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7 tips on how to master the Sony FX6

The Sony FX6 is quickly becoming a cinema sensation, being used to film many awards level content-pieces but how can you get the most out of this versatile bit of kit?

By Mike ThomasPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Cinema camera equipment offers some next level technology, and none more so than the amazing Sony FX6. It offers a huge number of features which are fantastic to use but can sometimes seem more than a little overwhelming.

Here, Mike Thomas, Sales Director at Top-Teks, shares his insight into some of the best aspects of the FX6 to help you get the most out of yours.

The Sony FX6 features a 4K full-frame sensor, UHD/4K slow motion of up to 120 frames per second and a built-in variable ND filter, so has loads to offer. It is an impressive piece of kit, so we have put together some tips to help you master everything that it boasts.

1. Use all of your options

There are lots of options available on the Sony FX6 so take some time to familiarise yourself with them all and understand where you can find them. Pressing and holding the assignable buttons will open up extended options so keep pressing to see what you find.

2. Enjoy smooth transitions

The Sony FX6 includes an electronic variable ND filter which is infinitely adjustable, meaning that you can enjoy perfectly smooth transitions in the middle of a shot. Not every camera can offer this, so make the most of the professionalism that this one offers to your content creation.

3. Autofocus

Getting the focus of your shot right has often felt like a never-ending task in the past, but the Sony FX6 puts an end to all of this. Their on-sensor autofocus system now includes phase-detect to make it incredibly fast, not to mention accurate. It can track people and eyes without any trouble, so feel free to get creative with your film making skills.

4. Edit and upload

Once you have filmed your content, you want to see it live as soon as possible, but the process of editing and uploading can sometimes seem to take a lifetime. This machine feature the latest codecs meaning editing speed has been improved. The S-Cinetone provides a ready-to-publish file straight out of the camera, creating a more cinematic picture that looks like a top-end production. Your footage can now see the light of day quicker and easier than ever.

5. Play with your light

When you are behind the camera, getting the light right can be one of the hardest things to master, especially with inferior equipment. The Sony FX6 has low-resolution sensor which just loves low light settings and noise is controlled even in the darkest scenes. This means you can now shoot whenever and wherever you need to, knowing that you have a camera which can cope with a variety of light settings.

6. Wired for sound

The two full-size XLR inputs on the top handle of the FX6 mean that the use of pro mics is now a doddle. It gives you the flexibility to choose between a wireless system of a shotgun mic to make your workflow even easier.

7. Get a grip

The Sony FX6 has been ergonomically designed to make it as easy as possible to use. Sony have taken the time to look at how they put together the top handle and side grip to make it easy to hold and manoeuvre whilst also working with a size that is manageable whilst solid. The design of the controls has also been thought about, so it should work well with any grip style and set up.

The Sony FX6 is a fantastic piece of camera equipment, and it is well worth taking the time to get to know all of its amazing new features in order to take your camera work to a whole new level.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas is the Sales Director at Top-Teks who specialise in professional cameras and recording equipment from the top brands including Sony, Canon and more.

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