Firmware Version 2.0 For Sony FX3

  By Ryley Smith

 

Sony has announced firmware update 2.0 for the FX3. Through extensive feedback from industry professionals, this new software introduces professional cinema line features that will give users ultimate creative freedom! The new features include additional Log shooting modes, user LUT (Lookup Table) importing, timecode sync with a dedicated adaptor cable, and advanced functionality consistent with the Cinema Line Camera workflow. It’s easy to say that firmware update 2.0 is going to be a gamechanger for cinematographers!

With firmware update 2.0, the FX3’s new Log shooting modes with LUT monitoring create a smoother post-production workflow by enabling Cine El, Cine El Quick, and Flexible ISO modes for recording with the S-Log3 gamma curve. Flexible ISO is a quick and easy mode that allows users to change the ISO to make exposure adjustments. Cine EI and Cine EI Quick are modes that use the camera’s base ISO of 800/12800. Both Cine EI and Cine EI Quick modes produce footage that can be adjusted in post-production to balance highlights and shadows while taking advantage of the wide latitude of S-Log3. ​ All three modes allow video shooting while monitoring with an appropriate LUT to preview the final image.

Additionally, firmware update 2.0 includes preset LUTs, like Sony’s s709 and maintains popular picture profiles such as S-Cinetone. For additional creative freedom, users can import their own LUTs. These imported LUTs can be used to not only preview a final image but can also be included in the footage when registered as a picture profile. ​ ​

Additional updates include:

  • New list-style main menu screen which provides quick access to frequently used items ​
  • Instant Function (Fn) menu display by swiping up on the screen 
  • The new standby movie screen provides an unobstructed view of the subject
  • Timecode sync and input with a dedicated adaptor cable
  • AF (autofocus) assist function to smoothly switch between auto and manual focus

FX3 now includes added functionality to assist with the creative workflow, such as post-production editing using embedded LUT and EI (exposure) metadata. In addition, two types of shot marks have been added, allowing users to mark specific takes or scenes. ​

For more information and to download firmware update 2.0 for the FX3, click here!

 

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Author:

Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.