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Sony Alpha FX3, smallest cinema line full-frame camera

Dale Davies |
As the most compact model in the Cinema Line, the Sony FX3 is not only the smallest and lightest, but it also features a design that eliminates the need for a cage while providing an XLR handle unit that maximizes handheld shooting flexibility and ideal for gimbal and drone-mounted work.

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It weighs just 1.576 lbs. (715 g), including battery and memory cards, and the body is only 5.11” x 3.33” x 3.06” (129.7 x 84.5 x 77.8mm) HxWxD. The camera grip has been carefully designed with professional creators to provide optimum flexibility, stability, and comfort for extended handheld shooting sessions. The FX3 features a 10.2MP11 Full-frame Backside-illuminated (BSI) Exmor R CMOS sensor that delivers sensitivity, speed and superior movie quality. The sensor features a color filter array that boosts color reproduction and drastically reduces noise for ultra-sharp and clean images with a fast readout speed that reduces rolling shutter.

In addition, the Exmor R sensor features Sony’s acclaimed fast hybrid autofocus with 627 phase detection AF points and 89% coverage7. The high sensitivity also allows it to autofocus in light as low as EV-6. In response to a growing need for more expressive depth, the FX3, along with FX9 and FX6 Cinema Line cameras, allows users to easily create a cinematic look without post-production using S-Cinetone picture profile. S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones, plus soft colors and gorgeous highlights that are essential to cinematic expression. S-Cinetone is the default for Picture Profile 11 (PP11) on the FX3.

An easily manageable compact body that doesn’t get in the way translates directly into increased workflow efficiency and shooting freedom for creators involved in video production. The FX3 is designed to eliminate the need for a camera cage, including six standard ¼”-20 UNC threaded mounting points to easily and securely attach compatible accessories such as external monitors, recorders, wireless microphones, or other add-ons. In addition, the supplied top handle with XLR interface securely attaches to the body via the Multi Interface Shoe without any special tools and provides three additional thread holes.

The FX3 offer a variety of audio input options to suit different workflows and professional requirements. The FX3 offers several in-camera 4K recording modes. 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second delivers extraordinarily smooth 5x (max.) slow-motion imagery. In addition to supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, this feature can be used with efficient inter-frame (Long GOP) compression or high-quality intra-frame (All-I) compression. For even greater post production flexibility, up to 60p 4K (4264 x 2408) uncompressed 16-bit RAW format can be output to an external device via full-size HDMI Type-A jack from the FX3. Price: $3,899.99.

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