Sony has just announced the V2.00 firmware update for the Sony FX6, which provides a whole range of important new features for the full-frame Sony FX6. The most important new feature is likely to be 16-bit RAW recording at max. 4K 60p via HDMI on Atomos Ninja V and V+.
This eliminates the need for a corresponding SDI conversion and users who already use one of the 5" Atomos monitor recorders with other Sony Alphas now have the option of recording even higher quality material with the Sony FX6.
Real-time tracking has now been adopted from the Sony FX3. According to Sony, this is accompanied by higher precision and improved interaction with the AF function. The touch function for activating real-time tracking (both in AF and MF mode) was requested by many users and has also been implemented.
Depending on the lens used, the Sony FX6 now also offers electronic Breathing Compensation with the V2.00 update. This is an electronic compensation of the image section using a slight crop during focusing, which was modelled on the breathing behaviour of high-quality cine lenses.
With the new Bokeh Control function, the depth of field can now be adjusted via automatic gain (and ND) compensation while the exposure remains constant. Previously, this function was only possible via Auto ND - now gain compensation at higher aperture values is added.
Picture Cache Recording
Already known from the FX9, Cache Recording is now also implemented in FX6 with the 2.00 update. With four optional recording levels between "Short" and "Max", the FX6 is now also designed to reliably record the decisive moments - e.g. in animal shots or interviews. Cache recording can be used in both "Movie" and "S&Q" mode.
HDR/SDR Dual Production
Dual HDR/SDR workflows can now be realised more easily via SDR gain metadata recording. Here, an SDR-emulated preview is optionally available at the camera monitoring. In post-production, a distinction can be made between SDR and HDR playout at the touch of a button.
Channel Audio Level Meter
As with the FX3, the FX6 now shows all four audio channels on the on-screen display and can be monitored accordingly. The Status menu also now provides more detailed information on 4-channel audio monitoring.
The FX6 V2.00 firmware should be available at the end of January for free download on the Sony website.
Here is also the slashCAM lab test of the Sony FX6