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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 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 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 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 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/120 fps
    XAVC S
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/120/240 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/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 (Timecode)
    1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 2)
    Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Control
    Mobile App CompatibleNo
    *As of February, 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
    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 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.

    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.

    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

    Came out the box broken

    By bcwash
    Rated 3 out of 5
    Date: 2023-05-22

    Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to fully test out this camera because the sd card slot was broken when I received the camera. I got all my settings changed then went to put a card into slot1 and the depressor is jammed on that side and won't work. Slot2 works fine. And apparently instead of exchanging the camera for a working one, I now have to wait a few weeks for Sony to "take a look" at the product (which I unfortunately have a shoot in a couple days). So once I get a working camera I will update this review but for now it is sitting at a 3 star.

    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.

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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

    Can you recommend an on camera short shotgun mic ...

    Can you recommend an on camera short shotgun mic for the XLR handle on the FX30?
    Asked by: JEFFERY
    The following Sony Short Shotgun XLR mic would be a good option to add. Sony ECM-VG1 Short Shotgun Microphone BH #SOECMVG1 • MFR #ECM-VG1
    Answered by: Chris H
    Date published: 2022-12-11

    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: 2022-11-23

    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

    Is there a way to use a dummy battery with the ...

    Is there a way to use a dummy battery with the FX30 without leaving the battery door hanging open?
    Asked by: Jake
    At this time, we know of no solution for the FX30 battery door lacking a cable notch like most cameras have.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2023-02-21

    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
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