In a year full of crappy news and happenings, Sony does FX9 owners a solid and releases the large-format camera’s new Firmware Version 2.0 a whole month early. The new firmware gives the FX9 many user-requested capabilities and expands the camera’s shooting and recording, allowing for more usability. This new FX9 firmware is a FREE upgrade.
You can find the firmware at this link: https://pro.sony/ue_US/support-resources/pxw-fx9/software
Let’s dive into what FX9 Firmware Version 2 adds to the large-format camera.
Sony FX9 Improvements
- 5K Crop
- User 3D LUT Support
- Raw Output Support
- HDR Support, HLG
- Expansion of ISO/Gain settings
- Autofocus improvements
- 6G SDI Output
- Improved Image for S35 2K
- 150fps and 180fps added when in FF 2K Mode
Added recording format selection options
When users set the Imager Scan Mode to FF 6K, FFcrop 5K, or S35 4K, 4096×2160 is a video format option. Something to remember, the 4096×2160 Video Format setting is supported only when the Imager Scan Mode is set to FF 6K, FFcrop 5K, or S35 4K.
User 3D LUT support
Now, users can load a 3D LUT!. This is A CUBE file (*.cube) for a 17-point or 33-point 3D LUT created using RAW Viewer or DaVinci Resolve (by Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd.) can now be loaded.
RAW output support
High Dynamic Range (HDR) support
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) is supported to enable shooting with expanded dynamic range. The two following types of HLG are available.
- Natural: Characteristic conforming to ITU-R, BT.2100(HLG).
- Live: Characteristic conforming to ITU-R
BT.2100(HLG) that delivers improved HDR performance.
Expansion of ISO/Gain configurable range
The configurable range for ISO and Gain when Base Setting >Shooting Mode in the Project menu is set to SDR or HDR has been expanded.
- When the gain setting mode is set to ISO, values up to the maximum ISO 102400 can be configured.
- When the gain setting mode is set to dB, values up to 27dB can be configured.
AF function improvements
Focusing is now supported not just for face detection but also using detection of people’s eyes. When Focus Area is set to Flexible Spot or Zone, the focus area frame can now be moved using touch operation. AF transition speed and AF subject shift sensitivity can now be assigned to assignable buttons. In Cine EI mode, face/eye detection AF performance has been improved for when Gamma is set to S-Log3.
Support for changing settings from the status screen
Some settings can be modified from the status screen. Items can be selected using the multi-function dial, multi selector, or by touch operation.
6G SDI output support
Image quality improvements in S35 2K imager scan mode
The image quality has been improved for when Rec Format >Imager Scan Mode in the Project menu is set to S35 2K.
Added frame rate options for Slow & Quick Motion
150fps and 180fps options have been added for the frame rate when Rec Format >Imager Scan Mode in the Project menu is set to FF 2K.
Audio function improvements
ˎˎA wireless microphone can be used by inserting a portable wireless tuner in the wireless receiver insertion slot of an XDCA- FX9 (option) attached to the camcorder. The following two models of portable wireless tuners are supported.
- URX-S03D UHF Synthesized Diversity Tuner
- DWR-S02DN Digital Wireless Receiver. The digital interface of an XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit attached to the camcorder’s multi-interface shoe is supported.
USB tethering support
A smartphone can now be connected via a USB cable to an XDCA-FX9 (option) attached to the camcorder, allowing the camcorder to connect to the internet using the smartphone.
Iris T value support
The iris indicator now displays T values when a lens that supports T value display is attached.
Password security enhancements
Passwords used for basic authentication now must be 8 characters or longer and contain at least one alphabetic character and one numeric character, respectively, for enhanced security.