Sony announced 35mm PMW-F3 camcorder

Sony professional expands its Super 35mm digital motion picture cameras with another model, wich will be offered at a price point that will bring Super 35mm shooting within reach of a wider audience.

The new PMW-F3 camcorder has a Super 35mm CMOS sensor, which is capable to deliver shallow depth of field, with high sensitivity and low noise levels (ISO 800, F11; and S/N ratio of 63dB in 1920×1080/59.94i mode), as well as wide dynamic range. The camera is based on Sony’s XDCAM EX workflow (codec is MPEG-2 Long GOP 4:2:0 8bit, 35 Mbps), and uses Sony’s SxS ExpressCard-based recording media format.  It can shoot 1920×1080, 1440×1080, and 1280×720 at 23.98/25/29.97p, 50/59.94i and, in DVCAM mode, 25/29.97PsF and 50/59.94i. Also feature ‘slow’ and ‘quick’ recording, known as “overcranking” and “undercranking” from 1 to 30 fps at 1920×1080 (17 to 30 fps in dual-link mode) and 1 to 60 fps at 1280×720 (17 to 60 fps in dual-link mode).

Sony PMW-F3 camcorder

The cameras’ PL mount adapter can handle both PL and zoom lenses, and will offer compatibility with a variety of cine lenses such as Cooke, Arri, Fujinon and Zeiss. The PMW-F3 will be available in two configurations (PMW-F3L body only and PMW-F3K with PL lens kit) and will arrive in January 2011.

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