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Sony FX3 – Decisions .. Decisions

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What is going on at Sony? So many cameras and no time to decide.

Let’s a have a quick look at the key specs of the FX3.

10.2 megapixel full-frame back-illuminated CMOS Exmor R™ sensor and BIONZ XR™ image processing engine

  • Ultra-high sensitivity with ISO expandable to 409,600 for very low light conditions and 15+ stops of dynamic range

  • S-Cinetone™ look profile which is inspired by the digital cinema camera VENICE’s colour science, also used in FX9 and FX6 Cinema Line cameras, and records up to 4K 120p

  • Compact and lightweight body design with high operability for hand-held shooting, gimbal and drone-mounted work

  • Multi-thread (1/4-20 UNC) body makes it easy to mount accessories

  • Detachable XLR handle unit with two of XLR/TRS audio input

  • “Active Mode” image stabilisation supports handheld movie shooting

  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus, Touch Tracking (real-time tracking) and Real-time Eye AF, also used in other Alpha™ cameras

  • Uninterrupted 4K 60p recording (Continued) by Effective heat dissipation and built-in cooling fan

The FX3 will be available in Australia from mid-March 2021 for SRP $6,699. 

This is what Sony says about it.

“It is exciting to see the expansion of our Cinema Line, with this announcement of the FX3. Filmmakers can now realise their creative vision of cinematic content with an ultra-compact and agile camera set up”, said Jun Yoon, Head of Digital Imaging ANZ. “Our family of Alpha ILC cameras delivers an unparalleled breadth of options for video content creators. From cinematographers, to professional videographers, and to enthusiast filmmakers – the FX3 joins our impressive lineup of E-mount video cameras.”  

I was just about to pull the trigger on the a7S III but now I’m thinking hard about the FX3.

The big call for me is the viewfinder or lack of it. I know why it’s not there but …

I often shoot with the camera hard up against my face so I can see – without reflections and sunlight getting in the way – which is what happens 90% of the time with a flip screen. Slight exaggeration.

Of course there are workarounds but I really like that viewfinder.

So much to consider in this space – it’s exhausting!

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