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Sony PMW-F3K

  1. 1. PMW-F3K Super 35mm Full-HD Compact Camcorder with 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lensesPRELIMINARY PRODUCT INFORMATION Features PRELIMINARY PRODUCT INFORMATION Please find preliminary information on PMW-F3K fea- tures below. This information is subject to change. More information will be made available soon. Exmor™ Super35 CMOS image sensor The PMW-F3K is equipped with a Super 35mm sensor which is the same size as Super 35mm film and has been specifically developed for digital cinemato-The PMW-F3K is part of the CineAlta 24P family of di- graphy. Its positioning within the chassis is exactlygital cinematography products and its support for the same as it would be within a 35mm film camera –multiple frame rates includes a filmic 23.98P as well ensuring exactly the same optical performance withas S-Log workflows. the unrivalled range of 35mm Cine lenses.Sony’s Exmor™ Super35 CMOS sensor was designed In addition, Sony’s advanced accumulated sensorwith the benefit of two decades experience in Digital technologies provide an excellent sensitivity of F11Cinematography, pioneering digital HD acquisition for (ISO 800)* and a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio offeature films and broadcast TV through the legendary just 63 dB*. Unique Exmor™ sensor offers exceptionalCineAlta product range. It brings a true ‘film look’ and noise reduction and greatly reduces power consump-superior image quality into reach for independent tion.movies, pop promos, commercials and other applica-tions, as well as making the PMW-F3K an ideal B- *All measured at 1080/59.94i and typical for high-end feature film production. Three High Quality 35mm Lenses supplied asThe PMW-F3K is supplied with three high quality Sony standardlenses and an industry standard PL Mount adaptor To make your entry into the world of 35mm as easyproviding compatibility with industry standard 35mm and economical as possible, the PMW-F3K comes sup-lenses. (Also available is the lens-less PMW-F3L.) plied with three high quality Sony lenses (35mm, 50mm and 85mm, T2.0).Exceptional flexibility is a key feature of the PMW-F3Kalong with with multiple workflow options. XDCAM PL Mount Adapter for compatibility with 35mm CineEX’s proven high-speed, intuitive workflow offers Lensesseamless integration with leading nonlinear editing The PMW-F3K is supplied with a PL Mount Adapter tosoftware - as standard. In addition, a 10bit 4:2:2 HD- provide immediate compatibility with the huge rangeSDI output opens up hybrid recording possibilities of filmic 35mm lenses, including prime, digital cine-with a variety of external recording devices. And from matography and even still lenses. There are also hotApril 2011, a Dual Link HD-SDI option will enable shoe electric interfaces for Cooke/i and ARRI LDS.10bit RGB uncompressed signal output - ideal for thehigh-end film production. Sony F3 Original Mount for Zoom LensPrimeSupport Sony plan to introduce a range of zoom lenses directly compatible with the F3 mount. More details will be re-This product comes with PrimeSupport – fast, hassle- vealed shortly. Zoom lens compatibility expands thefree repairs and a helpline offering expert technical operational flexibility of the F3 so it can be used foradvice. Which gives you the peace of mind that Sony almost any looking after your equipment, and your business. 1
  2. 2. PMW-F3K23.98P Native Recording 1080, 1280 x 720, and 1440 x 1080 resolutions.The PMW-F3K camcorder is the first compact cam- Frame rate is also selectable from interlace and pro-corder to be a member of the legendary Sony gressive - 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, and nativeCineAlta™ family. It offers native 23.98P* recording 23.98P*.which, in combination with advanced creative featuressuch as selectable gamma curves, makes this cam- In addition, 59.94P and 50P progressive recording iscorder ideal for cinema production. available in 1280 x 720 mode. The SxS memory card can simultaneously hold multiple files of any of these*In 1440 x 1080/23.98P (SP) mode, images are recording formats, allowing for flexible use of thehandled as 23.98P and recorded as 59.94i signals memory card.through means of 2-3 pull-down. *In 1440 x 1080/23.98P (SP) mode, images areSlow & Quick Motion function handled as 23.98P and recorded as 59.94i signals through means of 2-3 pull-down.The PMW-F3K offers a powerful ’Slow & Quick Motion’function - commonly known as over-cranking and Slow Shutter Functionunder-cranking in film shooting - enables users tocreate unique ’looks’ or special effects with slow -and The PMW-F3K camcorder offers a ’Slow Shutter func-fast- motion images. This can be selected on the con- tion’ for capturing clear images in low-light environ-trol dial on the side of the camcorder. ments. This allows the shutter speed to be extended to a maximum of 8 frames. The ’Slow Shutter func-The PMW-F3K can capture images at frame rates se- tion’ not only increases camera sensitivity but alsolectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in produces a special blurring effect when shooting a720P mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080P mode, moving object, for enhanced shooting creativity. Thein increments of 1 fps, onto a single card. For ex- shutter speed is selectable from 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-ample, when viewed at 23.98P, images captured at and 8-frame periods.60 fps will appear 2.5 times slower than normal. Con-versely, images captured at 4 fps will appear 6 times High-quality uncompressed audio recordingfaster than normal. In addition to HD recording, high-quality audio is an equally significant feature in the XDCAM EX system.With the ’Slow & Quick Motion’ function of this cam- The PMW-F3K camcorder records and plays backcorder, images are recorded natively without interpol- high-quality, two-channel 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCMating the frames. This means the quality of the slow - uncompressed audio.and fast- motion images is extremely high and incom-parable to those created in the editing process. In ad- Exceptional workflow flexibilitydition, these slow -and fast- motion images can be The PMW-F3K uses XDCAM EX’s proven high-speed,played back immediately after shooting, without using intuitive workflow offering seamless integration withany converters or processing on nonlinear editing leading nonlinear editing software. In addition, 10bitsystems. 4:2:2 HD-SDI output opens up hybrid recording pos- sibilities with content simultaneously recorded on in-1920 x 1080 HD recording using the ’MPEG-2 Long ternal memory and, in uncompressed form, on a vari-GOP’ codec ety of external recording devices.The PMW-F3K camcorder records 1920 x 1080 HD im-ages using the ’MPEG-2 Long GOP’ codec, which con- From April 2011, a Dual Link HD-SDI option will en-forms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression standard. able 10bit RGB 23.98/25/29.97PsF or 10 bit 4:2:2’MPEG-2 Long GOP’ is a mature codec - also adopted 108050P/59.94P uncompressed external recording –by the XDCAM HD and HDV 1080i series of products - ideal for integration with highest quality productionwhich enables users to record stunning-quality HD workflows such as HDCAM SR. The PMW-F3K alsofootage with highly efficient, reliable data supports selectable Gamma, four levels of Hyper-compression. Gamma and S-Log for a wide range of shooting condi- tions from standard to wide latitude. The PMW-F3KSelectable Bit Rates can simultaneously record LUT (Look Up Table) in-The PMW-F3K camcorder offers a choice of bit rates - formation onto the internal media for additional work-either 35 Mb/s (HQ mode) or 25 Mb/s (SP mode) - flow flexibility.depending on the desired picture quality and record-ing time. The HQ mode supports both 1920 x 1080 3G-SDI is available for 10bit RGB 1080 23.98/25/and 1280 x 720 resolutions. The SP mode supports 29.97PsF or 10bit 4:2:2 1080 50/59.94P output.1440 x 1080 resolution at 25 Mb/s, which providescompatibility with HDV 1080i products. SxS Memory Cards combine high transfer speeds and high reliabilityMultiple-format recording - 1080/720 and Interlace/ Both SxS PRO™ and SxS-1A™* memory cards useProgressive switchable operation the PCI Express interface to achieve an extremelyThe PMW-F3K camcorder offers a wide array of re- high data-transfer speed of 800 Mbps - 1.2Gbps, andcording formats for multiple content creation applica- can resist considerable shock (1500 G) and vibrationtions. Scanning mode is switchable between 1920 x (15 G). Also, a unique ’Salvage function’ serves to 2
  3. 3. PMW-F3Krestore content damaged by power loss or memory Immediate recording start and no overwritingdisconnection during recording**. footage By virtue of recording on flash memory card, theIn addition, with an optional MEAD-MS01 or MEAD- PMW-F3K can start recording virtually the instant theSD01 Media Adaptor***, a high-speed Memory Stick- camcorder is turned on. Moreover, the PMW-F3K™ or SD memory card**** can be used as emer- automatically records on an empty area of the card -gency or alternative recording media. there’s no danger of overwriting existing content.* SxS-1A memory cards support fewer re-writes than This is extremely convenient, as camera operators doSxS PRO™ memory cards. Notification is given when not have to worry about accidentally recording overan SxS-1 memory card approaches its end of life. good takes, and they don’t have to search through footage for the correct position to start the next re-** In some cases, images recorded just before an ac- cording. In short, it means the camera is alwayscident may not be restored (several seconds). No ready for the next shot!warranty is given on always achieving content restor-ation. Instant-access thumbnail search with ’Expand’ function*** Slow Motion and the Salvage function are notsupported. Each time a recording is started and stopped on the PMW-F3K camcorder, the content is recorded as a**** For information about memory devices, please single clip. During playback, users can cue-up to thecontact your nearest Sony Specialist Dealer. next or previous clip simply by pressing the ’Next’ or ’Previous’ button, as you would do on a CD or DVDLong recording time player.Utilising a mature and highly efficient compression Furthermore, thumbnails are automatically generatedformat together with high performance SxS memory for each clip as a visual reference, allowing operatorscards, the PMW-F3K can record superb quality HD im- to cue-up to a desired scene simply by guiding theages for an exceptional 140 minutes* on a single cursor to a thumbnail and pressing the ’Play’ button.32Gb update SxS card. As the PMW-F3K features twomemory card slots, this recording time is easily The ’Expand’ function allows one selected clip in thedoubled to 280 minutes (with two 32Gb cards) and thumbnail display to be divided into 12 even-time in-when recording across two cards, the transition is tervals, each with their own thumbnail identifier. Thisseamless without any frame loss. is useful if you want to quickly search for a particular scene within a lengthy clip.*When recording in HQ (35 Mb/s) mode, recordingtime may be more than the above specified figure de- 3.5-inch* Hybrid Colour LCD Screen / Viewfinder aspending on the actual bit rate that is adopted duringVBR encoding. per EX1R The PMW-F3K is equipped with a newly developed,IT Friendly easy-to-view, colour LCD screen with a high resolu-The PMW-F3K is part of Sony’s highly successful tion of 1920 x 480 pixels. The LCD screen is located inXDCAM EX product family which supports a high an easy viewing position on the side of the camera.speed nonlinear workflow. With XDCAM EX, recordingsare made as data files in the "MP4" format, which is The LCD Screen can also be used to instantly reviewwidely used in a number of recent electronic portable recorded footage, as well as access the camera’s set-devices and has been standardised by ISO. up menus and view thumbnail display status indica- tions such as audio meters, depth-of-field indicators,File-based recording allows material to be handled and the remaining memory and battery time. What’swith great flexibility in an IT-based environment - more, the Hybrid LCD screen - which comprises trans-easily available for copying, transferring, sharing, and missive and reflective panels - offers clear viewingarchiving. All these operations are accomplished even in bright sunlight.without any ’digitising’ process required. *Viewable area measured diagonally.File-based data copying allows for degradation-freedubbing of footage, which can be performed easily on Genlock and Timecode Interfacesa PC. The file-based recording system also allows for The PMW-F3K includes genlock and timecode inter-material to be viewed directly on a PC - simply by in- faces, making it ideal for multi-camera operation andserting the SxS memory card into the ExpressCard entry level HD studio use.slot on a PC or Mac, or by linking a PC/Mac to theXDCAM EX unit via a USB2 connection. This works in 3D System Link option*just the same way as a PC reading files on an external Using this option you can easily synchronise time-drive. The file-based operation can dramatically im- code, genlock and control functionality with a singleprove the efficiency and quality of your workflow. cable, locking together left and right cameras to sim- plify 3D acquisition. *Available from April 2011. 3
  4. 4. PMW-F3KRemote control capability more reliable, extends its battery operating time andThe PMW-F3K offers professional remote control of is also environmentally conscious. With the optionalvarious camera features via standard Sony 8-pin con- BP-U60 battery attached, the PMW-F3K can recordtrol interface. This allows use of Sony optional RM- continuously for just under three hours (with dual-linkB150 and RM-B750 remote control units offering in- option off).creased flexibility for studio/location use. Wide array of interfacesCompact design The PMW-F3K camcorder comes equipped with a wideThe PMW-F3K has a chassis built around its Super range of interfaces optimised for a variety of opera-35mm CMOS sensor. Its lightweight, compact design tional needs. These include dual HD-SDI output,provides exceptional flexibility when shooting, partic- down-converted SD-SDI output, i.LINK (HDV) input/ularly as a B-camera. It also offers a ’best of both output, USB2 and analogue composite output.worlds’ combination of compatibility with 35mmlenses via a PL Mount adaptor, plus support for a Additional Informationhuge range of other Sony and third-party digital cine- Only SxS memory cards are guaranteed for use withmatography accessories. the PMW-F3K XDCAM EX cmcorder. USB based memory cards cannot be used with the XDCAM EXLow power consumption range. USB based memory cards might work with theSony’s chip design expertise means the PMW-F3K op- XDCAM EX range in some cases, but Sony does noterates with exceptional efficiency with an average guarantee that all the functions will operate. The per-power consumption of 24W. This makes the camera formance of USB based memory cards can vary.Technical Specifications General Recording frame rate PAL area: HD HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/ Mass Approx.2.4kg (Camera only) 50i, 25p, Dimension (W x H x D) Approx.151x189x210mm 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p, (PMW-F3L, protrusion not 1280 x 720/50p, 25p included) HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/ 50i Power requirements DC 12V SD mode: 720 x 576/50i, Power consumption Approx. 24.0 W (Typical) 25p NTSC area: (REC mode, HD-SDI Dual HD HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/ Link On, EVF On, LCD Monit- 59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, or Off) 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, Operating temperature 0 to +40°C 23.98p, Storage temperature -20 to +60°C 1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p Battery operating time Approx.130 Min (HD-SDI HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/ Dual Link On) (w/BP-U60) 59.94i, 23.98p Approx.170 Min (HD-SDI SD mode: 720 x 480/59.94i, Dual Link Off) (w/BP-U60) 29.97p Recording format MPEG-2 Long GOP Recording/Playback time HQ Mode: HD HQ mode: VBR, maxim- Approx. 100 min with um bit rate: 35 Mb/s, SBP-32 (32 GB) memory MPEG-2 MP@HL card HD SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 MPEG-2 MP@H-14 (16 GB) memory card SD mode: DVCAM Approx. 25 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card Audio: Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, SP/SD Mode: 48-kHz) Approx. 140 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card Approx. 35 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card Lens Lens mount PL mount (w/supplied lens mount adapter) 4
  5. 5. PMW-F3KFocal length 3 lens supplied: 35mm, i.LINK IEEE1394 S400 4on Con- 50mm, 85mm nector x1Aperture Value F2.0 to Close Timecode input BNC (x1)Minimum Shooting 0.35mm (35mm), 0.5m Timecode output BNC (x1)Distance (50mm), 0.85m (85mm) Genlock input BNC (x1)Focus Manual Focus USB Mini Type-B connector (x1)Filter diameter 95mm Headphone output Stereo mini-jack (x1) Speaker output MonauralCamera Section DC input XLR type 4pin (male)x1 Remote 8-pinImaging device Super 35mm Equivalent Lens remote n/a Single Chip Exmor CMOS Image Sensor MIC n/aBuilt-in optical filters OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: HDMI output HDMI connector (Type A)x1 1/64NDSensitivity (2000 lx, F11 (Typical) Monitoring89.9% reflectance)S/N ratio 63 dB (Typical) Viewfinder 0.45", Aspect Ratio 16: 9Shutter speed 1/32 - 1/2000 sec Built-in LCD monitor 3.5", Aspect ratio 16: 9,Slow Shutter (SLS) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 frame Hybrid (semi-transmissive) accumulation typeSlow and Quick Motion 720P: 1 - 60fps selectablefunction (17-60 fps when HD-SDI Media Dual Link is active) 1080P: 1 - 30fps selectable(17-30 fps Type ExpressCard/34 slot (x2) when HD-SDI Dual Link is Interface ExpressCard compliant active)White balance Preset, Memory A, Memory B/ATW NotesGain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18dB, AGC Supplied AccessoriesInputs/Output PL lens mount adapterAudio input XLR Type 3pin (female)x2, PL lens kit (35mm, 50mm, LINE/MIC/MIC?48V 85mm lenses) selectable Stereo microphoneComposite output BNC (x1), NTSC or PAL WindscreenS-Video output n/a IR remoteAudio output RCAx2 Shoulder StrapComponent output n/a CD-ROM (XDCAM Browser,SDI output BNC (x1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI SxS device driver software, selectable PDF Operation Manual)HD-SDI Dual Link Out BNCx2 4: 2: 2 1080 50/ Operation Manual 59.94P 10bit output Warranty 5