Sony has announced the FX3. As would be expected, the camera is largely an A7S III with features from the company’s Cinema line decorated in a body similar to the A7C. The full-frame sensor is backlit by an effective resolution of 10.2-megapixel when shooting video and 15 stops of dynamic range.
The FX3 can shoot 4K film with 4: 2: 2 internal 10-bit color sampling or output 16-bit RAW video over its full-size HDMI port. There’s no 8K on board, but the FX3 can still capture 4K video at 120 frames per second and 1080p video at up to 240 frames per second and you get access to the company’s S-Cinetone color image. Sony has also introduced an active cooling system to the camera which it says will enable the FX3 to shoot video for up to 13 hours without interruption.
Other key features include internal body stability that you can combine with Active software mode for even more vibration reduction, dual CFexpress card slots and plenty of mounting points to any facilities which you may need to connect. It also comes with a handle that features XLR / TRS connections and a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring. One thing you won’t find on the FX3 is ND based filters. That is a feature that is popular with these types of cameras. Sony announced TechRadar it did not include them to make the FX3 as fast as possible.
The FX3 will cost $ 3,900 when it becomes available in mid-March. That makes it more expensive than the A7S III, but much more affordable than competitors like the $ 5,500 C70 from Canon and many of Sony ‘s own Cinema line cameras.