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 inconvenient retakes.
Imaging SensorSensor Type35mm full-frame, 6K single chip CMOS image sensorTotal Pixel Count20.5 million pixels.Maximum Recording Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels. (4K DCI 4096 x 2160 mode coming in future firmware update)Sensor Frame Rates1 - 120 fps (120fps in 1920x1080 only. 180fps mode coming in firmware udpdate)Exposure LatitudeClaimed 15+ stopsMedia & Recording FormatsRecording Media2x XQD card slots for recording. 1x SDXC card slot for saving camera configuration.Supported FormatsXAVC Intra XAVC Long MPEG-2 Long GOPSupported ResolutionsQFHD / UHD: 3840 x 2160 pixels. FHD: 1920 x 1080 pixels. (4K DCI 4096 x 2160 mode coming in future firmware update)Recording Frame RatesFull Frame 6K XAVC Intra/Long 3840 x 2160 Mode1 - 30 fpsSuper 35 4K XAVC Intra/Long 3840 x 2160 Mode1 - 60 fpsFull Frame 2K XAVC Intra/Long 1920 x 1080 Mode1 - 60, 100, 120 fps.Super 35 2K XAVC Intra/Long 1920 x 1080 Mode1 - 60, 100, 120 fps.Recording Data RatesXAVC Intra QFHD 3840 x 216023.98p: 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 108023.98p: 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 216023.98p/25p/29.97p: VBR. MAX bit rate 100 Mbps. 50p/59.94p: VBR. MAX bit rate 150 Mbps.XAVC Long HD 1920 x 108023.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/50i/59.94p/59.94i: VBR. MAX bit rate 50 Mbps. MonitoringType8.8cm / 3.5" LCD display with viewing loupe.Display TypeLCDEVF Resolution2.76M pixels.Viewfinder DiopterYes - adjustable.PowerInput19.5V via barrel jack connectionConsumptionApprox 35.2W with EVF connected and recording XAVC-I 3840 x 2160 at 59.94pAux Outputs2x 11 - 17V d-tap outputsLens MountsIncluded MountsSony E mount (native). Arri PL mount adapter.Flange Focal DepthE mount: 18mm With PL-to-E adapter: 52mmAudioRecording Format4 channel linear PCM, 24-bit 48 kHzInput2x 3-pin XLR (female). Line/mic/mic +48 V selectable.OutputSDI (embedded). HDMI (embedded). 3.5mm stereo headphone jackBuilt-In MicsOmni-directional mono electret condenser microphonePhysical PropertiesDimensions W x H x D146 x 142.5 x 229 mmWeight2kg - body only. 4.8kg - camera body, EVF, handgrip, top handle, BP-U35 battery and XQD card.