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Sony PMW-F3L Super 35mm XDCAM EX Full-HD Compact Camcorder with S-Log Gamma (620 Hours)

SKU: US 609677
BP-U60 Battery Pack, Mic,
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About the Sony PMW-F3L

Joining the F35 and SRW-9000PL in Sony's lineup of CineAlta 24p digital cinema cameras, the Sony PMW-F3L Super 35mm XDCAM EX Full-HD Compact Camcorder with S-Log Gamma continues the democratization of high-end image capture. The camera's Super 35mm-size CMOS sensor offers a variety of advantages over smaller sensors, including increased control over depth of field, higher sensitivity in low light, lower image noise and an exceptional dynamic range. Unlike smaller, broadcast-style sensors or the larger "full-frame" sensor found in some DSLRs, the PMW-F3's chip is on a par with Hollywood film cameras, in terms of field of view and depth of field. That means complete compatibility with cine-style film lenses and consistency of vision for cinematographers used to shooting on 35mm film.

Another advantage of the camera's highly efficient sensor is its low power consumption--only 24W. Not only does this mean a standard 12V battery can last nearly 3 hours, but the low amount of heat the sensor generates offsets the need for an internal fan--contributing to the camera's extremely light weight (just over 5 lb). As a result, this is the first CineAlta camcorder designed with a handheld form factor.

Using a solid-state workflow based on the XDCAM EX platform, the PMW-F3 records natively to professional SxS media, using the MPEG-2 long GOP codec in an 8-bit 4:2:0 color space. More demanding applications can utilize the camera's dual-link HD-SDI ports to output to an external recorder in 10-bit 4:2:2 or 10-bit RGB 4:4:4.

The combination of four HyperGamma settings with S-Log and LUT capability provide RAW-like flexibility to the image data, allowing for increased picture control and dynamic range. S-Log expands the camera's dynamic range to include at least 12.5 stops of exposure latitude. Meanwhile, the F3's Exposure Index mode sets the camera at an optimal ISO and adds a full stop of exposure, maximizing the sensor output for situations when highlights are a priority.

An included PL mount adapter strengthens the link between digital cinema and traditional film, providing an efficient means for using any number of professional PL-mount cine lenses--including full compatibility with Cooke/i and Arri LDS technology. Beneath the removable PL adapter, the camera's native, stainless steel FZ mount provides a foundation for added versatility. Its short flange distance allows for the development of smaller, lighter zoom lenses as well as compatibility with a wide array of both cine and photo lenses (using optional adapters).

Other features - such as variable frame rates, multiple-format recording, slow shutter and uncompressed PCM audio - make the PMW-F3 an impressive companion to its larger Super 35 brethren. Not only will it intercut perfectly with the F35 and SRW-9000PL as a second unit or B camera, it can easily stand on its own in applications as diverse as indie film, television, commercials, music promos and education.

Sony PMW-F3L Features

  • The PMW-F3 is equipped with a newly developed Exmor Super 35 CMOS image sensor which offers creative shallow depth of field, similar to that of a film camera. This sensor has an extremely high sensitivity of F11 (ISO800) with a very low noise level (an S/N ratio of 63 dB)
  • The PMW-F3L/RGB now includes a scalable external recording solution. The RGB 4:4:4 and S-LOG output features are now included pre-installed. RGB 4:4:4 baseband signal output is available for external recording devices such as HDCAM-SR recorders (i.e. Sony SR-R1)
  • A LUT (Look Up Table) function is also provided for monitoring purposes when S-LOG output is activated. The PMWF3K/RGB also includes 3G-SDI output functionality. It enables users to select Dual-link HD-SDI or 3G-SDI depending on the connecting devices
  • It employs a PL lens mount that is standard for film cameras, allowing use of a virtually unlimited number of prime & zoom lenses for 35-mm film cameras. This greatly broadens the choice of lenses for a wider spectrum of creative expression. A PL lens mount adapter comes with the camera as standard
  • The PMW-F3 supports the Cooke/i Technology protocol, which enables the camcorder to communicate with the lens to obtain lens metadata such as focus and iris position. The ARRI LDS interface will be supported as well
  • The recording format and recording media are identical to the existing PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 and proven, high-speed, intuitive XDCAM EX workflow can be used with high reliability. This workflow offers seamless integration with leading nonlinear editing software
  • The PMW-F3 has a small, compact body with a very modest footprint and weighs just 2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz). It offers mobility, flexibility and cost efficiency. In addition, the camcorder's power consumption is only 24 W and about three hours' recording can be achieved with only one BP-U60 battery
  • The PMW-F3 has an HD-SDI Dual-link output connector which offers 4:2:2 1080 50/59.94p uncompressed signal output as standard. By using external recording devices such as HDCAM-SR recorders, users can achieve x 2.5 natural slow-motion playback in 1080/24p mode
  • Two PMW-F3 cameras can be controlled by one camera remote controller at the same time. The two cameras are connected with a special 10-pin cable that includes genlock, timecode in/out and control line. Simultaneous control of the Iris and Focus functions of two cameras is extremely useful
  • With the use of either the RMB-150 or RMB-750 controller (sold separately) hooked up to the 8pin remote connector, digital imaging technicians can make various adjustments to the look of the footage captured by PMW-F3 camera based on the needs of the DP
  • For a film look the PMW-F3 offers native 24P (SD or HD) recording and Slow & Quick Motion function also known as over and under-cranking. These features enable users to create unique 'looks' or special effects with slow- and fast motion images

Sony PMW-F3L Specifications

Image Device Super 35mm Exmor CMOS Image Sensor (23.6 x 13.3 mm)
Picture Elements 1920 x 1080 (Effective)
Lens Mount Sony FZ
PL Mount (with supplied lens mount adapter)
Sensitivity F11 @ 2000 lux, ISO 800, 89.9% Reflectance (typical)
Memory Card Slot ExpressCard/34 (x2)
LCD Monitor 3.5" Hybrid-type 16:9 Color LCD Monitor
Approx. 921,000 effective pixels
Speaker Mono
Viewfinder 0.45", Aspect Ratio 16:9
Built-in Optical Filters OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND
Gain -3, 0, 3,6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
S/N Ratio 63dB (Y) (Typical)
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) T11 ISO800 (Typical)
Shutter Speed (Time) 1/32 to 1/2000 sec.
Slow Shutter 2 to 8 frames
White Balance Preset (3,200 K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Recording Format Video: HD HQ Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps / VBR
HD SP Mode: MPEG-2 MP@H-14,25 Mbps / CBR:
Audio: LPCM (16 bits, 48 kHz, 2 channels)
Recording Frame Rate NTSC area:
HD HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p
1440 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p
1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p
HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 23.98p
SD mode: 720 x 480/59.94i, 29.97p
Recording/Playback Time HQ Mode:
Approx. 100 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
Approx. 25 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card
SP Mode:
Approx. 140 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Output RCA phono jacks (x2), -10 dBu (47kOhms load, reference level)
Composite Output BNC type (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ohms, HD-Y or analog composite signal
DC Input XLR-type 4-pin
Genlock Input BNC (x1)
HDMI Output A-type (x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1), -18 dBu (reference level output, 16Ohms load)
MIC XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Remote 8-pin
SDI Output BNC
Timecode Input BNC (x1)
Timecode Output BNC (x1)
USB Mini-B/USB2.0 Hi-Speed (x1)
i.LINK i.LINK, IEEE1394, 4-pin connector (x1), S400
Battery Operating Time Approx. 130 min (HD-SDI Dual Link ON, with BP-U60) Approx. 170 min (HD-SDI Dual Link OFF, with BP-U60
Built-in Microphone No
Operating Temperature 0 deg.C to 40 deg.C (32 deg.F to 104 deg.F)
Storage Temperature -20 deg.C to +60 deg.C (-4deg.F to +140 deg.F)
Power Consumption Approx. 18 W (Typical) (HD-SDI Dual-Link OFF, VF ON, LCD monitor OFF
Max. 24 W (Typical) (HD-SDI Dual-Link ON, VF ON, LCD monitor ON)
Power Requirements DC 12 V (11.0 v to 17.0 V)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 151 x 189 x 210 mm (5.9 x 7.44 x 8.26")
Weight Approx. 2.4 kg (5.29lbs) without accessories
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