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Sony PXW-FX9 4K Camera with Full-frame Sensor 6K (Oversampling Only): 561-point Phase-detection AF Sensor, Fast Hybrid AF, Dual Base ISO, Low Noise, 15+ Stops Dynamic Range, Electronic Variable ND Filter, Soft Facial Tones, Effective Bokeh Through Shallow Depth of Field

Sony PXW-FX9

The following video presents Sony | FX9 | Product Feature:
Discover FX9, Sony’s full-frame 6K sensor camera with Fast Hybrid AF, Dual Base ISO and S-Cinetone™ colour science.
6K Full-Frame “Exmor R” sensor for stunning picture quality.

The camera’s full-frame 6K sensor provides superb recording in DCI 4K*, Ultra HD and HD resolutions. Powerful image processing with debayering and oversampling ensures image quality beyond the limits of conventional Super 35mm sensors. The back-illuminated CMOS image sensor also uses Sony’s Exmor R technology for improved sensitivity and noise reduction. Compared to a 4K Super 35mm sensor, the FX9’s 6K sensor has over twice the surface area while providing a wider angle of view and shallower depth of field.

*DCI 4K (4096 x 2160 at 17:9 recording) will be available with future firmware release.

FX9 Firmware Roadmap (September 2019)
FX9 will gain new capabilities through future firmware updates as follows:

  • 16bit RAW output (with XDCA-FX9)
  • Full-frame 4K 60p/50p recording with oversampling (Image sensor scan size is around 5K)
  • FHD 180fps shooting
  • DCI 4K recording
  • Support DWX digital wireless audio receiver (with XDCA-FX9)

Firmware releasing timing remains to be determined.

The following video presents Sony | FX9 | BTS of “Maybe it was me” by Sody:
Behind The Scene of the first promo shot on brand new FX9*. Director: Charlie Sarsfield & Director of Photography: Olan Collardy.

*Shot with a prototype camera

Sony PXW-FX9 won the RedShark Best in Show award for the #FX9 at this year's IBC

Sony PXW-FX9 won the RedShark Best in Show award for the #FX9 at this year’s IBC


Sony Launches FX9 4K Camera with Newly-Developed Full-frame[1] Sensor, Dual Base ISO and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus System

Next generation camera offers greater flexibility to bring artistic vision to life

Sony PXW-FX9

Sony PXW-FX9


At IBC 2019 in Amsterdam, Sony today unveiled the PXW-FX9, its first XDCAM camera featuring an advanced 6K² full-frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. The new camera offers content creators greater creative freedom and flexibility to capture stunning images that truly resonate with audiences.

Sony PXW-FX9

Sony PXW-FX9

Building on the success of the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7M2, the FX9 uniquely combines high mobility with an advanced AF system, impressive bokeh and slow-motion capabilities thanks to its newly-developed sensor. The FX9 also inherits its color science and a Dual Base ISO from the VENICE digital motion picture camera, creating the ultimate tool of choice for documentaries, music videos, drama productions and event shooting.

Sony PXW-FX9

Sony PXW-FX9

The FX9 was designed in close collaboration with the creative community and is an example of Sony continuously evolving cameras to innovate for the customer and market needs. The FX9 benefits from the versatility, portability and performance expected of an FS7 series “Run & Gun” style camera, while also offering High Dynamic Range and full-frame shooting features.

“We are always listening to our customer’s voice, pushing to deliver innovation that allows them to realize their full artistic intention,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “With the new FX9, we are striking an attractive balance between agility and creative performance. We’ve combined the cinematic appeal of full-frame with advanced professional filmmaking capabilities in a package that’s extremely portable and backed by the extraordinary versatility of Sony E-mount.

Powerful features
The newly-developed Exmor RTM sensor offers wide dynamic range with high sensitivity, low noise and over 15 stops of latitude that can be recorded internally in 4K³ 4:2:2 10bit. Oversampling of the full-frame 6K sensor’s readout allows professionals to create high-quality 4K footage with impressive bokeh effects through shallow depth of field, while wide-angle shooting opens new possibilities for content creators to express their creativity.

A dual base ISO of 800 and 4000 enables the image sensor’s characteristics to best capture scenes from broad daylight to the middle of the night. With S-CinetoneTM color science, the new sensor can also create soft and alluring facial tones. The camera can also capture content up to five times slow-motion with Full HD 120fps shooting played back at 24p.

The shallow depth of field available with a full-frame image sensor requires precise focus control, and the enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system, with customizable transition speeds and sensitivity settings, combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. The dedicated 561-point phase-detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% in width and 96% in height of the imaging area, allowing consistently accurate, responsive tracking – even with fast-moving subjects while maintaining shallow depth of field.

Creative freedom
Inspired by the high mobility “Run & Gun” style approach from the FS7 series of cameras, the FX9 offers content creators shooting flexibility thanks to a continuously variable Electronic Variable ND Filter. This enables instant exposure level changes depending on the filming environment, such as moving from an inside space to outdoors or while filming in changing natural light conditions.

Additionally, the FX9’s image stabilization metadata can be imported to Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare⁴ software, to create incredibly stable visuals even in handheld mode. Sony is also working to encourage third-party non-linear editing tools to adopt this functionality.

Sony PXW-FX9

Sony PXW-FX9

“What narrative cinematographers, documentary filmmakers, music video directors and broadcasters have in common is a need for a flexible camera that allows them to tell unique stories, no matter the environment in which they operate. As a next-generation professional camera, the FX9 captures stunning visuals with the lifelike image quality available from a full-frame sensor, while adding the benefits of advanced auto focus features and customization. This makes it the ultimate creative tool for modern storytellers,” concludes Neal Manowitz.

Sony PXW-FX9

Sony PXW-FX9

The FX9 will be available towards the end of 2019 and on display at the Sony stand (A10, Hall 13) at IBC 2019 September 13th– 17th. For more information, please visit

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¹Initially supported recoding aspect is 16:9; 17:9 (active about 19M pixels) will be supported by future update.

²6K Oversampling; not capable of 6K recording.

³3840×2160 recording is initially supported; 4096×2160 recording will be supported by future update.

⁴Planned to be supported by Ver.2019.2 in December 2019.

A future update will be scheduled sequentially for summer 2020. Further details will be announced.

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