DPRTV: Sony FX3 and Sony a7SIII Compared

DPRTV posted an interesting video comparing the Sony FX3 and Sony a7SIII. You can watch the full video above or read the key points below:

  • The FX3 is part of the cinema family but the menus come from Sony consumer cameras
  • The FX3 has no EVF so you have to compose with its 1.44m dot fully articulating screen
  • The Sony a7SIII has a very nice new EVF that you can use
  • FX3 rear screen doesn’t get bright enough for direct sunlight
  • FX3 has a dim tally light on the front and a bright one on the back
  • FX3 ergonomics have been designed for waist-level shooting
  • Lots of record buttons on the FX3, but Jordon prefers to use the shutter button
  • There is a zoom toggle where the power switch used to be
  • The power switch is on the opposite side of the camera now and Jordon hates it
  • The body is covered in 5 quarter 20 mounts so you can stick it in a cage or just attach stuff to the camera all over
  • There is an included XLR adapter with a nice top handle
  • The FX3 audio adapter has 4 audio channels
  • Channels 3 & 4 are tied together as the two stereo channels from the 3.5mm input
  • The consumer menus are better laid out than the cinema series menus, but the menus lack some useful features like shutter angle and wave forums
  • It would be nice if you could set up your settings with the touch screen
  • FX3 footage looks exactly the same as a7SIII footage
  • S-Cinetone is great, but the a7SIII has that now via a firmware update
  • Video quality is pretty close to cameras that have over-sampled images
  • Sony applies a lot of noise reduction to video, but if you use an external recorder you can pick how much to apply
  • Prores RAW doesn’t currently work in DaVinci resolve
  • The FX6 doesn’t offer a big step up in image quality but it does allow you to control noise reduction and the ability to record cinema 4k
  • The big advantage of the FX3 over the a7SIII is the built-in fan which will help you to shoot longer in hotter environments
  • The a7SIII is best for run and gun portability
  • Jordan wishes they let people know the FX3 was coming when the a7SIII was announced
  • Jordan would pick the a7SIII over the FX3 because he likes to use the viewfinder

Sony a7SIII: B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
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 B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FX3: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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