Sony FX30

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    Highlights

    • 26 MP APS-C BSI-CMOS Sensor
    • 100 - 32,000 Native ISO
    • 759 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 2,360k dot Fully Articulated Screen
    • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 3840 x 2160 Video Shooting
    • 13 h Video Recording Limit
    • HDR-HLG, S Cinetone, Sony S-Log 3
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Sony FX30 was announced in 2022 and is an APS-C (23.3 x 15.6 mm) Mirrorless camera with 26 Megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 32,000 and expands to 50 - 102,400 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fully Articulated 3.0" screen with 2,360k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Sony FX30 can capture video up to 3840 x 2160 resolution with no recording time limit.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Sony FX30.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Digital Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,360k dot
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording
    •   High Video Recording Limit
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   No Viewfinder
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Sensor Resolution - 26 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   32,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   -3 EV Min AF Detection
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 10.0 fps
    •   Weight - 646 g (1.42 lb / 22.79 oz)

    Screen

    Fully Articulated Touchscreen

    Sony FX30 has a 3.0" Fully Articulated touchscreen with 2,360k dot resolution which is quite high by today's standards. Fully articulated screen makes this camera selfie and vlogger friendly and generally very useful for video shooting.

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    Sony FX30 with Fully Articulated screen

    Sensor

    BSI-CMOS Sensor

    Sony FX30 features a 26 megapixel APS-C BSI-CMOS sensor with dimensions of 23.3 x 15.6 mm and a total area of 363.5 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 32,000 and expands to 50 - 102,400 in boosted mode.

    The camera has BSI-CMOS sensor, short for Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor sensor. In traditional CMOS sensors, the wiring and circuitry are located on the front side of the sensor, which can block some of the incoming light. BSI technology flips this design by placing the photosensitive elements (pixels) on the backside of the sensor, allowing more light to reach the pixels. This significantly enhances light sensitivity and improves low-light performance. BSI-CMOS sensors are particularly effective in low-light conditions, as they can capture more light, resulting in brighter and less noisy images. This makes them well-suited for indoor and night photography. BSI-CMOS sensors deliver a higher SNR and reduced cross-talk.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Sony FX30's APS-C sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.3 x 15.6 mm363.5 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with BIONZ XR processor and can take pictures up to 6192 x 4128 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Sony FX30 has Sony E lens mount. Due to APS-C sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1.5x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 1.5.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 5.5 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Sony FX30.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth (version 5) which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Sony FX30 has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Full Size HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Sony FX30 comes with NP-FZ100 battery pack with battery life of 570 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has Dual CFexpress Type A / SD card slots.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Sony FX30 has Electronic Rolling shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 10.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Sony FX30 has 759 focusing points and from -3 to +20 EV detection range. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces and additional eye detection further locks the focus on one of the eyes and tracks it down during the motion.


    Flash

    Sony FX30 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected.

    Physical Parameters

    Sony FX30 has dimensions of 130 x 78 x 85 mm (5.11 x 3.06 x 3.33"). It weighs 646 g (1.42 lb / 22.79 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    130 mm (5.11")

    78 mm (3.06")

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    78 mm (3.06")

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    85 mm (3.33")

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    Sony FX30 dimensions

    Sony FX30 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Sony FX30 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    GOOD
    83

    Sony FX30 gets a score of 83 and is GOOD choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,360k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    80

    Sony FX30 gets a score of 80 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   32,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,360k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 10.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    80

    Sony FX30 gets a score of 80 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   32,000 Highest Native ISO
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,360k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 10.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Sony FX30 gets a score of 90 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,360k dot
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    88

    Sony FX30 gets a score of 88 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,360k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 646 g (1.42 lb / 22.79 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Sony FX30 gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,360k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   High Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 646 g (1.42 lb / 22.79 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots

    Sony FX30 Evaluation

    We evaluate Sony FX30 and give score of 84 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    84

    Sensor

    GOOD
    73

    We give Sony FX30 a score of 73 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Sensor Resolution - 26 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   32,000 Highest Native ISO

    Photo

    GOOD
    81

    We give Sony FX30 a score of 81 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 10.0 fps

    Video

    EXCELLENT
    88

    We give Sony FX30 a score of 88 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording
    •   High Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    90

    We give Sony FX30 a score of 90 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -3 EV Min AF Detection
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    88

    We give Sony FX30 a score of 88 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,360k dot
    •   No Viewfinder

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    96

    We give Sony FX30 a score of 96 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    73

    We give Sony FX30 a score of 73 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 646 g (1.42 lb / 22.79 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


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