The Sony FX6 is a full-frame digital cinema camera. Developed to offer versatile, cine-style imaging in a compact form. The FX6 captures up to 15+ stops of dynamic range and includes Sony’s S-Cinetone gamma for filmlike skin tones. In addition, up to 10-bit, 4:2:2 XAVC-I recording. The Sony FX6 is ideal for documentary, gimbal, and drone shoots.
The FX6 camera combines a 4K full-frame Exmor R sensor with a BIONX XR engine for highly sensitive capture. This in a range of settings using a base ISO of 800. Also a high-sensitivity ISO 12800 mode for nuanced low-light scenes.
Weighing just 900 grams (under 2 lb) the FX6 body is a full 900-grams lighter than the FX9. It addition, it packs a full-frame sensor into a body comparable to the S35-sensor Sony FS5. While the FX6 fits seamlessly into a pro-cine on-set workflow, it also offers several features for a single-operator. These include fast and accurate phase-detection autofocus with both Face Detection and real-time Eye autofocus. Also, auto and manual ND filter settings for quick exposure compensation. Finally, a 3.5″ LCD monitor with touchscreen access to key menu settings and versatile positioning.
Versatile Addition to Sony Cinema Line
As part of Sony’s Cinema Line, the FX6 shares key imaging features with established cameras like the VENICE and FX9. This includes a full-frame sensor and film-like colour science. In addition, the FX6 includes professional connector interfaces, and advanced autofocus choices.
Compared to the FX9, the FX6 offers both similar spec’s and key differences:
- It matches the FX9’s video capture up to DCI 4K60
- Has the same S-Cinetone, S-Log3, and HLG gamma choices
- Outputs 16-bit raw like the FX9
- Sony E lens mount
- Offers the same 1/4 to 1/128 ND options
- Also provides 2-channel XLR audio inputs
FX6 differences from the FX9:
- 4K capture vs 6K
- Has a single 12G/6G/3G-SDI BNC port, trimming the FX9’s additional 3G-SDI port
- Incorporates a timecode port but lacks the FX9’s genlock connector
Improvement of the FX6 include:
- An ISO range of 320 to 409,600 vs the FX9’s 320 to 102,400 range
- Top frame rates of 120p in 4K and up to 240p in HD vs the FX9’s top 1080p in HD
- Dual card slots compatible with both CFexpress Type A or widely available SDXC cards. This contrasts the FX9’s reliance on proprietary XQD cards and a single SD card option