It has a built-in brand new 12 million pixel back-illuminated sensor and BIONZ XR image processor, which allows α7SIII to support internal recording of 10bit 4:2:2 4K 120p video, and also supports dual ISO, has a stronger low-light recording capability and a brand new The designed fuselage can be said to have been sharpened for many years, and its popularity continues to the present.
▲ Sony FX series professional movie camera.
In addition to the main camera of S in the α7 series, Sony also has a professional movie camera product line FX, which will also be updated to the latest FX6 in November 2020. It uses the same 12-megapixel sensor as the α7SIII, but the body design and other The configuration specification is slightly higher than α7SIII.
Since the birth of α7S, with the continuous upgrading of video capabilities, it has become less and less different from the FX movie camera series. In the latest firmware of α7SIII, Sony has delegated S-Cinetone color science to α7SIII, and the boundary between α7S series and FX series is getting blurred.
Last night, Sony launched the new FX series FX3, priced at 32,000 yuan, and will be launched in March 2021.
But from the appearance point of view, you can hardly see the shadow of the FX series. The overall design style is like cutting off the EVF and warship of the α7SIII, which means that it is more like an α7 micro-single series.
The Sony FX3 has a body weight of 640g and a body size of 77.8 x 129.7 x 84.5 mm, which is slightly thicker than α7SIII. It also uses a rollover screen to facilitate monitoring from different angles. In addition, the FX3 body also has 8 1/4 screw holes to facilitate the transfer of different accessories. FX3 may no longer need to be expanded through the "rabbit cage".
Speaking of expansion, Sony FX3 will also come with XLR handles to facilitate creators to expand, such as installing radio microphones, external hard drives, and professional recorders.
Compared with α7SIII, the buttons on the Sony FX3 body are also redesigned to be more suitable for video shooting. The shooting button on the top is larger, the traditional power button is separated, and the shutter button lever is designed as an electronic zoom lever, which is convenient and fast. Adjust the focus (provided that the lens supports electronic zoom).
The overall interface of Sony FX3 is still on the left side, which is the same as α7SIII, which may affect the use of the flip screen. The body has a full-size HDMI interface, a headphone monitor interface, an external microphone interface and a USB-C interface. The dual-hybrid card slot design supports both SD (USH-II) and CFexpress Type-A memory cards. FX3 and Sony CEA-G80T rugged memory card can be purchased at a discount of 32,600 yuan.
In addition to the expansion of the body, with the XLR handle, Sony FX3 can also support two XLR/TRS audio input interfaces, full of professionalism.
In terms of specifications, if you simply understand it, the Sony FX3 is actually similar to the α7SIII after the firmware upgrade, but the FX3 has a built-in active cooling (that is, a built-in fan), so it will have a longer and more stable 4K 120p continuous recording capability. Both FX3 and α7SIII use the same FZ100 battery, which has a battery life of about 130~135 minutes.
Sony FX3 has a built-in 12 million pixel back-illuminated sensor, equipped with BIONZ XR image processor, supports 5-axis image stabilization, supports dual native ISO, but does not have a built-in variable ND filter, and has a mechanical shutter, so FX3 is similar to α7SIII. Can take still photos (support RAW). The overall specification is similar to that of α7SIII. It is worth mentioning that the resolution of the 3-inch LCD screen on the back is still 1.44 million dots.
In terms of focusing performance, Sony FX3 has a 627-point hybrid focus point, which can be touched to focus during shooting. The FX3 has a variety of built-in auto focus modes to meet the needs of professional users, such as different focus transition speeds, auto focus movement sensitivity, intuitive control during manual focus, and so on.
▲ Sony FX3 has more recording reminders, and the effect is more eye-catching.
In terms of video recording capabilities, Sony FX3 supports up to 4K (3840×2160) 120p (600Mb/s bit rate), supports XAVC HS, XAVC SI, XAVC S encoding, supports HLG, S-Log 3 curve, and S-Cinetone color science . And α7SIII will add S-Cinetone color science support in subsequent firmware upgrades, but in terms of recording capabilities, FX3 is basically the same as α7SIII. In addition, on the fuselage menu, Sony FX3 is also consistent with α7SIII.
On the whole, although Sony FX3 belongs to the Sony professional movie machine, it is closer to α7SIII in terms of performance, specifications, and configuration. In theory, it has active heat dissipation, no EVF, and a re-optimized α7SIII. It may not be aimed at professional users of the previous FX series, but some small studios, "single-soldier rangers", or auxiliary seats.
Small size brings more convenience, such as on the stabilizer, on the aircraft, and even some special angles and environment shooting. For video recording, there is no EVF, which will hardly affect the creation. On the contrary, it will be more convenient to add expansion accessories. The 1/4 screw on the body also greatly increases the convenience, and there is basically no need to expand the rabbit cage.
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