Cinema Line FX6 Camera

Cinema Line FX6 Camera

The FX6 Cinema Line Camera puts revolutionary compactness and performance in the hands of creators, with its full-frame image sensor and breathtaking sensitivity. Leading-edge movie functions deliver game-changing performance and a library of cinematic looks, alongside pro interfaces and an electronic Variable ND Filter. Note: Operation of this equipment in a residential environment could cause radio interference.
Cinema Line FX6 Camera

Image sensor with blazing fast readout speed

The back-illuminated full-frame Exmor RTM CMOS sensor, with 10.2 effective megapixels1, boasts a blazingly fast data-readout speed along with high sensitivity and wide dynamic range. An advanced color-filter array boosts color-reproduction accuracy, while focal plane phase-detection AF enables solid autofocus stability and excellent precision, all of which contribute to outstanding image quality.

High-performance image-processing engine

The BIONZ XRTM image-processing engine boasts class-leading speed performance, minimizing latency while providing impressive real-time processing capabilities. The engine performs real-time processing of AF, image recognition and image quality adjustments, while also handling data transfer, user interface and other camera operations.

High sensitivity, wide dynamic range

The full-frame 10.2-megapixel2 configuration enables high sensitivity with low noise throughout the camera's sensitivity range by optimizing the output signal from the sensor. Capture usable images in near-total darkness with an impressive ISO-expanded range up to 4096003. The dynamic range is an impressively wide 15+ stops4, for beautiful, true-to-life images without blown highlights. Together, the camera's high sensitivity and wide dynamic range expand your creative freedom during shoots.

4K5 High Frame Rate 120fps recording

Full-frame 4K (QFHD) recording at up to 120fps4 with autofocus is possible thanks to the high-speed readout capabilities of the image sensor and the powerful BIONZ XR processor. Even at high frame rates, ultra-detailed 4K (QFHD) images are captured using full-pixel readout without binning, for clear post-produced slow motion (up to five times slower than real time)6, 7. The high-precision AF even allows beautiful full-frame bokeh to be achieved during slow-motion shooting, for impressive creative scope.

Acclaimed cinematic color with S-Cinetone

The inclusion of Sony's acclaimed S-Cinetone look, inherited from the development of the FX9, allows beautiful images to be achieved directly in-camera. S-Cinetone is optimized for natural skin tones and mid-range colors, with gentle highlight roll-off, for impressive subject depiction and powerful camera-matching and post-production possibilities.

Preset and User 3D LUT compatibility with Scene File

The Scene File function provides powerful color interpretation right in the camera, with a range of presets and custom User 3D LUT imports to fit your production or style requirements. Four preset scene file types are included for SDR shooting (S-Cinetone, Standard, Still, ITU709) and two for HDR (HLG Live, HLG Natural). A further 16 slots support User 3D LUT import to achieve custom looks, or for specific monitoring or color-space transforms.

10-bit HLG picture profile

A HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) HDR picture profile, complete with the wide-gamut BT.2020 color space, can be used for direct HDR (HLG) playback on compatible TVs. The result is true-to-life imagery close to what the naked eye can see, with detailed shadows and highlights, less blackout and less whiteout, all without the need for color grading. In particular, 10-bit recordings reproduce a level of fine gradation and detail for extraordinary realism. [1] High flexibility to fine-tune images as desired (color grading required)[2] Instant high-quality image (color grading not required).

S-Log3 for better reproduction of gradations

S-Log3 gamma curves are available, with S-Log3 designed for better reproduction of gradations from shadows to the mid-gray range (18% gray), enabling a dynamic range of up to 15+ stops4. Two color-gamut settings (S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine) make it easier to match the colors of footage shot with Sony's Cinema Line Cameras. Because the colors match, color grading is easier in post-production editing, making it more convenient when used along with other pro cameras.

Recording movies with 10-bit depth and 4:2:2 color sampling

The FX6 is capable of 4K internal recording, encoding 10-bit depth and 4:2:2 color sampling with All-Intra compression. This makes it possible to push your color grades further, stretching video out for ultimate HDR realism while still retaining natural gradation, for true editing freedom.

A choice of battery types for different applications

The FX6 is compatible with BP-U series battery packs. The BP-U35, BP-U70, BP-U100, or BP-U60T can be selected according to shooting needs. The BP-U35, for example, is an ideal choice to make the most of the camera's mobility when it is to be used hand-held. The BP-U100, on the other hand, can provide extended recording time when the FX6 is to be mounted on a tripod or other support. The battery CHECK button allows the charge level to be checked even when the battery is not connected to the camera.

All-Intra internal recording

In addition to Long-GOP inter-frame compression, internal intra-frame (All-Intra) recording is supported8. XAVC 4K Intra recording compresses each frame independently at a high bitrate, up to 600 Mbps, so is ideal for capturing complex motion, and allowing maximal flexibility and playback performance during post-production. [1] All-Intra (All-I)   [2] Long-GOP   [3] Group of Pictures.

16-bit RAW data output

Facilitating improved image quality and more flexible and efficient editing in post-production, the camera supports 16-bit RAW data output to an external recorder via SDI. RAW video output is 4096 x 2160 or 3840 x 2160 data from the image sensor with a choice of 1209 / 1009 / 59.94 / 50 / 29.97 / 25 / 24 / 23.98 frame rates10.

Proxy recording for more efficient editing workflow

When shooting movies, low-bitrate HD proxy files can be recorded simultaneously with higher-bitrate formats such as XAVC 4K, and these smaller proxy files can then be used for editing and previewing prior to final production delivery. This reduces computer load and allows faster and more efficient workflows. Proxy files are captured in 8-bit XAVC-L (1980 x 1080 9 Mbps MP4 wrapper)11.

Fast Hybrid AF for dependable focus during movie shooting

Fast Hybrid AF combines focal plane phase-detection AF with contrast-detection AF. This results in highly precise, smooth tracking of fast-moving subjects even over a wide range with a shallow depth of field. AF Transition Speed and AF Subject Shift Sensitivity parameters allow more flexible focus control, as demanded by professional users. Both allow preset settings to be recalled during recording by using a customizable button.

Real-time Eye AF and Face Detection AF

For reliable focusing on people, especially in unpredictable shooting environments such as news-gathering, event and documentary shooting, powerful Real-time Eye AF and Face Detection AF are built in. The real-time processing capability of the BIONZ XR image-processing engine automatically maintains accurate eye focus on faces even in profile, looking up or down, or partially obscured, allowing you to concentrate fully on shot composition.

Reliable durability and weather-resistance12 in tough situations

In response to pro opinions, enhanced sealing is applied to the media compartment lid, terminal cover and all joints in the chassis. Routes to dust and moisture entry have been re-examined to ensure reliable operation in challenging environments.

Lens-ring AF subject selection

When the AF Assist function is ON, rotating the focus ring instantly switches from autofocus to manual focus so that a different subject can be quickly selected. The face selection algorithm has also been improved so that the focus ring can be used to quickly and intuitively select specific individuals from within a group when shooting with Real-time Eye AF or Face Detection. Autofocus operation resumes as soon as the user stops rotating the lens focus ring, and the last subject selected by the focus ring is automatically tracked.

Sony's powerful electronic Variable ND Filter built in

The revolutionary electronic Variable ND Filter controls the opacity of the neutral filter seamlessly from 1/4 to 1/128ND to achieve unmatched creative control and fluidity. Unique to Sony, it can manually or automatically adjust exposure without affecting the depth of field or shutter angle, letting you achieve perfect exposure even moving between different environments such as from indoors to out.

Magnesium alloy body achieves high durability with light weight

To perform reliably in challenging environments the main chassis, as well as top, front, and rear covers and the handle are constructed from lightweight magnesium alloy. The magnesium alloy main frame achieves high strength and durability with minimal weight in order to maximize mobility. The rigidity of the mount area is also boosted by the provision of six screws for stable attachment of heavy lenses.

Innovative heat dissipation to prevent thermal shutdown

To ensure dependable full-frame recording in demanding environments and at high resolutions and frame rates, the FX6 features an innovative heat-dissipation structure. A complete redesign of the chassis structure assessed the placement of internal heatsinks and the entire airflow structure, from louvers to circuit-board layout. When required, a silent13 fan provides ventilation for continuous recording14 at full resolution, with intake and exhaust air structurally isolated to maintain strong dust- and moisture-resistance.

High-definition 2.76-million-dot1 flexible Liquid Crystal Display touch panel

The 3.5-size LCD panel (1280 x 720 pixels) is mounted on an extended pedestal, and is adjustable to a wide range of angles for easy video monitoring regardless of camera rigging and shooting angle. Mounting points are provided at three places on the handle and two on the body. With touch-panel support, it also provides intuitive control for many camera settings, even where camera body controls are less accessible.

Smart grip

The FX6's ergonomic Smart Grip is designed for powerful and comfortable camera control even during prolonged or dynamic shooting situations. Three customizable buttons, plus essential zoom and start/stop control, and a custom dial suitable for Iris or Variable ND Filter control, are all positioned in easy grip reach. The freely adjustable telescoping handle and grip angle are set with a single button, for effortless position changes without slowing production.

Smart handle

Attachable to the top face of the camera, the smart handle allows stable camerawork and operation when the smart grip is difficult to hold, for example in low-angle shooting. It's also equipped with XLR terminals, a mic holder, and a digital Multi Interface (MI) Shoe, allowing use with a variety of existing pro accessories. Two assignable buttons, a multi-selector button, and a handle assignable dial have also been added for improved operability. Compatible with 1/4-20 UNC screws (length of 0.24" or less) for accessory attachment, which are provided at seven locations on the handle and 10 locations on the body for increased freedom. Thoughtful touches for adaptable workflows are also considered, such as including storage for the handle protection cap in the handle itself-ready to seal the body connectors if the handle is removed for rigging.

Professional connectivity

The FX6 features a range of professional interfaces including independent15 12G-SDI (supports 3G/6G-SDI) suitable for external 16-bit RAW recording as well as HDMI output for program monitoring. Timecode (TC IN / TC OUT) connectors allow multi-camera sync, and SuperSpeed USB-C 5 Gbps (USB 3.2) allows shooting data to be uploaded to a PC at high speed.

Dual XLR inputs and enhanced audio capability

The handle of the FX6 carries two independent audio inputs (easy-access XLR connectors) to connect external professional microphones. Additionally, a UWP-series wireless microphone may be connected via the MI Shoe.

Two CFexpress Type A-compatible media slots

The camera's two media slots are compatible with CFexpress Type A cards as well as SDXC/SDHC cards supporting UHS-I and UHS-II speed classes16. CFexpress Type A cards are the next standard for compact storage, with fast write/read speeds suitable for 4K movie recording at high bitrates. They are capable of quickly clearing camera buffers even when high volumes of movie data are being generated.

Data communications to support on-site workflow

Network-communications features support FTP transfer for movie files as well as remote shooting capability, to facilitate professional workflows during shoots. Wireless 5 GHz17 / 2.4GHz LAN connections are supported, and wired connectivity to 1000BASE-T Ethernet networks is available via a USB-to-Ethernet adaptor cable connected to the camera's USB Type-C® port supporting SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.2).

Metadata to facilitate editing with Catalyst

Sony's Catalyst Browse and Prepare software are ideal production partners for the FX6. The FX6 records three types of metadata: image stabilization, clip flag and camera rotation. These can be useful when previewing and preparing to edit in Sony's free Catalyst Browse or cost-effective Catalyst Prepare software18. [1] Shoot  [2] Edit.

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General
LENS MOUNT E-mount
Size & Weight
WEIGHT (MAIN UNIT ONLY) (approx.) 1 lb 15 oz (890 g)
WEIGHT (INCLUDING SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES) (approx.) 5 lb 11 oz (2.59 kg) (with Viewfinder, Grip Remote Control, BP-U35 battery, SEL24105G LENS, Lens Hood, Handle, MIC holder)
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) (BODY WITHOUT PROTRUSIONS) (approx.) 4.49 x 4.57 x 6.02 " (114 x 116 x 153 mm) (body without protrusions)
Power
POWER REQUIREMENTS DC 19.5 V
POWER CONSUMPTION Approx. 18.0 W (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94p, SEL24105G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)
BATTERY OPERATING TIME Approx. 105 min. with BP-U35 battery (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94p, SEL24105G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)
Approx. 215 min. with BP-U70 battery (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94p, SEL24105G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)
Operation
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 32 °F to 104 °F (0 °C to 40 °C)
STORAGE TEMPERATURE –4 °F to +140 °F (–20 °C to +60 °C)
Recording Format (Video)
XAVC INTRA XAVC-I DCI4K 59.94p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 600 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I DCI4K 50p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 500 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I DCI4K 29.97p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 300 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I DCI4K 25p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 250 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I DCI4K 24p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 240 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I DCI4K 23.98p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 240 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I QFHD 59.94p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 600 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I QFHD 50p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 500 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I QFHD 29.97p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 300 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I QFHD 25p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 250 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I QFHD 23.98p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 240 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I HD 59.94p mode: CBG, MAX bitrate 222 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I HD 50p mode: CBG, MAX bitrate 223 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I HD 29.97p mode: CBG, MAX bitrate 111 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I HD 25p mode: CBG, MAX bitrate 112 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC-I HD 23.98p mode: CBG, MAX bitrate 89 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
XAVC LONG XAVC-L QFHD 29.97p/25p/23.98p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 100 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
XAVC-L QFHD 59.94p/50p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 150 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
XAVC-L HD 29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94p/50p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 50 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
XAVC-L HD 29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94p/50p mode: VBR, MAX bitrate 35 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
Recording Format (Audio)
RECORDING FORMAT (AUDIO) LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
Recording Frame Rate
XAVC INTRA XAVC-I DCI4K mode: 4096 x 2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P, 24P
XAVC-I QFHD mode: 3840 x 2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-I HD mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC LONG XAVC-L QFHD mode: 3840 x 2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 50 mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 35 mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
Recording/ Playback Time
XAVC INTRA XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 59.94p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 30 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 15 minutes
XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 36 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 17 minutes
XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 29.97p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 60 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 29 minutes
XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 25p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 71 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 35 minutes
XAVC-I DCI4K 24p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 74 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 36 minutes
XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 23.98p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 74 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 36 minutes
XAVC-I HD 59.94p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 78 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 38 minutes
XAVC-I HD 50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 78 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 38 minutes
XAVC-I HD 29.97p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 150 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 74 minutes
XAVC-I HD 25p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 150 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 74 minutes
XAVC-I HD 23.98p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 185 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 91 minutes
XAVC LONG XAVC-L QFHD 29.97p/25p/23.98p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 170 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 86 minutes
XAVC-L QFHD 59.94p/50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 115 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 57 minutes
XAVC-L HD 50 /29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94p/50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 320 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 155 minutes
XAVC-L HD 35 29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94p/50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 430 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 210 minutes
PROXY AUDIO XAVC Proxy: AAC-LC, 128 kbps, 2 channels
PROXY VIDEO XAVC Proxy: AVC/H.264 High Profile 4:2:0 Long GOP, VBR 1920 x 1080, 9 Mbps
Camera Section
SENSOR TYPE 35 mm full-frame, single-chip CMOS image sensor
Pixels Approx. 12.9 megapixels (total), Approx. 10.2 megapixels (effective)
BUILT-IN OPTICAL FILTERS Clear, linear variable ND (1/4ND to 1/128ND)
SENSITIVITY ISO 800/12800 (Cine EI mode, D55 Light source)
SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO delete
SHUTTER SPEED 64F to 1/8000 s
Slow & Quick Motion
XAVC-I 4096 x 2160
1 to 60 frames (59.94/50/29.97/25/24/23.98)
XAVC-I/L 3840 x 2160
1 to 60, 100, 120 frames (59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98)
1920 x 1080
1 to 60, 100, 120, 15019, 18019, 20019, 24019 frames (59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98)
White Balance
WHITE-BALANCE MODES Preset, Memory A, Memory B (2000K–15000K)/ATW
Exposure
GAIN CONTROL –3 to 30 dB (every 1 dB), AGC
Gamma
GAMMA CURVE SDR mode: S-Cinetone, Standard, Still, ITU709, HDR mode: HLG_Live, HLG_Natural
Latitude
LATITUDE 15+ stop
Interface
TC INPUT/TC OUTPUT BNC, TC IN/OUT Switchable
AUDIO INPUT XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Mic Reference: –30 to –80 dBu
SDI OUTPUT SDI OUT: BNC, 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI (Level A/B)
USB USB Type-C (x1), Multi/Micro-B (x1)
HEADPHONE OUTPUT Stereo mini jack (x1)
–16 dBu 16 Ω
SPEAKER OUTPUT Monaural
DC INPUT DC jack
REMOTE Stereo mini-minijack (Φ 0.01 ")
HDMI OUTPUT Type A (x1)
GRIP Minijack (Φ 0.14 " / 4-pin)
Monitoring
LCD 3.46 " (3.5 type)
Approx. 2.76M dots
Built-in Microphone
BUILT-IN MICROPHONE Omnidirectional monaural electret condenser microphone (body) (x1)
Stereo electret condenser microphone (handle) (x1)
Media
MEDIA TYPE CF express Type A / SD card (x2)
Slot B can be used for saving configuration data.
Wi-Fi/NFC
SUPPORTED FORMAT IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
FREQUENCY BAND 2.4 GHz bandwidth
5.2/5.3/5.6/5.8 GHz bandwidth
SECURITY WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag-compliant
Supplied Accessories
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES Handle (1)
LCD monitor (1)
Grip remote control (1)
AC Adapter (1)
Power cord (1)
Battery charger (1)
Battery pack (1)
USB-C cable (1)
Liquid Crystal Display hood (1)
Cold shoe kit (1)
Lens mount cap (1)
Handle connector cap (1)
Before Using This Unit (1)
Warranty booklet (1)