The Sony FX9 is a 4K acquisition, large format camera option with some great features that make it ideal for smaller crew and run-and-gun style productions.
The 6K sensor has dual-native ISO sensitivity (800 and 4,000 ISO), resulting in cleaner images when shooting in low light situations - while still retaining a workable ISO option for brighter lighting scenarios.
The electronic variable ND is an excellent addition for being able to maintain a desired aperture without being restricted to larger, discreet ND density increments. There's even an auto ND option so the operator doesn't need to manually adjust the ND density as lighting conditions change.
Another helpful feature is the hybrid autofocus with face tracking. This really comes into its own in interviews, for example, when you want to use a large aperture and the interview subject is moving unpredictably. Autofocus can keep their eyes in focus at all times - helping you avoid costly retakes.
Potato Jet runs us through the FX9 with a good mix of looking at the camera features and how they apply to using the camera for projects.
Hear from someone who has used the Sony FX9 for real worls commercial projects.
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Some sample footage showing some AF testing and colour science of the FX9.
Sony E mount (native). Arri PL mount adapter (included).
Flange Focal Depth
E mount: 18mm. With PL-to-E adapter: 52mm.
35mm full-frame, 6K single chip CMOS image sensor.
Total Pixel Count
20.5 million pixels.
Maximum Recording Resolution
3840 x 2160 pixels. (4K DCI 4096 x 2160 mode coming in future firmware update)
Sensor Frame Rates
1 - 120 fps (120fps in 1920x1080 only. 180fps mode coming in firmware udpdate)
Exposure Latitude (Dynamic Range)
Claimed 15+ stops.
Media & Recording Formats
2x XQD card slots for recording. 1x SDXC card slot for saving camera configuration.
XAVC Intra. XAVC Long. MPEG-2 Long GOP.
4K DCI: 4096 x 2160 pixels. QFHD / UHD: 3840 x 2160 pixels. FHD: 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Recording Frame Rates
Full Frame 6K XAVC Intra/Long 4096 x 2160 Mode
1 - 30fps.
Full Frame 6K XAVC Intra/Long 3840 x 2160 Mode
1 - 30 fps.
Super 35 4K XAVC Intra/Long 3840 x 2160 Mode
1 - 60fps.
Full Frame 2K XAVC Intra/Long 1920 x 1080 Mode
1 - 60, 100, 120fps.
Super 35 2K XAVC Intra/Long 1920 x 1080 Mode
1 - 60, 100, 120fps.
Recording Data Rates
XAVC Intra QFHD 3840 x 2160
23.98p: VBR. MAX bit rate 240 Mbps. 25p: VBR. MAX bit rate 250 Mbps. 29.97p: VBR. MAX bit rate 300 Mbps. 50p: VBR. MAX bit rate 500 Mbps. 59.94p: VBR. MAX bit rate 240 Mbps.
XAVC Intra HD 1920 x 1080
23.98p: CBG. MAX bit rate 89 Mbps. 25p/50i: CBG. MAX bit rate 112 Mbps. 29.97p/59.94i: CBG. MAX bit rate 111 Mbps. 50p: CBG. MAX bit rate 223 Mbps. 59.94p: CBG. MAX bit rate 222 Mbps.
XAVC Long QFHD 3840 x 2160
23.98p/25p/29.97p: VBR. MAX bit rate 100 Mbps. 50p/59.94p: VBR. MAX bit rate 150 Mbps.
XAVC Long HD 1920 x 1080
23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/50i/59.94p/59.94i: VBR. MAX bit rate 50 Mbps.
8.8cm / 3.5" LCD display with viewing loupe
Yes - adjustable
19.5V via barrel jack
V-mount batteries using the included battery plate
Approx 35.2W with EVF connected and recording XAVC-I 3840 x 2160 at 59.94p
4 channel linear PCM, 24-bit 48 kHz
2x 3-pin XLR (female). Line/mic/mic +48 V selectable.
SDI (embedded). HDMI (embedded). 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.
Yes - omni-directional mono electret condenser microphone
Dimension H x W x L
146 x 142.5 x 229mm
2kg - body only. 4.8kg - camera body, EVF, handgrip, top handle, BP-U35 battery and XQD card.
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