PMW-F3L Super 35mm XDCAM EX Full-HD Compact Camcorder with S-Log Gamma

Price: $9800.00

PMW-F3L  Super 35mm XDCAM EX Full-HD Compact Camcorder
w/S-Log Gamma

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Comes with

(2) 32GB SxS Cards

(3) BP-U60 Sony Batteries

(1) Sony BC-U1 AC Adapter/Charger

(1) Sony SxS Memory Card Reader w/ cables

(1) Sennheiser ME-66 supercardiod Shotgun Mic

(all other original components – mic, remote, software DVD included)


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. In the world of digital cinema, these are indeed interesting times--and the PMW-F3 represents another revolutionary stride toward affordable, motion-picture quality imaging.


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)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

63 dB (typical)

Horizontal Resolution

Not specified by manufacturer


F11 @ 2000 lux, ISO 800, 89.9% Reflectance (typical)

Minimum Illumination

Not specified by manufacturer

Signal System


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




0.45", 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

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

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 Dynamic Range

Not specified by manufacturer

Audio Signal Format

2-channel 16-bit, 48 kHz linear PCM uncompressed

Audio Frequency Response

Not specified by manufacturer

Signal to Noise Ratio

Not specified by manufacturer

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: 3.5mm Stereo Mini (x1 Output)
Remote: 8-pin
DC Input: 4-pin XLR (male)

Power Requirements

12V DC

Power Consumption

24W (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)


5.3 lb (2.4 kg) (camera only)