Sony has announced the launching of the FX30, a 4K Super 35 compact cinema camera with numerous professional capabilities from the Cinema Line. Dual Base ISO, Log shooting modes, and user-imported LUTs are among the features (Look Up Tables).

The FX30 combines the latest imaging techniques with the cinematic expression of aspiring filmmakers. It has a new back-illuminated 20.1 megapixel APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor (Super 35 format) with dual base ISO (800/2500) for high sensitivity, low noise, and 14+ stops 1 of latitude.

The ILME-FX30 can record video in a variety of formats. It can shoot 4K Super 35 (16:9) at up to 60fps by oversampling from 6K. The ILME-FX30B can also shoot at high frame rates, such as 4K at 120fps and full HD at 240fps. Both 16:9 recording modes can record at 10-bit 4:2:2, and an HDMI Type-A connector can output 4K, 16-bit RAW 2 to an external recorder.

The FX30, like the rest of the Cinema Line, supports Log shooting modes by enabling Cine El, Cine El Quick, and Flexible ISO modes for recording with the S-Log3 gamma curve, allowing for greater colour grading versatility. All three techniques provide video recording while viewing the final image with an appropriate LUT.

Furthermore, the new Cinema Line camera has a number of built-in cinematic looks, including Sony’s S-Cinetone, and can shoot single stills. The BIONZ XR processing engine in the camera provides superior picture processing capabilities for natural gradations and realistic colour reproduction.

Creatives also have more control when using the Focus Map, which allows them to easily visualise depth of field, and Breathing Compensation, which provides a constant angle of vision when concentrating. The optical in-body 5-axis image stabilisation and time code sync also provide effective stabilisation for run and gun shoots in Active Mode.

The new Cinema Line camera also incorporates new features to help with the creative process, such as post-production editing with embedded LUTs and EI information. This metadata is accessible with Sony’s Catalyst Prepare 11 or Catalyst Browse programmes. In August, Adobe Premiere Pro received a new “Catalyst Prepare Plugin.”

The FX30’s flat-top design with threaded accessory attachment points makes it ideal for shooting handheld, taking low-angle pictures, putting on a gimbal, or adding accessories. The FX30 also has an XLR handle unit, which may be utilised to capture low-angle images, as well as different audio inputs, including two XLR audio inputs and a 3.5 mm stereo small jack for four-channel recording.

External microphones can be connected to the camera directly using the Multi Interface Shoe or the microphone jack. The new Cinema Line camera also has an inbuilt stereo microphone for recording audio.

The FX30 and FX30B include two memory card slots that are compatible with both CFexpress Type A cards and SDXC/SDHC cards, giving developers a wide range of shooting options. The FX30 also supports the recently introduced big-capacity CFexpress Type A memory cards.

In addition, the FX30 includes a novel heat dissipation structure for continuous 4K/60p recording, dependable power for longer recording, and a sturdy magnesium alloy chassis.

Sony FX30 availability

The FX30 is set to release in Malaysia this coming November. It can be bought together with or without the XLR handle.

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