Competition News: Sony FX3 FF Camera with Cinematic Look for Creators

Sony Fx3

Sony released a new camera, the Sony FX3, a light and compact cinema camera with a full-frame imaging sensor.

Sony FX3 at a glance:

  • 10.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Exmor R Sensor
  • UHD 4K up to 120 | 1080p up to 240
  • Compact Form for Cage-Free Operation
  • 10-Bit 4:2:2 XAVC S-I,16-Bit Raw Output
  • S-Cinetone/S-Log3/HLG, 15+ Stops DR
  • Detachable 2 x XLR/TRS Adapter Handle
  • Phase Detection AF/Face Tracking/Eye AF
  • 80 to 409,600 Expanded ISO Range
  • Dual CFexpress Type A/SDXC Card Slots

Preorder are available at $3,898: B&H Photo | Adorama. Worldwide preorders (not all might have it in stock):

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

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Sony press release:

The Most Compact and Lightweight Cinema Line Camera and First Choice for Creators Who Strive for New Cinematic Freedom

FX3 Product Highlights:

  • 10.2 megapixel[i] full-frame back-illuminated CMOS Exmor R™ sensor and BIONZ XR™ image processing engine
  • Ultra-high sensitivity with ISO expandable to 409,600 for very low light conditions and 15+ stops of dynamic range[ii]
  • S-Cinetone™ look profile which is inspired by the digital cinema camera VENICE’s colour science, also used in FX9 and FX6 Cinema Line cameras, and records up to 4K 120p[iii]
  • Compact and lightweight body design with high operability for hand-held shooting, gimbal and drone-mounted work
  • Multi-thread (1/4-20 UNC) body makes it easy to mount accessories
  • Detachable XLR handle unit with two of XLR/TRS audio input
  • “Active Mode” image stabilisation[iv] supports handheld movie shooting
  • Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, Touch Tracking (real-time tracking) and Real-time Eye AF, also used in other Alpha™ cameras
  • Uninterrupted 4K 60p recording (Continued)[v] by Effective heat dissipation and built-in cooling fan

Sony today officially announced the FX3 (model ILME-FX3) camera that combines the best of Sony’s industry-leading digital cinema technology with advanced imaging features from Alpha™ mirrorless cameras to create the ultimate cinematic look.

As the latest addition to Sony’s Cinema Line, the FX3 delivers a cinematic look and professional operability and reliability all in one device that answers the needs of young creators who are looking for new ways to express their creative vision. The new model provides outstanding image quality and usability for small scale and one-person shooting. The FX3 boasts first-class focus performance, optical image stabilisation, handheld shooting design and advanced heat dissipation for extended recording times. All this in a compact, lightweight body that provides the performance and mobility to meet the growing demands of today’s content creators.

“The FX3 was designed to turn creative vision into reality,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “It allows creators to bring their visual expression into the world of cinema through immersive content. We will continue to support the world’s creators through Sony’s Cinema Line Series.”

Cinematic Look

The FX3 flaunts Sony’s industry-leading image sensor technology to achieve high processing speeds and outstanding image quality. The full-frame, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor full-frame 10.2 megapixel(approx. effective) count for movie recording (and 12.1 effective megapixels for stills) and the BIONZ XR image processing engine team up to ensure high sensitivity with low noise. The standard ISO range is 80 to 102,400 (expandable to 409,600 when shooting a movie), and dynamic range is an impressively wide 15+ stops[ii].

In response to a growing need for more expressive depth, the FX3, along with FX9 and FX6 Cinema Line cameras, allows users to create a cinematic look without post-production using S-Cinetone. Based on the colour science inspired by Sony’s flagship VENICE camera, S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones, plus soft colours and smooth highlights that are essential to cinematic look.

Create movies with in-camera 4K recording at up to 120 frames per second[iii]. Extraordinarily smooth slow-motion imagery[vi] (up to 5x) at QFHD (3840 x 2160) resolution with autofocus provides new expressive capability.

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Yet Another Sony Alpha 1 vs Canon EOS R5 Comparison Review

Sony Alpha A1 Vs Canon EOS R5

Here is another Sony Alpha 1 vs Canon EOS R5 comparison review. Both are full frame mirrorless cameras.

Tony & Chelsea Northrup compare the Sony Alpha 1 ($6,500) and the Canon EOS R5 ($4,500). They test eye detection AF for portraits with both humans and dogs. Then, they take wildlife photos to test the bird eye AF. Next, they test two sports scenarios: photographing people running at the camera and motorsports and cars. The results may surprise you: the Sony Alpha 1 has plenty of power an speed, but the less expensive Canon R5 is still better in many comparisons.

Here are more Sony Alpha 1 vs Canon EOS R5 reviews. More Sony Alpha 1 coverage is listed here, for the Canon EOS R5 see here. More comparison reviews are listed here. More information about the Sony Alpha 1 can be found after the break.

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Camera Predictions 2021: Canon EOS R1, Sony a7IV, Panasonic GH6, and what else?

Camera Predictions 2021 Canon Eos 7d

Curious about camera predictions 2021? Not a rumor post but an educated guess about what cameras we might see getting released in 2021.

The camera prediction 2021 comes from Dan Watson. The 15 minutes video below looks at rumored cameras that might get released in 2021. Can’t say for the others, but the Canon EOS R1 is indeed rumored to be released in 2021 (“R1” is a moniker invented by the community, not an official Canon denomination). Other cameras Dan discusses are the Sony a7 IV, the Panasonic GH6, and more “crazy awesome cameras we should see announced in 2021“. Enjoy.

We expect some new gear from Canon in 2021. Here is a possible RF mount lens roadmap and here we have a list of all Canon cameras rumored to get released in 2021. And if someone told you the EOS M system is going to die please have a look here. All our Canon and camera rumors are listed here.

What are your camera predictions for 2021?

Sony Alpha 1 vs Canon EOS R5 Image Quality Comparison

Sony Alpha 1 Vs Canon EOS R5

Here is a rather interesting Sony Alpha 1 vs Canon EOS R5 comparison, under examination is the image quality.

Coming from well known reviewer Gordon Laing, the Sony Alpha 1 vs Canon EOS R5 comparison video below goes down deep into pixel peeping to establish which camera delivers the better photo quality.

More Sony Alpha 1 coverage is listed here, for the Canon EOS R5 see here. More comparison reviews are listed here.

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Canon EOS R6 vs Nikon Z6 II vs Sony a7C (which the best entry level professional FF mirrorless?)

Nikon Z6 Ii EOS R5 Vs Nikon Z6

Here is a Canon EOS R6 vs Nikon Z6 II vs Sony a7C comparison for the best entry level professional full frame mirrorless camera, which is a bit contradictory as phrase.

Not sure how “entry level” and “professional” together can define the same camera. However, the Canon EOS R6 vs Nikon Z6 II vs Sony a7C comparison by the The Slanted Lens in the 17 minutes video below is a neat view on how these cameras compare side by side.

We compare the Nikon Z6 II vs the Canon R6 vs the Sony a7C. See which one we recommend as the Best Entry Level Professional Full Frame Video and Still Camera. All 3 are under the $2500 price point. And they are all 3 crossover cameras. See how they compare. Which one would you choose?

More comparison reviews by The Slanted Lens are listed here. Selected Canon EOS R6 reviews are listed here.

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