Image sensor with blazingly fast readout speed
The back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor boasts a blazingly fast data readout speed along with high sensitivity and wide dynamic range. An advanced colour filter array boosts colour reproduction accuracy, while focal plane phase-detection AF enables solid autofocus stability and excellent precision, all of which contribute to outstanding image quality.
High-performance image-processing engine
The BIONZ XR™ image-processing engine is designed for high speed, minimizing latency while providing impressive real-time processing capabilities. The engine performs real-time processing of AF, image recognition and image quality adjustments, while also handling data-transfer, user-interface and other camera operations.
High sensitivity, wide dynamic range
The full-frame sensor enables high sensitivity with low noise throughout the camera’s range by optimizing the sensor’s output. Capture clear motion even in low light conditions with an impressive ISO expanded range up to 409600. It has an extended dynamic range of 15+ stops, without blown highlights. Together, the camera’s high sensitivity and wide dynamic range expand your flexibility in post-production.
Acclaimed cinematic colour with S-Cinetone
The inclusion of Sony’s acclaimed S-Cinetone look, inherited from the development of the FX9, allows cinematic colour to be achieved directly in-camera. S-Cinetone is optimized for natural skin tones and mid-range colours, with gentle highlight roll-off, for impressive subject depiction even without post-production grading.
4K High Frame Rate 120fps recording
You can record full-frame 4K at up to 120fps with autofocus thanks to the high-speed readout capabilities of the image sensor and the powerful BIONZ XR processor. Even at high frame rates, 4K (QFHD) images are captured using full-pixel readout without binning, for clear post-produced slow motion (up to 5x slower than real time). The high-precision AF even allows beautiful full-frame bokeh to be achieved during slow-motion shooting.
All-Intra internal recording
In addition to Long-GOP inter-frame compression, internal intra-frame (All-Intra) recording is supported. XAVC S-I recording compresses each frame independently at a high bit rate, up to 600 Mbps, so is ideal for capturing complex motion and allowing maximum flexibility and playback performance during post-production.
HEVC codec with high compression efficiency
XAVC HS format recording, using the MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, roughly doubles the compression efficiency. Compared to a normal 4K XAVC S format, XAVC HS allows for detailed 10-bit video with 4:2:2 colour sampling at comparable or lower data rates, delivering even better image quality as well as manageable file sizes.
S-Log2 and S-Log3 with 10-bit 4:2:2 support
S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma curves are available, with S-Log3 giving better gradations from shadows to the mid-grey range (18% grey), enabling a dynamic range of up to 15+ stops. For camera matching with other S-Log3-capable Cinema Line cameras, three colour gamut settings (S-Gamut, S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine) are available, offering creative flexibility and efficiency during post-production.
16-bit RAW data output
Facilitating improved image quality and more flexible and efficient editing in post-production, the FX3 supports 16-bit RAW data output to an external recorder via the HDMI Type-A terminal. RAW video output is from a full-frame image sensor with 4264 x 2408 [16:9] resolution, to suit 4K (QFHD) or DCI-4K workflows, with a choice of frame rates (60p/50p/30p/25p/24p).
Fast Hybrid AF for dependable focus during movie shooting
Fast Hybrid AF combines focal plane phase-detection AF with contrast-detection AF. This results in highly precise, smooth tracking of fast-moving subjects even over a wide range with a shallow depth of field. AF Transition Speed and AF Subject Shift Sensitivity parameters allow more flexible focus control, as demanded by professional users.
In-body optical image stabilization for handheld shooting
Relying on a new high-precision stabilization unit, gyro sensors and optimized image-stabilization algorithms, the camera’s Optical SteadyShot™ Active Mode provides precise optical image compensation, for outstanding results for 4K video recording, even while walking. With this unprecedented level of stabilization it’s possible to shoot with the camera only, taking advantage of the compact size and mobility.
XLR adaptor and digital input for quality audio
The handle of the FX3 includes two independent full-size XLR connectors (XLR/TRS combo) to connect external professional microphones through a digital audio interface via the Multi Interface (MI) Shoe. Three recording formats can be selected, including 24-bit 4-channel.
Cage-free accessory mounting
Five 1/4-20 UNC mounting screw holes allow stable attachment of accessories directly to the camera body, without the need for a cage. Three additional mounting holes are also available on the included XLR handle. The result is a system optimized for incredible mobility and hand-held shooting as well as quick setup for fast-moving productions.
Flexible camera positioning with vari-angle monitor
The FX3 is equipped with a horizontally opening vari-angle LCD monitor that is rotatable for precise framing or interesting angles, regardless of whether you are shooting movies hand-held or gimbal-mounted. The screen can even be rotated for direct viewing by the subject or when shooting dramatic low-angle shots. The 3.0-type, approximately 1.44-million-dot large touch-panel LCD has high visibility and clarity.
Reliable durability and weather-resistance in tough situations
In response to feedback from working professionals, sealing has been applied to all body seams and around the battery and media compartments, terminal covers and chassis joints. All routes for dust and moisture entry have been examined to ensure reliable operation in challenging environments.
Data communications to support on-site workflow
Wireless 5 GHz/2.4 GHz LAN connections are supported, as are 1000BASE-T Ethernet network connections via a USB-to-Ethernet adaptor cable connected to the camera’s USB Type C terminal supporting SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.2). Remote shooting can be controlled from a PC with Sony’s Imaging Edge Desktop™ application, or from a mobile device with Imaging Edge Mobil. Wired and wireless FTP transfer for data files as well as remote-shooting capabilities support professional workflows during shoots.