After being teased back in September, Sony has today officially announced the Sony PXW FX6. The all-new cine camera combines a 4K full-frame Exmor R sensor with a BIONX XR engine while featuring dual native ISO for various shooting conditions and maximum flexibility on set.
The PXW FX6 shoots 4K video up to 120 fps as well as 240 fps in HD using 10-bit, 4:2:2 XAVC-I, and XAVC-L recording. The camera also sports built-in electronic variable ND, S-Cinetone, S-Log3, and HLG gamma profiles and can output 16-bit raw just like the FX9.
The FX6 is also the first compact, full-frame camera to offer UHD 4K 4:2:2 capture in the high-quality yet efficient XAVC-I codec. It also enables you to choose from a range of professional XAVC Intra and XAVC Long codecs at bit rates ranging from 35 to 600 Mb/s.
With the ability to capture up to 15+ stops of dynamic range and all available recording options, the FX6 seems to be a true cine workhorse. The body of the camera is compact and lightweight (2 lb/890 g) and features a detachable top handle alongside a monitor that can be mounted on various points on the top handle and a handgrip that can be easily adjusted on the fly.
Furthermore, the camera has a single 12G/6G/3G-SDI BNC and HDMI ports, 2-channel XLR audio inputs as well as dual card slots compatible with both durable, highly efficient CFexpress Type A or widely available SDXC cards. The unit uses Sony’s trusted BP-U battery standard also supported by the FS7, FS5, and FX9 siblings.
Other noteworthy features include accurate phase-detection autofocus with both Face Detection and real-time Eye autofocus, both auto and manual ND filter settings for quick exposure compensation, and a 3.5″ LCD monitor that boasts timesaving touchscreen access to key menu settings and versatile positioning for comfortable operating.
The LCD quick menu controls include key settings like Codec, Imager Scan Mode, Picture Size and Frequency, Base ISO/Sensitivity, Shooting Mode, Assignable Buttons, Audio Levels, and much more.
The FX6 also offers up to 4-channel audio recording by combining sources from the dual XLR inputs, the 2-channel multi-interface shoe input, and the stereo mic built into the camera’s top handle. This enables the simultaneous use of an external microphone for recording the main audio source and the built-in microphone for ambient sound and/or voice memos by the operator.
When combined with Sony’s Catalyst Prepare/Browse software, you can use the FX6 metadata to stabilize the captured image, automatically rotate gimbal footage, and add flags for easier clip filtering in post-production.
Sony FX6 Highlights
- Exmor R Full-Frame 10.2MP Back-illuminated Sensor
- BIONZ XR Processor
- Sony E lens mount
- Frame Rates up 4K UHD 120p, FHD up to 240p, 4K DCI 24p
- XAVC Long GOP and XAVC-I All Intra 4:2:2 10-bit
- 16-bit RAW output via SDI
- S-Log 3 / S Cinetone, Preset, and User Scene files with User LUTs
- 15+ Stops Dynamic Range with S-Log 3 in Cine El mode
- Phase Detection AF w/ Face Tracking and Real-time Eye AF
- Base ISO 800 / High sensitivity ISO 12,800 / Max ISO 409,600
- Electronically Controlled ND filter (adjustable 1/4 > 1/128)
- 2 XLR audio inputs, 2ch/4ch recording options
- TC in/out
- 12/6/3-G SDI Output
- Metadata w/ Catalyst Browse for Stabilization
- Price: $5,998
The Sony PXW FX6 is already available to pre-order selling for $5,998. Optionally, you can get it in a kit form combined with the FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens for $7,199.
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