Just weeks after the Sony A1 bombshell, another camera has been leaked – and the Sony FX3 could be poised to fire another salvo across Canon’s bow.
Much as the Sony A1 launched as a direct competitor to the Canon EOS R5, it looks like the newly revealed Sony FX3 might be set to challenge the Canon EOS C70 – as well as other compact cinema cameras like the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K.
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What’s confusing about the Sony FX3 is that it carries the FX designation – making it part of the manufacturer’s cine camera series, which includes the Sony FX6 and Sony FX9. However, it also bears the Alpha mark (“α”) that suggests it is part of Sony’s conventional mirrorless camera range.
Still, the “Cinema Line FX3” branding on the camera’s top plate betrays that Sony is positioning this as another contender for the best cinema camera crown. And the top plate also reveals something else very interesting: a top joystick, which is something we’ve never seen before.
This could be incredibly significant. It’s entirely possible that a top joystick is simply an added bonus to improve ergonomic handling. However, it’s also possible that Sony has delivered a monster 5-inch rear screen (similar to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, and the increasingly mythical Sharp 8K Video Camera), which means there’s no room on the back of the camera for a joystick.
Further questions are raised by the camera’s supposed specs, along with its naming convention. While uber-leaker Nokishita posted the image of the FX3, Mirrorless Rumors shared purported specs that this is “A New 8K ILME VIDEO CAM! It Can Shoot UHD 8K, Oversampled DCI 4K, HFR UHD 4K.”
On the one hand, this is entirely possible; this could be the cine camera equivalent of the 8K Sony A1. And, much like the A1 bucked Sony’s convention of lower numbers signifying more junior models, this could indeed mean that the FX3 is actually a technically senior camera than the FX6 and FX9.
So where does the truth lie? At the moment, between this and the A1, the video-focused Sony A7S III might just have become completely redundant. Of course, the specs could be incorrect and this could be, like the Canon EOS C70, a hybrid DSLR-styled cine camera that bridges the gap between mirrorless and cinema cameras.
With Japan’s CP+ 2021 trade show taking place from 25-28 February, we’re willing to bet that we’ll find out the answers very soon.
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