Sony FX9 Large-Format 6K Sensor Camera
The frame size and image quality from the new Sony FX9 camera goes way beyond the limits of conventional Super 35mm sensors. Just like Sony's flagship Venice camera, the FX9 has a large-format full-frame 17:9 sensor, which is over twice the frame size of Super 35mm, it's virtually the same size as the famous VistaVision widescreen film format. When shooting with large format image sensors, the wide end is something really special. For example, a 15mm lens on a full frame camera has the same angle of view as a 10mm on Super35 camera but without distortion.
True 4K recording
Most 4K-sensor cameras use a single Bayer Array sensor, which does not deliver a true 4K picture. Although these cameras record in 4K, the available resolution from a Beyer sensor camera is actually around 3K. The FX9 is a 6K camera which down samples images in-camera to 4K, so the actual FX9 recorded resolution is true 4K. If your delivery requirement is standard HD, then the camera can be switched to HD, but that 6K sensor still provides spectacular over-sampled pictures with visibly superior texture and detail.
The huge ‘Exmor R’ full-frame sensor captures a much wider background than S35.
For example, if use a 50mm lens on a full-frame camera and a super35 camera to shoot a medium close up of something, when I match the frame sizes so the subject is the same size on each camera, the full-frame camera shows much more of the background than the Super35 camera.
Venice film look
The camera’s S-Cinetone colour offers the same immaculate colour palette as the Sony VENICE camera, so you get that wonderful VENICE film look straight out of the camera without grading.
The sensitivity that captures the best images is called Native ISO. The FX9 has Dual Native ISO, so depending on light levels; I can use the low 800 ISO for normal shooting or high 4000 ISO for low light shooting. So rather than cranking up the camera sensitivity in low light by adding gain, switching to the higher sensitivity produces significantly cleaner images; it’s like having to optimised cameras in one body.
15+ stops of dynamic range approaches that of traditional motion picture film.
Dual base ISO, 800/4000
VENICE Colour science
Built in Wi-Fi transmission for image monitoring
Continuous high speed shooting up to 180 fps (with firmware update) 7 times slower than real life.
Full-frame, S35 switchable
Lens lever lock e-mount.
The Sony FX9 is not a successor to the FS7 camera. The FX9 is an extremely sophisticated camera and different from the FS7 in almost every aspect.