Fans of the popular Sony FX6 and FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Cameras now have access to even more features with the release of the latest Sony firmware updates. The soon-to-be-released v2.0 update for the FX6 improves AF tracking, adds 16-bit raw output and 4-ch audio metering, and more, while the FX9 v3.0 update highlights include improved autofocus, support for anamorphic lenses, B4 lens support, and additional control options.
Shared v2.0 & v3.0 Updates
More Tenacious Touch-Tracking AF
Next-gen autofocus (AF) with easy tracking is a highlight of both the v2.0 FX6 and the v3.0 FX9 firmware updates. You know how a Styrofoam peanut clings to you thanks to static electricity? That’s about how doggedly the new real-time AF tracking stays with your subject—but in a good way! Once you’ve prioritized your subject’s face, the new touch-tracking AF will stick with them, even if they turn their face away from the camera, by focusing on the side or back of their head. The AF overlay provides a visual indication of what the AF system is focusing on and includes a quick cancel button.
HDR & SDR Dual Production
An SR live for HDR option transmits metadata used to align SD images from simultaneous HDR capture.
ILME-FX6V v2.0 Firmware Updates
Cine-Style Capture Improvements
- The focal length changes that can happen when racking focus (aka “breathing”) are now compensated for with the v2.0 update, keeping your angle of view more consistent.
- Recording options have been expanded to include 16-bit raw output via HDMI, which is a boon when using popular external recorders or recorder/monitors.
- Tweak your bokeh effects to just the way you like with in Bokeh Adjustment mode, while minimizing any exposure changes.
Pro-Style Video Functions
Picture cache recording is now available while shooting in the S&Q (slow and quick) mode.
- Monitor up to four channels of audio with the audio level meter.
PXW-FX9V v3.0 Firmware Updates
Add beautiful anamorphic capture to your FX9 repertoire with the help of new 1.3x and 2x anamorphic de-squeeze modes. The 1.3x anamorphic mode is good for full-frame 5K/6K and S35 4K use, and the 2x mode is compatible with 6K full-frame capture. The de-squeezing is visible only in the camera viewfinder, not in the SDI or HDMI output unless you use a monitor with de-squeezing function.
B4 Lens Support / S16 2K Mode
Use the separately available LA-EB1 Lens Mount Adapter to add lens control for broadcast-style B4 lenses to your FX9. A Super16 2K crop mode is compatible with B4 lens use and enables you to “zoom in” to get the effect of a longer lens when shooting in full-frame 6K. The v3.0 update also enables an ALAC (Auto Lens Aberration Correction) function for compatible lenses.
With the v3.0 update, you can now use the S700 protocol via Ethernet and a Sony RCP control panel for paint box tweaking in a broadcast setup. This option requires pairing the FX9 with the optional XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit. You can also use your smartphone for a camera network setup and for remote control over USB tethering.
Real-Time Proxy Transfer: Starts uploading your proxy files while you’re still recording for faster transfers.
Reel Numbers: Will automatically advance when you pop in a fresh media card for cine-style footage labeling.
Center Scan: Can now be assigned to a button for a quick “punch in” function.
Download these latest updates from Sony to get the most out of your FX6 and FX9 full-frame cameras, and let us know in the Comments section, below, how you’ve put them to use.