Sony introduces new features for FX9 and FX6, including 4K 120p RAW.
Sony is pretty open-minded when it comes to firmware roadmaps for their cameras. In September last year they announced version 3.0 for the FX9, in which an anamorphic mode, support for the S700PTP remote protocol, a center scan mode for super 16 mm lenses and support for B4 lenses highlighted when using an adapter.
We now have new details about version 3.0. Anamorphic mode shows 2x and 1.3 de-squeeze, and there are cinemascope frame lines in the viewfinder. The FX9 The firmware will be available later this year.
The bigger news, however, is that the FX9 and the FX6 supports external 4K 120p RAW, and shooters can record the format with the new Atomos recorder due out next month. Firmware version 2.1 will be introduced for the FX9 in May. At the same time, it is expected that the FX6 will receive its new version Firmware update.
The FX9 will most likely support Super 35 4K 120p and possibly 2K DCI in full screen mode at 120p. But remember, you will still need this XDCA-FX9 Expansion unit to accommodate external RAW with the FX9, which costs an additional $ 2,500. The FX6 should support 4K 120p in full screen and crop mode directly over the HDMI connection, but this has yet to be confirmed by Sony.
While this is a step in the right direction, it would be better if the FX9 supported internal 4K 120p in either Super 35 or full screen mode. Currently the FX9 only supports internal 120p HD recording. In comparison, the FX6 is FX3, and a7S III can record 4K 120p internally. Although the camera sensors were developed in different cycles, it seems that the FX9 should be able to record internal 4K 120p in Super 35 mode.
What could hold back innovation is that XDCA-FX9 Expansion unit that unlocks many functions of the camera beyond high frame rates and RAW recording. Hopefully the FX9 Mark II avoids an expansion unit so shooters can take advantage of similar features found on cheaper cameras.