The Sony FX3 has formally landed – and as anticipated, it is the smallest, most cost-effective Sony cinema digicam up to now and a compelling various to the wonderful Sony A7S III.
Each the Sony FX3 and Sony A7S III are 12.1MP full-frame cameras which are suitable with Sony’s E-Mount lenses and may shoot 4K/60p video. However the FX3 sits in Sony’s Cinema line, which suggests it is particularly designed for professional filmmakers, quite than hybrid shooters focused by the Alpha-labelled A7S III.
This implies the FX3 loses the built-in digital viewfinder (EVF) seen on its stablemate, however good points a equipped deal with accent that each improves its dealing with and boosts its audio choices.
The detachable deal with (under), which slots into the FX3’s multi-interface shoe, consists of twin XLR/TRS terminals. These are the go-to commonplace for professional audio recording and provides it the identical sound choices because the Sony FX6, a a lot bigger digicam that prices $6,000 / £6,000 / AU$9,500.
Because of the inclusion of the identical back-illuminated 12.1MP full-frame sensor because the A7S III, which guarantees 15 stops of dynamic vary, the FX3 guarantees to shoot equally glorious video high quality, notably in low-light conditions. There’s an choice to shoot slo-mo 4K/120p footage, and the FX3 additionally has the favored S-Cinetone colour profile, which lately arrived on the A7S III by way of a firmware replace.
As a result of it is designed for solo, run-and-gun filmmaking, the FX3 additionally has in-body picture stabilization (IBIS) together with an digital Lively Mode, which supplies you even stronger stabilization on the expense of a ten% crop. We’ve not discovered Sony’s stabilization to be the most effective, although, so FX3 shooters should have to think about using a gimbal or Sony’s Catalyst software program within the edit room.
For a digicam that weighs solely 715g with a card and battery (simply 16g greater than the A7S III) the Sony FX3 definitely packs in some highly effective capturing options. It might shoot 4K video with 10-bit 4:2:2 colour sampling internally, and may also output 16-bit uncooked video to an exterior recorder by way of its full-size HDMI port.
Absolutely the mix of this capturing energy and the FX3’s dimension is a recipe for over-heating? Effectively, thanks to at least one different distinction from the Sony A7S III – an energetic cooling system with built-in followers – Sony is promising ‘uninterrupted’ 4K/60p capturing, with a most steady recording time of 13 hours. The FX3 won’t be capable to shoot 8K video, however that is fairly spectacular for such a small digicam.
Barely much less spectacular is the absence of built-in ND filters, that are a fairly helpful for filmmakers, notably when capturing in shiny circumstances. Sony says it’s because they needed to make the FX3 as compact as attainable, nevertheless it’s an omission that might make it much less interesting to some filmmakers.
Nonetheless, regardless of that lack of built-in ND filters, there is not any doubt that the Sony FX3 has a extremely spectacular characteristic set for such a compact digicam.
It isn’t the primary small cinema digicam we have seen that shoehorns within the energy of a a lot bigger physique. The Canon EOS C70 lately pulled off an analogous trick, packing in a lot of the Canon C300 Mark II’s options into an impressively moveable, user-friendly type issue.
Whereas the EOS C70 combines a Tremendous 35mm sensor (related in dimension to APS-C) with a DSLR-sized physique, the Sony FX3 goes a step additional with its full-frame sensor and super-compact physique. That mentioned, the EOS C70 claims an added cease of dynamic vary (at 16 stops), so it will be attention-grabbing to see how the 2 evaluate within the area.
It isn’t simply Sony and Canon slugging it out for the money of solo or newbie filmmakers both – we lately additionally noticed the arrival of the less expensive Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro. That digicam combines a Tremendous 35mm sensor with, sure, built-in ND filters for a fairly cheap $2,495 / £1,879 / AU$3,935 price ticket.
Naturally, the full-frame Sony FX3, which comes with Sony’s class-leading autofocus and different bonuses like twin CFexpress Kind A / SD card slots, is somewhat pricier at $4,600 / £4,200 (round AU$7,460). However when you think about how most of the Sony FX6’s options it manages to pack right into a 715g physique, it may properly equal the recognition of the Sony A7S III – and probably even tempt a number of the house owners of that digicam over.