Sony FX6 – Full-Frame Cinema Camera Beast In a Small Body

by Rey Sagar
Sony FX6 - Full-Frame Cinema Camera Beast In Small Body
Sony has just announced the launch of its new FX6 full-frame 4K cinema camera, which is going to be a little brother of the existing Sony FX9. Sony’s cinema technology and form factor with advanced imaging technologies taken from its Alpha mirrorless camera systems.
The new camera features a 10.2 MPiii full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor that delivers a 15+ stop wide dynamic range with high sensitivity and low noise. FX6’s base sensitivity is ISO 800 with an enhanced sensitivity setting of ISO 12,800v – expandable up to 409,600vi – for shooting in low and very low light conditions. 
Sony FX6 - Full-Frame Cinema Camera Beast In a Small Body
The New Sony FX6 is capable of recording in XAVC All Intra 4:2:2 10-bit depth with stunning image quality in DCI 4K (4096 x 2160 – up to 60p), QFHD 4K (3840 x 2160 – up to 120pvii), and FHD (1920×1080 – up to 240p) for incredibly detailed slow motion. When more convenient file sizes are needed, FX6 can record in XAVC Long GOP 4:2:0 8-bit QFHD 4K (3840 x 2160 – up to 120pvii) and 4:2:2 10-bit FHD (1920×1080 – up to 240p). 

FX6 also includes a BIONZ XR™ image processing engine, first used in the new Sony Alpha 7S III camera, providing up to four times faster processing performance compared to the FS5 II.

Developed with the same expertise as Sony’s world-leading VENICE cinema camera, FX6 offers advanced cinematic color science including S-CinetoneTM which is also available on Sony A7siii for richer tonal reproduction right out of the box as well as S-Log3, S-Gamut3, and S-Gamut3.Cine for post-production flexibility. FX6’s cinematic color science is optimized for premium applications by capturing the maximum dynamic range from the sensor and providing creative freedom.
Sony FX6 - Full-Frame Cinema Camera Beast In a Small Body

Sony Fx6 also shares similar native ISO values with the a7S III at 800 and 12,800 ISO. On the a7S III, the lower native ISO is 640.

FX6 seems to be an absolute low-light beast It can see what human eyes can’t see which is really interesting. It has a better processing system that actually produces even cleaner low light images than the a7S III. That would make the FX6 probably the most capable low light camera on the market.

Some of the highlighted features of the Sony FX7 :

  1. 4K 10.2 megapixel full-frame back-illuminated CMOS Exmor R sensor
  2. Ultra-high sensitivity with ISO expandable up to 409,600 for very low light
  3. 15+ stops of dynamic range
  4. S-Cinetone look profile, also used in FX9 and inspired by VENICE colorimetry
  5. BIONZ XR image processing engine, first used in Alpha 7S III
  6. Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, also used in Alpha cameras and FX9
  7. Recording up to 4K 120p / HD 240p, 10-bit 4:2:2 color depth in full-frame
  8. Support for up to 12G-SDI and 4K at up to 60p 16-bit SDI RAW output
  9. Compatible with more than 50 native E-mount lenses
  10. User uploadable LUTS

Pricing and Availability

The Sony FX6 will cost $5,998 or €5,500 plus sales tax / VAT. It should be available for preorder starting from November 18, 2020. There will be a kit option that comes bundled with the FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens which is going to be $7,198.

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