Sony announced FX3. Unsurprisingly, the camera is essentially A7S III, and the features of its company’s Cinema series are squeezed into the body similar to the A7C. Its backlit full-frame sensor has an effective resolution of 10.2 megapixels when shooting video, and has 15 levels of dynamic range.
FX3 can use 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling internally to shoot 4K material, or output 16-bit RAW video on its full-size HDMI port. 8K is not on the desktop, but FX3 can still capture 4K video at 120 frames per second and 1080p video at 240 frames per second. You can access the company’s S-Cinetone color profile. Sony is also equipped with an active cooling system inside the camera, which is said to enable FX3 to continuously shoot up to 13 hours of video.
Other headline features include in vivo stabilization, which you can combine with Active software mode to further reduce jitter, dual CFexpress card slots and a large number of mounting points to connect any accessories you may need. It will also come with an included handle with XLR/TRS connection and a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring. The built-in ND filter is one thing you won’t find on FX3. This is a popular feature on these types of cameras.Sony told Technology radar It does not include them to make FX3 as compact as possible.
FX3 will be available in mid-March, priced at US$3,900. This makes it more expensive than the A7S III, but much cheaper than competitors such as Canon’s $5,500 C70 and many Sony’s own Cinema line cameras.