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Sony adds FX30 to Cinema Line

Posted on Oct 13, 2022

The new Sony FX30 combines practicality with creative flexibility

Sony has added a new camera – the FX30 – to its Cinema Line. The model is a 4K, Super 35 camera that includes the latest imaging systems, Log shooting modes, LUTs (Look Up Tables), and an optional XLR handle to promote creative expression and customisability. The FX30 is compatible with Sony’s two new CFexpress Type A SD cards, the CEA-G320T and CEA-G640T. Existing and aspiring filmmakers can both enjoy the camera, as it offers professional features at an accessible price.

Sony’s FX30 allows filmmakers to record at high frame rates, with options for 6K at 60fps, 4K at 120fps, or FullHD at 240fps. The camera also has a back-illuminated 20.1-megapixel APS-C Exmore R CMOS sensor and a dual-base ISO (800/2500) to combine high sensitivity with low noise. A range of AF settings and Log shooting modes offers flexibility for filmmakers. Whilst recording, the FX30 can back up to an external recorder and provide a preview of the final image.

The FX30 boasts a truly cinematic experience, offering Sony’s built-in S-Cinetone, simultaneously capturing single stills, and processing images using BIONZ XR for natural colour grading. The camera is both durable – made with a magnesium alloy chassis – and reliable, with heat dissipation for extensive, uninterrupted sessions and two memory card slots. In addition, it has multiple inputs for XLRs, microphone jacks, and other accessories.

During post-production, camera users can edit in Sony’s Catalyst Browse or Catalyst Prepare, which is available as an Adobe Premiere Pro plugin as of August. And this year, filmmakers can enter the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, a new, free-to-enter program specifically accepting shorts. The Awards aim to “elevate voices from around the globe with a fresh perspective on storytelling”; the deadline is 13 December 2022.

The Sony FX30 is available in late October for £2100 at authorised Sony dealers. It comes with the optional XLR handle for an additional £400. The CEA-G320T is also on sale in October at £600, with the G640T following in December (£1200). Both cards have a maximum writing speed of 700MB/s and are certified water and dust proof.

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