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Sony FX6 is a $6,000 Sony A7S III in a small camcorder shell

Sony FX6 is a $6,000 Sony A7S III in a small camcorder body
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Sony has officially announced the Sony FX6, a full-frame camcorder with 15 stops of dynamic range that captures 4K video up to 120p, FullHD video at up to 240p, and is a low light beast with sensitivity that can be cranked up to ISO409,000.

As neatly summed up by YouTuber Gerald Undone, the Sony FX6 is essentially a Sony A7S III (opens in new tab) in a shrunken-down Sony FX9 (opens in new tab) body – though it features some new tricks, such as the ability to record in DCI 4K and make cinema-level adjustments such as changes to shutter angle.

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The FX6 appears to feature the same 10.2MP back-illuminated Exmor R sensor as the A7S III, along with the same Bionz XR processor, along with the same effective dual native ISO with a base of ISO800 and an enhanced sensitivity of ISO12800. 

It captures 10-bit 4:2:2 All-I in DCI 4K up to 60p, in QFHD 4K up to 120p, and in FullHD (1080p) up to 240p. It also offers Long GOP XAVC recording in 4:2:0 8-bit QFHD 4K up to 120pvi or 10-bit 4:2:2 FullHD up to 240p. 

The Sony FX6 employs the manufacturer's S-Cinetone color science featured in the Venice cameras, with S-Log3, S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine for post-production flexibility and seamless integration with senior cinema cameras.

Taken directly from the Alpha cameras is Sony's rock-solid Fast Hybrid phase detection autofocus system, with 627 focus points along with advanced face detection and real-time eye AF. 

Again like the A7S III, the FX6 features twin CFexpress Type A (opens in new tab) card slots that also double as UHS-II SD card slots. However, in accommodating the built-in electronic variable ND filter system (which unlike optical NDs can be linearly controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND) it has had to forego the A7S III's stabilization system – though it still records gyroscopic data that can be decoded in Catalyst Browse for 'post IBIS'.

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The magnesium alloy body weighs 890g and measures 116 x 153 x 114mm, and features a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen that can be mounted on multiple locations to accommodate different shooting scenarios. 

The Sony FX6 will be available in December for $5,998 / £5,994 (approximately AU$8,254). 

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James Artaius
James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.