The Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera is an update to the workhorse Sony PXW-FS7M2 adding a oversampled, 6K, full frame sensor for recording up to 10-bit 4:2:2 UHD 4K at 60p. Key features include:
35.7 × 18.8mm, 6K, full-frame, CMOS sensor
Records up to XAVC-I 10-bit 4:2:2 in UHD 4K/60p to XQD media
Improved color science and added S-Cinetone color profile
Improved hybrid autofocus & dynamic range
Product Updates. The Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera takes the general form factor of the insanely popular Sony PXW-FS7M2 4K XDCAM Super 35mm Camcorder and throws a big, full-frame 6K sensor into the mix. From that 6K sensor, users can record a subsampled image up to UHD 4K/60p. Footage is recorded in the same XAVC-I 4:2:2 10-bit codec that the FS7 and FS7M2 use. The electronic variable ND filter has been updated for the full frame sensor and the body now gives more thorough control over exposure, white balance, and audio controls. Oh, yeah, and it’s grey.
Reinforced Locking E-Mount. The FX9 features the same locking E-mount found on the FX9’s big brother Sony VENICE 6K Digital Motion Picture Camera and previous PXW-FS7M2, just insert the lens without rotating and turn the locking ring.
Electronic Variable ND. The Electronic Variable ND works in one of three different ways. The first is like a conventional ND filter wheel, with 4 set positions you can swap between. Second, you can rotate the knob and ease through seven stops of filtration like a lens front mounted variable ND. Lastly, the FS7 Mark II’s auto ND function allows you to lock your shutter speed and aperture despite changing lighting environments.
Refined Build Quality. The PXW-FX9 features a tool-less design, meaning you can make adjustments to the Smart Grip or the viewfinder on the fly without having to pull out a screwdriver. The number of user programmable buttons has increased from 6 to 10, giving operators a greater level of control.
Higher Dynamic Range & Improved Color Accuracy. The FX9 offers 15+ stops of dynamic range with its refined sensor and color science. The added S-Cinetone color profile which is said to improve skin tones and color accuracy while still including mainstays such as S-Log 3 and S-Gamut 3.
Improved Autofocus. The autofocus system on this camera is quite a bit faster by adding phase detection to the contrast auto focus of previous generation Sony cameras. It also includes face detection capable of distinguishing between and tracking multiple subjects.
Can this camera record RAW video?
Not yet. A future firmware update is planned to allow RAW recording through the XDCA-FX9 but the current release isn’t scheduled until October of 2020.