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The Benefits Of Shooting With the Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera

The Benefits Of Shooting With the Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera

Modern-day cameras can shoot videos that look absolutely amazing on a bigger screen. The final cut of your videos with post-processing editing makes the shots look splendid. Thanks to the mirrorless cameras, which have skyrocketed in popularity because of their cutting-edge technology. Speaking of the bigger screen, 

Sony has recently released their new Cinema Line cameras, which have FX30 in them. These cameras are totally amazing, and they are what you need for your next-level cinema-feel shots. If you want to know more about this camera, then stay on this page. You will get to know about the benefits that you will get while shooting with this camera.

Sony FX30 Digital Cinema Camera:

Sony has been in the professional camera category for a long time. The brand has made its way to the top by putting the best cameras on the market. The FX30 belongs to the Cinema Line of Sony, which is pretty much similar to the FX3. This camera delivers an incredible user experience to everyday content creators and aspiring filmmakers who are looking for a powerful and accessible cinema camera. This is how they can push themselves into their cinematic journey to reach newer heights. 

Product Highlights:

Read about the highlights of this camera: 

  • 26.1MP APS-C BSI CMOS Sensor
  • 10-bit UHD 4K up to 120p
  • S-Cinetone / S-Log3
  • 4.7K 16-bit raw output
  • LUT & Timecode Support
  • Advanced Hybrid AF
  • In-Body Stabilization
  • Optional XLR Handle
  • Cinema Features and Log Modes

Tech Specs:

Below, you will read about the technical specifications of FX30:

  •     Lens mount:Sony E
  •     Sensor resolution:Actual (27 megapixels) Effective (26 megapixels)
  •     Sensor type:23.3 x 15.5 mm (APS-C) CMOS
  •     Image stabilization:Sensor shift with 5-axis
  •     Built-In ND Filter:None
  •     Capture type:Stills and Video
  •     Shutter type:Electronic rolling shutter
  •     Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 seconds in Photo Mode | 1/8000 to ¼ second in Video Mode
  •     ISO Sensitivity:100 to 32,000 (Can be extended to 102,400)
  •     Dynamic Range:14 stops
  •     WB (White Balance):2,500 to 9,900 K (Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater)
  •     Slo-mo Support:Yes
  •     Built-in microphone type:Stereo
  •     Image size:3:2 26-megapixels (6192 x 4128)
  •     Aspect Ratio:3:2, 16:9
  •     Display Type:Articulating touchscreen LCD
  •     Focus type: Auto and manual focus
  •     Focus mode: Auto, Cont.-Servo Autofocus, Direct Manual Focus, Single-Servo Autofocus, Touch Autofocus, etc

Body Design:

Let’s talk about the very first thing about this camera, the body design. We won’t take much time on this since it looks amazing and compact in design. It is pretty much the same as the FX3. You can read about the highlights below of this design and some features that are added to this design. Check them below:

  • 1/4-inch 20 mounting points all over the body
  • Full-size HDMI port with USB-C port
  • Integrated fan for active cooling
  • In-body image stabilization
  • Full vari-angle touchscreen LCD
  • Multi-terminal with time code support and optional time code adapter cable
  • Dual CF express Type A/SD card slots

One major change you will see is that the FX30 is available with and without the XLR Handle Unit. If you don’t want to use FX30 with XLR or a camera-mounted shotgun mic, you can save up some cash during the purchase time. Sony has planned to sell the handle separately, so if you want it, you can purchase it later.

For example, if you are thinking of vlogging, then you might have used the RODE Wireless GO II for your audio. It is because it saves up space in your equipment bag. 

Imaging and Performance:

FX30 packs a lot of power, and it is able to live up to it. It is the only entry-level option from the Cinema Line series and which has the same name, so there are always expectations attached to this camera. Fortunately, this is the camera that is ticking all the boxes for cinematographers and videographers. 

It’s the first 26MP APS-C sensor that Sony has used, and it is a game changer from the previous round of 24MP predecessors. The best part of this camera? It is able to do a full 6K oversampling and create sharp 10-bit 4K videos for the user. If you compare it with the FX3 or FX6, the FX30 takes the cake. It can show more detailed results since it has a higher resolution.

FX30 comes with a dual native ISO. Although you can keep it at ISO 800 and 2500, and with this, you can go the highest on 14+ of dynamic range. It is an excellent rating and tops up the chart of the APS-C/Super35 camera systems out there. You won’t feel much noise in the results, but you can always crank up the ISO. 

For better results, we would recommend sticking between 800 and 2500. Going above 2500 will result in noticeable noise, and it won’t be good for the post-processing session. It is safe to go between ISO 6400 and 8000. It is one of the benefits of shooting with the Sony FX30.

Picture Profiles are similar to the other Cinema Line offerings. You can use S-Log3, S-Cinetone, and more. In addition to this, it has Cine El mode that will be an incredible addition to the Picture Profiles in FX30.

The crop sensor of FX30 gives an advantage to the users. The very first thing is the cost. It won’t break the bank, and you will still have a cinema camera to execute the incredible videos that you always wanted. On top of that, it has the same body design as FX3. One of the biggest benefits of the Sony FX30 camera is that you will get the lens selection you can do for this camera. FX30 has an E mount, which can easily support the past and current glass that is available in the market.

One of the best things about this camera is that users can pick a lens from a wide range of lens selections. This makes it the right choice for beginners thinking of building a whole kit for the same cost they would pay for full-frame systems. We would recommend you use Sony’s very own 10-20 mm PZ lens, which is an outstanding option. However, you can find 11 mm and 15 mm APS-C lenses which are good for this camera.

Final Thoughts:

Sony has done it again, and they have come up with the best entry-level cinema camera that is tapping all aspiring filmmakers, content creators, and enthusiasts who want to add a cinematic style to their photos and videos. Get the best lenses and use the E mount of Sony to get the maximized experience from this camera. Grab your whole equipment for your collection from Golden Camera, the best camera shop in Pakistan

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