Sony’s next camera is the Cine / Alpha Hybrid FX3: report
A pair of photos have emerged that appear to show off Sony’s upcoming camera, depicting a look that combines the Alpha Series body profile with movie camera buttons. Called FX3, it shares a lot in common with the design philosophy of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
In the two images that have leaked online, one appears to show that the camera is much more than an idea and most likely currently being field tested.
Photo was deleted by its original uploader but shared on Twitter. The text “Cinema Line FX3” is visible on the top of the camera opposite a traditional shoe mount and what appears to be a multi-directional joystick and large “record” button.
This joystick, which would normally be on the back of the camera, may have been moved to make room for the much larger multi-angle rear LCD screen which appears to be similar to the design found on the Panasonic. Lumix S1H which, although slightly bulkier, is considered one of the best variable-angle LCD designs in a SLR type camera. The rear of the FX3 otherwise looks quite similar to other Sony Alpha cameras.
The main rectangle of the camera body appears to be metal and also clearly screwed on (like a built-in cheese plate) to attach the FX3 to larger cameras. The protruding grip has the typical camera shutter button and toothed dial, but in the second leaked image appears to be made of a different material from the rest of the body, presumably plastic.
The inclusion of this front-most button would seem to indicate that the FX3 is designed for taking still images as well as capturing video, despite its “cinema line” designation.
The set looks very compact and similar in size to the a7C or a7 III, leading many to assume that this is a compact full-frame cinema camera designed to directly compete with the S1H and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera in which, as mentioned, the FX3 shares many design choices in common.
Further away unverified rumors claim the camera will record in 4K at up to 120 frames per second, won’t support 8K recording, will take CFexpress Type-A cards (like the a7S III and Alpha 1), and cost 3,750 euros ( ~ $ 4,600).
(Going through Sony Alpha Rumors)