Sony FX3 Gets a Professional Workflow Overhaul—LOG and LUTs, Baby!

Sony FX3
Credit: Sony
With the new Version 2.00 Firmware update, the Sony FX3 starts to look more like a workhorse camera. 

Released to much fanfare (and a bit of confusion), the Sony FX3 is basically an a7S III but with a few tweaks to make it more cine-friendly. But even with those tweaks, a few necessary features were missing. 

With the new Version 2.00 Firmware update, Sony hopes to change that and elevate the tiniest camera in the FX line to greater heights. So what do you get?

Display Info Setting

We’ll start with the least sexy update—the new Display Info Settings has a mode that clears out metadata from the actual frame, leaving it in the black areas of the screen. It’s a nice quality-of-life upgrade and keeps you from not seeing small things in your frame like cable. A clean frame is a must when every shot counts. 

Sony FX3 Display Info Settings
Clean screen, clean footageCredit: SONY Cine

LOG Shooting Mode

This is the feature most creatives wanted. The new LOG Shooting Mode comes in three flavors for shooting in S-Log3—Flexible ISO, Cine El, and Cine El Quick. Flexible ISO offers the ability to quickly change your ISO much like an alpha camera, while the latter two act like the FX6 and only have the base ISO of 800 or 12800 to choose from.

The regular Cine EI mode will keep you locked into the base ISOs, while the Quick mode will let you bounce within the range of each base. All of these modes will also let you monitor with LUTs, which is the next big update.

Sony FX3 LOG Shooting Mode
LOG Shooting ModeCredit: SONY Cine

Look Up Tables

Up until now, LUTs weren’t usable within the FX3. Thankfully, Sony listened to their creatives. The process of uploading LUTs into the camera is a bit clunky, but once they’re in there, you won’t really care.

When shooting in LOG Shoot Mode, LUTs will act as a monitoring assist, but for creatives who want to bake them into their footage, all you have to do is turn off the new LOG mode.

Sony FX3 LUTs Screen
16 slots for LUTsCredit: Sony Cine

Sync Me Up, Scotty

Maybe the second feature that creatives wanted most, the FX3 now features support for timecode via an adapter. Using the Sony VMC-AVM1 A/V R Adapter Cable, creatives can pump out timecode from their Multi-Terminal port. While it’s one more cable to hang from your camera, the addition of timecode is another quality-of-life feature that creatives will appreciate. 

When and Where?

Now, and download it here. Although we do have to mention our rule of thumb—if your FX3 is the only camera you have, and you need it for work in the short term, consider waiting a few weeks to see if any issues pop up. You don’t want to be on set and have your only kit get bricked by a faulty line of code. 

Apart from that, Sony is also including a new list-style main menu screen, an autofocus assist function, and a few other odds and ends to make your life easier on set. 

What feature have you been waiting for the most? Let us know in the comments!     

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Timecode is via the VNC-BNCM1 cable, not the VMC-AVM1 A/V R adapter cable.

July 18, 2022 at 9:05PM

Pat Heine

Quick clarification: it's the VMC-BNCM1, and so far it's only available through Sony's replacements parts vendor:

July 19, 2022 at 6:47AM, Edited July 19, 6:48AM

Nicholas Tinsley

No Netflix approved yet?

July 19, 2022 at 1:37AM

Javier Diez

took em forever. finally its worth investing but for only 3500. that additional handgrip mic stand is garbage

July 19, 2022 at 8:29AM


The thing that really unclear is what the new base ISO is. Before the update Sony said it was 640, but now in Cine EI mode it's 800. So if we're not shooting in CINE EI mode should we still set it to 800? Or to 640?

July 22, 2022 at 4:23AM

Alex Vietinghoff
Cinematographer, Editor