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Sony PMW-F3 Toolkit

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Product Highlights
  • PMW-F3 with PL Mount Lens Adapter
  • Gemini 4:4:4 Recorder
  • 2x 1.8" 512GB Convergent SSDs
  • Optitek FZ to EF-Mount Lens Adapter
  • BPU9UO Battery
  • Dual Battery Charger
  • Hard Case with Compartments

The Sony PMW-F3 Toolkit includes the Sony PMW-F3 CineAlta Super 35mm XDCAM EX camera, a Gemini 4:4:4 recorder with two 512GB Convergent SSDs, an Optitek FZ to EF-mount lens adapter, a battery, a dual-battery charger, and a hard case for the camera and accessories.

The PMW-F3 features a Super 35mm CMOS sensor capable of capturing a cinematic depth of field. The sensor has high low light sensitivity, wide dynamic range, and low image noise. The camera 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.

The camera natively features an FZ mount. A PL mount adapter comes standard with the camera, and the Optitek FZ to EF-mount adapter is included as part of this kit. The Optitek adapter provides fine aperture control in 1/4 stop increments. The capability to use FZ, PL, and EF mount lenses will allow compatibility with lenses from Zeiss, Arri, Cooke, and many others.

The Gemini recorder has SDI and HDMI connections and records 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 uncompressed and 10-bit 4:4:4 uncompressed as DPX files to two 1.8" SSDs. The hard case has compartments that fit the camera, Gemini recorder, and additional accessories.

PMW-F3 Toolkit
The kit includes the Sony PMW-F3 CineAlta Super 35mm XDCAM EX camera, a Gemini 4:4:4 recorder with two 512GB Convergent SSDs, an Optitek FZ to EF-mount lens adapter, a battery, a dual-battery charger, and a hard case for the camera and accessories.
Exmor Super 35 CMOS Image Sensor
The PMW-F3 is equipped with a Super 35mm sensor, which is the same size as Super 35mm film and has been specifically developed for digital cinematography. Its positioning within the chassis is exactly the same as it would be within a 35mm film camera--ensuring exactly the same optical performance with the unrivalled range of 35mm cine lenses.

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 63dB (measured at 1080/59.94i and typical value). A unique Exmor sensor offers exceptional noise reduction and greatly reduces power consumption.
PL Mount Adapter for Compatibility with 35mm Cine Lenses
The PMW-F3 is supplied with a PL mount adapter to provide immediate compatibility with the huge range of 35mm cinema lenses. There are also hot shoe electric interfaces for Cooke/i and ARRI LDS.
Sony F3 Original Mount for Zoom Lens
Sony has begun to introduce zoom lenses that are directly compatible with the F3's FZ mount, beginning with an 18-252mm model (the SCL-Z18X140, sold separately). Zoom lens compatibility expands the operational flexibility of the F3 so it can be used for almost any application.
RGB 4:4:4 Signal Output
An RGB 4:4:4 1080 23.98/25/29.97PsF signal is available over an HD-SDI dual-link or 3G-SDI output, allowing the use of an external recorder such as the SR-R1 Memory Recorder for high-quality output for VFX tasks such as chroma-key, compositing, and CGI.
S-Log Gamma
S-Log mode is available with wide dynamic range (800%) for the RGB 4:4:4 10-bit signal.
Apply LUTs (Look Up Tables)
LUTs can be applied to the HD-SDI output and to SxS recording off-line. User-defined LUTs (created by Sony's CVP file editor) can be loaded to the camera from an SxS card. LUTs can be used for off-line editing with SxS-recorded content. You can transfer user-defined LUTs from one camera to another for easy setup.
Built-In LUT for On-Set Video Monitoring
Without applying a LUT, uncorrected S-Log footage looks "flat" and washed out. Pre-loaded LUTs allow you to correct for this, so you can properly monitor on-set. The F3's S-Log gamma mode lets you retain maximum dynamic range from shadow details to highlights and employs exactly the same S-Log workflow as used for high-end products such as the F35 camera.
23.98P Native Recording
The PMW-F3 is the first compact camcorder to be a member of the legendary Sony CineAlta family. It offers native 23.98p* recording which, in combination with advanced creative features such as selectable gamma curves, makes this camcorder ideal for cinema production.

*In 1440 x 1080/23.98p (SP) mode, images are handled as 23.98p and recorded as 59.94i signals via 2:3 pull-down.

Slow & Quick Motion Function
The PMW-F3 offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function--commonly known as overcranking and undercranking in film shooting. This enables users to create unique looks or special effects with slow- and fast-motion images, and can be selected on the control dial on the side of the camcorder.

The PMW-F3 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 frame per second (fps) 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. With the Slow & Quick Motion function of this camcorder, images are recorded natively without interpolating the frames. This means the quality of the slow- and fast-motion images is extremely high and superior to those created in the editing process. In addition, these slow -and fast- motion images can be played back immediately after shooting, without using any converters or processing on nonlinear editing systems.
1920 x 1080 HD Recording Using MPEG-2 Long GOP
The PMW-F3 records 1920 x 1080 HD images using the MPEG-2 Long GOP codec, which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression standard. MPEG-2 Long GOP is a mature codec--also adopted by the XDCAM HD and HDV 1080i series of products--which enables users to record stunning quality HD footage with highly efficient, reliable data compression.
Selectable Bit Rates
The PMW-F3 offers a choice of bit rates--either 35Mb/s (HQ mode) or 25Mb/s (SP mode)--depending on the desired picture quality and recording time. The HQ mode supports both 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions. The SP mode supports 1440 x 1080 resolution at 25Mb/s, which provides compatibility with HDV 1080i products.
Multiple-Format 1080/720 Recording
The PMW-F3 offers a wide array of recording formats for multiple content creation applications. Scanning mode is switchable between 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 1440 x 1080 resolutions. Frame rate is also selectable from interlace and progressive: 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, and native 23.98p.*

In addition, 59.94p and 50p progressive recording is available in 1280 x 720 mode. The SxS memory card can simultaneously hold multiple files of any of these recording formats, allowing for flexible use of the memory card.

*In 1440 x 1080/23.98P (SP) mode, images are handled as 23.98p and recorded as 59.94i signals via 2:3 pull-down.

Slow Shutter Function
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 8 frames. The Slow Shutter 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 from 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-frame periods.
High-quality Uncompressed Audio Recording
In addition to HD recording, high-quality audio is an equally significant feature in the XDCAM EX system. The PMW-F3 camcorder records and plays back high-quality, two-channel 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio.
Exceptional Workflow Flexibility
The PMW-F3 uses XDCAM EX's proven high-speed, intuitive workflow and offers seamless integration with leading nonlinear editing software. In addition, 10-bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI output opens up hybrid recording possibilities with content simultaneously recorded on internal memory and, in uncompressed form, on a variety of external recording devices.

The Dual Link HD-SDI option enables 10-bit 4:4:4 RGB 23.98/25/29.97PsF or 10-bit 4:2:2 108050p/59.94p uncompressed external recording--ideal for integration with highest quality production workflows such as HDCAM SR. The PMW-F3 also supports selectable gamma, four levels of HyperGamma and S-Log for a wide range of shooting conditions from standard to wide latitude. The PMW-F3 can simultaneously record LUT (Look Up Table) information onto the internal media for additional workflow flexibility.

3G-SDI is available for 10-bit RGB 1080 23.98/25/29.97PsF or 10-bit 4:2:2 1080 50/59.94p output.
SxS Memory Cards = High Transfer Speeds + High Reliability
Both SxS PRO and SxS-1A memory cards use the PCI Express interface to achieve an extremely high data-transfer speed of 800 Mbps - 1.2Gbps, and can resist considerable shock (1500G) and vibration (15G). Also, a unique Salvage function can restore content damaged by power loss or memory disconnection during recording.

In addition, with an optional MEAD-MS01 or MEAD-SD01 Media Adapter, a high-speed Memory Stick or SD memory card can be used as emergency or alternative recording media. (Slow Motion and the Salvage function are not supported.)
Long Recording Time
Utilizing a mature and highly efficient compression format together with high performance SxS memory cards, the PMW-F3 can record superb quality HD images for approximately 140 minutes (in HQ mode) on a single 32 GB update SxS card. As the PMW-F3 features two memory card slots, this recording time is easily doubled to 280 minutes (with two 32 GB cards). When recording across two cards, the transition is seamless without any frame loss.
IT Friendly
The PMW-F3 is part of Sony's highly successful XDCAM EX product family, which supports a high speed nonlinear workflow. With XDCAM EX, recordings are made as data files in the MP4 format, which is widely used in a number of recent electronic portable devices and has been standardized by ISO.

File-based recording allows material to be handled with great flexibility in an IT-based environment--easily available for copying, transferring, sharing, and archiving. All these operations are accomplished without any digitizing process required.

File-based data copying allows for degradation-free dubbing of footage, which can be performed easily on a PC. The file-based recording system also allows for material to be viewed directly on a PC--simply by inserting the SxS memory card into the ExpressCard slot on a PC or Mac, or by linking a PC/Mac to the XDCAM EX unit via a USB2 connection. This file-based operation can dramatically improve the efficiency and quality of your workflow.
Immediate Recording Start and No Overwriting Footage
By virtue of recording on flash memory card, the PMW-F3 can start recording virtually the instant the camcorder is turned on. Moreover, the camera automatically records on an empty area of the card--there's no danger of overwriting existing content. This is extremely convenient, as camera operators do not have to worry about accidentally recording over good takes, and they don't have to search through footage for the correct position to start the next recording. In short, it means the camera is always ready for the next shot!
Instant-Access Thumbnail Search with Expand Function
Each time a recording is started and stopped on the PMW-F3, the content is recorded as a single clip. During playback, users can cue up the next or previous clip simply by pressing the Next or Previous button, as you would do on a CD or DVD player. At the same time, thumbnails are automatically generated for each clip as a visual reference, allowing operators to cue up a desired scene simply by guiding the cursor to a thumbnail and pressing the Play button.

The Expand function allows one selected clip in the thumbnail display to be divided into 12 even-time intervals, each with their own thumbnail identifier. This is useful if you want to quickly search for a particular scene within a lengthy clip.
3.5" Hybrid Color LCD Screen / Viewfinder
The PMW-F3 is equipped with an easy-to-view, color LCD screen with a high resolution of 1920 x 480 pixels. This is the same LCD screen as found on the PMW-EX1R, and is located in an easy viewing position on the side of the camera. It can be used to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera's setup menus and view thumbnail display status indications such as audio meters, depth-of-field indicators, and the remaining memory and battery time. What's more, the Hybrid LCD screen--which comprises transmissive and reflective panels--offers clear viewing even in bright sunlight.
Genlock and Timecode Interfaces
The PMW-F3 includes genlock and timecode interfaces, making it ideal for multi-camera operation and entry level HD studio use.
3D System Link Option
Using this option (not included) you can easily synchronize timecode, genlock and control functionality with a single cable, locking together left and right cameras to simplify 3D acquisition.
Remote Control Capability
The PMW-F3 offers professional remote control of various camera features via a standard Sony 8-pin control interface. This allows use of Sony optional RM-B150 and RM-B750 remote control units, offering increased flexibility for studio/location use.
Compact Design
The PMW-F3 has a chassis built around its Super 35mm CMOS sensor. Its lightweight, compact design provides exceptional flexibility when shooting, particularly as a B-camera. It also offers a "best of both worlds" combination of compatibility with 35mm lenses via a PL mount adapter, plus support for a huge range of other Sony and third-party digital cinematography accessories.
Low Power Consumption
Sony's chip design expertise means the PMW-F3 operates with exceptional efficiency, with an average power consumption of 24W. This makes the camera more reliable, extends its battery operating time and is also environmentally conscious. With the optional BP-U60 battery attached, the PMW-F3 can record continuously for just under three hours (with dual-link option off).
Wide Array of Interfaces
The PMW-F3 camcorder comes equipped with a wide range of interfaces optimized for a variety of operational needs. These include dual HD-SDI output, downconverted SD-SDI output, i.LINK (HDV) input/output, USB2 and analog composite output.
Additional Information
Only SxS memory cards are guaranteed for use with the PMW-F3 XDCAM EX Camcorder. USB-based memory cards cannot be used with the XDCAM EX range. USB based memory cards might work with the XDCAM EX range in some cases, but Sony does not guarantee that all the functions will operate. The performance of USB-based memory cards can vary.
PMW-F3
Image Device Super 35 mm 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)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 63 dB (typical)
Horizontal Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
Sensitivity F11 @ 2000 lux, ISO 800, 89.9% Reflectance (typical)
Signal System NTSC / PAL
Built-in Filters Neutral Density: CLEAR, 1/8, 1/64
LCD Monitor 3.5" Hybrid-type 16:9 Color LCD Monitor
Approx. 921,000 effective pixels
Speaker Mono
Viewfinder 0.45" (1.1 cm), Aspect Ratio 16:9
Shutter Speed 1/32 - 1/2000 sec

Slow Shutter (SLS): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8-frame accumulation

Gain Selection -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
White Balance Preset, Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Memory Card Slot ExpressCard/34 (x2)
Recording Format MPEG-2 Long GOP
HD HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL
HD SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H-14
SD mode: DVCAM

Audio:
Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz)
Frame Rates 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

PAL area:
HD HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p
1440 x 1080/50i, 25p
1280 x 720/50p, 25p
HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i
SD mode: 720 x 576/50i, 25p

Slow & Quick Motion Function
1 to 30 fps @ 1920 x 1080 (17 to 30 fps in dual-link mode)
1 to 60 fps @ 1280 x 720 (17 to 60 fps in dual-link mode)

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

SP/SD Mode:
Approx. 140 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card

Audio Signal Format 2-channel 16-bit, 48 kHz linear PCM uncompressed
Input and Output Connectors SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
Dual Link HD-SDI: BNC x2 (x1 Output)
Composite: BNC (x1 Output)
HDMI: HDMI Type A (x1 Output)
FireWire: IEEE 1394 6-pin (x1 Input/Output)
Line/Mic: 3-pin XLR (x2 Input)
Audio: RCA x2 (x1 Output)
Timecode: BNC (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Genlock: BNC (x1 Input)
USB: Standard A-Type (x1), Mini B-Type (x1)
Headphone: 3.5 mm Stereo Mini (x1 Output)
Remote: 8-pin
DC Input: 4-pin XLR (male)
Power Requirements 12 V DC
Power Consumption 24 W (Typical)
Operating Temperature 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.9 x 7.4 x 8.3" (15.1 x 18.9 x 21 cm) (protrusion not included)
Weight 5.3 lb (2.4 kg) (camera only)
Gemini 4:4:4 Recorder
Supported Standards HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M
HD-SDI Dual-Link: SMPTE 372M
Planned future support for 3G-SDI: 424M
Video Formats 1080p @ 23.98/25 fps
Recording Format Video: Up to 12-Bit RGB 4:4:4 recording to DPX file format
Audio: WAV
Video I/O 4x BNC, (2 input, 2 output, with individual power-down options)
1x HDMI Type C (output)
Audio I/O Digital: HD-SDI embedded 4 channels, uncompressed, 24-bit, 48 kHz (16 channels in future firmware - not included)
Analog: 3.5mm jacks, mic or consumer line level input; headphone or consumer line level output
Recording Media 2x slots for 1.8" Solid State Drives (not included), hot-swappable, 256/512 GB sizes
SSD Performance: 260 Mbps write, 415 Mbps read, 6 Gbps SATA interface
Recording Time With 2x 256 GB SSDs: 1080p24 (4:2:2): 66 minutes
1080p24 (4:4:4): 44 minutes
1080p25 (4:4:4): 43 minutes
LCD Monitor 5" LCD (12.7 cm), 800 cd/m2, 800 x (RGB) x 480 pixels, 24-bit, 900:1 true contrast, 170° viewing angle (IPS technology), color calibrated at factory
Compatible NLE Systems Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Smoke, Flame, DaVinci
Timecode HD-SDI Embedded (SMPTE RP-188)
Power Requirements 5-19 V DC
Power Consumption 8-15 W active / 1.5 W power-save mode
Start-Up Time 2 seconds
Material Case: Milled aluminum
Operating Temperature -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
Storage Temperature -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)
Dimensions 1.1 x 4.7 x 5.4" (2.7 x 12 x 13.8 cm)
Weight 1 lb (450 g)
BC-U2 Battery Charger
Power Supply Yes
Battery Bays 2
Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz

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