FX6 Cinema Line Full-frame camera
Compact full-frame camera, with mobility and operability for solo shooting
The FX6 delivers compactness and performance, with a full-frame image sensor and Sony’s renowned high sensitivity. Leading-edge movie functions deliver stunning AF performance with face and eye detection, and a library of preset looks allows stunning cinematic expression to be achieved easily and flexibly.
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Image sensor with blazing fast readout speed
The back-illuminated full-frame Exmor RTM CMOS sensor, with 10.2 effective megapixels
High performance image-processing engine
The BIONZ XRTM image-processing engine boasts class-leading speed performance, minimising latency while providing impressive real-time processing capabilities. The engine performs real-time processing of AF, image recognition and image quality adjustments, while also handling data transfer, user interface and other camera operations.
High sensitivity, wide dynamic range
The full-frame 10.2-megapixel
- Approximate effective pixels.
- In Custom mode.
- With 10% image crop.
- When shooting in QFHD resolution.
Full-frame 4K (QFHD) recording at up to 120fps
- With 10% image crop.
- Post-production editing and S&Q mode recording required (sound recording not available).
- When the 59.94Hz, 29.97Hz or 23.98Hz system frequency is used, AF is available at 30, 60, 120 and 240 fps. When the 50Hz or 25Hz system frequency is used, AF is available at 25, 50, 100 and 200 fps. AF is not available when the 24Hz system frequency is used.
Acclaimed cinematic colour with S-Cinetone™
The inclusion of Sony’s acclaimed S-Cinetone look, inherited from the development of the FX9, allows beautiful images to be achieved directly in-camera. S-Cinetone is optimised for natural skin tones and mid-range colours, with gentle highlight roll-off, for impressive subject depiction and powerful camera-matching and post-production possibilities.
Preset and User 3D LUT compatibility with Scene File
The Scene File function provides powerful colour interpretation right in the camera, with a range of presets and custom User 3D LUT imports to fit your production or style requirements. Four preset scene file types are included for SDR shooting (S-Cinetone, Standard, Still, ITU709) and two for HDR (HLG Live, HLG Natural). A further 16 slots support User 3D LUT import to achieve custom looks or for specific monitoring or colour-space transforms.
10-bit HLG picture profile
An HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) HDR picture profile, complete with the wide-gamut BT.2020 colour space, can be used for direct HDR (HLG) playback on compatible TVs. The result is true-to-life imagery close to what the naked eye can see, with detailed shadows and highlights, less blackout and less whiteout, all without the need for colour grading. In particular, 10-bit recordings reproduce a level of fine gradation and detail for extraordinary realism. High flexibility to fine-tune images as desired (colour grading required) Instant high-quality image (colour grading not required)
S-Log3 for better reproduction of gradations
S-Log3 gamma curves are available, with S-Log3 designed for better reproduction of gradations from shadows to the mid-grey range (18 grey), enabling a dynamic range of up to 15+ stops
- With 10% image crop.
Recording movies with 10-bit depth and 4:2:2 colour sampling
The FX6 is capable of 4K internal recording, encoding 10-bit depth and 4:2:2 colour sampling with All-Intra compression. This makes it possible to push your colour grades further, stretching video out for ultimate HDR realism while still retaining natural gradation, for true editing freedom.
A choice of battery types for different applications
The FX6 is compatible with BP-U series battery packs. The BP-U35, BP-U70, BP-U100, or BP-U60T can be selected according to shooting needs. The BP-U35, for example, is an ideal choice to make most of the camera’s mobility when it is to be used handheld. The BP-U100, on the other hand, can provide extended recording time when the FX6 is to be mounted on a tripod or other support. The battery CHECK button allows charge level to be checked even when the battery is not connected to the camera.
All-Intra internal recording
In addition to Long-GOP inter-frame compression, internal intra-frame (All-Intra) recording is supported
- For All-Intra, the file format should be set to XAVC-I 4K, XAVC-I QFHD or XAVC-I HD.
16-bit RAW data output
Facilitating improved image quality and more flexible and efficient editing in post production, the camera supports 16-bit RAW data output to an external recorder via SDI. RAW video output is 4096x2160 or 3840x2160 data from the image sensor with a choice of 120
- Available from Ver.1.10 firmware
- Available from Ver.1.10 firmware
- The image is cropped by approximately 10% during RAW video output. For details of compatible third-party external recorders, please see manufacturers’ specifications.
Proxy recording for more efficient editing workflow
When shooting movies, low bit-rate HD proxy files can be recorded simultaneously with higher bit-rate formats such as XAVC 4K, and these smaller proxy files can then be used for editing and previewing prior to final production delivery. This reduces computer load and allows faster and more efficient workflows. Proxy files are captured in 8-bit XAVC-L (1980x1080 9Mbps MP4 wrapper)
- Proxy recording has some restrictions depending on shooting mode.
Fast Hybrid AF for dependable focus during movie shooting
Fast Hybrid AF combines focal plane phase-detection AF with contrast-detection AF. This results in highly precise, smooth tracking of fast-moving subjects even over a wide range with a shallow depth of field. AF Transition Speed and AF Subject Shift Sensitivity parameters allow more flexible focus control, as demanded by professional users. Both allow preset settings to be recalled during recording by using a customisable button.
Real-time Eye AF and Face Detection AF
For reliable focusing on people, especially in unpredictable shooting environments such as news gathering, event and documentary shooting, powerful Real-time Eye AF and Face Detection AF are built in. The real-time processing capability of the BIONZ XR image processing engine automatically maintains accurate eye focus on faces even in profile, looking up or down, or partially obscured - allowing you to concentrate fully on shot composition.
Reliable durability and weather resistance
- Not guaranteed to be 100% dust- and moisture-proof.
In response to pro opinions, enhanced sealing is applied to the media compartment lid, terminal cover and all joints in the chassis. Routes to dust and moisture entry have been re-examined to ensure reliable operation in challenging environments.
Lens-ring AF subject selection
When the AF Assist function is ON, rotating the focus ring instantly switches from autofocus to manual focus so that a different subject can be quickly selected. The face selection algorithm has also been improved so that the focus ring can be used to quickly and intuitively select specific individuals from within a group when shooting with Real-time Eye AF or Face Detection. Autofocus operation resumes as soon as the user stops rotating the lens focus ring, and the last subject selected by the focus ring is automatically tracked.
Sony’s powerful electronic Variable ND Filter built in
The revolutionary electronic Variable ND Filter controls the opacity of the neutral filter seamlessly from 1/4 to 1/128ND to achieve unmatched creative control and fluidity. Unique to Sony, it can manually or automatically adjust exposure without affecting the depth of field or shutter angle, letting you achieve perfect exposure even moving between different environments such as from indoors to out.
Magnesium alloy body achieves high durability with light weight
To perform reliably in challenging environments the main chassis, as well as top, front, and rear covers and the handle are constructed from lightweight magnesium alloy. The magnesium alloy main frame achieves high strength and durability with minimum weight in order to maximise mobility. The rigidity of the mount area is also boosted by the provision of six screws for stable attachment of heavy lenses.
Innovative heat dissipation to prevent thermal shut down
To ensure dependable full-frame recording in demanding environments and at high resolutions and frame rates, the FX6 features an innovative heat dissipation structure. A complete redesign of the chassis structure assessed the placement of internal heatsinks and the entire airflow structure, from louvers to circuit board layout. When required, a silent
- The sound level from the fan depends on recording mode and operating environment.
- Shooting is possible as long as the battery and media are not exhausted.
High-definition 2.76 million-dot
The 3.5-size LCD panel (1280 x 720 pixels) is mounted on an extended pedestal, and adjustable to a wide range of angles for easy video monitoring regardless of camera rigging and shooting angle. Mounting points are provided at three places on the handle and two on the body. With touch panel support, it also provides intuitive control for many camera settings, even where camera body controls are less accessible.
The FX6’s ergonomic Smart Grip is designed for powerful and comfortable camera control even during prolonged or dynamic shooting situations. Three customisable buttons, plus essential zoom and start/stop control and a custom dial suitable for Iris or Variable ND Filter control, are all positioned in easy grip reach. The freely-adjustable telescoping handle and grip angle are set with a single button, for effortless position changes without slowing production.
Attachable to the top face of the camera, the smart handle allows stable camerawork and operation when the smart grip is difficult to hold, for example in low-angle shooting. It’s also equipped with XLR terminals, a mic holder and a digital Multi Interface (MI) Shoe, allowing use with a variety of existing pro accessories. Two assignable buttons, a multi-selector button and a handle assignable dial have also been added for improved operability. Compatible with 1/4-20 UNC screws (length of 6 mm or less) for accessory attachment are provided at seven locations on the handle and 10 locations on the body for increased freedom. Thoughtful touches for adaptable workflows are also considered, such as including storage for the handle protection cap in the handle itself – ready to seal the body connectors if the handle is removed for rigging.
The FX6 features a range of professional interfaces including independent
- Selectable resolutions are limited depending on frame rate.
Dual XLR inputs and enhanced audio capability
The handle of the FX6 carries two independent audio inputs (easy-access XLR connectors) to connect external professional microphones. Additionally, a UWP series wireless microphone may be connected via the MI Shoe.
Two CFexpress Type A-compatible media slots
The camera's two media slots are compatible with CFexpress Type A cards as well as SDXC/SDHC cards supporting UHS-I and UHS-II speed classes
- CFexpress Type B cards are not supported.
Data communications to support on-site workflow
Network communications features support FTP transfer for movie files as well as remote shooting capability, to facilitate professional workflows during shoots. Wireless 5GHz
- 5GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions.
Metadata to facilitate editing with Catalyst
Sony’s Catalyst Browse and Prepare software are ideal production partners for the FX6. The FX6 records three types of metadata: image stabilisation, clip flag, and camera rotation. These can be useful when previewing and preparing to edit in Sony’s free Catalyst Browse or cost-effective Catalyst Prepare software
- Catalyst v2020.1 (coming in 2020) is required.
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