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Sony PXW-FX9 4K FF Camera with XDCA FX9 Extension Unit

Sony FX9 | 4K

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Sony FX-9 4K Full Frame/S35 Camera with 4K record option and supplied with ARRI Pro kit as standard.

This package includes the Sony XDCA-FX9 extender to offer 16 bit RAW record outputs, timecode output and additional networking capability.

This camera is also capable of recording XAVC-I, XAVC-L and MPEG HD onto XQD cards.  By utilising the same S-Cinetone gamma curve as the Sony Venice, the FX9 achieves increased dynamic range and skin tones over regular Rec709.

Main Features

  • Full-Frame 6K Sensor
  • Fast Hybrid AF
  • Dual Base ISO
  • Cinematic Colour Science with S-Cinetone
  • Electronic Variable ND Filter
  • 4K 4:2:2 10bit Internal Recording
  • 2 XQD Card Slots
  • XAVC Intra / Long, MPEG HD422 Format

Amongst many other updated features, this camera has a Dual Native ISO of 800 & 4000, Internal Variable ND, 15 Stops of Dynamic Range, Timecode in/out, Wifi for monitoring and menu changes through the appropriate Sony App.

Note that this camera can mount directly to APS-C (Sony E Mount Lenses) without using any adapter.

Please read VMI’s article, E-Mount Lenses - perfect for the Sony FS7

We are also including the ARRI Pro Set to allow for standard film accessories to be fitted. The ergonomic grip design for easy handling and operability, making it ideal for single shooter operation.

Interchangability of the α Mount lens system with provided adapters allows either A mount of EF mount lenses to be used to maximum advantage and including iris control too.

16bit RAW output and additional functionality with Optional Extension Unit (XDCA-FX9)

16 bit RAW record outputs, timecode output and additional networking capability are available only if used with the optional Extension Unit (XDCA-FX9).

Also, using the SDA-FX9 permits VLock batteries to be mounted directly to the rear of the camera.

Storage

VMI kits are supplied with 2 x 128GB memory G cards which will allow up to 6 hours recording at 25p:
Equipped with high-sensitivity 4K Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor.  See specs tab for record durations.

Improved Sensor

The FX9 features a full frame 6K 35.7 by 18.8mm back-illuminated Exmor-R CMOS sensor. This sensor is stated to have 15 plus stops of dynamic range and has a resolution of 6008 x 3168.  You will be able to shoot QFHD full frame up to 30fps, 1080p full frame at up to 120 fps and QFHD S35 up to 60fps and 1080p S35 at up to 120fps. The planned firmware updates will bring Full frame DCI 4K up to 60p, Full HD full frame up to 180fps and QFHD in Super 35 mode at up to 120fps while using an external recorder.

Full Features

  • Full-frame 17:9 mode with PXW-FX9
  • Conventional front-illuminated sensor as used in FS7 II
  • The sensor also has a dual base ISO of 800 & 4000.
  • They have also added volume control buttons, the ability to control 4 channels of audio, and a set of arrow keys to navigate the menu.
  • LCD screen which now has a resolution of 1280 x 720
  • genlock and timecode built into the body now, no more need for the XDCA for this.
  • Face Priority AF: Focuses on faces, when there are faces and objects.
  • Face Only AF: Focus only on a face, not on other objects
  • Face Registration: Camera can recognise multiple faces and remember a face once it is registered
  • Grip & LCD panel flexibility
  • Well balanced body design
  • Shoulder style operation
  • Wide range of exposure can be fine-tuned without changing DoF (without iris control)
  • Wide range of DoF (Depth of Field) expression under Auto Variable ND by adjusting lens IRISLCD
  • Built-in gyro records “shake” meta data in the clip
  • It allows to freely adjust the balance between shake-compensation and trimming area size and this shortens processing time drastically
  • Zoom/ iris/ focus control from your camera, remote or smartphone

Compatible Memory Cards

VMI Package

  • Sony PXW-FX9V Full Frame Camcorder
  • Sony LCD Viewfinder screen for FX-9
  • Optical Viewfinder Clip On FX9
  • ARRI VAB-1 Viewfinder Attachment inc. 2x 140mm rods K2.0001297
  • ARRI Bottom Plate for FX9 
  • Camera  Port Cap
  • Camera Quick Release Base Plate (Sony VCT-14)
  • Full ARRI Pro Kit for FX9 including 15mm support  
  • Rain Cover FX9 Camrade
  • Coldshoe 3/8"
  • On Board Camera Mic-Foam Windshield
  • Mic Holder Support  (WhiteNoise Type) Incl Canon Mic Holder
  • Power Cable Figure 8
  • 15mm, Support Rods, 170mm
  • 15mm, Support Rods, 240mm
  • Lens Adapter: E-Mount to EOS Metabones or chargeable Metabones upgrade
  • (Optional LA-EA4 lens adapter (provides A-Mount lenses to be used)
  • (Optional Zeiss ZF or PL lens adapters are also available)
  • (Optional chargeable E-mount to PL adapter)
  • 2 x Sony XQD 128GB/120GB Memory Card 400MB/s G Series memory cards
  • Sony Dual Slot XQD & SD Card Reader MRW-E90
  • Sennheiser HD205 Headphones
  • FX9 Pistol Grip & extension
  • Data Cable USB 3.0 Flat End (Micro B)
  • 2 x Hawkwoods Battery BP-60U 14.4V
  • 1 x Hawkwoods Battery BP-30U 14.4V Small
  • Sony AC Adapter/Charger BC-U1
  • Power Cable Figure 8
  • FX9 Pin cover
  • (optional BP8 Bridge Plate kit with 19mm bars available without charge)

Note that an alternative power kit can be provided without additional charge on request:

  • Choice of 5 x Hawkwoods 98WH batts and 2 x Hawkwoods 2-way chargers
  • or 4 x Hawkwoods 150WH batts and 2 x Hawkwoods 2-way chargers
  • or 5 x Anton Bauer Dionic HC batteries with Anton Bauer TM-4 charger

Sony FX-9 4K Full Frame/S35 Camera with 4K record option and supplied with ARRI Pro kit as standard.

This package includes the Sony XDCA-FX9 extender to offer 16 bit RAW record outputs, timecode output and additional networking capability.

Please read VMI’s article, E-Mount Lenses - perfect for the Sony FS7

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Specifications

General

Weight: Approx 2.0 kg (body only)
Approx. 4.5 kg (with Viewfinder, Eyepiece, Grip Remote Control, BP-U30 battery, SELP28135G LENS, an XQD memory card)

Dimensions: (W x H x D) *1             156 x 239 x 247 mm (body without protrusions)

Power Requirements:       DC 12 V

Power Consumption:        Approx. 19W (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94P, SELP28135G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)

Operating Temperature:  0°C to 40°C/ 32°F to 104°F

Storage Temperature:      -20°C to +60°C/-4°F to +140°F

Battery Operating Time:

  • Approx. 1 hrs with BP-U30 battery (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94P, SELP28135G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)
  • Approx. 2 hrs with BP-U60 battery while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94P, SELP28135G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)
  • Approx. 3 hrs with BP-U90 battery (while recording XAVC-I QFHD 59.94P, SELP28135G Lens, Viewfinder ON, not using external device)

Recording Format (Video)            

  • XAVC-I mode:QFHD 59.94P CBG, bit rate 600Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:QFHD 50P CBG, bit rate 500Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:QFHD 29.97P CBG, bit rate 300Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:QFHD 23.98P CBG, bit rate 240Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:QFHD 25P CBG, bit rate 250Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:HD 59.94P VBR, maximum bit rate 222Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:HD 50P VBR, maximum bit rate 185Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:HD 59.94i VBR, maximum bit rate 111Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:HD 50i VBR, maximum bit rate 112Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-I mode:HD 29.97P VBR, maximum bit rate 111Mbps, MPEG-4
  • XAVC-L QFHD 59.94P/50P mode: VBR, maximum bit rate 150Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-L QFHD 29.97P/23.98P/25P mode: VBR, maximum bit rate 100Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-L HD 50 mode: VBR, maximum bit rate 50Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-L HD 35 mode: VBR, maximum bit rate 35Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • XAVC-L HD 25 mode: VBR, maximum bit rate 25Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
  • MPEG HD422 mode: CBR, maximum bit rate 50Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL

Recording Format (Audio)            

  • LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels (Recording/Playback ONLY 2channels)

Recording Frame Rate    

  • XAVC-I QFHD mode: 3840x2160/ 59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
  • XAVC-I HD mode: 1920x1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
  • XAVC-L QFHD mode: 3840x2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
  • XAVC-L HD 50 mode: 1920x1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
  • XAVC-L 35 mode: 1920x1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
  • XAVC-L 25 mode: 1920x1080/59.94i, 50i
  • MPEG HD422 mode: 1920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P 1280x720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P

Recording/Playback Time             

  • XAVC-I mode QFHD 59.94P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 22 minutes, When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 11 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode QFHD 50P When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 26 minutes, When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 13 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode QFHD 29.97P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 44 minutes , When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 22 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode QFHD 23.98P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 55 minutes , When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 27 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode QFHD 25P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 52 minutes, When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 26 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode HD 59.94P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 59 minutes,
  • Recording/Playback Time              XAVC-I mode HD 50P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 71 minutes, When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 35 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode HD 59.94i, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 118 minutes, When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 59 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode HD 50i When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 141 minutes, When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 70 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode HD 29.97P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 118 minutes, When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 59 minutes
  • XAVC-I mode HD 23.98P , When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 147 minutes , When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 74 mins
  • XAVC-I mode HD 25P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 141 mins, When using QD-G64A(64GB) Approx. 70 min

Camera Section

Imaging Device (Type) Super35 type Single-chip Exmor CMOS
Effective Picture Elements 17:9 4096 (H) x 2160 (V)
16:9 3840 (H) x 2160 (V)
Built-in Optical Filters Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) Video Gamma: T14 (3840 x 2160/23.98P mode 3200K)
ISO Sensitivity ISO 2000(S-Log3 Gamma D55 Light source)
Minimum Illumination 0.7 lx (+18dB,23.98P,Shutter OFF,ND Clear, F1.4)
S/N Ratio 57 dB (Y) (typical)
Shutter Speed 1/3 sec to 1/9,000 sec
Slow & Quick Motion Function XAVC-I mode 3840x2160: 1 to 60 frames (59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P)
XAVC-I mode 1920x1080: 1 to 180 frames (59.94P, 29.97P, 23.98P)1 to 150 frames (50P,25P)
XAVC-L mode 3840x2160:1 to 60 frames (59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P)
XAVC-L mode 1920x1080: 1 to 120 frames (59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P)
White Balance Preset, Memory A, Memory B(1500K-50000K)/ATW
Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve STD,HG,User,S-log3 

Input/Output

 

Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable Mic Reference: -40, -50, -60dBu
SDI Output BNC(x2), switchable with 3G-SDI/HD-SDI
SMTPE292M/424M/425M
USB USB device, mini-B (x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1) -16dBu 16Ω
Speaker Output Monaural
DC Input DC jack
Remote Stereo mini-minijack (Φ2.5 mm)
HDMI Output Type A (x1)
Option 4-pin, Type A for W-LAN (x1)
 

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