Product Highlights
  • 10.2MP CMOS Exmor R Sensor
  • Full Frame Format
  • ISO 80–102400 Expandable to 409600
  • 4K (3840 x 2160) at 120p Video Recording
  • 10-Bit 4:2:2 XAVC S-I,16-Bit Raw Output
  • Dual CFexpress Type A/SDXC Card Slots
  • Tilting Touchscreen
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FX3 | Full- frame Cinema Line Camera

New Cinematic Freedom

Sony's FX3 Cinema Line camera brings the visions of passionate content creators to life. Cinematic expression is matched with reliable performance and streamlined operation to serve the needs of today's creative community. Compact and lightweight, it's easy to carry and handle.

Key Features:

  • Full-frame back-illuminated 12.1MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 colour and 15+ stops of dynamic range
  • Front, side and rear tally lamps and zoom lever
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • UHD 4K video up to 120p

* Lens and micropone pictured not included.

Unlock the world of professional cinema

In service of cinematic expression

Enjoy rich detail and realistic colour

The FX3 is capable of 4K internal recording, 10-bit depth and 4:2:2 colour sampling with All Intra on top of Long-GOP compression.
This makes it possible to push your colour grades further while still retaining natural gradation, for true editing freedom.


Full-frame image capture
Even in dim light

The FX3's full-frame image sensor is coupled with innovative light-gathering techniques to let you capture clear and usable images even in dim light. The standard ISO sensitivity of 80–102400 for movies is expandable all the way up to 409600. 


Wide dynamic range
Wider creative expression

The FX3 offers an exceptional 15+ stops of dynamic range to handle settings ranging from well-lit interiors and outdoors in mid-day to morning and evening shots. Capture every nuance, and allow for unprecedented cinematic freedom in colour grading.


Stunning bokeh
And full-frame creativity

Capture the scene in cinematic 4K resolution, with the shallow depth of field, stunning bokeh, and cinematic freedom made possible with a full-frame sensor.

Cinematic colour science of S-Cinetone

S-Cinetone colour, developed for Sony's acclaimed FX9, is the default look on the FX3 for cinematic expression. It's precisely tuned to meet the requirements of today's content creators, with rich colour and natural skin tones that match other Cinema Line cameras without grading. 

4K 120fps with every frame in focus 

Even at high frame rates, detailed 4K imagery is captured thanks to the FX3's high-precision AF and high-speed readout capabilities. Slow and Quick (S&Q) mode gives you full control over the shooting frame rate, for beautiful motion sequences at up to 5x slow motion (with 24p output).

10-bit S-Log and HDR recording for smooth gradations

S-Log gamma curve and S-Gamut.Cine enable shooting with high-quality colour reproduction over a wide dynamic range, and they make it easy to match up footage with shots from other Cinema Line cameras during post-production. In addition, an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) HDR picture profile enables direct HDR (HLG) playback on compatible TVs with no post-production. 

16-bit RAW HDMI output 

For demanding post-production workflows, 16-bit RAW output is available over HDMI connection to compatible external recorders while XAVC HS 4K, XAVC S 4K, or XAVC S-I 4K and proxy files are simultaneously captured in-camera. RAW video output is 4264 x 2408 [16:9] resolution, exceeding DCI-4K resolution.

Designed for comfortable solo shooting

Smooth transitions and touch focus control 

The FX3 includes AF Transition Speed in seven settings, to easily create rack focus, and five AF Subject Shift Sensitivity settings, which allows the user to customize how easily AF will switch or stay with the locked-on subject. You can also select the subject you want to focus on simply by touching the LCD monitor. 

Dependable, highly accurate autofocus

The wide-area AF with intelligent tracking uses focal-plane phase-detection for tenacious subject tracking across almost the entire frame. The Fast Hybrid AF system delivers precise focusing even when shooting at a shallow depth of field and at high frame rates of 120p in 4K (QFHD).

Sophisticated tracking AF for steady focus

Sophisticated tracking features keep your subject in steady focus, so you can concentrate on composition. Real-time Eye AF ensures precise focus on the face and eyes, while Real-time Tracking is powered by Sony's unique AI-based subject recognition algorithms.

High-mobility performance wherever you go

With a compact size and light weight, the FX3 is designed for high mobility. The attached handle and cage-free accessory mounting holes allow fast setup, fluid shooting, and quick pack-down. The main body and covers are constructed from lightweight magnesium alloy to enhance durability and performance even in challenging environments.

In-camera image stabilization 

Active Mode is an optical in-body 5-axis image stabilization system that provides increased stabilization for movie shooting. To preserve image quality, the gyroscope sensor accurately measures camera shake and compensates optically. This makes stable video possible even when shooting hand-held without gimbal use, while walking, and at 4K resolution.

Image stabilization and easier editing with Catalyst

Camera-shake metadata is recorded by the built-in gyro, allowing handheld footage to be smoothed out and stabilized in post-production. Using Sony's Catalyst Browse / Catalyst Prepare desktop application you can easily balance automated shake-compensation and image-trimming levels. Catalyst can also make effective use of recorded camera-rotation data.


Sample Footage
Cinema Line FX3


Behind the Scene
Cinema Line FX3

Expandability and operability for content creators

Vari-angle LCD touch-panel monitor

The 3.0-type (1.44 million-dot) LCD touch-screen panel features a side-opening design to allow flexible positioning and improved visibility when the camera is mounted on gimbals. Touch-panel support also provides intuitive menu control for many camera settings. 

Essential controls for efficient solo shooting

In addition to six customizable buttons, frequently used controls are within easy one-handed reach, leaving your other hand free for lens operation or balance. And usability is enhanced by multiple screw holes on the body and handle, allowing accessories to be attached directly.

Front and rear tally lamps 

Tally lights on the front and rear of the FX3 indicate whether the camera is recording at any given moment. They are clearly visible to both the camera operator and the person performing in front of the camera.

Attachable XLR handle 

A handle equipped with an XLR adaptor with two full size XLR terminals can be attached to the Multi Interface (MI) Shoe on the camera for more comfortable and stable camerawork in difficult shooting situations, such as low-position shots. 

XLR adaptor and digital input for quality audio

In addition to the camera's convenient built-in microphone, a variety of professional microphones can be connected externally via the full-size XLR connectors on the handle through a digital audio interface via Multi Interface (MI) Shoe. Three recording formats can be selected, including 24-bit 4-channel. Digital audio recording is also possible by attaching a digital microphone such as the ECM-B1M even when the handle is not used.

Dual high-speed media slots 

Designed for next-generation filmmaking requirements, CFexpress Type A cards support high bit-rate recording. The camera's slots are ready for CFexpress Type A as well as conventional SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II cards.

Uninterrupted 4K/60p recording

For uninterrupted 4K/60p recording, the FX3 is designed with an innovative heat dissipation system. Heatsink placement, airflow structure, and a silent cooling fan work to optimize cooling even during long shoots.

Remote camera control and network transfer

A network connection, via Wi-Fi or wired via a USB Type-C connector, provides support for remote control from smartphones or tablets, with either NFC one-touch or manual pairing. Remote shooting can be controlled from a PC with Sony's Imaging Edge Desktop application, or from a mobile device with Imaging Edge Mobile. And captured still and movie files can be transferred using high-speed FTP. 

Remote preview, shooting, and streaming

Either wired or wireless remote shooting is available from a PC, or from a mobile device with Imaging Edge Mobile installed, for more efficient workflows and shooting in challenging environments. Imaging Edge Webcam enables high-image-quality online video communication.

What's Included

FX3 Cinema Line Full-Frame Camera Body
NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Battery
BC-QZ1 Battery Charger
Power Cord
USB-A to USB-C Cable (USB 3.2)
XLR Handle Unit
Body Cap
Handle Shoe Cap
Accessory Shoe Cap
Accessory Shoe Kit

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Product Specifications

FX3

General

 
CAMERA TYPE Interchangeable lens digital camera
LENS MOUNT E-mount

Power

 
POWER CONSUMPTION [Movie] Approx. 7.3 W (with FE 28–70 mm F3.5–5.6 OSS lens attached), [Still image] Approx. 3.4 W (with FE 28–70 mm F3.5–5.6 OSS lens attached)
BATTERY OPERATING TIME Approx. 95 min (Actual recording, CIPA standard) 1, Approx. 135 min (Continuous recording, CIPA standard), Approx. 600 shots (LCD monitor) (still images, CIPA standard)

Operation

 
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
STORAGE TEMPERATURE
–20 °C to +60 °C (–4 °F to +140 °F)

Recording Format

 
Video XAVC HS
[XAVC HS 4K] 59.94p/50p 200 Mbps/150 Mbps/100 Mbps/75 Mbps/45 Mbps, MPEG-H HEVC / H.265, 23.98p 100 Mbps/100 Mbps/50 Mbps/50 Mbps/30 Mbps, MPEG-H HEVC / H.265, 119.88p/100p 280 Mbps/200 Mbps, MPEG-H HEVC / H.265

XAVC S
[XAVC S 4K] 59.94p/50p 200 Mbps/150 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 29.97p/25p 140 Mbps/100 Mbps/60 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 23.98p 100 Mbps/100 Mbps/60 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, [XAVC S HD] 59.94p/50p 50 Mbps/50 Mbps/25 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 29.97p/25p 50 Mbps/50 Mbps/16 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 23.98p 50 Mbps/50 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 119.88p/100p 100 Mbps/60 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264

XAVC S-I
[XAVC S-I 4K] 59.94p/50p 600 Mbps/500 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 29.97p/25p 300 Mbps/250 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 23.98p 240 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, [XAVC S-I HD] 59.94p/50p 222 Mbps/185 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 29.97p/25p 111 Mbps/93 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 23.98p 100 Mbps/100 Mbps/60 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, 119.88p/100p 280 Mbps/200 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Audio LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 16 bit), LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 24 bit), LPCM 4ch (48 kHz 24 bit), MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Recording Frame Rate XAVC HS
[XAVC HS 4K] 3840 x 2160/119.88p, 100p, 59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P

XAVC S
[XAVC S 4K] 3840 x 2160/119.88p, 100p, 59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P, [XAVC S-I HD] 1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P

XAVC S-I
[XAVC S-I 4K] 3840 x 2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P, [XAVC S-I HD] 1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
Recording/ Playback Time XAVC HS
[XAVC HS 4K] 59.94p/50p 200M When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 85 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 40 minutes, 59.94p/50p 150M When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 110 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 55 minutes, 59.94p/50p 100M When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 170 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 80 minutes, 59.94p/50p 75M When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 220 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 100 minutes

XAVC S
[XAVC S 4K] 59.94p/50p 200M When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 85 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 40 minutes, 59.94p/50p 150M When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 110 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 55 minutes, [XAVC S HD] 59.94p/50p 50M When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 310 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 150 minutes, 59.94p/50p 25M When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 550 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 210 minutes

XAVC S-I
[XAVC S-I 4K] XAVC S-I 4K 59.94p/50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 25 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 10 minutes, [XAVC S-I HD] 59.94p/50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB) Approx. 75 minutes, When using CEA-G80T (80 GB) Approx. 35 minutes

PROXY VIDEO
1280 x 720 (Approx. 6 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (Approx. 9 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (Approx. 16 Mbps)
RAW Output HDMI: 4264 x 2408 (60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p), 16 bit

Camera

 
SENSOR TYPE 35 mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
PIXELS Approx. 10.2 megapixels (effective) for movies, Approx. 12.1 megapixels (effective) for Still images, Approx. 12.9 megapixels (total)
SENSITIVITY [Movie] ISO 80–102400 equivalent (ISO numbers up to ISO 409600 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 80–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), [Still image] ISO 80–102400 (ISO numbers up from ISO 40 to ISO 409600 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 80–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
SHUTTER SPEED Movie: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode) Still image: 1/8000 to 30 s, Bulb

Slow & Quick Motion

 
Slow & Quick Motion XAVC HS
XAVC HS 4K: [NTSC mode] 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps2, [PAL mode] 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps2

XAVC S
XAVC S 4K: [NTSC mode] 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps2, [PAL mode] 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps2, XAVC S HD: [NTSC mode] 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, 240fps2, [PAL mode] 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps, 200fps2

XAVC S-I
XAVC S-I 4K: [NTSC mode] 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps2, [PAL mode] 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps2, XAVC S-I HD: [NTSC mode] 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, 240fps2, [PAL mode] 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps, 200fps2

White Balance

 
WHITE-BALANCE MODES Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent / Flash / Underwater / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter / Custom

Gamma

 
GAMMA CURVE Off / PP1–PP10, Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1-3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset

Latitude

 
LATITUDE 15+ stop (S-Log3)

Focus System

 
TYPE Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
FOCUS POINT [Movie] 627 points, [Still image] 35 mm full frame: 759 points (phase-detection AF)
SENSITIVITY RANGE EV-6 to EV20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
FOCUS MODE [Movie] AF-C, MF, [Still image] AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C (Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
FOCUS AREA [Movie] Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot / Expanded Flexible Spot, [Still image] Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot / Expanded Flexible Spot / Tracking
OTHER FOCUS FEATURES Eye AF ([Movie] Human (Right/Left Eye Select), ([Still image] Human (Right/Left Eye Select) / Animal), Face detection (Face Priority in AF, Face Priority in Multi Metering, Regist. Faces Priority), [Movie] AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity, [Movie] AF Transition Speed, [Still image] Focus Magnifier (35 mm full frame: 2.1x / 4.1x, APS-C: 1.5x / 3.0x)

Exposure Control

 
METERING SENSITIVITY EV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
EXPOSURE MODES [Movie] Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) / Flexible Exp. Mode, [Still images] AUTO (iAuto), P, A, S, M

Recording (Still image)

 
RECORDING FORMAT JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), HEIF (MPEG-A MIAF compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 4.0 format compliant)
IMAGE SIZE Image size [3:2] 35 mm full frame L: 12M, M: 5.1M, S: 3.0M, APS-C L: 5.1M, M: 3.0M, S: 1.3M, Image size [4:3] 35 mm full frame L: 11M, M: 4.6M, S: 2.7M, APS-C L: 4.6M, M: 2.7M, S: 1.1M Image size, [16:9] 35 mm full frame L: 10M, M: 4.3M, S: 2.6M, APS-C L: 4.3M, M: 2.6M, S: 1.1M, Image size [1:1] 35 mm full frame L: 8M, M: 3.4M, S: 2.0M, APS-C L: 3.4M, M: 2.0M, S: 0.8M

Playback

 
PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS Index view, Folder selection (Date / Still / Movie), Photo capture, 4Ch audio monitoring, Auto Review (stills), Image orientation (stills), Protect (stills), Rating (stills), Display as Group (stills)

Interface

 
AUDIO INPUT 0.14 " Stereo minijack, XLR handle: [INPUT1][INPUT2] XLR/TRS-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable, Mic Reference –40 to –60 dBu / [INPUT3] 0.14 " Stereo minijack)
USB USB Type-C (x1, SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps [USB 3.2] compatible), Multi/Micro USB (x1)
HEADPHONE OUTPUT Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
SPEAKER OUTPUT Built-in, monaural
HDMI OUTPUT HDMI jack (Type-A), YCbCr 4:2:2 10 bit / RGB 8 bit
MULTI INTERFACE SHOE With Digital Audio Interface
BLUETOOTH® Bluetooth Standard Ver. 5.0 (2.4 GHz band)

Monitoring

 
LCD 7.5 cm (3.0-type) type TFT, approx. 1.44M dots, Opening Angle: Approx. 176 deg., Rotation Angle: Approx. 270 deg.

Built-in Microphone

 
BUILT-IN MICROPHONE Built-in, stereo

Media

 
MEDIA TYPE CFexpress Type A / SD card (x2), Simult. Rec, Sort, Auto Switch Media, Copy

File System

 
FILE SYSTEM FAT12, 16, 32, exFAT

Zoom

 
ZOOM FUNCTION Zoom ring rotate, Clear Image Zoom ([Movie] Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD) [Still image] Approx. 2x ), Digital zoom ([Movie] 35 mm full frame: approx. 4x, APS-C: approx. 4x, [Still image] 35 mm full frame: L: approx. 4x, M: approx. 6.1x, S: approx. 8x, APS-C: L: approx. 4x, M: approx. 5.2x, S: approx. 8x), Smart zoom ([Still image] 35 mm full frame: M: approx. 1.5x, S: approx. 2x, APS-C: M: approx. 1.3x, S: approx. 2x)

Still image function

 
SHUTTER Mechanical shutter/Electronic shutter
DRIVE MODES Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING SPEED Hi+: 10fps, Hi: 8fps, Mid: 6fps, Lo: 3fps
NOISE REDUCTION Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 s, High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off
FLASH CONTROL Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe; attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe, Flash sync speed 1/125 s.
OTHER STILL IMAGE FUNCTION Electronic Front Shutter Curtain, Silent Shooting, Anti-flicker Shoot

Image Stabilization

 
TYPE Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (compensation depends on lens specifications)
MODE [Movie] Active / Standard / Off, [Still image] On / Off
COMPENSATION EFFECT
(STILL IMAGES)
5.5 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Planar T* FE 50 mm F1.4 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)

Custom Function

 
CUSTOM FUNCTION Custom key settings, My Menu, My Dial Settings

Lens Compensation

 
LENS COMPENSATION Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion

Wi-Fi/NFC

 
SUPPORTED FORMAT IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
FREQUENCY BAND 2.4 GHz band/5 GHz band
SECURITY WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag-compliant

FTP Transfer

 
FTP TRANSFER FTP Transfer Func. (Wired LAN [USB-LAN], USB Tethering, Wi-Fi)

Physical Specs

 
WEIGHT (MAIN UNIT ONLY) 715 g (25.2 oz.)
* With battery and memory card included.

640 g (22.6 oz.)
* Body only.
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) 1015 g (35.8 oz.)
* With XLR Handle, battery pack, SD card.

129.7 x 77.8 x 84.5 mm (5.11 x 3.06 x 3.33")
* Body without protrusions.

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Sony Alpha FX3 Cinema Line Full-frame Camera (Body Only)

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