Sony’s new PXW-FX9 6K Cinema Camcorder
Today, Sony announced the new flagship FX9 pro cinema camera, which will include a new 19 megapixel full-frame “Exmor R” sensor with 15+ stops of latitude (for wide dynamic range) and dual-base ISO. The target markets for the FX9 are freelance and wedding filmmakers, as well as those in film and video production. Sony said that it expects the main applications for the new camera to be promotion video as well as documentary and event filmmaking.
According to the company, the new model combines technology from three different Sony systems: From the digital cinema camera Venice line, the FX9 includes the expression power of full-frame, 15+ stops latitude, dual-base ISO and color science, and from the FS7 series, the FX9 uses its 4K 4:2:2 10-bit recording function, XAVC intra/long, its run-and-gun form factor, the electronic variable ND filter and its usability and expandability. The FX9 also employs the Alpha series auto-focus algorithm from the Alpha E-mount system digital cameras.
Sony says the “newly-developed 6K Full-Frame sensor offers wide dynamic range with high sensitivity, low noise and over 15 stops of latitude that can be recorded internally in” 4K 4:2:2 10bit.
Other new features on the pro-level camcorder include:
- Full-frame 6K sensor for oversampling
- Fast hybrid AF
- The first electronic variable ND filter for full-frame sensor
- Dual Base ISO includes ISO800 (for day/outside shooting) and ISO4000 (for capturing dark/night scenes)
- Fast Hybrid AF: 561 points (94 percent in horizontal direction and 96 percent in vertical direction)
- Dual XQD Memory Card Slots
- Run & Gun style offers easy-to-use grip and LCD panel flexibility as well as a well-balanced body design and shoulder style operation
The new camera will be available in January 2020 in a few configurations: The PXW-FX9 (body-only) will be available for $10,998 or as a kit (PXW-FX9K with the with 28-35mm f/4 G OSS Lens) for $13,499. Sony’s XDCA-FX9 expansion unit will cost $2,498.
Sony today also introduced the PXW-Z750, which it calls “the world’s first 2/3-type shoulder camcorder to support 4K capture with a 3-chip CMOS sensor system.” It’s planned to be available in February 2020, with pricing to be determined.
Sony also introduced a new cinema lens series, which will have “traditional cinema lens operability” with Sony’s Alpha E-mount system. In effect, the new line will include autofocus in a lens with direct manual focus control. The new line will also have:
- Precise manual focus/iris ring operability
- Compatibility with industry standard accessories
- Auto focus/auto exposure support, power zoom support and remote operation of Sony’s E-mount technology
Sony said the FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G Cinema Lens, which will be a “full-frame wide angle zoom with advanced optical performance, operability and intelligent shooting fucntions,” will be the first lens in the product line. It will be available in the spring of 2020 for $5,500.
For more information, see the press releases below. Or visit pro.sony.
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Sony Launches FX9 4K Camera with Newly-Developed
Full-frame Sensor, Dual Base ISO and
Fast Hybrid Auto Focusx System
— Next generation camera offers greater flexibility to bring artistic vision to life —
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 an example of Sony continuously evolving cameras to innovate for the customer and market needs. The FX9 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 RTM 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 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 the imaging area, allowing consistently accurate, responsive 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 enables instant exposure level changes depending on the filming environment, such as 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 third-party non-linear editing tools to adopt this functionality.
“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 lifelike image quality available from a full-frame 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.
A variety of additional content related to Sony’s cinema imaging products, including articles, videos and events, can be found at www.sonycine.com.
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.
³3840×2160 recording is initially supported; 4096×2160 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.
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Sony Unveils PXW-Z750 Flagship XDCAM Shoulder Camcorder,
with 4K 2/3-type 3-chip CMOS Sensor System with Global Shutter
Delivering Ultimate 4K Image Quality with High Sensitivity and Vivid Color Reproduction, Ideal for News and Live Production
PARAMUS, N.J. — September 13, 2019 — Sony today announced the PXW-Z750, the world’s first 2/3-type shoulder camcorder to support 4K capture with a 3-chip CMOS sensor system. The latest member of the XDCAM® family is optimized for news and production applications including pre-production for 4K/HDR sports broadcasts, magazine shows, unscripted television, and documentary filmmaking.
Sony’s premier 3-chip CMOS image sensor system is mounted on a wide band prism to ensure detailed imagery and vivid colors, along with 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and High Frame Rate (HFR) acquisition with high sensitivity and low noise. Its 2/3-type sensor system delivers imagery with deep depth of field and enables quick focus operation. The 2/3-type sensors allow B4 mount lenses to be attached to the camcorder without adapters, thus maintaining high sensitivity and resolution.
The PXW-Z750 is also the first 2/3-type 3-chip camcorder equipped with global shutter technology for producing clear and crisp images while negating artifacts such as flashband and rolling shutter distortion. This makes the camera an ideal tool for use in uncontrolled lighting conditions, as well as for capturing quickly moving action associated with sports, live events, nature and wildlife production and impact media making.
The PXW-Z750’s HD images are created through 4K oversampling, resulting in clear images with minimal noise. As a result of industry demand and adoption, the camera supports HFR for HD, up to 120fps, to minimize blur and offer crisp slow-motion playback.
Maximized flexibility in HDR operation
The PXW-Z750 also features comprehensive HDR image creation capability. The camera supports S-Log3 / HLG and employs BT.2020 and BT.709 color spaces. Additionally, the camera accommodates Sony’s SR Live, and supports simultaneous recording of 4K HDR and HD HDR to meet various demands such as simulcasting.
“Our cutting-edge new PXW-Z750 flagship model expands Sony’s lineup by bringing the most transformational visual elements – including 4K, HDR and HFR – into a portable and ergonomic package,” said Theresa Alesso, pro division president, Sony Electronics. “In one camera, we’re meeting the demands of producers by delivering a robust 4K platform with a global shutter 4K image sensor. The camcorder can be further enhanced to create an even more comprehensive Sony’s solution when paired with our audio, media and wireless workflows.”
The PXW-Z750 incorporates encoding algorithms for optimizing HDR recording, as well for recording 4K sequences. The camera supports the newly introduced XAVC-L codec for long-GOP QFHD 10bit 4:2:2 at 200Mbps, allowing large volumes of recorded data that requires approximately 1/3 of the storage of XAVC-I Class 300*. XAVC-L does this while maintaining high quality, high resolution 4K imagery and wide dynamic range.
*600Mbps at 59.94p, 500Mbps at 50p
Another powerful feature is 12G-SDI support, which enables the output of 4K images (50p or 60p) over a single BNC cable, enhancing the flexibility of the camera.
Seamless integration with Sony’s hardware and services
The camera supports a range of complementary accessories and options to suit a user’s needs, preferences and budget, while offering expanded interoperability. Sony’s high-quality wireless audio solutions and shotgun mics, including the latest DWX series digital wireless microphone system; the new slot-in receiver, DWR-S03D, and bodypack transmitter, DWT-B30, are compatible with the camcorder. Advanced integration with the DWX series includes synchronized power on/off, control by menu settings or assignable buttons and audio information on the viewfinder
Paired with Sony’s newest durable SxS PRO X cards, the SBP-120F (120GB) and SBP-240F (240GB), ultra-fast transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps* are supported allowing the camera to capture high bit rate content. When the new cards are used in conjunction with the new reader/writer, SBAC-T40 equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 interface, it permits the transfer of 240GB of video in approximately 3.5 minutes* creating a fast and reliable solution for shooting and offloading large volumes of content.
*Based on Sony’s internal testing. Transfer speeds vary and are dependent on host devices, the OS version or usage conditions.
The camcorder also supports 4K and HD B4 mount lenses, enabling use with a wide range of in-market and new lens solutions. B4 mount lenses offer a range of focal lengths tailored to suit the needs of virtually any production requirement. The PXW-Z750 also supports several viewfinder and battery solutions.
In addition to hardware integrations, the PXW-Z750 includes built-in wireless network features and supports XDCAM air, Sony’s cloud-based workflow service that offers streaming from the field, remote management and file transfer workflows.
The PXW-Z750 is planned to be available in February 2020, with pricing to be determined. For more information, please visit pro.sony.
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Sony Unveils Full-frame E-Mount Cinema Lens FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G,
Designed for High Optical Performance and Reliable Operability
— Lens offers greater flexibility for video content creation, with servo zoom and autofocus/autoexposure system —
SAN DIEGO, CA — SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 — At IBC 2019 in Amsterdam, Sony today introduced a new full-frame E-mount, 16-35mm lens (FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G) to accompany the newly announced FX9 full-frame camera. The lens offers high optical performance, reliable operability and intelligent shooting functions for cinematographers. It is compatible with the full range of Sony’s E-mount cameras – from Alpha™ interchangeable lens cameras to the VENICE digital cinema camera – bringing unprecedented creative flexibility for all content creators. Sony also announced their intention to expand the FE C Cinema Lens line-up going forward.
“The performance of our new E-mount Cinema Lens series offers filmmakers greater creative freedom and helps them concentrate on their artistic vision. Encompassing the full range of Sony E-mount cameras, our “One Mount” solution is the most powerful system designed for today and for the future,” comments Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics.
Lens for a new age of full-frame video shooting
The new lens is compatible with the intelligent shooting functions of E-mount. Paired with the new full-frame FX9 camera, it supports fast and accurate auto focus, making it possible to track quick-moving subjects while maintaining a shallow depth of field.
Stunning bokeh and corner-to-corner resolution
The two XA (Extreme Aspherical) elements with extreme surface precision of 0.01-micron, together with circular 11-blade apertures, deliver beautifully smooth bokeh in every frame. The two XA elements and three aspheric lenses are positioned in a way that effectively reduces field curvature, astigmatism and, in combination with two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glasses, reduces color distortion. Additionally, floating focus employs two focusing groups, providing outstanding resolution at every zoom position. Nano AR (Anti Reflection) coating drastically reduces flare and ghost phenomenon.
Excellent operability with three independent rings, remote control from the camera, and a detachable servo zoom
The new E-mount lens further offers accurate and precise operability thanks to three independent rings for focus, zoom and iris that content creators can manipulate to get the exact results they desire. The linear response Manual Focus (MF) feature provides direct adjustment for precise and repeatable manual focusing. The focus ring with a large rotation angle also includes a distance scale, which makes it possible to quickly and easily set the same focus position during scenes that need to be shot repeatedly.
The new range also supports a number of lens accessories to facilitate a variety of different shooting styles. The industry standard 0.8mm pitch gear on each lens ring provides the option to use follow focus and remote actuators. Equally, the widely-available 115mm diameter matte box and lens support can be used to aid accurate, responsive and precise operability. Additional functions include a de-clickable iris ring that prevents unintended iris change during shooting, the option to reverse the rotation direction of the zoom ring to be fitted with user’s preference and detachable servo zoom that provides smooth zooming expression.
The new 16-35mm (FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G) will be available in Spring 2020.