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Sony's new FX3 is its most compact and affordable cinema camera yet

By Kenny Yeo - on 24 Feb 2021, 11:16am

Sony's new FX3 is its most compact and affordable cinema camera yet

The new Sony FX3. (Image source: Sony)

The Sony FX3 is the company's most compact and affordable cine camera yet.

In terms of portability and capability, it slots in between the recently announced A7S III and the FX6.

The design resembles Sony's A6600 and the FX3 body weighs just 715g (including memory card and battery but excluding lens).

The FX3 features a 10.2-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated sensor and BIONZ XR image processing engine.

The sensor in the FX3 is the same as the one found in the A7S III. (Image source: Sony)

According to Sony, the FX3 is capable of capturing 15 stops of dynamic range and supports ISO up to 409,600 for "very low light situations".

It also has the same autofocusing system with real-time eye autofocus that's used in the Alpha cameras.

Crucially, the FX3 can shoot 4K at up to 120fps (with a slight crop) and 1080p at up to 240fps in 10-bit 4:2:2 internally. Users also get to use Sony's S-Cinetone colour profile.

And if you want full 4K resolution, the FX3 can also do that at up to 60fps. And thanks to a built-in fan, the FX3 can do so for up to 13 hours non-stop.

Note the lack of EVF. (Image source: Sony)

Other notable features include in-body stabilisation for steadier handheld shooting, dual CFexpress card slots, multiple mounting points for accessories, and a detachable XLR handle with two XLR/TRS audio inputs.


Local availability and pricing

The Sony FX3 will be available in Singapore sometime in April. Unfortunately, pricing hasn't been determined yet but the price in the US is US$3,900 (~S$5,153).

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