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Sony FX3 Full-Frame Cinema Camera (Body Only)

Designed for comfortable solo shooting, the Sony FX3 has a compact and lightweight design that is easy to carry and handle. It borrows from both the Cinema Line and Alpha series to provide a professional full-frame filmmaking camera for creative content creators. 

A 12.1MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor (10.2MP effective in video mode) pairs with a BIONZ XR processor to achieve UHD 4K video capture with internal 10-bit 4:2:2 sampling or 16-bit raw output. The sensor's BSI design heightens clarity and sensitivity, with an expandable ISO 80-409600 range and greater-than 15-stop dynamic range for working in mixed lighting conditions. Benefitting colour and tonal control, an S-Cinetone mode can be used for matching to VENICE, FX9, or FX6 sources and there is also S-Log3/2 gamut support and 10-bit HLG for simple HDR productions. The sensor and processor also work together to greatly reduce rolling shutter and the sensor's design incorporates a Fast Hybrid AF system for intelligent and quick focusing performance and subject tracking.

The camera has a cage-free design that lets you various accessories directly to the camera body, and it includes an articulating 3.0" touchscreen LCD, a removable shoe-mounted top handle with dual XLR mic inputs and 5-axis mechanical image stabilisation

  • UHD 4K up to 120 | 1080p up to 240
  • Compact Form for Cage-Free Operation
  • 10-Bit 4:2:2 XAVC S-I,16-Bit Raw Output
  • 12.1MP Full-Frame CMOS Exmor R Sensor

The FX3 is the ideal creative tool for capturing your cinematic vision. Its design and features lend it well to solo filmmaking and shooting documentaries.

Image sensor with blazingly fast readout speed

The back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor boasts a blazingly fast data readout speed along with high sensitivity and a wide dynamic range. An advanced colour filter array boosts colour reproduction accuracy, while focal-plane phase-detection AF enables solid autofocus stability and excellent precision, all of which contribute to outstanding image quality.

High-performance image-processing engine

The BIONZ XR™ image-processing engine is designed for high speed, minimising latency while providing impressive real-time processing capabilities. The engine performs real-time processing of AF, image recognition and image quality adjustments, while also handling data transfer, user interface and other camera operations.

High sensitivity, wide dynamic range

The full-frame sensor enables high sensitivity with low noise throughout the camera's range by optimising the sensor’s output. Capture clear motion even in low light conditions with an impressive ISO expanded range up to 409600. It has an extended dynamic range of 15+ stops, without blown highlights. Together, the camera's high sensitivity and wide dynamic range expand your flexibility in post-production.

Acclaimed cinematic colour with S-Cinetone™

The inclusion of Sony’s acclaimed S-Cinetone look, inherited from the development of the FX9, allows cinematic colour to be achieved directly in-camera. S-Cinetone is optimised for natural skin tones and mid-range colours, with gentle highlight roll-off, for impressive subject depiction even without post-production grading.

[1] Standard (Picture Profile OFF) [2] S-Cinetone (Picture Profile 11)

4K High Frame Rate 120fps recording

You can record full-frame 4K (QFHD) at up to 120fps with autofocus thanks to the high-speed readout capabilities of the image sensor and the powerful BIONZ XR processor. Even at high frame rates, 4K (QFHD) images are captured using full-pixel readout without binning, for clear post-produced slow motion (up to 5x slower than real-time). The high-precision AF even allows beautiful full-frame bokeh to be achieved during slow-motion shooting.

All-Intra internal recording

In addition to Long-GOP inter-frame compression, internal intra-frame (All-Intra) recording is supported. XAVC S-I recording compresses each frame independently at a high bitrate, up to 600Mbps, so is ideal for capturing complex motion, and allowing maximum flexibility and playback performance during post-production.

[1] All-Intra (All-I) [2] Long-GOP [3] Group of Pictures

16-bit RAW data output

Facilitating improved image quality and more flexible and efficient editing in post-production, the FX3 supports 16-bit RAW data output to an external recorder via the HDMI Type-A terminal. RAW video output is from a full-frame image sensor with 4264 x 2408 [16:9] resolution, to suit 4K (QFHD) or DCI-4K workflows, with a choice of frame rates (59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p).

S-Log2 and S-Log3

with 10-bit 4:2:2 support S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma curves are available, with S-Log3 giving better gradations from shadows to the mid-grey range (18% grey), enabling a dynamic range of up to 15+ stops. For camera matching with other S-Log3 capable Cinema Line cameras, three colour gamut settings (S-Gamut, S-Gamut3, and S-Gamut3.Cine) are available, offering creative flexibility and efficiency during post-production

HEVC codec with high compression efficiency XAVC

HS format recording, using the MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, roughly doubles the compression efficiency. Compared to a normal 4K XAVC S format, XAVC HS allows for detailed 10-bit video with 4:2:2 colour sampling at comparable or lower data rates, delivering even better image quality as well as manageable file sizes.

Proxy recording for more efficient editing workflow

Low bit-rate HD proxy files can be recorded simultaneously with higher bit-rate formats such as XAVC S-I 4K, and these smaller proxy files can then be used for editing and previewing prior to final production delivery. This reduces computer load and allows faster and more efficient workflows. Proxy files can be captured in either 10-bit XAVC HS (1920 x 1080) or 8-bit XAVC S (1280 x 720).

10-bit HLG picture profile

An HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) HDR picture profile, complete with the wide-gamut BT.2020 colour space, can be used for direct HDR (HLG) playback on compatible TVs. The result is true-to-life imagery close to what the naked eye can see, with detailed shadows and highlights, less blackout and less whiteout, all without the need for colour grading. In particular, 10-bit recordings reproduce a level of fine gradation and detail for extraordinary realism.

[1] High flexibility to fine-tune images as desired (colour grading required) [2] Instant high-quality image (colour grading not required)

Expand your vision with Creative Look

Looks emulate pro monitoring and post-production tools inside the camera. The Creative Look presets are available in-camera, and each of these can be used as is, or further customised using individual parameter settings such as hue, colour depth, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. Fine adjustment of preset looks can be made according to the user's preference, and you can also register your favourite settings as a custom look.

Flexible exposure mode

Flexible Exposure Mode allows the Auto and Manual modes for iris, shutter speed and ISO to be set independently. The lock function, activated by a short press on the respective custom buttons, locks the related controls to prevent changes if the dial or wheel is accidentally moved. The frequently used iris and ISO can be controlled by the easily accessible front and rear dials as well as by the dial on the top panel.

Fast, easy and reliable

Real-time Tracking and Eye AF Focus control is fast and intuitive, to ensure you have full creative control of the FX3’s powerful AF technology. Real-time Tracking greatly assists during solo shooting by analysing the subject's colour, patterns, and depth. When shooting people, Real-time Eye AF makes movie-making much easier, especially with gimbal-mounted shots and wherever you need to rely on AF.

Fast Hybrid AF for dependable focus during movie shooting

Fast Hybrid AF combines focal plane phase-detection AF with contrast-detection AF. This results in highly precise, smooth tracking of fast-moving subjects even over a wide range with a shallow depth of field. AF Transition Speed and AF Subject Shift Sensitivity parameters allow more flexible focus control, as demanded by professional users.

Fast, easy touch focus control

Touch focus control allows you to precisely specify the point of focus simply by touching the LCD monitor. It's fast, easy, and intuitive to perform rack focusing through touch operation—ensuring you have full creative control of the FX3's powerful AF technology.

XLR adaptor and digital input for quality audio

The handle of the FX3 includes two independent full-size XLR connectors (XLR/TRS combo) to connect external professional microphones through a digital audio interface via the Multi Interface (MI) Shoe. Three recording formats can be selected, including 24-bit 4-channel.

In-body optical image stabilisation for handheld shooting

Relying on a new high-precision stabilisation unit, gyro sensors, and optimised image stabilisation algorithms, the camera's Optical SteadyShot™ Active Mode provides precise optical image compensation, for outstanding results for 4K video recording, even while walking. With this unprecedented level of stabilisation it's possible to shoot with the camera only, taking advantage of the compact size and mobility.

[1] Track of camera shake [2] Standard [3] Active

HDMI Type-A output and monitoring options

With a durable and versatile HDMI Type-A jack, it is possible to simultaneously output video to the camera's LCD monitor, an HDMI-connected external recording or monitoring device.

Customisable buttons for professional movie creators

The innovative mirrorless design provides mobility alongside uncompromising professional operability. Frequently used controls are positioned on the top surface, and the many customisable keys and menus deliver streamlined workflows in the field. It’s designed for professional results, even when shooting requires one-handed control or challenging shooting angles and lens handling.

REC lamps and highlighting during video recording

There is one tally light on the front and one on the back, and an LED-illuminated REC button on top that works with the tally lights. In addition, by displaying a red frame on the monitor screen during video recording, even if the screen is difficult to see with a rig or gimbal attached, you can immediately confirm recording status. Light operation can be set on or off for specific applications.

Uninterrupted 4K 60p recording

For uninterrupted 4K 60p recording, the FX3 features an innovative heat dissipation structure, including a unique Sony Σ (sigma) shaped graphite-alloy heatsink. A complete internal redesign optimised airflow and placement of heatsinks. When required, a silent cooling fan provides ventilation for continuous recording at full resolution, with intake and exhaust air structurally isolated to maintain strong dust and moisture resistance.

Touch-driven menu with workflow-based navigation

Responding to requests from pro photographers and videographers, the menu structure has been designed to make moviemakers’ work more efficient. Menu tabs are on the left side of the display, while parameter groups and parameters related to the selected tab appear on the right. Up to three levels can be displayed together, making the menu structure more clearly visible. Touch-responsive menu operations enable fast, intuitive control.

Various zoom operations tailor your expression

The zoom lever placed at the top of the grip allows operation of power zoom lenses. Additionally, our innovative Clear Image Zoom provides for practical angle of view options even with minimal equipment. Zoom speeds can also be adjusted to suit everything from quick documentary re-framing to purposeful cinematic zooms.

Cage-free accessory mounting

Five 1/4-20 UNC mounting screw holes allow stable attachment of accessories directly to the camera body, without the need for a cage. Three additional mounting holes are also available on the included XLR handle. The result is a system optimised for incredible mobility and hand-held shooting as well as quick setup for fast-moving productions.

Reliable, durable, and lightweight construction

For high durability and mobility, the main camera chassis, top, front, and rear covers are constructed from lightweight and robust magnesium alloy, with the lens mount secured by six screws for stable attachment of heavy lenses. A filter in front of the image sensor oscillates at an ultrasonic frequency of 70,000 cycles per second to remove dust from the sensor surface.

Flexible camera positioning with vari-angle monitor

The FX3 is equipped with a horizontally opening vari-angle LCD monitor that is rotatable for precise framing or interesting angles, regardless of whether you are shooting movies hand-held or gimbal mounted. The screen can even be rotated for direct viewing by the subject or when shooting dramatic low angle shots. The 3.0-type, approximately 1.44 million-dot large touch panel LCD has high visibility and clarity.

Two CFexpress Type A-compatible media slots

The camera's two media slots are compatible with CFexpress Type A cards as well as SDXC/SDHC cards supporting UHS-I and UHS-II speed classes. CFexpress Type A cards are the next standard for compact storage with fast write/read speeds suitable for 4K movie recording at high bit rates. Dual slots enable either relay or simultaneous recording.

Data communications to support on-site workflow

Wireless 5GHz/2.4GHz LAN connections are supported, as are 1000BASE-T Ethernet network connections via a USB-to-Ethernet adaptor cable connected to the camera's USB Type C® terminal supporting SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2). Remote shooting can be controlled from a PC with Sony's Imaging Edge Desktop™ application, or from a mobile device with Imaging Edge Mobile™. Wired and wireless FTP transfer for data files as well as remote shooting capabilities support professional workflows during shoots.

Reliable durability and weather resistance in tough situations

In response to feedback from working professionals, sealing has been applied to all body seams and around the battery and media compartments, terminal covers and chassis joints. All routes for dust and moisture entry have been examined to ensure reliable operation in challenging environments.

Power for professional length

For extended shooting sessions, the FX3 is compatible with large-capacity NP-FZ100 batteries. USB-PD (Power Delivery) support also enables fast charging or continuous shooting when connected to a compatible USB Type C® power supply or portable powerbank battery.

Metadata to facilitate editing with Catalyst

Sony’s Catalyst Browse and Prepare software are ideal production partners for the FX3. The FX3 records two types of supplementary metadata: image stabilisation and camera rotation. These can be useful when previewing and preparing to edit in Sony’s free Catalyst Browse or cost-effective Catalyst Prepare desktop applications.

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Video Cameras

Sensor
35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm),
Exmor R CMOS sensor
Processor
BIONZ XR
File Format
EXIF / JPEG / MJPEG / Raw
Recording Resolution
Actual: 12.1 Megapixel
Effective: 10.2 Megapixel
FPS Recording
XAVC HS/XAVC S-I/XAVC S 4:2:2 10-Bit:
3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/119.88 fps (600 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/119.88/240 fps (600 Mb/s)

XAVC S 8-Bit:
1280 x 720p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/119.88/200/240 fps
High Definition
UHD 4K up to 120
1080p up to 240
Lens Mount
Sony E-Mount
Optical Zoom
Zoom Function:
Zoom ring rotate, Clear Image Zoom ([Movie] Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD) [Still image] Approx. 2x ), Digital zoom ([Movie] 35mm full frame: approx. 4x, APS-C: approx. 4x, [Still image] 35mm full frame: L: approx. 4x, M: approx. 6.1x, S: approx. 8x, APS-C: L: approx. 4x, M:approx. 5.2x, S: approx. 8x), Smart zoom ([Still image] 35mm full frame: M: approx. 1.5x, S: approx. 2x, APS-C: M:approx. 1.3x, S: approx. 2x)
Audio Input
2x XLR / 1/4" TRS Combo Mic/Line Level Input on Included Handle

1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Mic Level Input on Camera Body
Headphone Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output on Camera Body
Memory/Storage
Dual Slot: CFexpress Type A
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Optical/ Digital Viewfinder
Optional, not included
Touch Screen
Yes, tilting touchscreen LCD
Battery
Sony Z-Series
Weight
640 g
715 g (with card & battery)
R 93,995 Awaiting Stock
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What's in the box

  • Sony FX3 Full-Frame Cinema Camera

  • XLR Handle Unit
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • Body Cap
  • Handle Shoe Cap
  • Power Cord
  • Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh)
  • USB Type-A to Type-C Cable (USB 3.2)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

Note: Recording media & Cine lenses not included; sold separately.

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