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Sony announces FX9 4K camcorder with 6K sensor

Sony announces new FX9 4k camera with 6k fullframe sensor

Sony has announced a new E mount PXW-FX9 digital cinema camera as a successor to Sony FS7/FS7II.


Sensor: newly-developed 6K Full-Frame EXMOR sensor


Exmor R CMOS sensor in FS9 camera

15 stops Dynamic Range:

FX9 offers an exceptional 15+ stops of dynamic range – beyond the normal range of human perception – allowing for unprecedented creative freedom in colour grading and post. Camera operators can concentrate on framing the scene they want while relying upon the FX9 to capture every nuance and detail using either 4K 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording or 16-bit RAW external recording to an external recorder. The firmware to enable raw recording will be released on a future date. In grading, colourists can find colour and detail beyond the normal viewing abilities of the camera operator to create a final image that exactly portrays the mood of the scene.

7stop electronic variable ND filter


4K 4:2:2 in 10 bit records to dual XQD cards. Initially UHD. DCI 4k will be enabled later in December 2019. FHD 120p via extension kit. 16bit raw with XDCA extension kit

Dual ISO: ISO 800/4000

Catch the action with enhanced Fast Hybrid AF

Effortlessly track fast moving subjects with pin-sharp focus, even when using wide lens aperture settings to maintain a shallow depth of field with the camera’s full-frame sensor. Developed by Sony’s α camera engineers, enhanced Fast Hybrid AF combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. In addition, Face Detection intelligently recognises and locks on to human faces.

The dedicated 561-point phase detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% of the whole image area width and 96% of height, allowing consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with fast-moving subjects.

Customisable AF settings

FX9’s comprehensive autofocus settings provide the creative flexibility to integrate with any project.

7-level AF transition speeds from Fast – switching between subjects as quickly as possible – to Slow, where speed is reduced to fit a more measured shooting style, such as a historical TV drama.

5-level AF subject shift sensitivity ranges from Locked-on – ignoring other moving subjects in the frame – to Responsive that switches focus from one subject to another – ideal for snapping between race cars as they speed by.

Image stabilization:

With the PXW-FX9, image stabilization info from the built-in gyro is stored in the metadata so the shooter can choose to turn stabilization on/off or adjust the level of stabilization for each shot when using E-mount lenses, Sony’s Catalyst Browse (v. 2019.2) clip-organizing tool, and most popular NLE systems. Designed to smooth handheld shots to the look of a stabilized gimbal, this feature offers impressive stabilization control.


Selectable frame rates in both full-frame & Super 35

Choose your desired frame-rate from 1fps up to 180fps* for impressive quick and slow-motion footage. FX9 creates an immersive image with a wide angle look and shallower depth of field provided by its full-frame sensor in combination with quick and slow-motion. Engage your audience with this new creative look. FX9 also offers a Quality priority setting** that maximises full HD slow motion image quality with advanced oversampling technology.

*Up to 120fps with Ver1.0. Full-HD 180fps will be supported with future firmware

**In Full-frame scanning mode: selectable at 1-30fps / In S35 scanning mode: selectable at 1-60fps 

*Supported in future firmware update

**Supported in future firmware update. RAW output only

*** Supported in the future firmware update. Scanning area is cropped around 83% of full-frame and 122% larger than S35. (diagonal)

4-channel audio input and recording

FX9 offers superb audio capabilities with independent control dials for each channel. In applications such as interview, 4-channel audio recording enables simultaneous use of an external microphone for recording ambient sounds, the built-in microphone for voice memos by the operator, and two optional UWP Series wireless microphones for voice of interviewer and interviewee. In addition, using the optional XLR-K3M, XLR-K2M or XLR-K1M XLR adapter – with two extra XLR inputs – allows even more devices to be connected.

Sony’s new XDCA-FX9 extension unit provides the flexibility of adding dual-link streaming and file transfer via Sony’s XDCAM air service for a quick news production workflow. This module also provides additional ports to power pro camera accessories and in a future update, 16-bit raw output and Sony wireless mic receiver compatibility.

Cost: $10998 USD

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How many of you are planning to buy the Sony FS9 camera?

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