Sony today announced the cheapest member of its FX Cinema Line of cameras. The FX30 takes the existing FX3 camera and swaps the full-frame sensor with a smaller APS-C version.
The FX30 features a new back-illuminated 20.1 megapixel APS-C EXMOR R CMOS sensor in the popular Super 35 format. The sensor has a dual base ISO of 800 and 2500 and 14+ stops of dynamic range.
The camera can shoot 4K video using a supersampled version of the 6K sensor in 24p, 30p, and 60p. It can also record 4K in 120p but with a 1.62x crop. Videos can be recorded in 10-bit 4:2:2 in H.265 or H.264, with RAW output available through HDMI to an external Atmos Ninja V+ recorder.
Like other Cinema Line cameras, the FX30 features Log shooting modes by enabling Cine EI, Cine EI Quick, and Flexible ISO modes for recording in S-Log3. The camera also includes Sony’s S-Cinetone profile for natural out of the camera colors.
Aside from the sensor differences, the FX30 is essentially an FX3, with the exact same body with the threaded accessory mounts and control layout that is optimized for video recording, although you can still capture stills if necessary. It has the same two memory card slots compatible with CFexpress Type A and SDXC/SDHC cards. The camera can also be used as a webcam over USB.
The Sony FX30 is priced at $2200 and will be available in late October. A version without the XLR microphone handle (FX30B) will be sold for $1800.