Hands on: Sony FX3 review

Sightings of the Sony FX3 have been few and far between since its launch in February 2021 – but we tracked it down at The Photography Show

Sony FX3
(Image: © Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

You could glance at the FX3 and take it for a slightly modified A7S III, but there’s a lot more to it than that. The active cooling, cinema-focused features, handle and XLR inputs make the FX3 a genuine bridge between mirrorless and cinema cameras. We could only hold it, not test it, but the cinema camera features and the known A7S III video quality make this a camera we can’t wait to try out properly.


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    Handle and XLR inputs

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    Vari-angle screen

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    Unlimited 4K 60p recording

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    Dual UHS-II/CFexpress A card slots


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    No viewfinder

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    Confusing crossover with A7S III

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The Sony FX3 sits between the video-orientated Sony A7S III and the full-on FX6 and FX9 cinema cameras. You might not have thought there was a gap, but Sony clearly thought so, and the FX3 is a very interesting ‘bridge’ between mirrorless cameras that shoot video and full-on cinema cameras.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com