Besides the flagship Sony VENICE CineAlta 6K camera, the PXW-FX9 will also get some significant enhancements through a future firmware update. Expected later this year, the FX9 Firmware 2.0 will finally enable 16-bit RAW external recording on the camera alongside internal full-frame 4K DCI as well as Full HD at 180fps.
Sony FX9 Firmware 2.0 will also support Full-Frame and Super 35 4K DCI at 24p, 25p, and 30p. Additionally, the software update will add full-frame 4K DCI and 4K UHD recording at 50p and 60p, selectable ISO up to 102,400, touchscreen focus control, 3D LUTs, 6G-SDI support and more.
It’s worth mentioning that Sony FX9 users will need the XDCA-FX9 extension unit to output 16-bit RAW and then use the Atomos Shogun 7 to record the signal.
That way, the latter will be converted into 12-bit RAW so it can be recorded as ProRes RAW. Interesting enough, Atomos Shogun 7 is the only recorder that will support the FX9 RAW format, at least for now.
Sony FX9 Firmware 2.0 Features
- 16-bit RAW output
- Full-frame 4K DCI / UHD 60p/50p
- Super 35 4K DCI
- FHD 180fps
- Selectable ISO up to 102,400
- Touchscreen focus control
- Face/Eye Only AF
- Face/Eye Priority AF
- Assignable button for Focus transition speed
- 3D Luts
- 6G-SDI support
- DWX wireless audio support via XDCA-FX9
Firmware 2.0 for the PXW-FX9 should be released in October 2020.