In a press conference early on the opening day of IBC2019, Sony reaffirmed its commitment to helping content creators to realise their visions and unveiled its flagship PXW-FX9 camcorder, which features a newly developed 6K full-frame sensor.
Adam Fry, vice president of Sony Professional Solutions Europe, said: “Content proliferates through every aspect of our lives. Google predicts that half of all video viewing next year will happen on mobile devices and Cisco expects that 82% of consumer internet traffic will be video the year after. This is why Sony is still striving to help content creators realise their vision; from the imagination of the creator right to the heart of the viewer.”
The key product launch from Sony was the FX9 camcorder, which has a Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system and has inherited the colour science and Dual Base ISO 800/4000 previously seen in Sony’s Venice digital motion picture camera.
The 6K (which uses oversampling, rather than 6K recording) full-frame sensor offers a wide dynamic range with over 15 stops of latitude that can be recorded internally in 4K 4:2:2 10bit, with cinema 4K capability to be added in a future update. The oversampling by the 6K sensor is designed to allow filmmakers to create high-quality 4K footage. For potential slow-motion use the camcorder can also capture Full HD footage at up to 120fps.
A Fast Hybrid AF system includes customisable AF transition speeds and sensitivity settings. It combines phase detection AF to aid fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for focus accuracy.
Norbert Paquet, head of product management at Sony Professional Solutions Europe, said: “The FX9 is a new flagship camcorder combining the colour science of Venice, the variable ND filter from the FS7 and the incredible autofocus inherited from the Alpha range [of cameras].Thanks to a new, full-frame 6K sensor the FX9 will offer beautiful bokeh and slow motion capabilities. It’s particularly well suited for music videos, drama, high-end news shoots and many other productions.”
Also making its debut was Sony’s E-mount FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G zoom lens, which has both full manual and auto-control functions. It’s compatible with a range of Sony cameras, from the Alpha mirrorless models through to the FX9 and Venice. Sony anticipates the FX9 will be available towards the end of 2019.
Sony is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 13.A10.