Sony FX3, the new most compact and lightest cinema camera from the Japanese giant

Sony is the manufacturer that is moving the most in the time of the pandemic. It has presented all kinds of cameras and film throughout this year. Y Today he shows us the new Sony FX3, a video camera with professional features and that surpasses everything we have seen so far in the Alpha line.

The new Sony FX3 is a Full-frame camera with the look of the Alpha series and the features of the cinema FX series. That would be the best explanation to understand what Sony brings us on such a day as today. It’s an industrial-looking Alpha with multiple options for configuration. Its most direct competitor is the Sigma FP that we analyze in Xataka Foto.

Have a 10.2 MP backlit EXMOR CMOS sensor and a procesador BIONZ XR, which will surely be the same as that of the new Sony A1. It stands out for its high sensitivity and 15 stops of dynamic range. It is capable, thanks to its design, of record in 4K at 60p uninterrupted and reaches 4K 120p for slow cameras.

Sony FX3

It is a combination of Sony’s cinema-oriented cameras with their mirrorless cameras for photography. And it is aimed at the professional public that wants to start recording with the best possible features but without the prices and sizes of other superior models.

Sony FX3 Key Features

This new camera incorporates the 10.2 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with the in-house BIONZ XR processor. Has a sensitivity 80-102400 ISO but we can force it to go up to 409600 ISO for recording in total darkness.

One of the most important aspects is the perfil S-Cinetone default. A profile that comes from high-end Venice cameras that allows a reproduction of natural colors and with a certain cinematic air to be achieved with hardly any post-production.

The rest of its features are the same as the Sony A7SIII or FX6.


Same size as a Sony Alpha series

  • You can record in both full and Super35 format.
  • It reaches 4K 120p and reaches 240p in FHD.
  • The recording formats are XAVC S, XAVC SI and XAVC HS.
  • You can record with a depth of 10 bits at 4: 2: 2.

As well stands out for its autofocus system, very similar to the Alpha series, with 627 phase detection points, subject tracking by simply clicking on the screen (shared with the 7SIII) and the ability to focus on the eye by controlling the speed of focus to achieve professional results.

And of course it has a 5-axis stabilization system which allows motion-free recording even in 4K. It also records the stabilization issue as metadata to be able to make corrections later in compatible programs.

The design of the Sony FX3

One of the complaints that appeared in the forums when talking about cameras that record video is the impossibility of recording continuously for long periods of time. Its design tends to overheat when it is working for a long time.

To solve this problem, the body of the FX3 is made of a magnesium alloy that allows heat to dissipate much more effectively and it has a fan for active cooling that allows recording without fear of it turning off due to overheating.

the body of the FX3 is made of a magnesium alloy that dissipates heat much more effectively and has a fan for active cooling that allows you to record without fear of shutting down due to overheating

The body remains moisture and dust tight to be able to record anywhere as long as it takes, because we can connect the camera via USB to have power for the hours we need. And part of the premise of being a light machine to roll individually if necessary.


A robust camera

In addition, many of the most used buttons, such as the record button or the white setting, are duplicated on the body and on the grip. And we have the recording notices illuminated so that the operator is informed at all times. What’s more we can control the zoom with a lever on the body that allows smoother transitions than we can do with the lens ring.

What sets the most apart from the Alpha series cameras is the expandability with many accessories to make it a complete film camera. It has five tapped holes (1 / 4-20 UNC) to put monitors, recorders, microphones and everything else that may be needed. We can even attach professional microphones thanks to the XLR / TRS audio inputs.

Everything else is more reminiscent of a Sony A7SIII or the A1. In fact, if we stop at the benefits -which we will see below- the only thing that differs is precisely in its construction. And that it is clearly a camera more oriented to cinema than to photography (in fact allows you to take photos at 12.1 MP).

In conclusion

We have one of the best cameras to achieve professional recordings with the body of an Alpha and the performance and expandability of an FX series cinema camera. Works with two CFexpress Type A cards and it even allows you to connect with a high-speed wireless LAN.


Ideal for small producers

In short, we have in our hands the little sister of the Cinema Line series that complements the FX9 and FX6 within the simplest productions in the world of cinema.

It will go on sale in March for € 4,700. A camera that will delight videographers who want a small and efficient tool to achieve professional results.

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