The newly released Sony FX30 does not replace the existing Sony APS-C mirrorless line-up of cameras; nevertheless, it does provide a considerable advance in video capability for the existing line-up of cameras. It is a real cinema camera with the ability to film in this more compact size, as well as immediate and direct access to a broad range of lenses.
The fact that the pricing of the FX30 is comparable to that of APS-C cameras is the finest feature. The FX30 will be available for purchase for a price of $1,789, which places it well in the middle of the pack with the top APS-C mirrorless models that are already on the market, most notably the Fujifilm X-H2S and X-H2 models. AU$2,999 is the price in Australian dollars. The FX30 will be available for a price that is lower than either of those rates, despite the fact that cinema cameras often come with hefty price tags.
In contrast to the more compact Sony ZV-E10, which is essentially just an updated model of cameras that have been made available in the past, the FX30 is a completely new design. Instead, it is an entirely new camera with an entirely new sensor that has a resolution of 26 megapixels and is designed with cinema in mind. In point of fact, it takes the position of the Sony FX3 as the model with the least amount of technological advancement in the Sony Cinema Line, earning the nickname “new baby.”
The fact that the FX3 only has a 12-megapixel sensor, despite the fact that it is a full-frame camera, severely restricts the kind of applications that it may be used for in the field of still photography. However, the FX30 is capable of shooting stills at a resolution of 26 megapixels, which means that despite the fact that it is not a stills camera in the traditional sense, it is perfectly capable of capturing high-quality, high-resolution stills in a variety of settings, such as on a set or in a location. This is because the FX30 is capable of shooting stills at a resolution of 26 megapixels.
When Sony set out to design the FX30, one of its primary objectives was to bridge the gap that currently exists between “future creators” and “top creators.” According to Sony, it will be ideal for those who want to use footage straight from the camera right now but may want to move to a colour-graded post-production workflow in the future, making full use of the FX30’s support for S-Log3 and other advanced features. In other words, it will be ideal for those who want to use footage straight from the camera right now but may want to move to a colour-graded post-production workflow in the future. The FX30 is available to buyers who wish to use video immediately after it has been captured by the camera.
Specifications of the Sony FX30 digital camera
To begin, let’s talk about the sensor. This is a brand new back-illuminated Super35 APS-C size sensor that has the capability of recording still images with a resolution of up to 26 megapixels and 4K UHD video that has been oversampled to a resolution of 6 megapixels. Additionally, Sony refers to this as a 20.1MP sensor, most likely in reference to the fact that it supports the 16:9 movie aspect ratio.
It has Sony’s BIONZ XR engine, a dual base ISO of 800/2500 for S-Log3 shooting, an overall ISO range of 100-32,000, and a dynamic range that is larger than 14 stops. Additionally, it offers an overall ISO range of 100-32,000. (Sony testing).
Despite the fact that there is a small crop factor of 1.04x for 4K 60p and a larger crop factor of 1.4x for 4K 120p, the FX30 is able to capture 4K video at up to 120 frames per second as a result of the improvements made to both the sensor and the CPU. The FX30 is able to record video in a high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 All-Intra format, and it gives users the option to record in either XAVC HS 4K H.265, XAVC S 4K H.264, or XAVC S-I 4K H.264. Additionally, the FX30 is capable of recording video in an 8-bit 4:2:2 All-Intra format as well.
Only the fastest S&Q and HD 240p recording (and proxy recording) require a faster card format, while the internal storage is built of dual SD/CFexpress Type A card slots. Only the fastest S&Q and HD 240p recording (and proxy recording) require a faster card format.
Sony is placing a large focus on cinematic expression in a variety of ways, some of which include the S-Cinetone profile, which is shared with the rest of Sony’s Cinema Line, user LUTS, and extra log modes. There is space for up to 16 user LUTs to be loaded and applied, and these may be used both for the display and for the HDMI output.
The three brand new log modes are referred to as Cine EI, Cine EI Quick, and Flexible ISO. Cine EI strikes a compromise between the exposure latitude required for bright and dim lighting thanks to its design for professional users. Cine EI Quick features a quicker setup and can rapidly switch between different base ISOs. Flexible ISO is geared at people with some prior experience.
The grey and black colour scheme of the Sony FX3 is carried over into the physical design of the camera, which boasts a body that is thicker than that of the cameras in Sony’s A6000-series but is otherwise around the same size as those cameras. It does not have an electronic viewfinder (EVF), but the back screen may be angled. However, it is likely that more experienced users would opt to attach an external monitor regardless of the presence of this capability.
The FX30’s cooling system enables it to record in an “uninterrupted” fashion, which is sometimes referred to as endless recording in certain circles.
There is in-body stabilisation included in the FX30, and the gyro data that it captures can be imported into Sony’s free Catalyst Browse programme to make precise adjustments to the camera’s stabilisation. An application known as Catalyst Prepare and a plug-in known as Premiere Pro each have free as well as commercial versions available for download. Downloadable versions of each of these may be found on their respective websites.
Real-Time Eye AF for humans, animals, and birds is featured in the new camera that Sony has announced. Real-Time Tracking is another feature that is included in the new camera. This camera also has the most modern 495-point hybrid autofocus technology that the manufacturer has developed. This technology covers 97% of the screen’s height and 93% of the screen’s width.
In addition to that, it is compatible with Sony’s Breathing Compensation function, and also has a tool for visualising the depth of field that is referred to as a “Focus Map” (with compatible lenses).
The FX30 weighs in at 646g and measures 77.8 millimetres in height, 129.7 millimetres in width, and 84.5 millimetres in depth. It is not necessary to utilise a cage with it since it already comes equipped with multi-threaded screws and five mounting holes.
The price of the Sony FX30 and the availability of it
Two separate variations of the FX30 will be made available for purchase in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia before the end of the month of October. There will also be a version of the ILME-FX30 that contains Sony’s XLR adaptor/handle unit, which features an additional three mounting holes on its own.
The ILME-FX30B is the body-only variant, and it will cost $1,789 / £2,099 / AU$2,999 when it is made available for purchase. In addition, there will be an ILME-FX30 version that can be purchased for $1,789, which is equivalent to £2,099 or $2,999 Australian dollars. This edition will set you back $2,198, which is equal to £3,499 and AU$3,699 respectively.