The Sony FX6 has arrived!

I picked up my Sony FX6 ILME-FX6 on friday from Goecker, a large danish dealer with branches in both Copenhagen and Aarhus. I’ll spend the next few days getting to know the camera and on monday/tuesday I will start shooting the first assignment. On wednedsday I will use it in a streaming gig for Goecker and Sony Denmark. Can’t wait.

A few (awesome) specs for the FX6:

  • 4K Full-Frame 10.2MP CMOS Exmor R Sensor
  • DCI 4K60p | UHD 4K120 | 1080p240
  • 15+ Stops of Dynamic Range in S-Log 3 EI
  • Compact Form Weighs Just under 2 lb. or 890 grams to be exact.
  • Phase Detection AF/Face Tracking/Eye AF
  • Base 800-12,800 ISO / 320-409,600 Max
  • S-Cinetone, S-Log3, HLG Modes
  • 10-Bit 4:2:2 XAVC-I/16-Bit Raw Output
  • Dual CFexpress Type A/SDXC Card Slots

In this blogpost and the following ones I will try to gather my experiences with the camera, settings, LUTs, accessories and more. I hope it will evolve into sort of a library like my widely visited FS5 section, with thousands of monthly visits, has become. See it here.

5 things about FX6 for beginners

Sony Australia has a “5 things about FX6 for beginners” which is worth wile watching if you are all new to this type of camera. You will learn about MXF Recording Format, dB Gain & ISO, Shutter Angle & Shutter Speed, Waveforms vs. Histograms, Dual Base ISO. Very informative.

Sony FX6 accessories

One of the first accesories I’m getting is the Hawkwoods Sony FX6 V-Lok Camera Mount with dual D-Tap outputs. I had one for my FS5 with a couple of 98wh mini v-locks and they were great. Still have the two v-locks, but I might get 1 or two of the FXLION 98wh batteries. They are very versatile with bot D-Tap and USB C in/out.

For shoulder work I will use my Smallrig shoulder mount and my shape arm with the Arri rosette mount. That has served me well with the FS5 and will work well with the FX6 as well I tink.

Sony FX6 vs. Sony A7SIII

A lot of people compare the FX6 to the A7SIII, but imo it’s not fair. There are several differences between those two and I’m happy owning both for differen types of work.

Here are some differences:

  • Electronic ND filter is built in – no need to bring one seperate
  • XLR inputs, phantom powered for a good shotgun mic
  • Better exposure tools (Waveform, Pre loaded LUTs)
  • Flexible location for the LCD monitor (can even be removed)
  • Timecode
  • SDI output
  • No overheating
  • Dual Base ISO
  • Top and side handle which makes the FX6 really handy
  • 4K DCI internally

Work in progress… stay tuned!