The Sony FX9 firmware update version 2.0 was released about a month before Sony's original plan. With the update, the camera will be equipped with new 5K crop frame rates in order to record 4K 50 / 60p and an FHD 180fps mode internally. The FX9 also gets Eye AF, 4K 16-bit RAW output (with the expansion unit), touchscreen support for the display, custom 3D LUTs, and more.
The firmware update 2.0 for the Sony FX9 camera was announced in April 2020. At that time, Sony announced that the update would be available in October 2020. (Although Sony originally announced when the camera was released last year that the features would be available in the summer of 2020.) Surprisingly, the free firmware update 2.0 has already been made available for download.
Let's summarize the improvements.
Sony FX9 firmware version 2.0 update
Sony has created an overview of all the new Sony FX9 functions in firmware 2.0, which can be found on Youtube. The list of features added is quite long. This is without a doubt a very useful firmware update for the FX9. Let's take a look at the news.
New frame rates and resolutions
As promised, Sony has added new internal frame rates and resolutions to the FX9. There's now a 4K 60p / 50p full frame recording with oversampling (the scan size of the image sensor is around 5K so it's not really a full screen mode – there's a slight crop).
FFcrop 5K oversampling mode for 4K. Source: Sony
DCI 4K recording (4096 x 2160 pixels, 17: 9) is now activated (both in full screen mode and in Super35 format) for 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24p. In addition, there is now a full HD recording mode with 180 frames per second.
New 4K DCI modes. Source: Sony
FX9 firmware 2.0: RAW output and digital wireless audio
In addition to the new internal recording modes, firmware 2.0 also unlocks the 16-bit RAW output option. Please note that this only works when the XDCA-FX9 expansion unit is installed. The expansion unit is quite an investment as it currently retails for $ 2,498 and obviously adds weight and bulk to the camera.
16-bit RAW output. Source: Sony16-bit RAW output. Source: Sony
In addition to the RAW output, the XDCA-FX9 device also enables the support of the digital wireless audio receiver with DWX slot.
Autofocus and touchscreen
The auto focus for face detection has been a very strong feature of the FX9 since its release and has been further improved with the new firmware update. The Eye AF The feature was added to complement Face Detection AF.
FX9 firmware 2.0 – Eye AF. Source: SonyTouchscreen for AF area with the 2.0 firmware of the FX9. Source: SonyFX9 Firmware 2.0 – Assignable function for detailed focus adjustment. Source: Sony
Thanks to the touchscreen controls, which were finally added with the new firmware, the focus area can be selected by tapping the camera's screen. Menus and various other camera settings (main status and camera status menu) can also be operated by touching the screen directly.
FX9 firmware 2.0 – touch screen. Source: Sony
Extended ISO range, 3D LUTs, HDR
Sony has now increased the upper limit for the ISO / Gain setting. High Base ISO is now available up to 102,400 (previously the limit was 12,800). Low Base ISO is available up to 12,800 (previous limit was 2,500).
FX9 Firmware 2.0 – Extended ISO. Source: SonyFX9 Firmware 2.0 – User 3D LUTs. Source: Sony
The new firmware also allows users to add custom 3D LUTs. The HDR recording function with HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) curve has also been added.
FX9 Firmware 2.0 – HLG HDR mode. Source: Sony
Support for 6G-SDI
In addition to the 12G-SDI (4K 59.94 / 50p) output that was available at launch, the Sony FX9 now offers 6G-SDI support, which adds 4K 30 / 23.98p output over a single SDI cable .
Support for XLR-K3M
The camera now supports the Sony XLR-K3M audio adapter via the Multi-Interface (MI) shoe with digital I / F.
Free of charge, available now
Sony FX9 firmware 2.0 can be downloaded for free from the Sony Pro website. Sony also shared with us about a few new webinars focused on the company's cinema cameras. If you're interested, you can check them out here.
The FX9 lab test is updated
We recently released our dynamic range and roller shutter tests as part of our Sony FX9 Lab test. This test was carried out with firmware 1.0 and will therefore be repeated with firmware 2.0. We'll post an update as soon as it's ready.
Do you use the Sony FX9 for your work? What do you think of the new Sony FX9 firmware 2.0? Which new feature do you like best? Let us know in the comments section below the article.