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Industry News: Sony introduces the Sony Cinema Line, teases FX6 camera

Press Release:
Sony today announced the launch of Cinema Line, a series of new camera products for content creators which will bring together Sony’s expertise in image quality, attention to detail, technology, and passion in digital cinema.

Cinema Line will deliver not only the coveted cinematographic look cultivated through extensive experience in digital cinema production but also the enhanced operability and reliability that meet discerning creators’ various needs. The new series will extend beyond basic cinema cameras and professional camcorder form factors.

In 2000, Sony released the ground-breaking HDW-F900. The HDW-F900 marked the beginning of digital cinema history as the world’s first 24p digital cinema camera. VENICE and other products followed in response to countless dialogues with cinematographers and image creators.

Existing products in the Sony range will form part of the Cinema Line including VENICE and FX9. VENICE has become the first choice for digital movie production, and the FX9 has an outstanding track record in documentary production. The next step is a new model that will appeal to a wide spectrum of visual creators. Sony will be releasing and shipping this next addition to the range, the FX6 camera by the end of 2020.

Each of the Cinema Line cameras will evolve with user feedback: The FX9 Version 3 upgrade, available in 2021, will see the addition of the S700PTP* allowing Remote Control of Sony’s camera, a Center Scan mode for Super 16mm lens and B4 Lens support with its adaptor as well as other features. In parallel, as of November 2020, the VENICE camera will see a couple of additional features in its V6.0 version which will improve its operability in broadcast and live environments.

“At Sony, we celebrate and have the deepest respect for filmmakers, cinematographers, and storytellers. With Cinema Line, we’re tapping into our DNA from both the film industry and digital imaging prosumer market and combining it to develop new creative tools. This line of products will enable creators to push their creative boundaries further and capture the emotion in each and every frame.” says Claus Pfeifer, Head of Connected Content Acquisition, Media Solutions, Sony Professional Europe.

DBounce

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Competition for the C70 perhaps? Though FX series cameras are full frame do perhaps not exactly on the same level. I’m liking the size of the C70 more... but this Sony will definitely need too be considered also. Hopefully more specs will come out for both before too much longer.
 

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Competition for the C70 perhaps? Though FX series cameras are full frame do perhaps not exactly on the same level. I’m liking the size of the C70 more... but this Sony will definitely need too be considered also. Hopefully more specs will come out for both before too much longer.
I think the C70 is more like the BMPCC, but it will probably be able to record longer on its own. (Internal recording, bigger battery? Hoping for BPA-style batteries so I can get the ones with Dtap and USB.) The C70 also seem to match more in size and formfactor with the Komodo and Z-Cam. If Canon makes an XLR-module/top handle, I don’t know how close it wil end up beeing compared to the FX6. But I got to say, Sony is really doing great improvements with color, AF, menus, monitor placement etc. Exciting times!
 
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I wonder if from now on we're starting to hear bitching about Sony cannibalizing their α cameras to protect the cinema line…
I think you already have your answer with the A7SIII, right?
 
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I think the C70 is more like the BMPCC, but it will probably be able to record longer on its own. (Internal recording, bigger battery? Hoping for BPA-style batteries so I can get the ones with Dtap and USB.) The C70 also seem to match more in size and formfactor with the Komodo and Z-Cam. If Canon makes an XLR-module/top handle, I don’t know how close it wil end up beeing compared to the FX6. But I got to say, Sony is really doing great improvements with color, AF, menus, monitor placement etc. Exciting times!
Hoping CR Guy posts the specs soon for the C70. Hottest on my radar right now.
 

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While in getting the A7S3 I hoping for more details on the C70 also. I’m not sure it makes a lot of sense to own both of these bodies? I’m hoping the Canon “exceeds my expectations”... but Sony already did that with the A7S3 and my confidence in Canon is starting to falter. Still, it would make my load out far less complicated as I have way more Canon glass than Sony.
 

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Nice! This is officially the year of the best cameras the world can’t yet get their hands on for work that isn’t yet happening.
 
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Hoping CR Guy posts the specs soon for the C70. Hottest on my radar right now.
We already know a lot spec wise, but it will be so damn exciting to see what we actually get! Since this is a new formfactor it says a lot about the future too. Also excited to see how much of the specs we get. But of course, the earliest rumored specs about the C70 doesn’t have that CR3.
 

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While in getting the A7S3 I hoping for more details on the C70 also. I’m not sure it makes a lot of sense to own both of these bodies? I’m hoping the Canon “exceeds my expectations”... but Sony already did that with the A7S3 and my confidence in Canon is starting to falter. Still, it would make my load out far less complicated as I have way more Canon glass than Sony.
A7s III + FX6?
 
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A7s III + FX6?
I’ve been so tempted to preorder an A7Siii + add FX9 to my collection but I’m trying hard to practice patience and wait for what Canon has in their pocket with the RF cinema cameras. RF has actually stopped me from picking up a C300III or C500II. Weird limbo.
 

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I’ve been so tempted to preorder an A7Siii + add FX9 to my collection but I’m trying hard to practice patience and wait for what Canon has in their pocket with the RF cinema cameras. RF has actually stopped me from picking up a C300III or C500II. Weird limbo.
I’m 100% in the exact same boat except I would grab the C500II over the FX9. Not that the FX9 isn’t capable just feel the C500 II is a better decision for my needs. But I soooo want the RF cinema camera.
 

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Anyone want to start a pool as to when we'll see our first "getting a Sony cinema cam" troll?

Or we start seeing accusations that Canon is crippling its cinema line to protect its regular cameras?
 
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I’m 100% in the exact same boat except I would grab the C500II over the FX9. Not that the FX9 isn’t capable just feel the C500 II is a better decision for my needs. But I soooo want the RF cinema camera.
I actually think it is too but I have a weird need to keep duos in the same family, if that makes sense. My current duo is R + C300II with R5 ordered. I want to add a new duo. Without a doubt, RF mount on the C500II would be a no brainer. Really would. And the C70 with it’s rumored specs points to a real possibility this will happen.
 
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I would love to have a discussion between the image quality of the a7siii vs the c300iii/c70 (assuming that the c70 is the c300iii RF equivalent), but im not sure if here is the right place...