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Sony FX3 ILME-FX3 – Full-Frame Cinema Line Camera (Real-time Eye AF and touch tracking, S-Cinetone, In-body image stabilisation with Active mode, 4K@120, 409600 ISO, XLR top handle). Sony Alpha FX3 ILME-FX3, the most compact Cinema Line camera was designed for solo-shooting . With the internal cooling system the FX3 can extend the shooting time and will be able to cover a wider range of shooting situations. 

It records outstanding 4K full frame quality at up to 120p with minimal rolling shutter, excellent low light capabilities (up to 409,800 ISO) and a wide dynamic range thanks to its 10.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and new Bionz XR processor. It allows for more shooting expressions with the inclusion of S-LOG3 and S-CINETONE picture profiles defining a new era of Cinema line cameras from Sony.

The Sony FX3 also provides more freedom for shooting videos with a fast and accurate Autofocus technology including Real-time Eye Autofocus,  Real-time touch tracking and customisable autofocus tracking sensitivity. It also includes a 5axis inbody stabilisation with Active Mode, which makes it ideal for handheld.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

3 thoughts on “Sony FX3 is now official £4199

  1. I know that everyone has different needs, but I can’t get my head around why the awesome-looking cameras all seem to be crippled in some way. I’m sure this one will record past 29 minutes and it does have an XLR option . . . but has no ND filters. My Fuji XH-1 has awesome image stabilisation but has a recording cut off that makes it useless for longer interviews and any kind of presentation or event shoot as well as having no XLR options or ND filters. The best camera I have is still a real video camera with XLR, long recording, ND filters . . . and a teeny tiny sensor. The new BMPCC is probably the closest to an affordable cam with a large sensor, long recording and ND filters – but its AF is apparently rudimentary and it has no stabilisation. There are solutions, but most are pretty expensive – otheriwse everything seems like a compromise one way or another. I have no idea why in this day and age we still can’t get ND filters on cameras like this one. Or why recording times are limited or why it seems so difficult to get XLR options, even if it’s via an adaptor. I swear the first camera manufacturer that actually puts all of these features in a row at an affordable price will pretty much clean up.

  2. It’s just an A7s iii without the viewfinder. A fan for a camera that no one says needs one, a profile which can be replicated in settings, an XLR attachment which Sony has had for years for most of its’ cameras including of course the A7s iii. I can’t remember being this bored with a “new” camera since the A7 iii became the very exciting A7c.

  3. The most unnecessary camera I have seen in quite sometime only reason why I could think you would possibly choose this is because it works about £100 less than an A7s3 + XLR module however with the A7s XLR module you get a mic which this unit does not ship with… So I guess it boils down to a colour preference and whether or not you like a viewfinder.

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