10-12-2019 - Gear, Technology
Jon Fauer, ASC weighs in on the new Sony FX9
By: Jon Fauer
Reprinted courtesy Jon Fauer, ASC, as seen in Film and Digital Times Magazine.
The Sony FX9 is an affordable, compact, lightweight cine camera designed to democratize Full-Frame. With a new companion Full-Frame zoom lens, this system is about the same size and weight as its Super35 predecessors and still shoots both formats. Full-Frame cine becomes mainstream. And, history repeats itself.
Sony VENICE arrived on September 6, 2017: Full-Frame, 6K.
The Sony FX9 excels at ergonomics and economics. It is comfortable and affordable.
I guess the reason the FX9 does not use the full 24mm height is processing power. The greater the picture height, the more work a sensor and processor have to perform. Perhaps full height Full-Frame will be achieved with future hardware or firmware updates.