If you want to step up the quality of your videos but 1) are not skilled enough to maximize the features of cinema cameras, and 2) cinema cameras are generally out of your budget, Sony has these budding content creators covered with the FX30. As the most affordable member of the brand’s Cinema Line, the FX30 takes the form factor of the FX3 but swaps the full-frame sensor for an APS-C sensor.
The sensor in question is an all-new 26-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor that can shoot oversampled 4K video (from 6K) at 60FPS and up to 120FPS with a 1.62x crop. You can also shoot in 24FPS and 30FPS in case you need, and capture videos in 10-bit 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 in either H.265 or H.264 AVC. With an external recorder like the Atomos Ninja V+, the FX30 can output 16-bit RAW video. The sensor has a dual base ISO of 800 and 2500, along with 14 stops of dynamic range.
Being a Cinema Line camera, the FX30 has Log shooting modes that include Cine EI, Cine EI Quick, and Flexible ISO modes for recording in S-Log3, along with S-Cinetone The camera also includes Sony’s S-Cinetone profile for natural out of the camera colors. Like the FX3, you get threaded accessory mounts for attachments like microphones and lights, along with two memory card slots that support SDXC/SDHC and CFExpress Type-A cards and the same NP-FZ100 battery.
The Sony FX30 is set to be available this October at $1799(~Php 106.1k) for the body only. An additional $400 more will get you a kit with the optional XLR adapter/top handle. There’s no word yet on its availability in the Philippines.