A new line of cinema cameras
Sony’s Cinema Line, which also includes the VENICE and FX9 cameras, delivers a coveted filmic look cultivated from extensive experience in digital cinema production. As part of the Cinema Line, the all-new Sony FX6 Full Frame Cinema Camera incorporates Sony’s core technologies of image sensor, processing engine, and AF (autofocus) performance. It is also compatible with the wide range of Sony E-mount lenses for creative flexibility and has enhanced operability thanks to an innovative body design, extensive durability and intuitive customizability.
Image sensor with blazing fast readout speed
The back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, with 10.2 effective megapixels, boasts a blazingly fast data readout speed along with high sensitivity and wide dynamic range. An advanced color filter array boosts color reproduction accuracy, while focal plane phase-detection AF enables solid autofocus stability and excellent precision, all of which contribute to outstanding image quality.
High performance image-processing engine
The BlONZ XR image-processing engine boasts class-leading speed, providing up to four times faster processing performance compared to the FS5 II, minimizing latency while providing impressive real-time processing capabilities. The engine performs real time processing of autofocus (AF), image recognition and image quality adjustments, while also handling data transfer, user interface and other camera operations.
High sensitivity, wide dynamic range
Beautiful bokeh expression and high sensitivity performance are delivered by Sony’s 10.2-megapixel1 full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and a state-of-the-art BIONZ XR processing engine. Thanks to the large pixel size and back illuminated structure of the full frame sensor, the FX6 delivers an incredible 15+ stop wide dynamic range with high sensitivity and low noise throughout the camera’s sensitivity range. Its base sensitivity is ISO 800 with an enhanced sensitivity setting of ISO 12,800 - expandable up to 409,600 - for shooting in low and very low light conditions.
Acclaimed cinematic -color with S-Cinetone
The inclusion of Sony's acclaimed S-Cinetone look, inherited from the development of the VENICE and FX9 development, allows beautiful images to be achieved directly in-camera. S-Cinetone is optimized for natural skin tones and mid-range colors, with gentle highlight roll-off, for impressive subject depiction.
4K High Frame Rate 120fps recording
Full-frame 4K (QFHD) recording at up to 120fps with autofocus is possible thanks to the high-speed readout capabilities of the image sensor and the powerful BIONZ XR processor. Even at high frame rates, ultra-detailed 4K (QFHD) images are captured using full-pixel readout without binning, for clear post-produced slow motion (up to 5x slower than real time). The high-precision AF even allows wide open aperture for beautiful full-frame bokeh to be achieved during slow motion shooting.
10-bit depth and 4:2:2 color sampling
The FX6 is capable of 4K internal recording, encoding 10-bit depth and 4:2:2 color sampling with either Full-HD Long-GOP or 4K All Intra compression. This makes it possible to push your color grades further, stretching video out for ultimate HDR realism while still retaining natural gradation, for true editing freedom.
Sony's powerful built in electronic Variable ND Filter
Sony's revolutionary internal electronic variable ND filter offers easy and seamless control of the camera’s filter density. Users can adjust the filter density manually in increments from 1/4 to 1/128 or set variable ND to auto for a smooth and seamless transition from 0 to 1/128 ND. Variable ND in auto perfectly exposes images without affecting the depth of field, shutter angle or ISO even during changing lighting conditions. Additional creative control allows the user to change depth of field without changing exposure by adjusting the iris while the variable ND automatically adjusts for exposure. Combined with the camera’s ultra-high sensitivity, the electronic variable ND filter provides users with outstanding creative control in almost any shooting environment.
10-bit HLG9 picture profile
An HLG9 (Hybrid Log-Gamma) HDR picture profile, complete with the wide-gamut BT.2020 color 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 color grading. 10-bit recordings reproduce a level of fine gradation and detail for extraordinary realism.
All-Intra internal recording
In addition to Long-GOP inter-frame compression, internal intra-frame (All-Intra) recording is supported. XAVC 4K Intra recording compresses each frame independently at a high bitrate, up to 600Mbps, so is ideal for capturing complex motion, and allowing maximum flexibility and playback performance during post-production.
16-bit RAW data output
To facilitating high 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 DCI (4096x2160) or QFHD (3840x2160) data from the image sensor with a choice of 59.94 / 50 / 29.97 / 25 / 24 / 23.98 frame rates. Simultaneous RAW output is possible while recording internal XAVC-I.
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. Two color gamut settings (S- Gamut3, and S-Gamut3.Cine) make post-production editing and color grading easier when matching the colors of footage shot on the FX6 with Sony's Cinema Line cameras including the FX9 and VENICE.
Preset and User 3D LUT compatibility with Scene File
The Scene File function provides powerful color 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 (SCinetone, Standard, Still, ITU709) and two for HDR (HLG9 Live, HLG Natural). A further 16 slots support User 3D LUT import to achieve custom looks or for specific monitoring or color-space transforms.
Fast Hybrid AF for dependable focus during movie shooting
FX6 incorporates Sony’s highly acclaimed Fast Hybrid AF (autofocus) in all modes and frame rates. Fast Hybrid AF combines 627 focal plane phase-detection AF points 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, approx. 89% of the imaging area. Adjustable 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 customizable button.
Real-time Eye AF and Face Detection AF
Powerful Real-time Eye AF and Face Detection AF are built in for reliable focusing on people, especially in unpredictable shooting environments such as news gathering, event and documentary shooting. 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.
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.
Proxy recording for more efficient editing workflow
When capturing higher bitrate formats such as XAVC-I 4K, low bit-rate HD proxy files can be recorded simultaneously. These smaller proxy files can then be used for editing and previewing prior to final production delivery which reduces computer load and allows faster and more efficient workflows. Proxy files are captured in 8-bit XAVC-L (1920x1080) 9Mbps MP4 wrapper. Proxy files cannot be captured during 16-bit RAW output.
Reliable durability and weather resistance
In response to feedback from working professional, the dust and moisture resistance of FX6 have been dramatically improved when compared to FS5 II, thanks to refinements throughout the body. Additional 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. Even though the dust and moisture resistance and therefore reliability have been significantly improved, the body dimensions remain compact.
High-definition 2.76 million-dot (approx.) flexible LCD touch panel
The 3.5” 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 and a quick access control menu, it provides intuitive control for commonly accessed features. Camera operators can change key settings with a single touch - including Codec, Imager Scan Mode, Picture Size and Frequency, Base ISO and Sensitivity, Shooting Mode and Audio Levels.
Innovative heat dissipation to prevent thermal shut down
FX6 features an innovative heat dissipation structure to ensure dependable full-frame recording in demanding environments and at high resolutions and frame rates. This includes a complete redesign of the chassis structure, placement of the internal heatsinks and the entire airflow structure, from louvers to circuit board layout. When required, a silent fan provides ventilation for continuous recording at full resolution, with intake and exhaust air structurally isolated to maintain strong dust and moisture resistance.
FX6 features a range of professional interfaces including independent 12G-SDI (supports 3G/6G-SDI) suitable for external 16-bit RAW recording as well as HDMI output for program monitoring. Timecode (TC IN/ TC OUT) connectors allow multi-camera sync, and SuperSpeed USB-C 5Gbps (USB 3.2) allows shooting data to be uploaded to a PC at high speed.
A choice of battery types for different applications
FX6 is compatible with BP-U series battery packs. The BP-U35 (supplied), BP-U70, BP-U100t 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.
The smart handle, attachable to the top of FX6, allows stable camerawork and operation in low-angle shooting. It's also equipped with XLR terminals, a mic holder and a digital Ml (Multi Interface) 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. Standard 1/4-inch screw holes for accessory attachment are provided at seven locations on the handle for increased flexibility. Thoughtful touches for adaptable workflows are also considered, such as including storage for the handle protection cap in the handle itself which is used to seal the body connectors if the handle is removed for rigging.
FX6's ergonomic Smart Grip is designed for powerful and comfortable camera control even during prolonged or dynamic shooting situations. Three customizable 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.
Dual card slots, both compatible with SD and CFexpress Type A
Professional workflows demand two identical card slots for peace-of-mind redundant recording or extended record times with additional media options. Both media slots support UHS-I and UHS-II SDXC/SDHC cards as well as new high-speed CFexpress Type A cards for higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds. CFexpress Type A cards are ideally suited to 4K movie recording at high bit rates and frame rates, providing next-generation write speeds and are capable of quickly clearing camera buffers even when high volumes of movie data are being generated.
Data communications to support onsite workflow
To facilitate professional workflows, network communications features support both FTP transfer for movie files as well as remote shooting capability. Wireless 5GHz / 2.4GHz15 LAN connections are supported, and wired connectivity to 1000BASE-l Ethernet networks is available via a USB-to-Ethernet adaptor cable connected to the camera's USB Type-C® port supporting SuperSpeed USB SGbps (USB 3.2).
Dual XLR inputs and enhanced audio capability
The handle of the FX6 carries two independent easy-access XLR audio inputs to connect external professional microphones. Additionally, the Ml (Multi Interface) Shoe allows for compatible MI Shoe microphones to be connected, such as the UWP series wireless microphone or additional XLR kits like the XLR-K3M. The Smart Handle includes built-in stereo microphone while the body houses a monaural microphone - useful for syncing video when only the body is in use.
Metadata to facilitate editing with Catalyst
Sony's Catalyst Browse and Prepare software are ideal production partners for FX6 which records three types of metadata: image stabilization, 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.