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Sony FX3 is officially the smallest, cheapest cinema camera for professional filmmakers

The Sony FX3 has officially landed – and as expected, it’s the smallest, cheapest Sony cinema camera to date and an attractive alternative to the excellent Sony A7S III.

There are certainly many similarities between the Sony FX3 and A7S III. Both are 12.1MP full-frame cameras that are compatible with Sony’s E-Mount lenses and can record 4K / 60p video. But the FX3 is in Sony’s Cinema line, which means it is designed specifically for professional filmmakers, rather than the hybrid shooters (think weddings and live concerts) targeted by the Alpha-badged A7S III.

Sony FX3

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So how do the two cameras differ? The main physical differences are that the FX3 loses its sibling’s built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), but does get some active cooling with fan and a bundled handle, which improves handling and cleverly amplifies audio options.

The FX3 also gets specific extras for shooting movies, including a rather catchy metering light (below) that clearly shows when the camera is recording to avoid accidents.

Sony FX3

(Image credit: Sony)

The FX3’s detachable handle (below) fits into the Multi Interface Shoe and contains two XLR / TRS jacks. This is the standard for professional audio recording and offers the same sound options as the Sony FX6, a much larger camera costing a painful $ 6,000 / £ 6,000 / AU $ 9,500.