Super 35mm XDCAM EX Camera with 3 PL Lens kit (Discontinued)

$24,150.00 U.S. List Price

The newest member of Sony's CineAlta lineup, the PMW-F3 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/RGB; the other includes three PL lenses (35/50/85-mm, T2.0), the PMW-F3K/RGB.The PMW-F3K/RGB now 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 (CBK-3DL01), which allows two camcorders to be controlled simultaneously for 3D stereoscopic shooting.


  • Exmor Super 35 CMOS image sensor
  • RGB 4:4:4 and S-LOG output features pre-installed
  • Standard PL lens mount
  • Identical recording format and media to the existing PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3
  • Small, compact body with a very modest footprint, weighing just 2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz)
  • About three hours’ recording can be achieved with only one BP-U60 battery
  • HD-SDI Dual-link output connector
  • Scalable external recording solution
  • 3D-LINK option
  • Affordable and “ready-to-use” solution
  • Ideal for entry-level users
  • Three Sony fixed focal length PL lenses (35/50/85-mm, T2.0) included
Features Benefits:
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.
RGB & S-LOG Output (CBK-RGB01) The PMW-F3K/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.
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 as well. This improves post-production workflow as lens metadata can be recorded onto an SxS card and brought into the post-production process.
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.
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.
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 slow-motion playback in 1080/24p mode.
3D-LINK Option (CBK-3DL01) 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.
Painting capabilities for Digital Imaging Technicians 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. Adjustable parameters are shown below.
Native 24P Recording with Slow & Quick Motion 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.

Camera Section Specifications Detail:
Built-in Optical Filters OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND
Gain -3, 0, 3 ,6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Imaging Device Exmor Super 35mm equivalent CMOS
S/N Ratio 63 dB (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

General Specifications Detail:
Battery Operating Time Approx. 130 min (HD-SDI Dual Link ON, w/BP-U60)
Approx. 170 min (HD-SDI Dual Link OFF, w/BP-U60
Built-in Microphone None
Dimensions (W x H x D) 151 x 189 x 210 mm (6 x 7 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches)
Mass Approx. 2.4 kg (5 lb 4.7 oz) without accessories
Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °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)
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 HD HQ Mode: 1920 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P; 1440 × 1080/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P,25P, 23.98P; 1280 × 720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P
HD SP Mode: 1440 × 1080 /59.94i, 50i (23.98P is converted to 59.94i in 2-3 pulldown processing).
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
Storage Temperature -20 °C to +60 °C (-4°F to +140 °F)

Inputs/Outputs Specifications Detail:
Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Output RCA phono jacks (x2), –10 dBu (47kΩ load, reference level)
Composite Output BNC type (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω, HD-Y or analog composite signal
DC Input XLR-type 4-pin
DC Output N/A
EXT 50-pin N/A
Genlock Input BNC (x1)
HDMI Output A-type (x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1), –18 dBu (reference level output, 16Ω 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

Lens Specifications Detail:
Filter Diameter All included Sony PL lenses = 95mm
Focal Length PMW-F3K includes a 35, 50, and 85mm fixed focal length lens
Focus Manual
Iris Manual, T2.0 to C (close) (All PMW-F3K Sony PL Lenses)
Lens Mount PL mount (with supplied lens mount adapter)

Monitoring Specifications Detail:
Built-in LCD Monitor 8.8 cm diagonal (3.5-inch) color LCD, 16:9 Aspect ratio, Picture size 640 (H) × 3 (RGB) × 480 (V) delta sequence, Hybrid (semi-transmissive) type
Viewfinder 1.148 cm diagonal (0.452-inch), 16:9 Aspect ratio, 852 (H) × 480 (V) Picture elements

Supplied Accessories

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PL lens mount adapter
PL lens kit (Kit includes a 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm / T2.0 fixed focal length PL mount lenses
Stereo MIC, Windscreen
IR remote
Shoulder Strap
CD-ROM (XDCAM Browser, SxS device driver software,PDF version operation manual)
Operational Manual
Warranty card

Optional Accessories

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SCLZ18X140 14x High Powered Zoom Lens for PMW-F3 $12,200.00 Get details
ECM680S Stereo Shotgun Microphone $1,092.00 Get details
RMB750 Remote Control Unit Pricing available upon request Get details
CBKDCB01 The CBKDCB01 enables control of zoom lens for F3 and PMW-300K1/320/350 lenses remotely when used with Fujinon & Canon zoom/ focus/ aperture demand controllers. I $1,575.00 Get details
BPU60 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack $300.00 Get details
LCPK6CZ 6 IN 1 PL MOUNT LENS CASE $745.00 Get details
BPU90 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack $450.00 Get details
BCU1 Battery Charger/AC Adaptor for BP-U30/U60 Lithium-ion Battery Packs. $190.00 Get details
CCDDX2 4-pin/4-pin DC Power Cord for Portable Video Equipment Pricing available upon request Get details
MEADMS01 Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX Media Adapter $140.00 Get details
ACDN10 AC Adaptor/Charger (Please note model number for units sold in the state of California is ADCN10/CA. Features and specifications are identical to ACDN10) $795.00 Get details
BPU60T Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery Pack (56Wh) with power out terminal $318.00 Get details
LCF3KTH Transit case for the PMW-F3K Super 35mm XDCAM EX Camera with 3 PL Lens kit $410.00 Get details
BCU2 Battery Charging Unit $360.00 Get details

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