3Best all-around cinema camera

Sony FX3

The Sony FX3 is a feature-packed well-rounded camera. It’s user-friend because it’s easy to use. If you’ve shot videos with any kind of dedicated camera before, mirrorless or DSLR, you’ll feel right at home using the FX3.

While the FX3 only captures up to UHD 4K, it still offers 10-bit 4:2:2 internal capture or up to 16-bit RAW externally. The camera features a top frame rate of 240 frames per second in HD and delivers fantastic 120fps in 4K. Also, the camera’s dual card slots are another great feature. It has dual media slots for either SD/SDHC/SDXC cards or the CFexpress Type A. Additionally, the Sony FX3 full-size XLR inputs. When camera manufacturers offer mini XLR inputs, it’s always a letdown. Videographer workflows become more complex when cameras offer only mini XLR inputs. Thankfully, the FX3 offers full-size XLR inputs, making this a more dynamic camera compared to mini-XLR input cameras. The camera also has an ISO range of 80 to 406,600, 5 axis in-body image stabilization, and 14+ stops of dynamic range. While Sony claims the camera has 15+, our testing didn’t confirm this claim. However, this isn’t important because the image quality difference between 15+ and 14+ is very minimal.

The FX3 is 640 grams and 3.06 inches x 5.11 inches x 3.33 inches. It’s slightly heavier than the a7S III by 26 grams. Overall though, their sizes are similar. However, the FX3’s handle feels great to hold. With the handle, low-angle handheld shots are much easier to do. Its rear screen is a 3 inch 1,440,000-dot LCD and supports touch functions, like navigating through the menu and touch auto-focus.

The Sony FX3 is a well-rounded camera offering something for everyone. It’s easy to pick up and shoots pro-quality video.