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Sony Cinema Line FX30 Super 35 Camera with XLR handle unit

Abel Code: SO-ILME-FX30
Mfr. Code: ILME-FX30
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Sony Cinema Line FX30 Super35 Camera with XLR handle; Compact cage-free design with 4K up to 120p, Dual Base ISO (800/2500) with 14+ stops dynamic range and S-Cinetone color science.
Key Highlights
  • 20.1 MP1 Exmor R APS-C image sensor
  • S-CinetoneTM for a cinematic look
  • Flexible ISO
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The Sony FX30 with XLR Hande captures beautiful cinematic imagery with 6K oversampling, high performance and highly efficient workflow. Enjoy hassle-free shooting with S-Cinetone and S-Log for high level grading. Its compact size lets you take it anywhere, and sophisticated AF and stabilization makes advanced filmmaking more accessible than ever for up-and-coming creators.

20.1 MP Exmor R APS-C (Super 35mm format) image sensor with wide dynamic range

Sony’s acclaimed image sensor technology in a new back-illuminated 20.1 megapixels APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor (Super 35 format) achieves high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic latitude. 6K oversampling compresses a vast amount of information into 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) output, delivering 4K movies with overwhelming resolution. Capture the scene in cinematic 4K resolution with the expressive depth of field, stunning bokeh, and cinematic freedom of an APS-C size sensor. The image sensor maximizes light collection efficiency so that clear, usable images can be captured in dim light. Standard ISO sensitivity is 100 to 32000, and latitude is an impressively wide 14+ stops.

S-Cinetone for a cinematic look straight out of the camera without grading

The FX30 includes S-Cinetone, the same color science that produces the highly regarded FX9 and FX6 color and skin tones. Based on technology acquired through development of digital cinema cameras such as Sony’s VENICE 2, S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin color, plus soft colors and gorgeous highlights. Because S-Cinetone produces all this directly within the camera, it's easy to achieve a beautiful cinematic look without the necessity of post-production grading.

Flexible ISO, Cine EI Quick and Cine EI Log shooting modes for optimized image quality

Three modes are provided for recording with the S-Log gamma curve (“Log Shooting Setting” in the menu) when post processing will be used to grade and finish the footage. Cine EI, inherited from Sony’s high-end Cinema Line models, offers wide latitude and the highest possible image quality. Cine EI Quick automatically switches the camera’s base ISO according to the selected Exposure Index (EI). And Flexible ISO provides the greatest flexibility for exposure settings.

User LUTs can be applied to the LCD display and HDMI output and embedded in clips

When recording with the S-Log gamma curve, the low-contrast image displayed on the monitor can make it difficult to judge how the final image will look. The FX30 allows custom LUTs to be applied to the LCD monitor and HDMI output, providing a more accurate preview of the final image. LUTs can also be embedded in clips to facilitate post-production processing. The FX30 even includes a new s709 preset LUT that can provide a more cinematic look while monitoring. In addition to the preset LUTs, up to 16 user LUTs (.cube format) can be imported into the camera via memory card.

Dual Base ISO and a 14+ stop range for wide latitude and low-noise images

The Dual Base ISO provides two sensitivity settings - one at ISO 800 and one at ISO 2500. This allows you to select an appropriate noise floor, for clean images, as well as maximize the FX30’s dynamic range when shooting in both bright or low-light conditions. Furthermore, a wide 14+ stop latitude minimizes the risk of blown highlights or blocked shadows over a wide range of lighting conditions, making it easier to shoot top-quality images in just about any shooting situation.

Log recording for smooth cinematic image quality when color grading

For full-scale productions, the S-Log gamma curve provided in the FX30 has been designed for smooth gradations, and to make it easier to achieve cinematic image quality when color grading in post-production. Both S-Log and S-Gamut.Cine offer high-quality color reproduction over a wide latitude, and special care has been taken to adjust the camera's output to ensure that the highest image quality can be easily achieved during post processing.

Dependable, accurate autofocus with Real-time Eye and Real-time Tracking AF

Sophisticated tracking features keep your subject in steady focus so you can concentrate on composition. Wide-area AF with intelligent tracking uses focal-plane phase-detection for tenacious subject tracking across almost the entire frame. Real-time Eye AF ensures precise focus on the face and eyes (human, animal, or bird), while Real-time Tracking provides reliable tracking thanks to Sony‘s unique AI-based subject recognition algorithms. Improved tracking is achieved even when shooting at high 120p frame rates.

Image stabilization Active Mode supports handheld movie shooting

Active Mode utilizes an in-body 5-axis sensor shift image stabilizer and provides increased stabilization for movie shooting. A precision gyroscope sensor accurately measures camera shake and compensates optically, making stable video possible even when shooting hand-held without a gimbal, even while walking, and at 4K high resolution.

Extensive recording formats for high image quality and advanced post-production

The FX30 can record 10-bit 4:2:2 video internally when using Long GOP or All Intra compression, making it possible to grade for fuller, more natural gradations while generally providing greater editing freedom. In addition to XAVC S AVC/H.264 encoding, XAVC HS format recording, using the HEVC/H.265 codec, roughly doubles the compression efficiency. XAVC S-I 4K and XAVC S-I HD formats provide per-frame Intra compression so the user can choose the most suitable format for the job at hand.

Creative slow-motion options with up to 4K (QFHD) 120p with autofocus

The FX30 offers 4K recording at up to 120 frames per second8. Extraordinarily smooth 5x (max.) slow-motion imagery at QFHD resolution with autofocus provides new expressive capability. The ability to capture moving subjects in smooth slow motion opens up a whole new world of creative potential.

4K 16-bit RAW output from HDMI terminal for compatible external recorders

For demanding post-production workflows, 16-bit RAW output is available over HDMI connection to compatible external recorders while XAVC HS 4K, XAVC S 4K, or XAVC S-I 4K, and proxy, files are simultaneously captured in-camera. RAW video output is 4672 x 2628 [16:9] resolution, exceeding DCI-4K resolution.

A selection of Creative Looks to create interesting moods right in the camera

A selection of Creative Looks makes it easy to create interesting moods right in the camera. The Creative Look presets can be used as is, or further customized using individual parameter settings such as hue, color depth, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. Fine adjustment of preset looks can be made according to the user's preference, and favorite settings can be registered as custom looks.

Sophisticated focus functions to handle any situation

The FX30 makes fast, accurate focusing as easy as possible. AF Assist smoothly switches between auto and manual focus, it enables easy rack focusing, and it can save time even when you are primarily using manual focus. Focus Map makes it easy to visualize depth of field while shooting and Breathing Compensation provides a stable angle of view when rack focusing by minimizing the field-of-view shift that can occur with some lenses. Additional breathing compensation is also available in post-production software supported by camera metadata.

Uninterrupted 4K 60p recording with cooling fan ventilation

For uninterrupted 4K 60p recording, the FX30 features an innovative heat dissipation structure, including a unique Sony Σ (sigma) shaped graphite-alloy heatsink. A complete internal redesign optimized the camera’s airflow and heatsink placement. When required, a silent cooling fan provides ventilation for continuous recording at full resolution, with intake and exhaust air structurally isolated to maintain strong dust and moisture resistance.

Metadata to facilitate editing with Catalyst Browse and Prepare software

Sony's Catalyst Browse and Prepare software are ideal production partners for the FX30. The camera records five types of metadata: LUTs, image stabilization, focus breathing, camera rotation and shot marks. These can be useful when previewing and preparing to edit in Sony's free Catalyst Browse or purchased Catalyst Prepare software

Proxy recording for efficient editing workflow

Low-bitrate HD proxy files can be recorded simultaneously in nearly all recording formats. The smaller proxy video files can be used for editing previews prior to final 4K online editing, reducing computer load and enabling a faster workflow

XLR handle unit for high-quality external audio input

The XLR handle unit20 provides two XLR audio inputs to facilitate high-quality audio recording. With an optional XLR microphone, digital audio data can be transferred directly to the camera for outstanding audio quality without noise or signal degradation. There is also a 3.5 mm stereo mini jack for 4-channel recording, for compatibility with 2-channel and 4-channel audio formats. The Multi-interface shoe can be used with compatible Sony microphones.

Time code input synchronization capability

The FX30 can be synchronized (TC-IN) to a second camera that has a time code output terminal by connecting the FX30’s Multi/Micro USB terminal to the time code source via an optional VMC-BNCM1 adaptor and standard BNC cable.

Still image shooting function

Because the FX30 can shoot stills as well as movies, it can be handy to use when you are location hunting. For example, you can use it to shoot stills that will be used in storyboards or pre-production presentations.

New list-style main menu for quick access to frequently used items

The camera’s new list-style main menu gives you access to frame rate19, shutter speed, and other essential shooting parameters. Main menu display can be assigned to a custom button so that parameters can be quickly checked and edited as needed prior to shooting.

Flexible, high-resolution touch-panel LCD monitor

The FX30 features a side-opening vari-angle rear monitor that allows broad positioning and framing freedom for gimbal-mounted shots, handheld shots, very low ground-level shots, or whatever the shoot requires. The large 3.0 type 2.36 million-dot (approx.) touch-panel LCD monitor provides clear viewing in bright outdoor settings. The function (Fn) menu can be displayed by swiping up on the monitor, for quick access to frequently used assigned functions.

Broad connectivity for a wide range of shooting needs

An HDMI Type-A connector can be used to feed 4K, 16-bit RAW9, or other movie formats to an external recorder or display device, with the option of status overlays included in the HDMI output. Other connectors include USB Type-C, Multi/Micro-USB, mic, headphone, and a Multi Interface (MI) Shoe with built-in digital audio interface. The FX30 also supports UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class) standards and can serve as a high-performance streaming camera or webcam.

Dual card slots, both compatible with CFexpress Type A and SDXC/SDHC

The FX30’s two media slots are compatible with CFexpress Type A cards as well as SDXC/SDHC cards supporting UHS-I and UHS-II speed classes. CFexpress Type A cards are the next standard for compact storage with fast write/read speeds suitable for 4K movie recording at high bit rates. Dual slots enable either relay or simultaneous recording.

Recording (tally) lamps and emphasized record displays

Recording (tally) lamps are provided on the upper front and rear of the camera. The REC button on the top of the camera is also illuminated and linked to the rear recording lamp. To make it clear when the camera is in record mode a red frame appears on the monitor display so that the operator can easily confirm that recording is in progress.

Comprehensive zoom control

The zoom lever placed on the top of the grip not only controls compatible powered zoom lenses, but also allows Clear Image Zoom to be used with unpowered zoom and prime lenses with less image degradation. This can significantly reduce the number of lenses required for many projects. Zoom speed can be assigned to a custom button or selected conditionally depending on whether the camera is in standby mode or recording.

Uninterrupted power for extended recording by USB PD support

The FX30 supports USB PD (Power Delivery), allowing higher power to be supplied from an external source so that recording can be continued for extended periods without draining the internal battery.

Multiple ¼”-20 threaded mounting points make a cage unnecessary

Designed for mobility and efficiency, the FX30 body features five thread holes (1/4-20 UNC) for accessories that make a cage unnecessary. While providing plenty of capacity for accessory attachment, the fact that no cage is required contributes to reduced system size and weight for easier handheld shooting. The XLR handle unit provides three additional thread holes for accessories. External monitors, recorders, batteries, video lights, extension grips, wireless microphone receivers, or other add-ons can be stably and securely attached.

Compact, lightweight body designed for mobility

The FX30 body is just 77.8 mm high, 129.7 mm wide, and 84.5 mm deep, excluding protrusions. It weighs 646 grams with battery and memory card (951 grams with XLR handle unit) and features a distinctive flat-top design that is suitable not only for handheld shooting, but for gimbal mounting. The camera grip has been designed to provide optimum flexibility, stability, and comfort for extended handheld shooting sessions.

Dust and moisture resistant design to handle challenging environments

Dust and moisture resistance refinements have been implemented throughout the body. Sealing is provided throughout the body as well as the battery compartment cover, and the media slot has a double sliding cover and lock lever to keep water out. Cooling airflow from inlet to exhaust is completely isolated from the body interior. All routes for dust and moisture entry have been examined to ensure reliable operation in challenging environments.

Durable magnesium alloy chassis

The camera’s body and covers are constructed from a lightweight magnesium alloy to enhance durability and performance even in challenging environments.

One Mount: connect seamlessly with E-mount interchangeable lenses

The One Mount concept is based on Sony's E-mount platform of interchangeable lenses. The FX30 is compatible with all E-mount lenses, including power zoom and video optimized models, so you can choose the right lens for any situation.

What's in the Box

  • USB Cable
  • Sony ALC-B1EM - Camera body cap - for Sony ILCE-QX1L, a7 (Alpha 7), a7 II (Alpha 7 II), a7s (Alpha 7s), a7s II (Alpha 7s II)
  • Sony FA-SHC1M - Hot shoe cap - for a6000 (Alpha 6000, a7 II (Alpha 7 II), a77 II (Alpha 77 II), a7s II (Alpha 7s II)
  • Sony BC-QZ1 Battery Charger
  • Sony NP-FZ100 Z-Series Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh)
  • Sony XLR-H1 XLR Handle Unit
  • Sony Cinema Line FX30 Super 35 Camera


Key Highlights

  • 20.1 MP1 Exmor R APS-C image sensor
  • S-CinetoneTM for a cinematic look
  • Flexible ISO
  • Cine EI Quick/Cine EI Log shooting modes
  • LUTs can be applied to the LCD display
  • Dual Base ISO
  • 14+ stop range
  • Log recording
  • Dependable, accurate autofocus
  • Image stabilization Active Mode
  • 4K 16-bit RAW output
  • Uninterrupted 4K 60p
  • XLR handle unit
  • High-resolution touch-panel LCD monitor
  • Dual card slots
  • Uninterrupted power
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