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Sony Introduces PMW-F3 Camcorder

12 February 2011
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Sony has finally presented a professional 35mm camera PMW-F3, although it is not known whether it will be available. It will have a CMOS-sensor recording mode 1080 and the frame rate from 1 to 60, with an opportunity to fix the rate, such as 23.98 and 59.94. A set of PL-lenses (35.50 and 85 mm) for it can be purchased separately. Price is still unknown.

Sony Introduces PMW-F3 Camcorder

Exceptional flexibility is a key feature of the PMW-F3K along with with multiple workflow options. XDCAM EX’s proven high-speed, intuitive workflow offers seamless integration with leading nonlinear editing software - as standard. In addition, a 10bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI output opens up hybrid recording possibilities with a variety of external recording devices. And from April 2011, a Dual Link HD-SDI option will enable 10bit RGB uncompressed signal output - ideal for the high-end film production.

This product comes with PrimeSupport – fast, hassle-free repairs and a helpline offering expert technical advice. Which gives you the peace of mind that Sony is looking after your equipment, and your business. In addition, Sony's advanced accumulated sensor technologies provide an excellent sensitivity of F11 (ISO 800)* and a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of just 63 dB*. Unique Exmor™ sensor offers exceptional noise reduction and greatly reduces power consumption.

The PMW-F3K is supplied with a PL Mount Adapter to provide immediate compatibility with the huge range of filmic 35mm lenses, including prime, digital cinematography and even still lenses. Sony plan to introduce a range of zoom lenses directly compatible with the F3 mount.

The PMW-F3K can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720P mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080P mode, in increments of 1 fps, onto a single card. For example, when viewed at 23.98P, images captured at 60 fps will appear 2.5 times slower than normal. Conversely, images captured at 4 fps will appear 6 times faster than normal.


Mass :

Approx.2.4kg (Camera only)

Dimension (W x H x D):

Approx.151x189x210mm (PMW-F3L, protrusion not included)

Power requirements:

DC 12V

Power consumption:

Approx. 24.0 W (Typical) (REC mode, HD-SDI Dual Link On, EVF On, LCD Monitor Off)

Operating temperature:

0 to +40°C

Storage temperature:

-20 to +60°C

Battery operating time:

Approx.130 Min (HD-SDI Dual Link On) (w/BP-U60)


Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz)

Accessories :

Shotgun, Production Monitors

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