Sony has officially unveiled the FX6 full-frame cinema camera with 4K/120fps XAVC-I, 16bit RAW output, variable Electronic ND, and much more.
What’s new in the Sony FX6?
Major new features include a 10.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor (very likely the same sensor from the a7sIII, but without the full effective pixels for photos) and the S-Cinetone profile from the Sony FX9. The latter is a massive feature, that can speed up your workflow tremendously as it gives you a very pleasing look with no need for further colour grading out of the camera.
In addition, the FX6 has Dual Native ISO of 800 and 12,800 (something the A7s III does not officially advertise, but it is there).
S-Cinetone and 16bit RAW output
Furthermore, the FX6 gets 10bit 4:2:2 XAVC-I in 4K up to 120fps (but in .MXF wrapper unlike the .mp4 on the a7sIII), 1080p up to 240fps, dual XLR inputs, HDMI and 3G-SDI out, and a 16bit RAW output to the Atomos Shogun 7 for 4K/60p ProRes RAW.
This last feature has a big potential to make a lot of FX9 users quite furious, as their $10K FX9 requires the bulky XDCA extension unit to unlock the RAW capabilities of their camera…
Is it a Sony a7s III in a Pro-Camcorder Body?
Borrowing the best features from the Sony FX9 and Sony a7sIII, while sacrificing little, the Sony FX6 is one hell of capable pro camcorder. Some may look at the FX6 as Sony a7s III in a camcorder body, and to a large degree they’d be correct.
While others may see it as a mini-FX9… However, regardless of how you see it, Sony has just released the 4K video specs so we can all dive in and take a look.
Impressive AF performance
The Sony FX6 ports the solid AF features from the Sony a7sIII for a Fast Hybrid AF by combining 627-point focal plane phase-detection AF with advanced Face Detection and Real-time Eye AF in high frame rates with continuous AF.
Thus the FX6 makes it possible for camera operators to effortlessly and precisely track fast-moving subjects in slow motion without losing focus.
Sony has also released some sample footage from the FX6, which you can see below:
Sony FX6 Quick Features/4K Video Specs
- 4K Full-Frame 10.2MP CMOS sensor
- 15+ Stops of Dynamic Range in S-Log3
- 4K/120fps XAVC-I in .MXF wrapper
- 4K DCI (4096 x 2160)
- 4K UHD *3840 x 2160 in XAVC-Long GOP
- 16bit RAW Output via SDI up to 4K/60 to Ninja V
- HDMI output
- Variable Electronic ND
- Slog3 and S-Cinetone Profiles
- Records on Dual CFExpress Type A or SD Cards
- Uses BP-30/60/90 batteries
- Lightweight, less than 2lbs
- Dual XLR audio inputs *built into the top handle
- Pre-order: $5,999 USD at B&H Photo
In line with professional workflows, the new Sony FX6 includes a 12G-SDI output that also supports 16-bit RAW, HDMI output, timecode in/out, built-in Wi-Fi and 4 channel audio recording (via XLR Interface, Multi-Interface Shoe and built-in Stereo Mic).
In addition, the Sony FX6 records onto dual CFexpress Type A cards or SD cards (similar to the way it works on the a7s III). On thing that’s quite an annoyance with the FX6 design is the fact that both XLR inputs are on the top handle. And when removed, you also lose the MI hot-shoe, so that’s something to consider.
In case you missed it, you can check out the Sony FX6 official announcement here:
Pricing and Availability
The new Sony FX6 is scheduled to ship in December at $5,999.99 USD and $8,048.99 CAD for the body-only configuration.
In addition, Sony will also be offering a new kit featuring the Sony FX6 bundled together with the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G lens for $7,199.99 USD and $9,658.99 CAD.
The camera and bundle lens kit will be available to pre-order from November 18th – tomorrow from authorised dealers such as B&H Photo and many more. You can use the affiliate links below, to help out the blog and order your FX6.
- Sony FX6 full-frame (body-only) – $5,999 at B&H Photo
- Sony FX6 with FE 24-105mm f4 G lens – $7,199 USD
For full specifications and more info head over to Sony’s website here.