The major firmware update v2.0 for the Sony FX9 was unexpectantly released today -- about one month earlier than announced. It contains a lot of new features and improvements. For example, a new 5K crop mode has been introduced, in which about 83% of the full format sensor area is read out and sampled down to 4K. In this mode 4K can be filmed with higher frame rates (up to 60p). In addition, the update also supports recording in Cinema-4K resolution (4096x2160), also in the regular full format mode, but there only up to 30p. In FullHD mode the slow motion is extended by 150p/180p options.
Also new is the support of custom 3D LUTs -- CUBE files (*.cube) created with RAW Viewer or DaVinci Resolve can now be loaded for 17-point or 33-point 3D LUTs. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is also supported in the form of Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). The ISO/Gain range can now be configured in HDR / SDR up to 102400 (ISO) or up to +27dB. The output of a 4K-16-bit RAW signal to an external recorder is possible, but the optionally available XDCA-FX9 mode is required for this.
The autofocus functions are extended by Eye AF technology and a touch focus, among others. A new DeepL access menu allows many setting parameters to be changed with a simple tap, including
- Codec, imager scan mode, image size and frequency
- Base ISO value/sensitivity
- Capture Mode
- Audio level
Even if the system frequency is set to 29.97, 25, 24 or 23.98, signals in 4K/QFHD resolution can now be output at the SDI OUT connectors (6G SDI output support). USB tethering is also supported, but requires the optional XDCA-FX9 module. The XDCA-FX9 module can be used to connect a smartphone via USB cable, which in turn allows the camcorder to connect to the Internet.
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