Sony announced the FX3. As expected, the camera is essentially a A7S III with features from the company’s Cinema lineup crammed into a body that resembles the A7C. Its back-illuminated full-frame sensor has an effective resolution of 10.2 megapixels when shooting video and 15 stops of dynamic range.
The FX3 can shoot 4K footage with 10-bit 4: 2: 2 color sampling internally or output 16-bit RAW video to its full-size HDMI port. 8K is not on the table, but the FX3 can still capture 4K video at 120fps and 1080p video at up to 240fps and you have access to the company’s S-Cinetone color profile. Sony has also included an active cooling system inside the camera which it claims allows the FX3 to shoot videos for up to 13 hours without interruption.
Other main features include in-body stabilization which you can combine with active software mode for even more shake reduction, two CFexpress card slots, and plenty of mounting points to attach any accessories you might need. It will also come with an included handle that includes XLR / TRS connections and a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring. One thing you won’t find on the FX3 is the built-in ND filters. This is a popular feature on these types of cameras. Sony said TechRadar he didn’t include them to make the FX3 as compact as possible.
The FX3 will retail for $ 3,900 when it becomes available in mid-March. That makes it more expensive than the A7S III, but significantly more affordable than competitors like Canon’s $ 5,500 C70 and many cameras in Sony’s Cinema line.