PMW-F3L PMW-F3K
PMW-F3L
PMW-F3K
Solid-state Memory Camcorder
Sony Opens Up New Era of
Super 35-mm Digital Production
In the year 2000, Sony introduced the HDW-F900 CineAlta HDCAM camcorder, the first-ever
1080/24p recording camcorder for feature films, TV dramas and cinematography
production. It became the foundation for a decade of development of Super 35mm
digital motion picture cameras such as the F35 and SRW-9000PL.
Now Sony introduces a new member of its CineAlta camcorder line-up: the affordable
PMW-F3 Super 35-mm camcorder. It inherits DNA from the F35, which has been used for
years in high-end digital cinematography, as well as most of the features and file-based
workflow capabilities of PMW-EX1R and EX3 XDCAM EX solid-state memory camcorders.
The PMW-F3 is equipped with the newly developed Exmor™ Super 35 CMOS image sensor,
PL lens mount, and SxS card for 1920 x 1080 full-HD recording. Sony offers two affordable
models of the PMW-F3: one is without a lens, the PMW-F3L; the other includes three PL
lenses (35/50/85-mm, T2.0), the PMW-F3K.
The PMW-F3 features future expandability, including RGB 4:4:4 baseband output with
S-LOG gamma for external recording which means it can be used in an HDCAM-SR™
workflow. It also offers a 3D-LINK option, which allows two camcorders to be controlled
simultaneously for 3D stereoscopic shooting.
Sony believes that - for many content creators - the PMW-F3 breaks entry barriers to digital
cinematography and opens up a new era of Super 35-mm digital production. This
camera is suitable in all kinds of creative production such as independent film-making,
cinematography, music videos, documentaries and many other productions, and delivers
mobility, flexibility, and cost efficiency.
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KEY Features
1. Exmor Super 35 CMOS Sensor
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). This is a significant
advantage especially when shooting
in low-light conditions or at night
using only ambient light.
2. PL Lens Mount
The PMW-F3 employs a PL lens mount that is standard for film
cameras, allowing use of a virtually unlimited number of
prime and 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 too. This
improves post-production workflow as lens metadata can be
recorded onto SxS card and brought into the post-production
process.
3. Affordable PL Lens Kit Model
There are two models of the PMW-F3. One is the lens-less
PMW-F3L and the other is an affordable and “ready-to-use”
solution, ideal for entry-level users, the PMW-F3K with three
fixed focal length PL lenses (35/50/85-mm, T2.0).
4. XDCAM EX Workflow
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.
5. Small and Lightweight,
With Low Power Consumption
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.
6. HD-SDI Dual-link Output
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 slowmotion playback in 1080/24p mode.
7. RGB & S-LOG Output Option
The PMW-F3 delivers a scalable external recording solution.
When the RGB and S-LOG output option is added, RGB 4:4:4
baseband signal output is available for external recording
devices such as HDCAM-SR recorders. A LUT (Look Up Table)
function is also provided for monitoring purposes when S-LOG
output is activated. The same option includes 3G-SDI output
functionality. It enables users to select Dual-link HD-SDI or
3G-SDI depending on the
connecting devices.
8. 3D-LINK Option
Another new feature of the PMW-F3 is the 3D-LINK option
which is especially convenient for 3D stereoscopic shooting.
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.
Eco-friendly Design
Sony employs its considerable technical capabilities and know-how in the design of energy-efficient and eco-friendly products. The PMW-F3 is a good example of this in the
company’s HD-domain camcorders. Designed to be environmentally friendly, the power consumption of the PMW-F3 is around 30% lower than conventional digital
camcorders* from Sony, and its energy-saving design results in lower CO 2 emissions.
* As compared with Sony’s HDW-F900R CineAlta 24P HDCAM camcorder.
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Other features
PMW-F3K
(Supplied with 35 mm, 50 mm and 85 mm T2.0 lens)
PMW-F3L
(Supplied without lens)
1. Picture Profile
5. Slow Shutter Function
The Picture Profile feature of the PMW-F3 allows camera
operators to easily call up customized picture-tonal settings
to suit particular shooting conditions, rather than having to
readjust the camera each time. This gives greater
operational efficiency. Up to ten different pictures - including
tonal settings such as matrix parameters, color correction,
detail, one of eight gamma curves, and knee - can be saved
on SxS memory card. These settings are displayed on the
LCD panel at the touch of a button.
The PMW-F3 offers a Slow Shutter function for capturing clear
images in low-light environments. This allows the shutter
speed to be extended to a maximum of eight frames. The
function not only increases camera sensitivity but also
produces a special blurring effect when shooting a moving
object, for enhanced shooting creativity. The shutter speed is
selectable between 2- and 8-frame periods.
2. Selectable Gamma Curves
The PMW-F3 offers a wide variety of gamma curves to flexibly
handle contrast and give a specific ‘look’ to an image. In
addition to six types of standard gamma curve, there are four
types of Hyper Gamma which are identical to those on
CineAlta™ cameras. Operators can select the best-suited
preset gamma curve, depending on scene requirements.
3. Built-in ND Filters
The PMW-F3 camcorder is equipped with built-in optical ND
(Neutral Density) filters. These filters are selected via a built-in
ND filter slide - Clear (Off), 1/8 ND (0.9), and 1/64 ND (1.8) and conveniently enable operators to control light intensity
without a matte box in small camera configuration.
4. Camera Remote Control
The PMW-F3 camcorder is equipped with a remote control
interface. Various camera settings can be remotely
controlled using an optional RM-B150 or RM-B750 Remote
Control unit via an 8-pin remote connector.
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6. Interval Recording Function
The Interval Recording function intermittently records one
frame at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for
shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating
special effects with extremely rapid motion.
7. HD-SDI and Other Versatile Interfaces
The PMW-F3 comes
equipped with a wide range
of interfaces optimized for a
variety of operational needs,
broad interoperability, and
flexible workflow. These
include an HD-SDI output
and, in E-to-E mode, an
uncompressed 4:2:2 10-bit
signal can be output from
the connector. For versatile usage, there is also a downconverted SD-SDI output, i.LINK (HDV/DVCAM), and analog
composite/component output. In addition, the PMW-F3 has
a timecode input/output and genlock input, allowing the
camcorder to be used in a multi-camera system. Also, the
PMW-F3 has an HD-SDI Dual-link output for 4:2:2 1080
50/59.94p as standard, and RGB 4:4:4 1080 24/25/30p
output as an option.
8. Supplied Software for Powerful Content
Management
The newly developed XDCAM
Browser version 1.1 not only enables
users to browse video clips shot by
the PMW-F3 on their MS Windows
and Macintosh computers, but also
to register and edit metadata, and
convert file formats.
Exmor™ Super 35 CMOS Image Sensor
The PMW-F3 is equipped with a Super 35-mm CMOS
image sensor which is equivalent to that of Super
35-mm film and has been specifically developed for
digital cinematography. Its positioning within the
chassis is exactly the same as it would be within a
35-mm film camera - ensuring exactly the same
optical performance with the widest variety of 35-mm
cine lenses.
The output signal from this new CMOS image sensor
is processed in the newly developed high-quality
camera signal processor inside the unit. By utilizing
cutting-edge technology, this
Super 35 mm
camcorder achieves very high
sensitivity and an extremely low
noise level. When video mode
27.1 mm
sensitivity is F11 (ISO800), the S/N
ratio is 63 dB. When S-LOG mode
sensitivity is F16 (ISO1600), with an
23.6 mm
800% dynamic range, the S/N ratio is 57 dB. In
addition, as a large super 35-mm size sensor is
employed, this camcorder offers greater shallow
depth of field than units with a smaller size sensor with
the same aperture value.
As the Exmor Super 35 CMOS image sensor offers
extremely high sensitivity, the ND filter is built-in for easy
control of incoming light intensity. In addition, to
minimize design size, ND filter glasses have an up/
down slide mechanism.
4/3”
13.3 mm
21.8 mm
13.3 mm
2/3”
11.0 mm
17.3 mm
8.8 mm
1/2”
6.6 mm
7.9 mm
4.8 mm
6.4 mm
Three PL Lens Kits (35/50/85-mm, T2.0)
To make a camera operator’s entry into the 35-mm
world as easy and economical as possible, the
affordable PMW-F3K model comes as standard with
three PL lenses. These have fixed focal lengths of
35 mm, 50 mm, and 85 mm with T2.0, and - as this
type of lens doesn’t support flange back adjustment an adjustment mechanism is installed in the main
body of the PMW-F3. These PL lenses meet the
specifications both of traditional cinema lenses and
of digital lenses.
This Super 35-mm image sensor camcorder has a
shallow depth of field. Its T2.0 lens achieves the same
blur quality (bokeh) as T0.8 lens with camcorders
which have a 2/3” image sensor typically used for
broadcasting.
•High resolution
•Well-controlled vignetting
•Low geometric distortion
•Minimized breathing
•Exit pupil position accommodates the characteristics
of the image sensor
•Eight-blade iris diaphragm specification
Lens Interface & Mount
The PMW-F3 is supplied with a PL mount adapter to
provide immediate compatibility with the widest
range of 35-mm cine lenses. There are hot-shoe
electric interfaces for Cooke/i Technology and ARRI
LDS on the PL mount adapter. This makes it possible
to improve the workflow by bringing iris, focus, and
other lens metadata into the post-production process.
Sony plans to introduce zoom lenses which are
directly mounted to the PMW-F3 original lens mount
(please ask your local Sony office for details). This
newly developed type of power zoom lens will expand
the operational flexibility of the PMW-F3 so it can be
used for almost any application.
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RGB & S-LOG Workflow
range of 800% with an S/N ratio of 57 dB. The advantage of
S-LOG is the reproduction of both shadow details and
highlight, contributing to “film-look” images.
The PMW-F3 has four viewing LUTs for monitoring purposes
when S-LOG output is activated. For example, if the user
selects S-LOG to R709 conversion LUT as the viewing LUT, R709converted images are available in HD-SDI output, and the
result is checked without color grading in the field. At the
same time, LUT-applied images can be recorded on SxS card
and can be used as off-line material for making EDL/ALE files.
RGB output can be recorded on HDCAM-SR tapes and used
as on-line material. By using both HDCAM-SR tapes and SxS
cards, the PMW-F3 enables efficient post-production workflow.
The RGB and S-LOG output option makes it possible to
output an RGB uncompressed 1080p signal over an
HD-SDI Dual-link. Moreover by using same option, the
Dual-link A output can be switched to 3G-SDI. 3G-SDI
output reduces wiring between the camera and external
recording and monitoring devices. This RGB output can
be recorded with an external recording device such as
the SRW-1 HDCAM-SR™ portable recorder. This feature
allows users to capture higher picture quality especially
for VFX including color grading, compositing and chroma
key operation.
This option also offers S-LOG gamma output which
enables users to capture in an extremely wide dynamic
422 1080p 10-bit
w/ LUT
HD-SDI
S-LOG to 709 LUT applied
Monitor
LUT data
LUT baked in
422 1080p 10-bit
S-Log
HD-SDI Dual-link
MPEG2 35-Mbps
420 8-bit
RGB444
10-bit S-Log
SR original
for online
Post-production
SRW-1/SRPC-1
EDL/ALE
Off-line
file
3D Shooting System
The 3D-LINK option enables users to operate two PMW-F3
cameras at the same time via one camera remote
controller. Two PMW-F3 cameras can be connected with a
dedicated 10-pin cable which carries a reference signal,
timecode and control. Since two cameras are locked with
a genlock signal, it’s easy to achieve 3D shooting without
time-consuming adjustment, and the images captured by the
two cameras are completely synchronized. In addition, by
using the HD-SDI output signal for an HDCAM-SR recorder,
both off-line material on SxS card and on-line material on
HDCAM-SR tapes can be used for efficient post-production.
8-pin Camera Remote
RM-B150
3D Rig
Camera (R)
HD-SDI 422 1080p 10-bit
or
MPE-200 for Camera Setup
3D LINK
(TC, Ref, Control)
Camera (L)
F-Sequence Mode or L/R
HD-SDI 422 1080p 10-bit
or
3D Monitor
SR Tape
SRW-1/SRPC-1
Online material
Off-line material
MPEG2 35-Mbps
420 8-bit (L/R)
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Post-production
SRW-5800
Optional Accessories for PMW-F3
SBP-32/16
SBS-32G1A/64G1A
MEAD-MS01
MEAD-SD01
PHU-120R
SxS PRO Memory Card
SxS Memory Card
Media Adaptor
Media Adaptor
Professional Harddisk Unit
PXU-MS240
PXU-HC240
HVR-MRC1K
BP-U60
BC-U1
Mobile Storage Unit
HDD Cartridge (for PXU-MS240)
Memory Recording Unit
Lithium-ion Battery Pack (56 Wh)
Battery Charger (for BP-U30/U60)
BC-U2
RM-B150
RM-B750
AC-DN10
BC-L70
Battery Charger
Remote Control Unit
Remote Control Unit
AC Adaptor
Two-channel Simultaneous Charger
Lenses for PMW-F3
Carl Zeiss
Master Prime Lenses
Ultra Prime Lenses
Compact Prime Lenses
Light Weight Zoom LWZ-2
5/i Prime Lenses
Panchro/i Series
S4/i CXX Wide Angle Zoom
Optimo DP 30-80 mm
Optimo 24-290 mm
Optimo 17-80 mm
HK4.7x18
HK7.5x24
HK5.3x75
Cooke
S4/i Prime Lenses
Angenieux
Optimo DP 16-42 mm
Fujinon
HK3.1x14.5
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Recording Format
Frame Rate
HD/SD
HD
SD
REC mode
Recording
Resolution
NTSC mode
PAL mode
Audio Format
59.94p
59.94i
29.97p
23.98p
50p
50i
1920×1080
–
x
x
x
–
x
x
1440×1080
–
x
x
x
–
x
x
1280×720
x
–
x
x
x
–
x
SP 25 Mbps (CBR)
1440×1080
–
x
–
x (59.94i REC)
–
x
–
DVCAM
25 Mbps (CBR)
720×480
–
x
x (29.97PsF)
–
HQ 35 Mbps (VBR)
720×576
–
25p
Approx. 200 min
Linear PCM
16 bit/48 kHz
2 CH
–
–
x
Recording Time
(w/ 64GB SxS-1)
Approx. 280 min
Approx. 260 min
x (25PsF)
Output/ Input Combination List
HD/SD
HD
Recording Format
HQ 1920/
HQ 1440/
HQ 1280
SP 1440
SD
DVCAM
SDI/HDMI/i.LINK I/O Select
HD SDI
SD SDI
HD HDMI
SD HDMI P
SD HDMI I
SD HDMI i & DV
HD SDI
SD SDI
HD HDMI & HDV
SD HDMI P & HDV
SD HDMI i & HDV
SD HDMI i & DV
HD SDI
SD SDI
HD HDMI & HDV
SD HDMI P & HDV
SD HDMI i & HDV
SD HDMI i & DV
i.LINK output
–
–
–
–
–
DV
–
–
HDV
HDV
HDV
DV
–
–
–
–
–
DV
SDI output
HD
SD
–
–
–
–
HD
SD
–
–
–
–
–
SD
–
–
–
–
HDMI output
–
–
HD
SD P
SD I
SD I
–
–
HD
SD P
SD I
SD I
–
–
–
–
–
SD I
Video output
HD-Y
Composite
HD-Y
–
Composite
Composite
HD-Y
Composite
HD-Y
–
Composite
Composite
–
Composite
–
–
–
Composite
i.LINK input
–
–
–
–
–
DV (Display Only)
–
–
HDV
HDV
HDV
DV (Display Only)
–
–
–
–
–
DV (Display Only)
Specifications
General
Dimension (W x H x D)
Mass
Power Requirements
Power Consumption
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
Continuous Operating Hours (with BP-U60)
Lens (PMW-F3K)
Focal Length
Aperture Value
Minimum Shooting Distance
Filter Diameter
Camera
Image Sensor
Built-in Filter
Sensitivity (2000 lux, Reflection ratio 89.9%, 1920 x 1080/59.94i)
S/N Ratio(1920 x 1080/59.94i)
Lens Mount
Shutter Speed
Slow Shutter
Slow & Quick
720p
1080p
White Balance
Gain
Gamma Curve
Input/Output
HD/SD SDI OUT
HD-SDI Dual Link OUT
VIDEO OUT
HDMI OUT
i.LINK IN/OUT
AUDIO IN
AUDIO OUT
GENLOCK IN
TC IN/OUT
DC IN
REMOTE
USB
PHONES
Display
View Finder
LCD Monitor
Audio
Built-in Speaker
Media Slot
Type
Interface
Supplied Accessories
151 x 189 x 210 mm (6 x 7 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches) (PMW-F3L, without projection)
2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz) (Camera only)
DC 12 V (10.5 V to 17.0 V)
Approx.24.0 W (Typical) (REC mode, HD-SDI Dual Link On, EVF On, LCD Monitor Off)
0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
-20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
Approx.130 Min (HD-SDI Dual Link On)
Approx.170 Min (HD-SDI Dual Link Off)
35 mm
T2.0 to Close
0.35 m
95 mm
50 mm
T2.0 to Close
0.5 m
95 mm
85 mm
T2.0 to Close
0.85 m
95 mm
Super 35 mm Equivalent Single Chip Exmor CMOS Image Sensor
OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND
F11 (Typical)
63 dB (Typical)
PL mount (with supplied lens mount adapter)
1/32 - 1/2000 sec
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 frame accumulation
1 - 60 fps selectable (17- 60 fps when HD-SDI Dual Link is active)
1 - 30 fps selectable (17- 30 fps when HD-SDI Dual Link is active)
Preset, Memory A, Memory B/ATW
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Standard Gamma x6, CINE Gamma x4, S-LOG Gamma (with RGB and S-LOG option)
BNC (x1) (HD-SDI/SD-SDI switchable)
BNC (x2) 4: 2: 2 1080 50/59.94p 10 bit output
BNC (x1) (HD-Y signal or Composite signal)
HDMI connector (Type A) (x1)
IEEE1394 S400 4-pin Connector (x1)
XLR Type 3-pin (female) (x2), LINE/MIC/MIC+48 V selectable
RCA (x2)
BNC (x1)
BNC (x1 each)
XLR type 4-pin (male) (x1)
8-pin (x1)
Mini TypeB connector (x1)
Stereo Mini Jack (x1)
0.45 inch, Aspect Ratio 16: 9
3.5 inch, Aspect ratio 16: 9, Hybrid (semi-transmissive) type
Monoral
ExpressCard/34 (x2)
ExpressCard Compliant
PL lens mount adapter, Stereo MIC, Windscreen, IR remote, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM (XDCAM Browser, SxS device driver software,
PDF version operation manual), Operational Manual, Warranty card, PL lens kit (PMW-F3K only)
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The values for mass and dimension are approximate.
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