The Sony FS6 has now officially been announced. It is the full-frame follow-up to the wildly successful Sony FS5 (that you can rent from us here). A key question a lot of people are asking is the FX6 vs the A7Siii. We’ll go over this later, but first we have a list of the key features.

Key Features:

  • full-frame 4K 10.2MP sensor
  • 4K DCI up to 60p
  • UHD 4K up to 120p
  • 4K 4:2:2 10bit internal recording
  • HD up to 180 fps
  • 15+ stops of DR
  • Base ISO 800 (Cine EI S-Log3)
  • High Sensitivity setting of 12,800 ISO
  • AF with face detection and Eye-AF
  • S-Cinetone
  • External RAW recording
  • Electronic Variable ND
  • Four channels of audio in
  • 12G/6G/3G SDI
  • TC In/Out
  • User uploadable LUTS

The full specs are further down the page, but first, we’ll take a look at a comparison between it and the A7Siii

Sony FX6 vs A7Siii

Something that immediately jumps out from the FX6 is the similarity of the sensor related specs to the A7Siii. When Sony was directly asked if the sensors are the same, they said that they “used the same technology”.

One thing is definitely certain, which is that the FX6 does not use the same sensor as the FX9 (and hence the Venice). This is actually a good thing, as otherwise you would have seen Sony cripple the abilities of the FX6 to allow for differentiation between the products.

The main difference between the A7Siii and the FX6 is the body. The larger form factor allows for a whole host of additional features that arguably make it a more suitable camera for video straight out of the box. The FX6 has XLR in, SDI out, Variable ND filters and Timecode in/out. It also allows for better video ergonomics, such as a top and side handle out of the box.

The larger body is also a disadvantage – the A7Siii weighs approx 50% less than the FX6. It also means that you have a smaller, more flexible body to build from. You can add a cage, complete with top handle etc, or you can keep the body small and light to make it easier in run & gun situations.

The video quality from the FX6 will be fantastic. We love the quality coming out of the A7Siii, and as they are so similar the quality should be the same. If you want to get experience with the sensor before deciding to purchase, you can rent the A7Siii from us:

Sony FX6 impressions

The FX6 and A7Siii are signs that Sony has started to move away from its history of super silo’d product lines. It has had to reconsider this strategy as there has been increasing competition in the sub £10k video focused camera market from competitors ranging from Z-cam to Canon to RED.

The FX6 very much seems like a blend of the FX9 and the A7Siii. This may upset some people who were hoping for more of a ‘baby Venice’ style cinema camera, but has resulted in a camera with a feature set that works for potentially more people. The lack of internal RAW, 6k etc makes sense from this viewpoint, as Sony would not want to cannibalize too many sales of their higher end bodies, while having high enough specs to compete with the new rash of competitiors.

As we said above, a good starting point to see if you like the sensor will be the A7Siii, and a good analogue for the body and other features is the FS5, both of which you can rent from Cinehire.

One big drawback for people moving from the FS5 will be the lack of a super 35 crop 4k mode. This will mean that a lot of people will need new lens sets.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Sony FX6 Full Specs

Size & Weight

WEIGHT (MAIN UNIT ONLY) Approx 890g (1lb15oz) DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) (INCLUDING SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES) Approx. 2.59kg(5lb11oz) (with Viewfinder, Grip Remote Control, BP-U35 battery, SEL24105G LENS, Lens Hood, Handle, MIC holder) DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) (BODY WITHOUT PROTRUSIONS) 114 x 116 x 153 mm(4 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 6 1/8 inch) (body without protrusions)

Power

POWER REQUIREMENTS DC 19.5V POWER CONSUMPTION Approx. 18.0 W (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94p, SEL24105G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)

Operation

OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0°C to 40°C, 32°F to 104°F STORAGE TEMPERATURE -20°C to +60°C, -4°F to +140°F

Power

BATTERY OPERATING TIME Approx. 105min. with BP-U35 battery (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94p, SEL24105G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device), Approx. 215min. with BP-U70 battery (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94p, SEL24105G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)

Recording Format(Video)

XAVC INTRA XAVC-I DCI4K 23.98p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 240 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I DCI4K 24p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 240 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I DCI4K 25p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 250 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I DCI4K 29.97p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 300 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I DCI4K 50p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 500 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I DCI4K 59.94p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 600 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I HD 23.98p mode:CBG, MAX bit rate 89Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I HD 25p mode:CBG, MAX bit rate 112Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I HD 29.97p mode:CBG, MAX bit rate 111 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I HD 50p mode:CBG, MAX bit rate 223 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I HD 59.94p mode:CBG, MAX bit rate 222 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I QFHD 23.98p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 240 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I QFHD 25p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 250 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I QFHD 29.97p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 300 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I QFHD 50p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 500 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC-I QFHD 59.94p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 600 Mbps, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 XAVC LONG XAVC-L HD 29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94p/50p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 35 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC, XAVC-L HD 29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94p/50p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 50 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC, XAVC-L QFHD 29.97p/25p/23.98p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 100 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC, XAVC-L QFHD 59.94p/50p mode:VBR, MAX bit rate 150 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC

Recording Format (Audio)

RECORDING FORMAT (AUDIO) LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels

Recording Frame Rate

XAVC INTRA XAVC-I DCI4K mode:4096 x 2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P, 24P, XAVC-I HD mode:1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P, XAVC-I QFHD mode:3840 x 2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P XAVC LONG XAVC-L HD 35 mode:1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P, XAVC-L HD 50 mode:1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P, XAVC-L QFHD mode:3840 x 2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P

Recording/Playback Time

XAVC INTRA XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 23.98p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 74 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 36 minutes, XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 25p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 71 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 35 minutes, XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 29.97p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 60 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 29 minutes, XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 36 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 17 minutes, XAVC-I DCI4K/QFHD 59.94p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 30 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 15 minutes, XAVC-I DCI4K 24p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 74 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 36 minutes, XAVC-I HD 23.98p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 185 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 91 minutes, XAVC-I HD 25p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 150 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 74 minutes, XAVC-I HD 29.97p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 150 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 74 minutes, XAVC-I HD 50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 78 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 38 minutes, XAVC-I HD 59.94p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 78 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 38 minutes XAVC LONG XAVC-L HD 35 29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94p/50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB):Approx. 430 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 210 minutes, XAVC-L HD 50 /29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94p/50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB):Approx. 320 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 155 minutes, XAVC-L QFHD 29.97p/25p/23.98p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB):Approx. 170 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 86 minutes, XAVC-L QFHD 59.94p/50p When using CEA-G160T (160 GB): Approx. 115 minutes When using CEA-G80T (80 GB): Approx. 57 minutes PROXY AUDIOXAVC Proxy: AAC-LC, 128 kbps, 2 channels PROXY VIDEOXAVC Proxy: AVC/H.264 High Profile 4:2:0 Long GOP, VBR 1920×1080, 9Mbps

Lens

LENS MOUNT E-mount

Camera Section

SENSOR TYPE 35 mm full-frame, single-chip CMOS image sensor PIXELS Approx. 12.9 megapixels(total), Approx. 10.2 megapixels(effective) BUILT-IN OPTICAL FILTERS Clear, linear variable ND(1/4ND to 1/128ND) SENSITIVITY ISO 800/12800 (Cine EI mode, D55 Light source) SHUTTER SPEED 64F to 1/8000 sec

Slow and quick motion

XAVC-I 1 to 60 frames (59.94/50/29.97/25/24/23.98), 4096×2160 XAVC-I/L 1920 x 1080, 1 to 60, 100, 120, 150, 180, 200, 240 frames (59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98), 1 to 60, 100, 120 frames (59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98), 3840 x 2160

White Balance

WHITE BALANCE MODES Preset, Memory A, Memory B (2000K-15000K)/ATW

Exposure

GAIN CONTROL -3 to 30dB (every 1dB), AGC

Gamma

GAMMA CURVE SDR mode : S-Cinetone, Standard, Still, ITU709, HDR mode : HLG_Live, HLG_Natural

Latitude

LATITUDE 15+ stops

Interface

TC INPUT/TC OUTPUT BNC, TC IN/OUT Switchable AUDIO INPUT Mic Reference: -30 to -80 dBu, XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable SDI OUTPUT SDI OUT: BNC, 12G-SDI, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI(Level A/B) USB USB Type-C(x1), Multi/Micro-B (x1) HEADPHONE OUTPUT -16 dBu 16 Ω, Stereo mini jack (x1) SPEAKER OUTPUT Monaural DC INPUT DC jack REMOTE Stereo mini-minijack (Φ2.5 mm) HDMI OUTPUT Type A (x1) GRIP Minijack(φ3.5mm / 4pin)

Monitoring

LCD 8.8 cm (3.5 type), Approx. 2.76M dots

Built-in Microphone

BUILT-IN MICROPHONE Omni-directional monoral electret condenser microphone (body) (x1), Stereo electret condenser microphone (handle) (x1)

Media

MEDIA TYPE CF express Type A / SD card (x2), Slot B can be used for saving configuration data.

Wi-Fi/NFC

SUPPORTED FORMAT IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac FREQUENCY BAND 2.4 GHz bandwidth, 5.2/5.3/5.6/5.8 GHz bandwidth SECURITY WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compliant

Supplied Accessories

SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES AC Adaptor(1), Battery charger(1), Battery pack(1), Before Using This Unit(1), Cold shoe kit(1), Grip remote control(1), Handle(1), Handle connector cap(1), LCD hood(1), LCD monitor(1), Lens mount cap(1), Power cord(1), USB-C cable(1), Warranty booklet(1)