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Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera

Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera
Key Features
  • 26.1MP APS-C BSI CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K up to 120p
  • Compact Form Designed for Cage-Free Use
  • 10-Bit 4:2:2 XAVC S-I,16-Bit Raw Output
Leveraging the power of a newly-developed APS-C sensor, the Sony FX30 provides everyday content creators and aspiring filmmakers with a powerful, yet accessible cinema camera with which to push their cinematic journey to new heights. It blends an imaging pipeline designed for cinematic capture with a comprehensive feature set and intuitive operation to create a complete system for all levels of filmmaking.
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Sony FX30 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Your Ticket to Cinema Mastery
  • 3Cinematic Expression
  • 4Intuitive Operation and Controls
  • 5Ergonomic Form for Solo Operation
Your Ticket to Cinema Mastery
Leveraging the power of a newly-developed APS-C sensor, the Sony FX30 provides everyday content creators and aspiring filmmakers with a powerful, yet accessible cinema camera with which to push their cinematic journey to new heights. It blends an imaging pipeline designed for cinematic capture with a comprehensive feature set and intuitive operation to create a complete system for all levels of filmmaking.
Cinematic Expression
26MP APS-C/Super35 Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
The FX30's advanced imaging system is on par with other options in Sony's Cinema Line—capturing detailed 10-bit UHD 4K imagery at up to 120 fps—giving it specs fitting a true cinema camera. The newly-developed 26MP APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor are able to create high-quality 4K images with the Super35 (16:9) area. This system is capable of capturing 14+ stops of dynamic range and benefits from Dual Base ISO architecture to improve low-light performance.
  • High-sensitivity recording up to ISO 32000 and Dual Base ISO (800/2500).
  • When using S-Log3, the FX30 can capture 14+ stops of dynamic range.
  • Record in 10-bit 4:2:2 using advanced XAVC HS and XAVC S-I formats.
  • Full pixel readout from the 6K sensor creates high-quality UHD 4K video at up to 60 fps.
  • High-speed shooting is possible in 4K at up to 120 fps with a 1.6x crop and in Full HD at up to 240 fps.
  • The HDMI output supports 16-bit raw video to select, separately available recorders.
Professional Picture Control
Filmmakers will be able to capture images that are immediately ready to publish for projects with fast turnarounds or opt for maximum quality and flexibility in post thanks to a wide array of picture control options:
  • S-Cinetone uses the same color science as Sony's advanced cinema cameras, including the VENICE line, with natural mid-tones, soft colors, and smooth highlight roll-off.
  • Picture Profiles, such as S-Log3 and HLG, will capture images with expanded dynamic range and flexibility for editors.
  • Creative Looks can be baked into the recorded footage to create a specific mood during recording and minimize the need for editing.
  • Up to 16 user-created LUTs and three presets can be set for accurately monitoring footage or previewing a specific look during shooting. These can be applied to the camera's monitor or EVF as well as the HDMI output.


Operation for All Levels
Professional features will help ensure beginners to professionals can make the most of the FX30. This includes three log shooting modes:
  • Flexible ISO uses standard ISO settings for simple operation and the greatest flexibility.
  • Cine EI ensures maximum dynamic range capture by recording at a manually selected base ISO setting and applying adjustments to metadata for monitoring and post-production.
  • Cine EI quick will automatically switch between the two base ISO settings for easier operation and great quality.
  • Intuitive Operation and Controls
    Fast Hybrid AF
    Enjoy high-speed and highly accurate autofocus performance in every mode, including 4K up to 120 fps, using an advanced Fast Hybrid AF system that uses 495 points spread across 90% of the image sensor.
    • Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking will track the eyes of humans and animals.
    • AF Assist function will automatically switch to manual focus with a turn of the lens' focus ring.
    • Focus Map makes it easier to visualize the region of focus in your scene
    5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization
    Sony has equipped the FX30 with a 5-axis in-body image stabilization system that will help create smooth imagery even when working handheld. An Active Mode is available that blends optical systems with digital optimizations to capture ultra-smooth footage. The FX30 can also record gyro movement when the optical stabilizers are turned off, which can be used in post to create a stable shot.
    Comprehensive Feature Set
    Plenty of Sony's cinema features have found their way into the FX30:
    • Breathing compensation works with select lenses in 4K up to 60p in camera or up to 120p using Catalyst software after recording.
    • Timecode sync input with optional VMC-BNCM1 Timecode Adapter Cable
    • Tally lights for an easy indication that the camera is recording.
    Catalyst Browse and Prepare Integration
    The FX30 records a comprehensive array of metadata that can be read and used for advanced post-production work using Sony's Catalyst Browse and Prepare software.

    Metadata recorded includes:
    • Embedded LUT and Exposure Index (EI) data.
    • Gyro and lens stabilization metadata to further reduce camera shake.
    • Breathing compensation can be manually controlled and adjusted.
    • Camera rotation metadata will ensure the footage is displayed as intended.
    • Shot marks can be added to clips during or after recording for reference
    Ergonomic Form for Solo Operation
    Lightweight and compact, the FX30 (in a design that matches the FX3) offers users the ability to shoot without needing a cage. Users can also enjoy smooth handheld footage thanks to a 5-axis in-body image stabilization system.

    The body features multiple threaded mounting points that are ideal for accessories and a Multi Interface Shoe that supports advanced accessories. Additionally, an integrated fan ensures reliable performance during extended takes.
    • Lightweight body weighs just 1.2 lb.
    • Dedicated zoom rocker.
    • Fully customizable button layout.
    • Five 1/4"-20 threaded mounting points for accessories.
    • Multi Interface Shoe supports advanced accessories.
    • Active cooling fan permits uninterrupted shooting during extended takes.
    • Sporting a matching design to the FX3, the FX30 can use many of the same accessories, such as cages, without any modifications required.
    A Plethora of Connectivity Options
    The FX30 is equipped with a wide array of connections to ensure maximum customization and flexibility on set:
    • Full-size HDMI output features clean output up to 4K 60p as well as 16-bit raw video.
    • Audio is supported on the body with a 3.5mm headphone output and a 3.5mm microphone input.
    • USB-C connection can be used for high-speed data transfer or for powering the camera.
    • Multi-Terminal (Micro-USB) supports various accessories, such as remotes, for expanded functionality.
    • Timecode sync is available through the use of the separately available VMC-BNCM1 Timecode Adapter Cable.
    • Multi Interface Shoe supports advanced accessories, including the optional XLR Handle Unit.
    Media Options
    For recording high-bitrate footage at high frame rates the FX30 uses an advanced, versatile set of media slots. The camera features dual CFexpress Type A/SD card slots, allowing users to select between different media types for different situations. CFexpress Type A has ultra-fast speeds that can be used for the FX30's most advanced recording functions while SD cards are often more common and still have great speed and high capacities.
    Updated Menu System
    The FX30 benefits from a tweaked control menu that makes it more intuitive to operate:
    • The main menu provides a quick view of all your most important video settings, including Picture Profile, recording format, white balance, aperture, ISO, and more.
    • The shooting screen relocates the information on settings and status icons to the edges of the screen so that the image remains clear.

    Sony FX30 Specs

    Lens MountSony E
    Lens CommunicationYes, with Autofocus Support
    Sensor ResolutionActual: 27 Megapixel
    Effective: 26 Megapixel (6192 x 4128)
    Image Sensor23.3 x 15.5 mm (APS-C) CMOS
    Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Built-In ND FilterNone
    Internal Filter HolderNo
    Capture TypeStills & Video
    Exposure Control
    Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
    Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 Seconds in Photo Mode
    1/8000 to 1/4 Second in Video Mode
    ISO Sensitivity100 to 32,000 (Extended: 50 to 102,400)
    Advertised Dynamic Range14 Stops
    White Balance2500 to 9900K
    Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
    Video Capture
    Internal Recording ModesXAVC 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
    XAVC S-I 4:2:2 10-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 1/2/4/8/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps
    1920 x 1080p from 1 to 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120/200/240 fps
    XAVC S
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps
    1920 x 1080p up to 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120/200/240 fps
    XAVC Proxy
    1920 x 1080
    1280 x 720
    External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    ProResRAW 16-Bit via HDMI
    4672 x 2628 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    Fast-/Slow-Motion SupportYes
    Gamma CurveHDR-HLG, S Cinetone, Sony S-Log 3
    Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
    Audio Recording2-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio
    4-Channel 24-Bit LPCM Audio
    IP StreamingNone
    Still Image Capture
    Image Sizes3:2
    26 MP (6192 x 4128)
    Aspect Ratio3:2, 16:9
    Image File FormatHEIF, JPEG, Raw
    Bit Depth14-Bit
    Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: CFexpress Type A / SD
    Video I/O1 x HDMI 2.0 Output
    Audio I/O1 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 Sony Multi/Micro-USB (Timecode)
    1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 2)
    Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Control
    Mobile App CompatibleYes: Android & iOS
    App Name: Imaging Edge Mobile
    Functionality: Adjust Settings, Remote Control
    *As of January, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
    Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
    Resolution2,360,000 Dot
    Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
    Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
    Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF, Touch AF & Shutter
    Autofocus PointsVideo
    Phase Detection: 495
    Autofocus Sensitivity-3 to +20 EV
    Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Battery TypeSony Z-Series
    Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
    Accessory Mount1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe on Camera Body
    5 x 1/4"-20 Female on Camera Body
    Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
    Dimensions (W x H x D)5.1 x 3.1 x 3.3" / 129.7 x 77.8 x 84.5 mm
    Weight1.2 lb / 562 g (Body Only)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.6 x 6.1 x 5.3"

    Sony FX30 Reviews

    Amazing Cinema Camera!!

    By Jorge
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-28

    I was using the Sony NX 80, for a couple of years and loved it. I do video and photography for Weddings and Quinceaeras. After seen and reading lots of reviews, I decided to purchase this amazing Sony FX30 Cinema Camera!! The cinema quality is outstanding!! This is the quality I was looking for. I extremely recommend this camera. You'll fall in love with it. This is my second purchase in a month and I'm super happy with it.

    Great Tool for Beginners

    By Erik
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-03

    The Sony FX30 is an excellent tool for beginners who are looking to shoot cinema movies or vlogs. Here are some of the reasons why: Image Quality: The Sony FX30 is equipped with a 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which delivers high-quality images with excellent dynamic range, low noise, and sharp detail. This means that you can capture stunning footage even in low light conditions. 4K Recording: The camera records in 4K resolution, which provides four times the resolution of Full HD. This ensures that your footage looks sharp and detailed, even when viewed on a large screen. Built-in Stabilization: The FX30 comes with built-in stabilization that helps to reduce camera shake and ensure that your footage is smooth and steady. This is especially useful when shooting handheld or moving shots. Versatility: The camera is highly versatile and can be used for a range of applications, including cinema movies, vlogging, and documentary-style filming. It comes with a range of shooting modes and features that make it easy for beginners to get started. User-Friendly: The FX30 is designed to be user-friendly and intuitive, with easy-to-use controls and menus. This means that beginners can quickly learn how to operate the camera and start shooting great footage. Compact and Lightweight: The camera is compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry around and use on the go. This makes it an ideal tool for vlogging or filming in tight spaces. Connectivity: The FX30 comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, which makes it easy to share your footage and control the camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. Overall, the Sony FX30 is an excellent choice for beginners who are looking for a versatile and user-friendly camera that can deliver high-quality footage in a range of shooting situations. Whether you're shooting cinema movies or vlogs, the FX30 has the features and capabilities you need to capture stunning footage that will impress your audience.

    Amazing Color and Features

    By Christopher
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-04-17

    It's an Amazing Camera. Entry Level Quality at an Affordable Price of only $1800 Just half the Price of it's Brother the FX3. Now it is a Complex Camera for those whom are coming from something like the a6400 or other A class Camera but give it a month and you shouldn't have a problem using it. I got mine on the 3rd of April and Still learning about it.

    Be Crateful when you update firmware

    By Harold
    Rated 2 out of 5
    Date: 2023-04-12

    Be Crateful when you update firmware. Camera was blank. I have to send the camera back to sony.

    Awesome Purchase

    By Mohamed
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-04-04

    This was easiest and the best purchase of a camera i have done. The shipping preparation and delivery was extremely fast. The camera arrived in superb condition. As for the camera, Sony FX30 is a great camera from their cinema Line and i am very happy that i bought it from B&H

    Too notch value

    By Cesaron
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-03-24

    This is an incredible piece of equipment. I bought it as a companion to my FX3 but had this been released first I absolutely would have bought it. I have been filming with this regularly and honestly use this more often unless I need extra low light sensitivity or extreme shallow depth of field. Honestly the DOF had been great and I didn't realize how little I actually want/need that full frame DOF look. The FX3 and the FX30 work fantastically in unison. Since I have the original handle, I decided to invest in a NATO rail nato handle for 1/3 of the price. I have no regrets whatsoever because the handle is SO useful but I don't need two of them. Grateful for the body-only option. I MAY get another FX30. There are no downsides, it's absolutely superior in this price point and honestly punches above its weight class.

    Solid Cinema Camera

    By Christopher
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-21

    My First High End Camera that does EVERYTHING I need. It's an AMAZING Cinema Camera that is APS-C. I am able to use my existing Lens and with it's Solid Build and Menu Functions this camera has SOO many Customizable Buttons it's TRULY an Amazing Camera.

    Perfect budget cinema camera.

    By William
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-08

    I am extremely satisfied with this camera. The image quality is outstanding. The APSC lenses are affordable. There are a number of great little features that make a big difference such as the red lights when you are recording, the rotating touch screen, the focusing tools, and mounts all around the camera. I would highly recommend this camera to people who are experienced, but still just getting into filmmaking. It can help you produce some high quality stuff for a reasonable price.

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    Would you need a special converter to use hdmi ...

    Would you need a special converter to use hdmi for live streaming?
    Asked by: Dan
    The Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera (B&H# SOFX30) will output video for livestreaming through its HDMI port, and yes, that would require an HDMI capture device. However, if you will accept a lower resolution option, it can also be used for livestreaming through the USB C port to a computer.
    Answered by: Yoni
    Date published: 2022-10-03

    does Panasonic micro four lenses works with this ...

    does Panasonic micro four lenses works with this camera?
    Asked by: Ennio
    Yes, please review the FotodioX Lens Mount Adapter for Micro Four Third Lens to Sony E-Mount camera FotodioX Lens Mount Adapter BH #FOMFTNEX • MFR #MFT-SNYE
    Answered by: hectorm
    Date published: 2022-12-08

    Can the FX30 do Exposure bracketing with photos?

    Can the FX30 do Exposure bracketing with photos?
    Asked by: William
    Yes, there are exposure bracketing features for photos, in the Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera. Please see p. 222 of the manual for more details:
    Answered by: ericsc
    Date published: 2023-04-03

    Will it shoot 1080i?

    Will it shoot 1080i?
    Asked by: Alan
    The Sony FX30 will only support Progressive recording formats. However, You can set the HDMI output of the camera to 1080i. More info -
    Answered by: Chris H
    Date published: 2022-10-20

    Does 4K recording use the full width of the ...

    Does 4K recording use the full width of the sensor and then downscale it similar to my Sony X700?
    Asked by: Bill
    Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera downscales the video from 6.2k to 4k so it is very sharp, but there is a slight crop of 1.04x
    Answered by: Daniel
    Date published: 2023-03-10

    Does it come with a power supply?

    Does it come with a power supply?
    Asked by: Dan
    The Sony FX30 comes with a Battery and Battery charger. It does not include wall power. We recommend using a coupler like the following for continuous power. ikan Stratus AC Power Supply with Sony FZ100-Type Dummy Battery Cable BH #IKSTRPWRCFZC
    Answered by: Chris H
    Date published: 2022-10-03

    Can you add a remote control for pan bar?

    Can you add a remote control for pan bar?
    Asked by: Dan
    Yes, one can control the Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera from a tripod pan bar using the Sony RM-VPR1 Remote Commander with Multi-Terminal Cable. See the link below:
    Answered by: Richard
    Date published: 2022-10-20

    difference between this and the fx3?

    difference between this and the fx3?
    Asked by: Samuel
    The main difference with the between the Sony FX30 and the Sony Sony FX3 is sensor size. The Sony FX30 is a smaller camera with an APS-C sized sensor. The Sony FX3 has a full frame sensor.
    Answered by: Chris H
    Date published: 2023-03-09
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