Sony has expanded their Cinema Line to include a new set of APS-C sensor cameras, the FX30 and FX30B. These are designed to share some of the cinematic features from their higher end cameras such as the flagship Venice 2 with a very compact and affordable camera in order to offer a cinematic imaging pipeline to all levels of filmmaking. The newly-developed 26MP APS-C/Super 35mm CMOS Sensor offers high quality 10-bit UHD 4K imagery at up to 120 fps. The physical 6K sensor is downsampled to UHD 4K and the option to record in S-Log3 and HLG allows image capture at 14+ stops of dynamic range. Dual Base ISO architecture improves low-light performance and HDMI output supports 16-bit raw video output to separate recorders. Onboard, the cameras feature dual CFexpress Type A/SD card slots, allowing users to select between different media types for different situations. CFexpress Type A has ultra-fast speeds that can be used for more advanced recording functions while SD cards are often more economy and still have great speed and high capacities.
Creative Looks can also be baked into the recorded footage in order to minimize the need for post color correction. Up to 16 user-created LUTs and three presets can be set for accurately monitoring footage or previewing a specific look during shooting. These can be applied to the camera’s monitor or EVF as well as the HDMI output. The FX30 also supports an advanced Fast Hybrid AF system that uses 495 points spread across 90% of the image sensor with Real-time Eye AF able to track the eyes of humans and animals. The new cameras also enjoy 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization. An Active Mode is also available that blends optical systems with digital optimizations to capture ultra-smooth footage. The FX30 can also record gyro movement when the optical stabilizers are turned off which can be used in post to stabilize a shot. Breathing compensation works with select lenses in 4K up to 60p in camera or up to 120p using Catalyst software after recording. A timecode sync input is available with the optional VMC-BNCM1 Timecode Adapter Cable.
Although the FX30 is a little lighter at only 1.2 lbs, it shares the physical dimensions of the FX3, so many of the same accessories, such as cages, can be used without any modifications required. The two camera models are now available for preorder, the base FX30B at an MSRP of $1,800US and the FX30, which adds the XLR handle unit, at an MSRP of $2,200US.