Sony has announced a “significant” new firmware update for the Cinema Line FX3 and FX30 camera systems that enables the cameras to shoot DCI 4K in true 24 fps and adds anamorphic lens de-squeeze and breathing compensation.
Details of the Firmware Update
The new firmware updates for the FX3 full-frame digital cinema camera (version 3.00) and the FX30 Super 35 digital cinema camera (version 2.00) bring some highly requested features that the company says will enhance their features for cinematic storytelling and connectivity for film creators. This includes the ability to shoot DCI 4K in true 24.00p (4096 x 2160) with the new format XAVC S-I DCI 4K (17:9).
In addition to true 24p, FX3 Version 3.00 and FX30 Version 2.00 will offer anamorphic lens de-squeeze options of 1.3x and 2.0x, while FX3 Version 3.00 now features focus breathing compensation.
“The FX3 is a great companion to the VENICE in the filmmaking adventure,” says Emmy award-winning cinematographer Checco Varese ASC. “Its color rendering and accuracy equal its bigger sibling, the VENICE. I have used the FX3 on my last several shows and always find myself excited and pleasantly surprised. I’m looking forward to seeing what else it can do.”
According to the firmware documentation, when used with compatible lenses, the focus breathing compensation minimizes the shifts in the angle-of-view as the focus point changes with even more compensation available in post-production using Catalyst Prepare/Browse and the Catalyst Prepare Plugin.
In addition to these features for the two cinema cameras, the system has been updated to include some quality-of-life improvements in general such as the ability to switch from Standard Movie and S&Q Motion modes with a single button press.
The updates also include an updated file naming structure to match the high-end CineAlta series like the FX9, VENICE, and VENICE 2 so that users can ensure an easier workflow when using multiple camera systems in a multi-cam scenario.
Finally, the new firmware update includes smartphone connection and integration features that link to the new Sony Creators Cloud platform for individual creators. According to the company, this new service will provide users with “services and optimized applications from shooting to collaborating with creators around the world. This Creators’ Cloud platform also includes Creators’ App, a content transfer mobile application from camera to cloud.”
How to Upgrade Your Sony FX3 or FX30
The latest version of the firmware for the FX3 and FX30 cameras are available to download now directly from the Sony Camera Support Page under the Downloads tab using a PC or Mac.