What's New in the Sony FX3 and FX30 Firmware Update for Video Production
Sony announces a new firmware update for its FX3 and FX30 cinema cameras, bringing a range of new features and improvements for video professionals to these already capable cameras.
The new update includes Real-time Eye AF for video, which uses AI-based technology to track and focus on subjects' eyes, as well as a new S-Cinetone color profile for a cinematic look with rich colors and natural skin tones. The cameras' ISO range has also been expanded up to 102,400, allowing for better low-light performance, and they can now record 4K video at up to 120fps for slow-motion footage. Additionally, the cameras can now output 16-bit RAW video via HDMI for use with external recorders and support wired LAN control for more precise control over camera settings. Dual Base ISO is another new feature that allows for more flexible exposure control in different lighting conditions.
One of the most notable new features in the firmware update is anamorphic desqueezing, which allows camera operators to shoot anamorphic footage with the correct aspect ratio and without the need for external desqueezing devices. This feature is especially useful for those who prefer the unique look of anamorphic footage, which provides a wider field of view and distinctive bokeh.
These new features and improvements seem to make the Sony FX3 and FX30 even more powerful tools for video shooters. The improved autofocus performance and expanded ISO range allow for better low-light performance and more accurate tracking of subjects, while the new S-Cinetone color profile provides a cinematic look with rich colors and natural skin tones. The ability to record 4K video at up to 120fps, and the RAW output via HDMI allows for even greater flexibility in post-production.
Brief Overview and Tech Specs:
Real-time Eye AF for video, using AI-based technology for accurate and continuous tracking of subjects' eyes
Dual Base ISO for more flexible exposure control in different lighting conditions
ISO range expanded up to 102,400 for better low-light performance
S-Cinetone color profile for a cinematic look with rich colors and natural skin tones
Anamorphic desqueezing allows videographers to shoot anamorphic footage with the correct aspect ratio without external desqueezing devices
DCI 4K recording (4096 x 2160) in addition to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
4K video recording at up to 120fps
RAW video output via HDMI allows for greater flexibility in post-production
Support for wired LAN control for more precise control over camera settings
Full-frame 10.2MP Exmor R™ sensor
BIONZ XR™ image processing engine for fast and accurate processing of high-resolution video and stills
Fast Hybrid AF system with 627 focal-plane phase-detection AF points and 89% frame coverage
5-axis in-body image stabilization for steadier when shooting handheld
XLR/TRS audio input
Dual card slots allows for flexible recording options and easy file transfer
You download the FX3 firmware update for free here and the FX30 here.