Asked by: lorenzo
Check the settings that you are using on the Sony FX3 top handle. Make sure that you have the input signal setting on "Line" since you are sending a line level signal from the mixer into the camera. Set the input level switch on "Manual" which will allow you to use the dial to adjust the audio level manually. If it's set on Auto then the camera automatically adjusts the audio level, which might be how it's set now based on your description of the problem. The attenuation switch (ATT) can be used to reduce the input level if the signal is too strong and causing distortion. Start on "0 dB" and if it's too loud, then try "-10 dB" next, and if that's still too loud, go down to "-20 dB". I hope this information is helpful. If you are still experiencing problems with the audio levels, please feel free to contact us by phone or through live chat on the website and we can help you to do additional troubleshooting.
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2022-01-05

Can a PZ lens be controlled by an external zoom ...

Can a PZ lens be controlled by an external zoom controller via the multi port?
Asked by: Bobby
Yes.
Answered by: jabarih
Date published: 2021-05-05

Can I control autofocus selection from an ...

Can I control autofocus selection from an external monitor?
Asked by: Christopher
No, the Sony FX3 does not allow for autofocus to be selected with an external monitor.
Answered by: Jonathan S
Date published: 2024-01-11

some user reviews complain, despite the internal ...

some user reviews complain, despite the internal fan, the fx3 overheats after 45 minutes of recording. would using an external 98wh battery like the core swx neo mini (bh #: CONEO9S2FC ) and a dummy battery, mounted on a cage, make overheating a non issue?
Asked by: Kevin
From our experience in the superstore, the Sony FX3 is not very prone to overheating like many other cinema cameras, and relegating power input to an external battery helps tremendously. That being said, truthfully, it's impossible for us to test every variable and cannot completely rule out overheating even if the Sony FX3 is powered via D-tap.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-06-26

Can you record1080-60 in S&Q mode with an sd card ...

Can you record1080-60 in S&Q mode with an sd card ?
Asked by: harold
Yes, you can record 1080p60 in S&Q mode with an SD card.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-06-08
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