Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera (Body Only)
The new Sony PXW-FX9 is a combination of Sony Venice and A9 parts in a run and gun camera with some great improvements.
The Sony PXW-FX9 is the first XDCAM camcorder featuring an advanced 6K Full-Frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system.
It represents the ultimate tool of choice for documentaries, music videos, drama productions, and all-round event shooting.
Building on the success of the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7M2, the FX9 uniquely combines high mobility with an advanced AF system, impressive bokeh, and slow-motion capabilities thanks to its newly-developed sensor.
From the Venice, the Sony FX9 has inherited dual-base ISO technology, meaning the FX9 can switch between shooting modes with an ISO of 800 or 4000. The new sensor supports S-Log3 gamma as well as S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3, Cine color space, and a new S-Cinetone color setting that is based on Venice color science. From Sony’s Alpha line-up, the FX9 has imported Sony’s Fast Hybrid autofocus (AF) technology, a combination of phase-detection and contrast-detection with 561 AF points.
The camera’s full-frame 6K sensor provides a superb recording in DCI 4K, Ultra HD and HD resolutions. The FX9 is built around a 6K sensor which downsamples to 4K to create images in excess of 15 stops of dynamic range.
The Sony FX9 oversamples images for recording to 10-bit UHD 4K 4:2:2 (3840 x 2160) at up to 30p and HD at up to 60p; it also offers a Super 35 mode that records both UHD 4K and HD from a cropped portion of the sensor at up to 60p. On-board recording takes place to XAVC Intra, XAVC Long, or MPEG-2 long-GOP.
Powerful image processing with debayering and oversampling ensures image quality beyond the limits of conventional Super 35mm sensors. The back-illuminated CMOS image sensor also uses Sony’s Exmor R technology for improved sensitivity and noise reduction. Compared to a 4K Super 35mm sensor, the Sony FX9’s 6K sensor has over twice the surface area while providing a wider angle of view and shallower depth of field.
Sony FX9 highlights:
- 6K Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS Sensor - twice the surface area of a 4K Super 35mm sensor.
- Initially supported recording aspect is 16:9. 17:9 (active about 19M pixel) will be supported by a future update.
- 15 Stops of Dynamic Range
- 3840×2160 recording is initially supported and 4096×2160 recording will be supported by future update.
- UHD up to 60 fps, HD up to 180 fps
- DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 60p
- Raw output function and DWX compatibility will be supported by a future update
- Fast Hybrid AF, Dual Base ISO and S-Cinetone
- Dual Base ISO 800/4000
- AF with face detection and Eye-AF
- 4K 4:2:2 10 bit internal recording
- Four channels of audio
- External 16-bit RAW recording with add-on unit
- 10-bit S35 4K at 120fps to an external recorder
Realize beautiful 4K imagery with the creative freedom made possible by oversampling a huge high-resolution full-frame sensor. Capture every detail from the scene with shallow depth of field and stunning bokeh with a truly cinematic look. 15+ stops of dynamic range and Dual Base ISO enable capture of every nuance, from subtle shadow detail to specular highlights and with an immaculate colour palette.
Capturing the impossible
Make sure your story’s always clear with enhanced Fast Hybrid AF that tracks your subject with unprecedented speed, smoothness and precision. Its impact is transformative for the premium documentary, commercials and event applications
Shoot in comfort, expand your horizons
FX9 revolutionizes full-frame cinematography with peerless ergonomics and advanced technology for on-the-go shooting. The world’s first full-frame electronic variable ND filter* transforms possibilities for shooting in variable lighting conditions. Built-in Wi-Fi and 12G-SDI support advanced workflows while the optional XDCA-FX9 extension unit further expands the operational possibilities of the PXW-FX9.
6K Full-Frame “Exmor R” sensor for stunning picture quality
The camera’s full-frame 6K sensor provides superb recording in DCI 4K*, Ultra HD and HD resolutions. Powerful image processing with debayering and oversampling ensures image quality beyond the limits of conventional Super 35mm sensors. The back-illuminated CMOS image sensor also uses Sony’s Exmor R technology for improved sensitivity and noise reduction. Compared to a 4K Super 35mm sensor, the FX9’s 6K sensor has over twice the surface area while providing a wider angle of view and shallower depth of field.
The Sony FXW-FX9 has a back-illuminated full-frame 6K Exmor R image sensor that oversamples 6008 x 3168 resolution to create its 4K images capable of full HDR. For those keeping tabs the VENICE oversamples its 6K at 6048 x 4032. Even though the sensor is 6K, the Sony FX9 can’t record in resolutions above 4K DCI. Initially, the camera will record in 16:9. 17:9 (active about 19M pixel) will be supported by a future update.
*DCI 4K (4096 x 2160 at 17:9 recording) will be available with future firmware release.
Phenomenal 15+ stops dynamic range for limitless expression
FX9 offers an exceptional 15+ stops of dynamic range – beyond the normal range of human perception – allowing for unprecedented creative freedom in colour grading and post. Camera operators can concentrate on framing the scene they want while relying upon the FX9 to capture every nuance and detail using either 4K 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording or 16-bit RAW external recording.* In grading, colourists can find colour and detail beyond the normal viewing abilities of the camera operator to create a final image that exactly portrays the mood of the scene.
* RAW recording requires future firmware release and external recorder.
Dual Base ISO for stunning images in any light
FX9 features a base sensitivity of ISO 800, providing the optimal dynamic range for typical documentary applications such as shooting outside or in brightly lit interiors. A secondary High Base sensitivity of ISO 4000 excels in low light conditions such as early morning and evening shoots while maintaining superb image quality. ISO 4000 is also ideal whenever you’re using slow lenses. Combining Dual Base ISO with the camera’s electronic variable ND Filter provides superb creative control in almost any shooting environment, with truly next-generation responsiveness to changing conditions.
*ISO 800 and ISO 4000 are used in S-Log3, Cine EI mode.
Cinematic colour science with S-Cinetone™
S-Cinetone is the default look of FX9 that’s tuned to meet the requirements of today’s content creators with rich mid-range colours, alluring facial tones and a softer tonal look – developed with the same expertise as Sony’s world-leading VENICE digital cinematography camera. S-Cinetone means that straight out of the camera your content looks fresh and vivid, with subjects that really stand out while retaining plenty of latitude in post production thanks to the high-performance full-frame image sensor.
Selectable frame rates in both full-frame & Super 35
Choose your desired frame-rate from 1fps up to 180fps* for impressive quick and slow-motion footage. FX9 creates an immersive image with a wide-angle look and shallower depth of field provided by its full-frame sensor in combination with quick and slow-motion. Engage your audience with this new creative look. FX9 also offers a Quality priority setting** that maximizes full HD slow-motion image quality with advanced oversampling technology.
*Up to 120fps with Ver1.0. Full-HD 180fps will be supported with future firmware
**In Full-frame scanning mode: selectable at 1-30fps / In S35 scanning mode: selectable at 1-60fps
Catch the action with enhanced Fast Hybrid AF
Effortlessly track fast moving subjects with pin-sharp focus, even when using wide lens aperture settings to maintain a shallow depth of field with the camera’s full-frame sensor. Developed by Sony’s α camera engineers, enhanced Fast Hybrid AF combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. In addition, Face Detection intelligently recognises and locks on to human faces.
The dedicated 561-point phase detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% of the whole image area width and 96% of height, allowing consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with fast-moving subjects.
Customizable AF settings
FX9’s comprehensive autofocus settings provide the creative flexibility to integrate with any project.
7-level AF transition speeds from Fast – switching between subjects as quickly as possible – to Slow, where speed is reduced to fit a more measured shooting style, such as a historical TV drama.
5-level AF subject shift sensitivity ranges from Locked-on – ignoring other moving subjects in the frame – to Responsive that switches focus from one subject to another – ideal for snapping between race cars as they speed by.
The Sony FX9 includes the fast autofocus systems we find on its popular Alpha series cameras. The Fast Hybrid AF has 561 focus points covering 94% in the horizontal and 96% in the vertical in full-frame mode. The Sony FX9 also adds in face detection for filmmakers with the ability to choose and track your subject by setting it with the touchscreen LCD.
Autofocus with all E-mount lenses
Experience smooth, responsive autofocus with every E-mount lens, including Sony’s new Cinema Lens Series with premium optical performance and operability for demanding cinematography applications. Advanced E-mount lever lock operation allows quick, easy lens exchange in the field, plus added stability and security with large lenses.
* Image shows E-mount lens line-up as of September 2019.
World’s first electronic variable ND filter for full-frame sensor*
Realize even greater creative control with Sony’s unique built-in electronic variable neutral density (ND) filter – a world first* for professional full-frame camcorders. Set to Auto, or adjust filter density manually in smooth increments from 1/4 to 1/128 as you shoot, for perfectly exposed images without affecting depth of field as lighting conditions change. Use higher density settings with slower shutter speed for breathtaking artistic effects.
The Sony FX9 has a variable electronic neutral density filter that can be controlled from a hard dial on the side of the camera. You can also notice several other hard dials there, covering functions for customizable ND filter presets, dual-channel audio adjustment, Iris control, white balance, and shutter. This is a nice addition since it eliminates what Sony calls "Menu hunting" for the right setting, wasting time on set. And it's got a cool old-school vibe.
Proven ergonomics & accessory compatibility
The Sony FX9 chassis is the latest refinement of the revolutionary FS7 design, so you can be sure it will feel great to shoot with from almost any position, while also offering compatibility with a large proportion of the countless FS7 accessories including U-series batteries, chargers, E-mount lenses, plus arms and lens adapters.*
The control arm is easily adjusted without tools, so FX9 adapts effortlessly to your physique and preferred shooting style – handheld, at waist level or shoulder-mounted.
The smart grip features an updated design, more compact than before while still holding all the key shooting controls, allowing you to concentrate on the scene without distractions. The Sony FX9 also introduces a micro USB interface for improved responsiveness and support for a wrist strap.
Basically, the Sony FX9 keeps the same run and gun style body as the FS7 with an A-mount lens mount and includes a slew of quick menu options on the side of the camera. Sony also added in 4 separate channels of audio.
Other refinements include genlock timecode in/out on the body. Electronic viewfinder design can be changed to have a sunshade and the grip is more compact – merging the best features from the FS5 and FS7 grips.
* BP-U30 and XDCA-FS7 are not compatible with the FX9.
16-bit RAW capability*
16-bit RAW offers a phenomenal increase in post-production creative freedom to fully exploit FX9’s exceptional 15+ stops of dynamic range. FX9 supports export of 16-bit RAW at either 4K or 2K resolution using the optional XDCA-FX9 extension unit with a single BNC cable connection to compatible external RAW recorders.**
*RAW output will be enabled with a future firmware release. Limited to 10-bit recording during 120fps high frame rate shooting within Super35 image circle.
**Compatible recorders to be announced
Stable, shake-free handheld footage
Advanced image stabilisation information means even handheld footage can be transformed with Sony Catalyst Browse/Catalyst Prepare software* in post-production to look as smooth as if it were shot with a gimbal.Unlike in-camera or lens stabilisation, meta data generated by FX9’s built-in gyro allows you to creatively choose the balance between the level of shake-compensation and the resolution of trimmed 4K imagery. This feature is also compatible with any E-mount lens and allows for far faster processing than conventional NLE stabilisation workflows**.handheld footage can be transformed with Sony Catalyst Browse/Catalyst Prepare software in post-production to look as smooth as if it were shot with a gimbal. Unlike in-camera or lens stabilization, metadata generated by the FX9’s built-in gyro allows you to creatively choose the balance between the level of shake compensation and the resolution of trimmed 4K imagery. This feature is also compatible with any E-mount lens and allows for far faster processing than conventional NLE stabilization workflows.To summarize, Sony's FX9 handheld footage can be transformed with Sony Catalyst Browse/Catalyst Prepare software in post-production to look as smooth as if it were shot with a gimbal. Unlike in-camera or lens stabilization, metadata generated by the FX9’s built-in gyro allows you to creatively choose the balance between the level of shake compensation and the resolution of trimmed 4K imagery. This feature is also compatible with any E-mount lens and allows for far faster processing than conventional NLE stabilization workflows.
Beautifully matched shooting partners
Optimized for professional cinematography applications, the light, compact, SELP28135G powered zoom lens is an ideal complement for the full-frame imaging possibilities of the FX9.
- Circular aperture with full-frame image circle format
- Motorized servo zoom for smooth, precise zoom moves
- Independent three rings for focus, zoom and iris with a smooth, silent drive
You have the choice of purchasing the FX9 on its own (PXW-FX9) or with SELP28135G lens (PXW-FX9K).
Powerful features for creative content creators
The newly-developed 6K Full-Frame sensor offers a wide dynamic range with high sensitivity, low noise and over 15 stops of latitude that can be recorded internally in 4K 4:2:2 10 bit. Oversampling by the Full-Frame 6K sensor allows professionals to create high-quality 4K footage with impressive bokeh effects through shallow depth of field, while wide-angle shooting opens new possibilities for content creators to express their creativity. This means that every scene captured looks true-to-life whether it’s shot in broad daylight or in the middle of the night. The FX9 camcorder can also capture content up to five times the slow-motion speed with FHD 120fps shooting.
With the same color science and Dual Base ISO 800/4000 as the VENICE camera, the new sensor can also create softer and more alluring facial tones.
The enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system with customizable AF transition speeds and sensitivity settings also combines phase-detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. The dedicated 561-point phase-detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% in width and 96% in height of imaging area, allowing consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with fast-moving subjects while maintaining shallow depth of field.
Cinema Lens Series
Explore new artistic possibilities and precise creative control with Sony’s Cinema Lens Series. Purpose-built for documentary production and digital cinematography with full-frame cameras such as the FX9 and VENICE.
The first lens in the series, the FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G full-frame wide angle zoom, is due in early 2020.
Adds shoulder-style operation, advanced networking
Further, extend the capabilities of the FX9 with the optional XDCA-FX9 extension unit that optimizes camera weight distribution and ergonomics for comfortable shoulder-style shooting – ideal for ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and documentary applications. The extension unit also adds advanced networking for streaming/file transfers and Timecode for multi-camera shoots.
4-channel audio input and recording
FX9 offers superb audio capabilities with independent control dials for each channel. In applications such as interview, 4-channel audio recording enables simultaneous use of an external microphone for recording ambient sounds, the built-in microphone for voice memos by the operator, and two optional UWP Series wireless microphones for voice of interviewer and interviewee. In addition, using the optional XLR-K3M, XLR-K2M or XLR-K1M XLR adapter – with two extra XLR inputs – allows even more devices to be connected.
Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe
Sony’s flexible Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe provides power, signal connections and coordinated on/off switching with compatible Sony accessories. For example, you can connect and control Sony UWP-D wireless microphone systems (optional).
Networked for high mobility
The FX9 features internal 5GHz* and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi capability as standard. Just switch on and log onto your preferred network to enable a host of advanced wireless production features:
- Content Browser Mobile™** allows the PXW-FX9 to be controlled remotely from a smartphone or tablet computer via a Wi-Fi connection. Adjust the exposure level, zoom, Record/Stop and more via your mobile device – it’s ideal for single operator shoots. One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones offering NFC connectivity.
- FTP Transfer allows content files to be sent over the internet for remote storage on an FTP server even while shooting. In case of signal interruption, the system will automatically resume as soon as connection restored.
- Trimming allows you to set start and endpoints in a clip, eliminating time-wasting transfers of unneeded content.
- XDCAM air can upload proxy footage to the cloud from multiple camera operators in the field, so editing can start immediately. Uploaded content can be accessed securely from any location. News teams can even start logging clips while shooting is still going on, saving even more valuable time when a story’s breaking.
- Wired LAN port with optional XDCA-FX9 allows connection of the FX9 to the Internet with a standard Ethernet cable, allowing files to be streamed or transferred by FTP.
- Dual Link Cellular is enabled with optional XDCA-FX9 and uses two cellular networks in combination to provide an even more reliable network connection. FX9 is compatible with standard USB cellular dongles from most networks. (Please check for most appropriate service provider for your region. Standard network fees will apply.)
- High-quality Sony QoS Streaming to Network RX station (optional) and XDCAM air by Sony allows images to be streamed live for viewing at a remote location
*5GHz support dependent on country/regional regulation. ** Content Browser Mobile™ application can be downloaded from Google Play Store or App Store. Wi-Fi operation cannot be guaranteed with all smartphones and tablet computers.
Limitless creativity and flexibility
Inspired by the high mobility “Run & Gun” style approach from the FS7 series of camcorders, the Sony FX9 offers content creators even greater flexibility thanks to Electronic Variable ND Filter. This allows more creative effects for content creators and instant exposure level changes depending on the filming environment – even when it’s moving from inside space to outdoors or while filming in natural light conditions. By recording image stabilization information and using it on the Catalyst Browse/Prepare option, content creators can capture incredibly stable visuals even in handheld mode. Sony is also working to encourage other third-party non-linear editing tools to adopt this functionality.
The Sony FX9 comes with a range of customizations and expansion features. These include compatibility with the new UWP-D series of wireless microphones via Multi-Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) with digital audio interface, the XDCA-FX9 extension kit enabling 10bit S35 4K 120fps and 16bit RAW output, compatibility with Sony BP-GL and BP-FL series batteries, D-Tap, RJ-45 interface and stable “Dual Link” streaming by using two carrier lines, as well as DWX slot-in type digital wireless receiver commonly used in broadcasting settings.
The Sony FX9 will also be compatible with the newly launched E-mount lens FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G, which uniquely balances full manual operability for movie shooting and auto-control functions.
FX9 Firmware Roadmap
All updates are subject to change without notice and descriptions do not represent all features being implemented. Below information posted September 2019 and will be updated as necessary.
Based on ongoing discussions with content creators, the Sony FX9 is gaining significant new capabilities through firmware updates.
Future updates are as below. Firmware releasing timing remains to be determined.
- 16-bit RAW output (with XDCA-FX9)
- Full-frame 4K 60p/50p recording with oversampling (Image sensor scan size is around 5K)
- FHD 180fps shooting
- DCI 4K recording
- Support DWX digital wireless audio receiver (with XDCA-FX9)
- RJ45 ethernet
- dual-link streaming
- DWX slot in for wireless audio (future firmware update)
- DTAP power
- V mount battery support
Sony PXW-FX9 camera Specs
|Image Sensor Size||35.7 x 18.8 mm (Full-Frame)|
|Sensor Resolution||Effective: 3840 x 2160|
|ISO||800 to 4000 (Native)|
|Gain||-3 to 18 dB|
|Advertised Dynamic Range||15 Stops|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||57 dB|
|Lens Mount||Sony E-Mount|
|Shutter Speed||1/1 to 1/8000 sec|
|Built-In ND Filter||4 to 128 Stop Electronic ND Filter|
|Built-In Microphone Type||Mono|
|Recording Media||2 x XQD Card Slots
1 x SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo Hybrid Card Slot
|Recording Modes||XAVC-I 4:2:2 10-Bit:
3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (240 to 600 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps (89 to 222 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (112 Mb/s)
XAVC-L 4:2:2 10-Bit:
3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (100 to 150 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080p at 25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps (25 to 50 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s)
MPEG HD422 4:2:2 10-Bit:
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (50 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080i at 25/50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s)
XAVC Proxy 4:2:0 10-Bit:
1920 x 1080p (9 Mb/s)
1280 x 720p (6 to 9 Mb/s)
640 x 360p (3 Mb/s)
|Gamma Curve||Sony S-Log 3|
|Audio Recording||XAVC: 4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
Proxy: 2-Channel AAC Audio
|Video Connectors||1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output
|Audio Connectors||2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
|Other I/O||1 x BNC Genlock Data Input
1 x BNC Timecode Data Input/Output
1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control
1 x USB Micro-B USB 3.1 Gen 1 Data
|Wireless Interfaces||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Wi-Fi|
|EVF Display Type||LCD|
|EVF Resolution||276,000,000 Dots|
|Battery Type||Sony BP-U Series|
|Power Connectors||1 x Barrel (19.5 VDC) Input|
|Power Consumption||35.2 W|
|Storage Temperature||-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C|
|Accessory Mount||1 x Multi-Interface Shoe
1 x 1/4"-20 Female
|Dimensions||9.02 x 5.75 x 5.61" / 22.91 x 14.61 x 14.25 cm|
|Weight||4.4 lb / 2 kg|
- Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System (Body Only)
- Body Cap
- BP-U35 Battery
- Grip Remote Control
- 2 x Power Cord
- AC Adapter
- USB Cable
- Limited 1-Year Warranty