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Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera with XLR Handle Unit

Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera with XLR Handle Unit
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 E-Mount 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/Super 35mm 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 Super 35mm (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 at 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 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 midtones, 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 (759 points in Photo mode) 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 included 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.
    Advanced Audio Recording
    This version comes with a detachable XLR Handle Unit that offers two XLR/TRS combo inputs for using professional audio equipment. The handle features a microphone mount, physical audio controls, and three 1/4"-20 threads for attaching accessories. It also securely mounts to the FX30 via the Multi Interface Shoe and a pair of screws.
    • Ergonomic handheld operation of the camera.
    • Two XLR/TRS combo inputs and one 3.5mm stereo input.
    • Up to four channels of audio can be recorded.
    • Three 1/4"-20 accessory mounting threads.
    • Physical dials and switches for adjusting gain and other audio settings.
    • Clamping microphone mount is ideal for optional camera-mounted shotgun mics.
    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 E-Mount Specs

    Lens MountSony E
    Lens CommunicationYes, with Autofocus Support
    Sensor ResolutionActual: 27 Megapixel
    Effective: 26 Megapixel (6192 x 4128)
    Sensor Type23.3 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) from 1 to 119.88 fps
    XAVC S-I 4:2:2 10-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) from 1 to 119.88 fps
    1920 x 1080p from 1 to 239.76 fps
    XAVC S
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) from 1 to 119.88 fps
    1920 x 1080p from 1 to 239.76 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/O2 x XLR / 1/4" TRS Combo Microphone (+48 V Phantom Power) 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 Sony Multi/Micro-USB (Camera Interface, Timecode)
    1 x USB-C
    Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Control
    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
    3 x 1/4"-20 Female on Included Handle
    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 Weight3.315 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.5 x 8.9 x 5.6"

    Sony FX30 E-Mount Reviews

    Professional Camera

    By francisley
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-21

    This isnt just a camera video, this is a professional Camera and I just have enjoyed work with for just a few Days. Amazing camera.

    Perfect product at it's price

    By Yinshuo
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-14

    The FX30 is the best APSC camera at it's $1800 price. If you are a existing 6000 series users, it is a perfect upgrade choice, with much better UI, performance, auto focus, active cooling fans, etc. Indeed, a 26MP APSC censor can't match FX3, which is a 12MP on a Full Frame censor in terms of high ISO performance, but a 2500 base ISO means that as long as there's a lamp or light, the FX30 is usable in night. Another thing to mention about is that FX30 does not have continuous shooting as for now, so it might be a good choice for some photographers. But overall, I will give it a 5/5 based on its performance and user experience on merely $1800 price level.

    This Super 35 is the right tool for Documentary.

    By Mark
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-10

    Finally! Sony gives us a Super 35 Cinema Line camera. It is a great package for low impact docco cinematography, where Full Frame is a liability, requiring bigger, heavier, slower, and more expensive glass. I intend to primarily shoot with it very stripped down. No rods, bridgeplate, shoulderpad, or monitor. (I plan to use a HoodMan Loop velcroed to the flip out.) It works! At first glance this matches my Fs7 very well. I look forward to two camera interviews with it. Here is a shout out for the great implementation of a digital zoom from the 6k chip in to 4K. Your 70mm can push to 110mm with no quality reduction! Documentary gold! I bought it with the Tamron 17-70 2.8 and am thrilled with it's compatibility and versatility. The camera corrects any distortion in real time, and the legendary Sony autofocus works perfectly. The Bad: This is the first camera since my Aaton XTR that didn't have internal ND filtration. It is sinking in that having to deal with external ND is not nothing. (I am using a Tilta Mirage VND Mattbox ). They did take out a mechanical shutter from the FX3, so maybe there is some extra room in there for internal Variable ND next time around? The other thing is the Menu organization. Yes, there is a hell of a lot of technology in this little camera, but there has got to be a more sensible way to organize it all. I'm glad its not my job, tho .. There is a Bluetooth capability to control the camera with an iPad or iPhone while seeing the image ... BUT you cant make the image full frame so that you could use the iPad or phone as a monitor ... D'Oh !! Fail. I dearly hope Sony will continue this trend with Super 35 chipped cameras. I will buy the FX60 as soon as its announced! =mark= Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh!

    Interesting Camera

    By Rasheed
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-09

    So to be honestly, I'm not sure if it's my model but, it is fairly noisy when I'm reviewing the footage. No matter how bright it is, the footage has some noise to it. I've tried factory reseting it, thinking maybe I was under exposing (which I typically use false colors on my ATOMOS Ninja V or 7'' Shinobi) but I'm not. I use DaVinci Resolve and you have to throw some noise reduction on it. But overall it's a solid camera, lightweight, solid autofocus, button layout is cool. I do like that it has all the red lights to let you know when you're recording and all accessories for the FX3 work for this.

    Great Cinema camera

    By Anthony
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-08

    I was lucky enough to get this camera on the day after of its release. Overall a great camera.

    Solid performer-Solid choice

    By Dominic
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-08

    It did not take me long to decide to get the FX30. I already have the FX3 and have been slowly updating my lens collection to include newer Sony FF glass. The problem is that glass is getting very expensive and I already have a large collection of glass from my FS7 camera. Fujinon and Sigma glass that does not cover the FF sensors. The FX3 weakness is that you can not window the sensor to continue using APS-c glass. The FX30 can give new life to these lenses, as well as giving you a bit more reach on the Tele end of things. Other benefit of the FX30 is higher resolution stills. Many jobs are becoming video and stills and it's nice to not have to change cameras to accomplish both. The weaknesses of the FX3 design are of course still present with the FX30. The twist and lock lens mount makes changing lenses a bit of a monkey dance due to the cameras small size. Also the camera kit does not come with a battery charger. Sony may be taking a page from the Apple iPhone in regards to skipping the charger, but it's always nice to have an eternal battery charger with a camera. I have not had enough time in the field to examine the images to give a detailed opinion, but so far I have been impressed with their quality.

    Awesome B Cam for FX3

    By Misael
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-20

    I wanted a B Cam to pair with my FX3 for some time. It does the job without breaking the bank. My only complaint comes from how seriously Sony took the barebones approach here. Be prepared because the box only comes with the camera, USB cable, one battery, and an old-fashioned phone charger that seems like they sent us leftovers from 2015. That means you need either get a charger or charge your battery with your camera. Other than that, I love it.

    Same Quality Build/ form factor as FX3 just smaller sensor

    By Jonah
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-11-16

    Haven't had the opportunity to full test in the field. But I love it as a B-Camera option to my FX 9. And I'm able to use the LXR Audio interface from my A7Sii... which is a great plus.

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    Can the camera record the pixel to pixel mode as ...

    Can the camera record the pixel to pixel mode as seen with 4K 120, in other modes, such as 4K 24, 30, and 60? Thanks.
    Asked by: Charlie
    The Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera with XLR Handle Unit (B&H# SOFX30XLR) does offer Sony's Clear Image Zoom feature to electronically both crop in on and enhance the view if one wants to use significantly less than the full pixel width of the sensor. Otherwise, 4K video recording will be downsampled from 6K pixels except in 4K 120p mode.
    Answered by: Yoni
    Date published: 2022-10-06

    I know this camera is more designed for video, ...

    I know this camera is more designed for video, but it also can take photos. What is the burst rate for photos? As in how many photos can it take per second? Considering upgrading to this from my a6400 for videography and potentially photography as well.
    Asked by: Riley
    The Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera with XLR Handle Unit (B&H# SOFX30XLR), like the vast majority of professionally oriented cinema cameras, does not have a mechanical (i.e. physical) shutter. As such, it relies on its electronic rolling shutter (i.e. taking disparate readings on each pixel in each line thereof, one at a time, from top to bottom) to produce each frame (in video) or each photo (when taking stills). The speed of the sensor readout by the camera being the sole means by which to reduce any artifact resulting from the earlier time when higher lines of pixels are read vs. the later time when lower lines of pixels are read, objects moving quickly and laterally in the frame (e.g. helicopter blades) can exhibit what is often called a "rolling shutter effect." The fast moving object appears as if it is bent. Lateral movement is also very common in scenarios when photographers might be shooting bursts of photos such as when a race car zooms by. Perhaps because that is the most common use for continuous (i.e. burst) photo shooting, as of this writing and at least in the initial firmware, continuous shooting is not supported. You can take single shots only. Flash synchronization is also not supported, by the way. While this will work just fine for many portrait and landscape uses, the FX30 would thus not be an ideal choice for sport or bird still photo shooting. Please note that the Sony FX3 does have a mechanical shutter and could therefore be a good alternative in your intended use case, as does the a7S III, a7 IV, and so on.
    Answered by: Yoni
    Date published: 2022-10-06

    Does this camera have the same AutoFocus ...

    Does this camera have the same AutoFocus performance as the FX3 / A7Siii like touch to track?
    Asked by: Blake
    Yes, The Sony FX30 offers fast accurate autofocus performance with touch tracking. More info from Sony -
    Answered by: Chris H
    Date published: 2022-11-07

    Can you run AC power to this camera via USB C or ...

    Can you run AC power to this camera via USB C or some other way?
    Asked by: stefanos
    The Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera with XLR Handle Unit offers power input through the USB-C port using power delivery with 9V/3A or 9V/2A or through an NP-FZ100 dummy to wall power. See the links below:
    Answered by: Richard
    Date published: 2022-10-27

    Does it have any anti-flicker reduction features? ...

    Does it have any anti-flicker reduction features? I shoot a lot indoors where there are multiple light & projector sources.
    Asked by: Gordon
    Yes, The Sony FX30 offers Anti-Flicker shoot modes. Manual
    Answered by: Chris H
    Date published: 2022-10-20

    What charger is in the box? BHPhoto lists "Sony ...

    What charger is in the box? BHPhoto lists "Sony BC-QZ1 Battery Charger" and Amazon : "Battery charger AC-UUD12"
    Asked by: Michal
    Grace I just received delivery and there is no charger in the box. Only a battery and a USB-C power adapater that connects to nothing. Can you help? Thank you.
    Answered by: Brian
    Date published: 2022-10-25

    Would the FX30 be an worthy update to a FS5 mkii? ...

    Would the FX30 be an worthy update to a FS5 mkii? I would miss the internal NDs and SDI port
    Asked by: Cory
    The Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera with XLR Handle Unit (B&H# SOFX30XLR) would constitute a significant upgrade in terms of autofocus vs. the autofocus of the FS series of Sony cameras. Moreover, it is obviously much smaller. However, it does not feature any internal NDs, nor an SDI port, so if you need those features then you may wish to consider other options such as the Sony FX6 Full-Frame Cinema Camera (Body Only) (B&H# SOFX6) which would be a more typical upgrade:
    Answered by: Yoni
    Date published: 2022-10-02

    Is this XLR handle the same as the one from the ...

    Is this XLR handle the same as the one from the FX3, or does it differ in any way?
    Asked by: Christopher
    The XLR handle from the Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera with XLR Handle Unit is the same handle you would find included with the FX3.
    Answered by: Paige K
    Date published: 2022-10-07
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