Sony Introduces FX30, High-Capacity Memory Cards

The latest addition to the Sony Cinema Line features a back-illuminated, 20.1-megapixel APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor with a dual base ISO of 800/2500.

Sony Electronics, Inc., has announced the FX30 4K Super 35 cinema camera, as well as two large-capacity CFexpress Type A Memory Cards, CEA-G320T and CEA-G640T.

The FX30 (model ILME-FX30) features a back-illuminated, 20.1-megapixel APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor with a dual base ISO (800/2500) to deliver high sensitivity, low noise and more than 14 stops of latitude. 

The camera supports a variety of video-recording codecs. It can shoot in high frame rates, including 4K at 120 fps and full HD at 240 fps. The camera also has the ability to shoot 4K Super 35 (16:9) by oversampling from 6K at up to 60 fps. Both 16:9 recording modes can shoot at 10-bit 4:2:2 while the HDMI Type-A port outputs 4K 16-bit Raw for an external recorder.

Like other Sony Cinema Line models, the FX30 features Log shooting modes by enabling Cine El, Cine El Quick and Flexible ISO modes for recording with the S-Log3 gamma curve. All three modes allow video shooting while monitoring with an appropriate LUT to preview the final image. In addition, the FX30 includes a selection of built-in cinematic looks, such as Sony's S-Cinetone, and can shoot single stills. The camera offers advanced image-processing capabilities with the Bionz XR processing engine. 

The FX30 features Sony’s still and video autofocus, with settings that include Real-time Eye AF, Real-time Tracking, Detailed AF setting and AF assist. Focus Map makes it easy to visualize depth of field, and Breathing Compensation offers a stable angle of view when focusing. The camera includes effective stabilization for run-and-gun shoots using Active Mode thanks to the optical in-body five-axis image stabilization. The FX30 also includes timecode sync.

The camera has a flat-top design with threaded accessory-attachment points, making it easy to use for shooting handheld, capturing low-angle shots or mounting on a gimbal. It also features an XLR handle unit, which can be used to capture low-angle shots and also allows filmmakers to capture audio through various audio inputs, including two XLR audio inputs and a 3.5 mm stereo mini jack for four-channel recording. 

External mics can be connected directly to the camera via the Multi Interface Shoe or microphone jack. The FX30 also features an internal stereo microphone for audio recording.

The camera features two memory-card slots that are compatible with both CFexpress Type A cards (including the new large-capacity ones) and SDXC/SDHC cards. It also features an innovative heat-dissipation structure for uninterrupted 4K/60p recording, reliable power for extended recording and a durable magnesium-alloy chassis. A comprehensive selection of E-mount lenses, high-performance microphones and other components offers flexible systems for a broad range of creative needs.

The FX30 will be compatible with the new version of Camera Remote SDK (Version 1.06), a development kit for software that enables remote operation and configuration changes.

The Sony FX30 will be available in late October and can be purchased with or without the XLR handle. It will list for $2,200 with the handle and for $1,800 without it.

Sony’s latest CFexpress Type A memory cards support high-speed performance with a maximum writing speed of up to 700MB/s and Video Performance Guarantee VPG400, which offers sustained writing speeds of up to 400MB/s and enables 4K 120p high-bit-rate video shooting.

The cards are waterproof, dustproof and robust enough to support long-term shooting in various environments. 

CFexpress Type A memory card CEA-G320T will be available in October for approximately $650, and CFexpress Type A memory card CEA-G640T will be available in December for approximately $1,250. Sony will add 320GB and 640GB cards to the series at a later date.  

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