Sony has launched the brand new FX3, a compact full-frame digital camera that’s now essentially the most inexpensive mannequin within the firm’s cinema lineup. Primarily based on the A7S III, the FX3 incorporates some options discovered on the costlier cinema cameras in a smaller and lighter physique.
To say the FX3 is much like the A7S III could be an understatement. As such, it might be simpler to only listing issues which are totally different between the 2 cameras, and simply acknowledge that every thing else is principally similar.
One of many main variations is within the design. The FX3 has the identical stills camera-style physique of the A7S III however is barely thicker and shorter. The thickness is as a result of inclusion of a fan that now actively cools the internals throughout recording, which ought to permit for the digital camera to shoot indefinitely even in hotter environments. The shorter peak is as a result of elimination of the digital viewfinder.
The FX3 is designed to be a part of a rig and as such has 5 1/4-20 threaded mounts, with three of them on high. These permit the digital camera to be mounted inside a cage, on a gimbal, or a drone. Sony has made a number of adjustments to the design in comparison with the A7S III, together with having a devoted backlit report button on high, a top-mounted joystick, a zoom management across the shutter button, tally lights on the back and front, sliding energy change, and shortcut buttons optimized for video workflow.
The FX3 comes with a high deal with as a part of the bundle. The highest deal with contains an audio interface much like the Sony XLR-K3M minus a built-in microphone. The audio interface has three mic inputs, together with two full-size XLR and a single 3.5mm, together with controls for adjusting mic inputs. The highest deal with makes use of two of the three high 1/4-20 thread mounts however provides three of its personal, which lets you mount different equipment corresponding to an exterior monitor on high.
On the software program facet, the one main change on the FX3 from the A7S III is the inclusion of S-Cinetone. This video preset is similar to that discovered on Sony’s different cinema cameras and designed to offer a comfortable, filmic look to out-of-camera footage with out having to take care of the problems of grading log video.
That is just about the extent of the variations between the FX3 and the A7S III, with every thing else being similar. As for the value, the FX3 is priced at $3900, $400 greater than the A7S III. Contemplating the A7S III is already loads video targeted, the FX3 seems like a little bit of an odd product in Sony’s digital camera lineup. But when video goes to be your solely use case, and in case you worth options like S-Cinetone and the provided audio interface then the FX3 is likely to be a greater possibility.