San Diego, CA—Sony Electronics added the Sony FX30 Cinema Line (model ILME-FX30) 4K Super 35 compact cinema camera to its lineup. The camera offers many professional features of the Cinema Line, such as dual base ISO, Log shooting modes and user-imported LUTs (Look Up Tables), at an attractive price point.
In addition, Sony introduced two CFexpress Type A memory cards; the CEA-G320T and CEA-G640T. Both are large-capacity cards that support high-speed performance with a maximum writing speed.
“The new FX30 is a great fit for a wide range of filmmakers,” said Yang Cheng, vice president, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “As part of our Cinema Line, it is an attractive addition for seamless integration into large productions. Additionally, by incorporating many professional features found in our flagship cinema cameras, it is a perfect camera for up-and-coming filmmakers that are working with tight budgets.”
Sony FX30 Cinema Line Features
The FX30 features a new back-illuminated 20.1-megapixel APS-C Exmor R CMOS image sensor (Super 35 format). It employs a dual base ISO (800/2500) to deliver high sensitivity, low noise as well as up to 14+ stops of latitude. Moreover, it offers advanced image processing capabilities via a Bionz XR processing engine for natural gradations and realistic color reproduction.
The camera also supports various video recording codecs. It can shoot in high frame rates, including 4K at 120 frames per sec and Full HD at 240 fps. The FX30 also has the ability to shoot 4K Super 35 (16:9) by oversampling from 6K at up to 60 fps. In addition, both 16:9 recording modes can shoot at 10-bit 4:2:2 while the HDMI Type-A port outputs 4K 16-bit RAW for an external recorder.
What’s more, like the rest of the Cinema Line, the FX30 provides Log shooting modes by enabling Cine El, Cine El Quick and Flexible ISO modes for recording with the S-Log3 gamma curve. Consequently, it allows more flexibility when color grading. All three modes permit video shooting while monitoring with an appropriate LUT to preview the final image. In addition, the FX30 includes built-in cinematic looks, such as Sony’s S-Cinetone. And it can shoot single stills. It also includes time code sync.
AF for Video
Furthermore, the FX30 employs Sony’s fast still and video autofocus. Its settings include real-time eye AF for humans, animals or birds; real-time tracking; detailed AF settings; as well as AF assist.
Content creators also have more control when using the focus map, which makes it easier to visualize depth of field. Plus, breathing compensation achieves a stable angle of view when focusing. In addition, the camera provides effective stabilization for run-and-gun shoots using active mode. That’s thanks to its optical in-body 5-axis image stabilization system.
Further, the FX30 has a customizable list-style main menu screen for quick access to frequently used items. Also, a new standby movie screen provides an unobstructed view of the subject. Notably, it integrates buttons and dials dedicated to movie shooting.
The camera additionally includes added functionality to assist with the creative workflow. For example, users will benefit from postproduction editing using embedded LUT, and EI metadata. The metadata is available using the latest version of Sony’s Catalyst Prepare or Catalyst Browse applications.
Compact and lightweight, the FX30 has a flat-top design with threaded accessory attachment points. As a result, it is easy to use for shooting handheld, capturing low-angle shots, mounting on a gimbal or adding accessories.
It also has an XLR handle unit that filmmakers can use to capture low-angle shots. In addition, the handle permits them to capture crystal clear audio through various audio inputs. They include two XLR audio inputs and a 3.5mm stereo mini jack for 4-channel recording. Users can also connect external microphones directly to the camera via the multi-interface shoe or microphone jack. And there is an internal stereo microphone for audio recording.
Moreover, the camera incorporates two memory card slots that are compatible with both CFexpress Type A cards and SDXC/SDHC cards. The FX30 is also compatible with the newly announced large capacity CFexpress Type A memory cards.
Other features include a heat dissipation structure for uninterrupted 4K/60p recording; reliable power for extended recording; a magnesium alloy chassis; and support for a comprehensive selection of E-mount lenses.
Sony is offering the FX30 with an option to purchase it with or without the XLR handle
The FX30 supplied with the XLR handle will reach retail in late October with a suggested retail price of $2,200.
The Sony FX30B without the XLR handle will have an SRP of $1,800.