Announced back in April and scheduled for release in October 2020, Sony FX9 Firmware 2.0 is now available for download a month ahead of the planned date.
In a nutshell, Version 2.0 expands the camera’s shooting and recording capabilities by including FF Crop 5K mode, new 4K DCI options, User 3D LUT support, RAW output support, HDR Support, AF Improvements, added frame rate options for Slow and Quick Motion, and much more. You can find the full details below.
With Firmware Version 2.0, FX9 users can now record 4K DCI at up to 30p in Full-Frame as well as 4K DCI at up to 60p with a 5K crop. This 5K crop uses an 82% area within the full-frame size of the sensor.
Keep in mind, though, that 4K DCI is only full-frame when you are shooting frame rates at 30p and below. In case you want to shoot 4K DCI 50 or 60p, the camera does so using a 5K scan mode.
Furthermore, focusing on the FX9 now supports both face detection and eye detection. When a focus area is set to a flexible spot or zone, the focus can be adjusted using the touchscreen. Additionally, AF transition speed and AF subject shift sensitivity can now be assigned to customized buttons. In Cine El mode, face and eye detection AF performance have also been improved when Gamma is set to S-Log 3.
Beyond that, you can now import your own custom 3D LUTS by using an SD card directly into the FX9. CUBE files (*.cube) in 17-point or 33-point 3D LUT flavors generated from RAW Viewer or DaVinci Resolve can be imported allowing for simplified workflows on set. It’s possible to store over a dozen different LUTs on the camera.
With this firmware update, the Sony FX9 can finally record 16-bit RAW using the optional XDCA-FX9 extension unit. You can also use an Atomos external recorder, however, the video feed coming from the camera will be converted from 16-bit to 12-bit ProRes RAW.
Firmaware Version 2.0 also enables Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) on the FX9. Additionally, the base ISO can now be expanded to 102,400. When the gain setting is set to dB, values can reach up to 27dB.
Other noteworthy improvements include 6G SDI output support at 4K/QFHD at 29.97, 25, 24, or 23.98, better audio functionality when paired with the XDCA- FX9, USB tethering support, improved security and image quality at S35 2K.
To download the Sony FX9 Firmware 2.0, head over to Sony’s support page here.
Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System (B&H, Amazon)
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