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Sony PXW-FX9

Well, it’s happened. Sony have just announced the next big thing…maybe. The Sony PXW-FX9 is the natural progression from the camera that has dominated the handheld market for the last few years, the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7ii. Boasting a Full Frame 6K Sensor and 4K Recording, the FX9 ergonomically is very much born out of the FS7. The FX9 combines the technology of their Venice series, FS series and the Alpha camera creating a hybrid that could further bridge the gap between everyday TV shooting and digital cinema.

Upgrades to the FX9 include the 6K dual native ISO sensor, upgraded auto-focus ca[abilities and something that we’re very happy to hear here at Alias, built in timecode and genlock. We’ll be having a more in depth investigation into this announcement at IBC this weekend, but rumours are the units will start shipping this December. How quickly will this camera catch on in the market? Tough to say. There is not a huge need for 6K at the moment but there will always be those looking to future proof their content.

For now here is a quick look at some of the specs but expect more info next week. Stay tuned.

 

SUMMARY

CODEC: XAVC I

HDMI Output: Yes

Recording Media: SD card, XQD

Resolution: 6008×3168

SDI Output: Yes

Video Resolution: 4K

Lens Mount: Sony E

Sensor Resolution (Mega Pixels): 35.7MP

Sensor Size: S 35mm

Weight: 0-2kg

XLR Audio Input: Yes

IBC 2019

The Benefits of Trade Shows.

Are you heading to IBC in Amsterdam this weekend? We are. And we’ll tell you why. With our industry being heavily based in technology it’s important for a company like ours to make sure we stay informed and top of current trends, new equipment, new brands and new technologies. The fundamentals of making programs and films are very simple. Film, record, edit, post. But’s it’s the equipment behind those stages that are forever changing and right now in this age of rapid expansion and development, that equipment seems to have a fairly short shelf life until the next big thing comes pouring on to the shelves.

Being a hire company, we have to be both proactive, and reactionary. We have to assess what we believe will be the next hot ticket item which can often mean gambling to get ahead of the competition and be on the forefront of what every one will be demanding. And that in turn moves us nicely on to being in a reactionary business. We may see a new piece of kit or brand and think that won’t take off, but at the end of the day if the client base is calling for it, we have to be able to provide it. And that is why it’s important for Alias to stay up to date on all new releases so that we know what it is the clients are calling for.

We’re excited to see what IBC 2019 holds. We’ll be on the ground this weekend visiting the exhibitors that we know, and those that we don’t to make sure we are well versed in what is announced. If you are going to be there and want to say hello, be sure to book us in to your schedule. We’ll be roaming the floors Saturday.

Stay tuned though as next week we’ll have our report back from IBC. What excited us; what announcements were made and what new kit was released that may be of interest.