Sony FX30 review

Sony drops an APS-C bombshell with this highly capable, highly affordable cinema camera – and it’s the real deal!

5 Star Rating
Sony FX30
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s always risky giving a camera a 5-star rating based on a fairly limited acquaintance, but unless something dreadful crawls out of the woodwork that we don’t know about yet, the FX30 deserves it. This is a full-on cinema camera at a mirrorless camera price point, and perfectly positioned to help ambitious creators develop their professional skills. The FX30 is a video-first camera but can still take 26MP stills, and it doesn’t just blow Sony’s ageing A6000 series out of the water, it makes the FX3 look a bit limited too. Bravo!


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    Cinema camera features and design

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    Cinema Line LUTs and log modes

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    Premium build quality

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    4K 120p (albeit with a crop)

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    The price!


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    No EVF

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    3-inch rear screen feels small

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    IBIS not very effective

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Sony is steadily extending its Cinema Line downwards. At the top of the range is the Venice 2 camera, then there's the FX9, FX6 and the FX3… and now the most affordable option yet, the FX30.

It's an immediate candidate as one of the best filmmaking cameras, and perhaps best cinema cameras, for B-roll footage at least. It's also worth considering as one of the best cameras for vlogging, especially for users keen to move up to more professional, cinematic productions.

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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 but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at