09-13-2019 - Gear, News
Sony Introduces the New FX9 4K Camera with Newly-Developed Full-Frame Sensor, Dual Base ISO and Fast Hybrid Autofocus System
By: SonyCine Team
The Sony FX9 is a next-generation camera offering greater creative freedom to help bring artistic visions to life. The FX9 features a full-frame sensor with dual base ISO, wide dynamic range, a Fast Hybrid autofocus system, a built-in variable ND filter system, cinematic color science with S-Cinetone™, and 4K recording oversampled by 6K resolution to deliver superb detail.
• 4K recording oversampled by 6K resolution to deliver superb smoothness and detail
• Newly developed “Exmor R” 6K sensor with lower noise and 15+ stops of latitude, wide dynamic range, and high sensitivity
• 4K 4:2:2 10bit internal recording to XQD memory cards
• Cinematic color science with S-Cinetone™. Developed with the same expertise as Sony’s world-leading VENICE digital cinema camera. This advanced default look delivers pleasing skin tones and a softer tonal look
• Dual base ISO (ISO 800 / ISO 4000)
• Electronic Variable Neutral Density filter / Auto ND
• Fast Hybrid Autofocus System (Phase-detection AF + Contrast AF) with fast and intelligent AF response, high-speed subject tracking, and accurate and customizable AF settings
• Genlock and Timecode In / Out on the camera body
• Improved ergonomics and usability improvements from FS7M2
SAN DIEGO, CA — SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 — At IBC 2019 in Amsterdam, Sony today unveiled the PXW-FX9, its first XDCAM camera featuring an advanced 6K² full-frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. The new camera offers content creators greater creative freedom and flexibility to capture stunning images that truly resonate with audiences.
Building on the success of the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7M2, the FX9 uniquely combines high mobility with an advanced AF system, impressive bokeh and slow-motion capabilities thanks to its newly-developed sensor. The FX9 also inherits its color science and a Dual Base ISO from the VENICE digital motion picture camera, creating the ultimate tool of choice for documentaries, music videos, drama productions and event shooting.
The FX9 was designed in close collaboration with the creative community and is another example of Sony continuously evolving its proposition to innovate with the customer and market needs. The camera benefits from the versatility, portability and performance expected of an FS7 series "Run & Gun" style camera, while also offering High Dynamic Range and full-frame shooting features.
“We are always listening to our customer’s voice, pushing to deliver innovation that allows them to realize their full artistic intention,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “With the new FX9, we are striking an attractive balance between agility and creative performance. We’ve combined the cinematic appeal of full-frame with advanced professional filmmaking capabilities in a package that’s extremely portable, and backed by the extraordinary versatility of Sony E-mount.”
The newly-developed Exmor R sensor offers wide dynamic range with high sensitivity, low noise and over 15 stops of latitude that can be recorded internally in 4K³ 4:2:2 10bit. Oversampling of the full-frame 6K sensor’s readout allows professionals to create high-quality 4K footage with impressive bokeh effects through shallow depth of field, while wide-angle shooting opens new possibilities for content creators to express their creativity.
A dual base ISO of 800 and 4000 enables the image sensor’s characteristics to best capture scenes from broad daylight to the middle of the night. With S-CinetoneTM color science, the new sensor can also create soft and alluring facial tones. The camera can also capture content up to five times slow-motion with Full HD 120fps shooting played back at 24p
The shallow depth of field available with a Full Frame image sensor requires precise focus control, and the enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system, with customizable AF transition speeds and sensitivity settings, combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. The dedicated 561-point phase-detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% in width and 96% in height of imaging area, allowing consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with fast-moving subjects while maintaining shallow depth of field.
Inspired by the high mobility "Run & Gun" style approach from the FS7 series of cameras, the FX9 offers content creators shooting flexibility thanks to a continuously variable Electronic Variable ND Filter. This allows instant exposure level changes depending on the filming environment – even when moving from an inside space to outdoors or while filming in changing natural light conditions.
Additionally, the FX9’s image stabilization metadata can be imported to Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare⁴ software, to create incredibly stable visuals even in handheld mode. Sony is also working to encourage other third-party non-linear editing tools to adopt this functionality.
The FX9 comes with a wide range of customizations and expansion features. These include compatibility with the new UWP-D series of wireless microphones via Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe) with digital audio interface, the XDCA-FX9 extension kit enabling 10bit S35 4K 120fps and 16bit RAW output in a future update, compatibility with Sony BP-GL and BP-FL series batteries, D-Tap, RJ-45 interface and stable “Dual Link” streaming by using two carrier lines, as well as DWX slot-in type digital wireless receiver commonly used in broadcasting settings⁵. The FX9 will also be compatible with the newly launched E-mount lens FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G, which uniquely balances full manual operability for movie shooting and auto-control functions.
“What narrative cinematographers, documentary filmmakers, music video directors and broadcasters have in common is a need for a flexible camera that allows them to tell unique stories, no matter the environment in which they operate. As a next-generation professional camera, the FX9 captures stunning visuals with the life-like image quality available from a full-frame image sensor while adding the benefits of advanced auto-focus features and customization. This makes it the ultimate creative tool for modern storytellers,” concludes Neal Manowitz.
The FX9 will be available towards the end of 2019 and on display at the Sony stand (A10, Hall 13) at IBC 2019 September 13th- 17th. For more information, please visit www.pro.sony/ibc
¹Initially supported recoding aspect is 16:9. 17:9 (active about 19M pixels) will be supported by future update.
²6K Oversampling, not capable of 6K recording
³3840x2160 recording is initially supported and 4096x2160 recording will be supported by future update.
⁴Planned to be supported by Ver.2019.2 in December 2019
A future update will be scheduled sequentially for summer 2020. Further details will be announced.
The FX9 is now available for preorder.
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