While making professional-sounding music from the comfort of your own home can be accomplished with little-to-no money, amateur filmmaking still requires some decent overhead to do successfully. Sony’s previous entry-level camera in its Cinema Line was the FX3, which ran for about $3,900.
Now, the electronics behemoth has unveiled a newer, cheaper, and on-par replacement called the FX30 at half the price. Not only is it compact enough for easy carry and is capable of easy lens swapping, but it serves as a reliable B camera for supplemental footage thanks to the Super 35 sensor with 20.1MP that oversamples at 6K for a crisp 4K cinematic output at up to 120fps.
Built with Sony’s already-legendary auto-focus capabilities, the FX30 makes no compromises on the filmmaking quality and comes equipped with several looks, including Sony’s proprietary S-Cinetone and the S-Log3 for expert grading and a plethora of other features. The new camera will get several shooting modes grandfathered in from the FX3, such as Cine El, Cine El Quick, and Flexible ISO.
Favoring simplicity and performance more than anything else, the Sony FX30 is arguably the best Super 35 on the market. With the XLR handle, the camera will cost $2,200, but just $1,800 without it.