With the just introduced FX30, Sony offers a first APS-C or Super35 model in its Cinema Line. The camera does not differ externally from the FX3, but it is equipped with a smaller sensor, which can be advantageous for some film projects. The FX30 is positioned by Sony as an entry-level model in the Cinema Line with a price well below 3000 Euros. We were already able to take some first shots with the camera, our FX30 hands-on can be found here.
The FX30&s movable APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor is rear-exposed and has a resolution of 20.1MP. Sony specifies the dynamic range at 14 stops (the FX3 with its full-frame sensor has 15+), ISO values range from 100-32,000, and a dual base ISO 800/2500 is implemented.
In terms of features and functions, the FX30 is more or less on par with the FX3, only the photo mode has been greatly reduced. Filming is done via oversampling in 4K with a maximum of 120p, and 10-bit 4:2:2 recording is supported internally and externally. Externally via HDMI, 4.2K 16-bit RAW can also be recorded, while both H.264 and H.265 variants are available in many All-I and LongGOP flavors for internal recording.
Sony FX30 mti APS-C sensor
In addition to Rec709(800%), S-Log3 as well as HLG are supported, as are user LUTs and Cinetone S color profile recording. Cine EI / Cine EI Quick is also on board, as in the FX3 v2.0.
The FX30 has real-time eye AF and tracking, also AF Assist, a focus map, and Breathing Compensation are available. As with the FX3, there are two SD slots that can alternatively accept CFast Express Type A cards. As with the FX3, the FX30&s timecode can be synchronized via an optional cable.
The Sony FX30 will be available in October for 2,799.00 Euro with XLR handle or without XLR handle for 2,299.00 Euro.