6K Full-Frame “Exmor R” Sensor
The Sony PXW-FX9’s full-frame 6K sensor provides superb recording in DCI 4K Ultra HD and HD resolutions. Powerful image processing with debayering and oversampling ensures image quality beyond the limits of conventional Super 35mm sensors. The back-illuminated CMOS image sensor also uses Sony’s Exmor R technology for improved sensitivity and noise reduction. Compared to a 4K Super 35mm sensor, the FX9’s 6K sensor has over twice the surface area while providing a wider angle of view and shallower depth of field.
15+ Stops of Dynamic Range
The FX9 offers an exceptional 15+ stops of dynamic range—beyond the normal range of human perception—allowing for unprecedented creative freedom in color grading and post. Camera operators can concentrate on framing the scene they want while relying upon the FX9 to capture every nuance and detail using either 4K 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording or 16-bit RAW external recording. In grading, colorists can find color and detail beyond the normal viewing abilities of the camera operator to create a final image that exactly portrays the mood of the scene.
Dual Base ISO
The FX9 features a base sensitivity of ISO 800, providing the optimal dynamic range for typical documentary applications such as shooting outside or in brightly lit interiors. A secondary High Base sensitivity of ISO 4000 excels in low-light conditions such as early morning and evening shoots while maintaining superb image quality. ISO 4000 is also ideal when using slow lenses. Combining Dual Base ISO with the camera’s electronic variable ND Filter provides superb creative control in almost any shooting environment, with truly next-generation responsiveness to changing conditions.
Electronic Variable ND Filter
Realize even greater creative control with Sony’s unique built-in electronic variable neutral density (ND) filter—a world first for professional full-frame camcorders. Set to Auto, or adjust filter density manually in smooth increments from 1/4 to 1/128 as you shoot, for perfectly exposed images without affecting depth of field as lighting conditions change. Use higher-density settings with a slower shutter speed for breathtaking artistic effects.
Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF
Effortlessly track fast-moving subjects with pin-sharp focus, even when using wide-lens aperture settings to maintain a shallow depth of field with the camera’s full-frame sensor. Developed by Sony’s α camera engineers, enhanced Fast Hybrid AF combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. In addition, Face Detection intelligently recognizes and locks on to human faces.
The dedicated 561-point phase detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% of the whole image area width and 96% of height, allowing consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with fast-moving subjects.
Customizable AF settings
The FX9’s comprehensive autofocus settings provide the creative flexibility to integrate with any project. 7-level AF transition speeds from Fast—switching between subjects as quickly as possible—to Slow, where speed is reduced to fit a more measured shooting style, such as a historical TV drama. 5-level AF subject-shift sensitivity ranges from Locked-on—ignoring other moving subjects in the frame—to Responsive, which switches focus from one subject to another, ideal for snapping between race cars as they speed by.
Autofocus with All E-mount Lenses
Experience smooth, responsive autofocus with every E-mount lens, including Sony’s new Cinema Lens Series, with premium optical performance and operability for demanding cinematography applications. Advanced E-mount lever lock operation allows quick, easy lens exchange in the field, plus added stability and security with large lenses.
Cinematic Color Science with S-Cinetone™
S-Cinetone is the default look of FX9 that’s tuned to meet the requirements of today’s content creators with rich mid-range colors, alluring facial tones and a softer tonal look—developed with the same expertise as Sony’s world-leading VENICE digital cinematography camera. S-Cinetone means your content looks fresh and vivid straight out of the camera, with subjects that really stand out while retaining plenty of latitude in post-production thanks to the high-performance full-frame image sensor.
Selectable Frame Rates in Both Full-Frame & Super 35
Choose your desired frame rate from 1fps up to 180fps* for impressive quick and slow-motion footage. FX9 creates an immersive image with a wide-angle look and shallower depth of field provided by its full-frame sensor in combination with quick and slow motion. Engage your audience with this new creative look. FX9 also offers a Quality priority setting** that maximizes full HD image quality using full-frame 6K scan mode or Super 35 4K scan mode with advanced oversampling technology.
16-bit RAW Capability
16-bit RAW offers a phenomenal increase in post-production creative freedom to fully exploit FX9’s exceptional 15+ stops of dynamic range. FX9 supports export of 16-bit RAW at either 4K or 2K resolution using the optional XDCA-FX9 extension unit with a single BNC cable connection to compatible external RAW recorders.
4-Channel Audio Input and Recording
The FX9 offers superb audio capabilities with independent control dials for each channel. In applications such as interviews, 4-channel audio recording enables simultaneous use of an external microphone for recording ambient sounds, a built-in microphone for voice memos by the operator, and two optional UWP Series wireless microphones to capture the voices of interviewer and interviewee. In addition, using the optional XLR-K3M, XLR-K2M or XLR-K1M XLR adapter—with two extra XLR inputs—allows even more devices to be connected.
The Sony FX9 is available to rent from Lapham’s in Vancouver and with shipping available Canada wide.