Just about each mirrorless camera in the marketplace in the mean time—aside from oddballs just like the weirdly fantastic Fujifilm X-Pro3—works as each a nonetheless and video camera. But, heavy-duty video capturing usually requires cinema-specific options like extra strong accent mounts and built-in cooling programs exterior the scope of hybrid fashions. Today Sony has launched its new FX3, which takes the center from its fashionable A7S Mark III and packs them into a physique particularly constructed for lengthy video shoots.
As the identify suggests, the $3,899 FX3 is a smaller sibling to Sony’s chunky, $6,000 FX6, which employs a extra conventional camcorder-style physique. Inside, nonetheless, the FX3 has the identical 12-megapixel, backside-illuminated sensor discovered contained in the A7S III. The decision appears paltry for any camera that additionally shoots stills, but it surely offers sufficient room for bigger pixels for higher gentle gathering, giving it distinctive low-light efficiency and a most ISO setting of 409,600. It additionally guarantees a large 15 stops of dynamic vary below the suitable circumstances.
Unlike the A7 III, nonetheless, the FX3 is a true cinema camera. Perhaps the largest distinction comes within the type of the onboard cooling system, which mounts a cooling fan immediately subsequent to the picture sensor and picture processor. Shooting high-resolution footage generates plenty of warmth, which may restrict recording instances in some cameras. Canon’s hybrid R5 camera drew early criticisms for overheating after simply a jiffy of 8K capturing attributable to its lack of devoted cooling. The FX3 ought to fare significantly better in that division.
The FX3 doesn’t shoot 8K, however reasonably matches the A7 III’s 4K, 60-frames-per-second picture high quality when utilizing the complete body. Shooters also can bump up the body price to 4K at 120 fps in the event that they’re keen to let the sensor crop in a little with a purpose to use a smaller a part of the chip within the identify of velocity.
When it involves codecs, the FX3 presents the very same choices because the A7 III, in addition to a few extra superior cinema-specific codecs exterior the scope of the A7 III.
While the physique lacks a built-in eye-level viewfinder, its squared-off type issue makes it a lot less complicated when attaching equipment like microphones or rigs. It has 5 1/4-20 UNC mounting ports (usually known as “quarter twenty” or simply “tripod sockets”) at numerous factors on the physique for securing different gear.
The FX3 ships with an XLR deal with, which attaches through the camera’s accent shoe and provides a pair of high-quality audio inputs in addition to a two-channel headphone jack.
In an effort to make the camera simpler to make use of when hand-held, Sony geared up it with five-axis, in-body picture stabilization, which strikes the sensor to fight camera shake as you shoot. The stabilization now presents an “Active Mode” particularly tailor-made towards holding the shot easy whereas hand holding the camera. The FX3 additionally presents Sony’s acquainted—and customarily glorious—autofocus efficiency, together with a number of monitoring modes.
At $3,899, the FX3 isn’t that rather more costly than the $3,498 A7 III. When you think about the costs of the XLR deal with, which is $600 by itself, which is a nice deal for cinema shooters. With this transfer, Sony has gotten nearer to Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema camera territory. It’s exhausting to think about the hybrid-style A7 III will stick across the lineup for much longer because the FX3 looks as if a significantly better possibility for video shooters and the 12-megapixel decision received’t minimize it for many photography-specific makes use of. Perhaps Canon will reply down the road with a good smaller cinema mannequin of its personal, which might make this degree of video camera one of the fascinating segments in the complete market.