Sony Professional has just introduced a new Super 35mm digital camcorder, the PMW-F3. The new camcorder sports Super 35mm CMOS imager 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. It uses PL mount that can accommodate both PL and zoom lenses, and will offer compatibility with a variety of cine lenses such as Cooke, Arri, Fujinon and Zeiss.
Sony PMW-F3 is based on Sony’s XDCAM EX workflow with MPEG-2 Long GOP 4:2:0 8bit, 35 Mbps codec and supports SxS ExpressCard-based recording media format. The PMW-F3 supports several recording formats including 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. Filmmakers can also take advantage of ‘slow’ and ‘quick’ recording, also 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). The camcorder also provides “S-LOG” and “Hyper Gamma” mode.
Sony PMW-F3 will be available as standalone or with PL lens kit (PMW-F3K). It will come in January 2011.