Over the past 24 hours, images and details of a forthcoming Sony cinema camera have leaked, showing off what appears to be a compact cinema camera called the FX3 (ILME-FX3).
Little information is available at this time. All we know so far is what the camera will look like based on what appears to be a leaked press photo from Nokishita and another hands-on image that shows the rear of the camera. The device has also been registered with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), confirming the name seen on the camera.
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The first thing you’ll notice about the camera is the form factor. Assuming this is the final product, this would be the most compact Cinema Camera in Sony’s lineup, with obvious design inspiration coming from the company’s a6000-series camera systems. The front of the camera appears to have a fairly standard design when compared to Sony’s a6000-series cameras, but a look at the top plate shows this thing is designed for modularity, with three standard tripod screws on top, as well as a dedicated record button. Other buttons on the camera are labelled with numbers, suggesting they will be user-customizable to fit specific use cases.
The left side of the body also shows a full-height vent. Given the small size of the body, an internal fan would certainly make sense to keep the unit from overheating, although space for its inclusion is quite limited.
Sony Alpha Rumors is reporting a €3,795 ($4,600) price tag and a CFexpress Type A card slot on board. Original rumors suggested 8K recording, but Sony Alpha Rumor’s latest report suggests it will top out at 4K at 120 frames per second (fps). These are yet to be confirmed, however.
We have no further information at this time about the camera shown in the images.