Sony FX9
Image courtesy: Sony

Sony has released a firmware update for the Sony FX9 full-frame cinema camera. Although the camera is around two years old, the V3 firmware still adds some useful new features.

Anamorphic de-squeeze

One of the update’s highlights is the addition of an anamorphic de-squeeze feature to the viewfinder options. This means you can now monitor the image in the correct aspect ratio when working with 1.3x and 2x anamorphic lenses.

S16 2K crop mode

Sony has added a new S16 2K crop recording mode for users working with B4 broadcast lenses. B4 lenses are intended for cameras with 2/3 inch sensors and do not cover the Sony FX9’s full-frame sensor. However, the new S16 2K crop mode can record in 1080P or 1080i at frame rates from 1 fps to 180 fps. Sony has also updated support for B4 lenses with this firmware release.

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Ethernet

Another feature aimed at broadcasters in the new firmware is support for the S700 protocol. This lets you control the Sony FX9 remotely via an Ethernet connection. 

Autofocus

With this update, Sony has introduced several improvements to the Sony FX9’s autofocus options. The enhanced features include real-time autofocus tracking of a subject even when you set the camera to manual focus. Spot focusing on a subject can also be set by tapping on the screen during manual focusing. In addition, you can now set a focus marker to help you return to a previous focus point.

C3 Portal

Sony has added the option to name your files following the format Cam ID and Reel. This will make managing your clips much easier, especially when working with multi-camera shoots. Also, you can now transfer files to the C3 Portal cloud service using the C3 Portal App smartphone application.

Pricing and availability

The Sony V3 firmware for the Sony FX9 is available now and is free to download.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.