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Sony FX3

 
Sony FX3 front
 
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Boost to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 716g - 130 x 78 x 85mm
  • Launched February 2021
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
92
Overall
76

Sony FX3 summary

Sony FX3 is Sony's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally introduced on February of 2021. The camera features a 12MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a full resolution of 4240 x 2832.

The FX3 is positioned #39 out of 65 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and over all #81 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Below is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Sony FX3 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Sony FX3 based on factors that are oftentimes regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

better than average battery life (600 shots)
big sensor size (Full frame)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
change lenses (Sony E mount)
comes with face detect focusing
comes with HDMI port
comes with headphone port
comes with mic port
comes with tracking focus
delivers RAW formats
display is selfie friendly
environment proofing
has bluetooth
has double storage slots
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
NFC connectivity
nice screen size (3.00 inches)
screen has good resolution (1,440 thousand dot)
supports focus via touch
supports phase detect AF
touchscreen functionality
very good ISO range (102,400)
very good minimum ISO (80)
low MP (12MP)
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Sony FX3 Sensor features

The specification of the sensor in the Sony FX3 is 35.6mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 847 mm² sensor can capture 4240 x 2832 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 102400. The ISO can also be extended electronically to 50 - 409600. RAW files are saved which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

The picture below illustrates the FX3's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The FX3 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony FX3 dimensions

Sony FX3 weighs 1.58 lbs (716 gr / 25.26 ounces) and features external proportions of 130mm x 78mm x 85mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.3"). The weight of average Pro Mirrorless camera is 724 gr so the Sony FX3 is similar as compared to its competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Sony FX3 besides a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Sony FX3 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button design on the FX3.

Sony FX3 topview buttons dials

Sony FX3 Lens features

The FX3 works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses on the market today. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the FX3.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Fujinon-MK-18-55mm-T2.9 lensFujinon MK 18-55mm T2.918-55mmf/2.8980g
Zeiss-Batis-18mm-F2.8-Sony-E-NEX lensZeiss Batis 18mm F2.818mmf/2.8 330g
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Tamron-35-150mm-F2-2.8-Di-III-VXD lensTamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 Di III VXD35-150mmf/2-2.8 1165g
Sony-FE-50mm-F1.2-GM lensSony FE 50mm F1.2 GM50mmf/1.2 778g
Fujinon-MK-50-135mm-T2.9 lensFujinon MK 50-135mm T2.950-135mmf/2.8980g
Sigma-20mm-F2-DG-DN-C-E-Mount lensSigma 20mm F2 DG DN C20mmf/2.0 370g
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Sony-FE-400mm-F2.8-GM-OSS lensSony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS400mmf/2.8 2895g
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Sony FX3 Connectivity

The FX3 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer images and usually adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Several apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Sony FX3 Video features

The highest possible video quality in the Sony FX3 is 3840 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-1, H.264 and H.265 file format. 2160p gives a fantastic quality for video. You can easily downsample to 1080p in order to get improved video. Be wary of the substantial file sizes and ensure you have high quality SD cards with good write speeds. The body does feature both headphone and mic port making it pretty valuable whilst capturing sound.

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Sony FX3 Weather Sealing

Sony FX3 features environment proofing which makes it a excellent option to use in challenging places. This is especially beneficial if you are uncertain about the conditions you may face in outdoor photography.

Sony FX3 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony FX3 features a 3.00 inch fully articulated screen having a resolution of 1,440 thousand dots.

It features a selfie friendly screen to shoot self portraits as well as group shots when necessary. Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily change focus point plus change settings using your finger.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Sony FX3 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be very helpful.

Sony FX3 Shutter features

Sony FX3 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Sony FX3 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony FX3 has got external flash support but does not have in-built flash.

Sony FX3 Autofocus features

Sony FX3 has got both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & exact as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which can be valuable for people photography.

The AF system features 759 focus points to pick from. Sony FX3 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for moving objects. Sony FX3 comes with manual focusing in case it is needed in low light occasions or you want to have more exact control on focusing.

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Sony FX3 Battery life

The battery life (NP-FZ100) for the Sony FX3 is fashioned to last for 600 shutters according to the CIPA measurements which is above standard in comparison to its category. The average Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 459. Olympus E-M1X comes with the best (870) battery life in this class of cameras.

Following is a list of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
FX3 vs R3
760 yesnoyes
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
FX3 vs Z9
740 yesnoyes

Sony FX3 for specific forms of photography

The following bar chart indicates a outline of the Sony FX3 for specific forms of photography. To view more, check out the specific section below.

Sony FX3 Portrait photography information

The Sony FX3 has a points tally of 71 which is nice, and means the camera is a fine fit for portraits. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos in addition to the flexibility to use external flash.

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has manual focus
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)

Sony FX3 as a Street photography camera

Getting a very high points total of 76, the Sony FX3 is a wonderful pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
offers focus via touch
environment proofing
great high ISO (102,400)

Sony FX3 Sports photography factors

A awesome sports photography points total of 76 indicates the Sony FX3 is a outstanding option for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery pack (600 shots)
has phase detect auto focus
low MP (12 megapixels)

Travel photography with Sony FX3

Portability is very important in getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Sony FX3 gets a very good 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice for your journeys.

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great battery (600 CIPA)
weather proof
supports bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
selfie friendly display
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)

Sony FX3 Landscape photography information

For anyone planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Sony FX3 and it's fantastic grade of 78 for a landscape camera is a excellent fit in the current market.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3.00")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
very good high ISO (102,400)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
better than average battery power (600 shots)
has double storage slots
low MP (12MP)

Sony FX3 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Sony FX3 is a great option for vlogging as it gets a outstanding score of 78.

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display is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has mic socket

Sony FX3 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the FX3, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the class of Pro Mirrorless.

The diagram underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the FX3 versus it's top scored rivals mentioned previously.

These are various other cameras you may view as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Sony
Model type
Sony FX3
Type
Pro Mirrorless
Launched
2021-02-23
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area
847.3mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4240 x 2832
RAW data
Max native ISO
102400
Max enhanced ISO
409600
Minimum native ISO
80
Minimum enhanced ISO
50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
759
Lens
Lens support
Sony E
Total lenses
187
Focal length multiplier
1
Screen
Screen type
Fully articulated
Screen diagonal
3.00 inches
Screen resolution
1,440 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
85
DXO Color Depth rating
24.2
DXO Dynamic range rating
13.4
DXO Low light rating
3900
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
3840x2160
Video file format
MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-1, H.264, H.265
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
716 grams (1.58 lb)
Dimensions
130 x 78 x 85mm (5.1" x 3.1" x 3.3")
Other
Battery life
600 photographs
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NP-FZ100
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse feature
With downloadable app
Type of storage
Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Storage slots
Dual
Pricing at release
$3,900