A couple of pictures have appeared that seem to show Sony’s next camera, which shows a look that combines the body profile of the Alpha series with cinema camera buttons. Called the FX3, it shares much in common with the design philosophy of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
In the two pictures that have leaked online, it seems that one shows that the camera is far more than an idea and very likely at the moment in field testing.
The photo was deleted by the original uploader but shared on Twitter. The text “Cinema Line FX3” is visible on top of the camera, opposite a traditional footwear, and what appears to be a multidirectional joystick and a large “record” button.
The joystick, which would normally be on the back of the camera, may have been moved to accommodate the much larger rear angle with several angles that appear to be similar to the design found on the Panasonic Lumix S1H, which, while slightly bigger. , is considered one of the best variable angle LCD designs in an SLR camera. The back of the FX3 looks quite similar to other Sony Alpha bodies.
The main rectangle of the camera body appears to be made of metal and also has clear screw points (like a built-in cheese plate) for attaching the FX3 to larger camera rigs. The protruding handle has the typical still camera shutter button and gear, but in the second picture it appears to be made of a different material than the rest of the body, probably plastic.
The inclusion of the front button seems to indicate that the FX3 is designed to capture still images and video, despite the “cinema line” designation.
The whole package looks very compact and is similar in size to the a7C or a7 III, which leads many to assume that this is a full-frame compact cinema camera designed to compete directly with the S1H and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera where, as mentioned, the FX3 shares many design choices in common.
Further unconfirmed rumors claim that the camera will record 4K at up to 120 frames per second, will not support 8K recording, will take CFexpress Type-A cards (like the a7S III and Alpha 1) and cost 3,750 Euro (~ $ 4,600).
(via Sony Alpha rumors)