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Sony PMW-F3

Sony PMWF3K Camcorder

2.4kg CMOS 3.5" Jan 2016
Weight Sensor Type Screen Size Built-In Display Release Date
The new Sony PMW-F3 camcorder is another step in the democratization of cinematography a 35mm format digital camcorder that is lighter, smaller, faster, cheaper. Unveiled as an affordable 35... More
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Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Based on 3,510 expert and user reviews, Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its video cameras range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Unlike most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the PMW-F3 which do not have an HDMI port, the Sony PMW-F3 has an HDMI port.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony PMW-F3 has a built-in display, unlike most of the other recently released video cameras which do not have a built-in display.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders that were released in the last 12 months.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Sony PMW-F3 has a greater number of audio formats than most latest camcorders. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Sony video camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this video camera.

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The average viewfinder screen size of video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PMW-F3 is 0.37", and the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.24" to 0.45". With a viewfinder screen size of 0.45 inches, the Sony PMW-F3 has a very large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the PMW-F3.

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1080i Video Mode

The Sony PMW-F3 has a 1080i video mode which is better than most video cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 720p video mode. In addition, this Sony video camera have a 480i and 576i video mode. 1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all new comparable spec camcorders the worst video mode is 480p and the best is 2160p.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony PMW-F3 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 pixels video resolution supported by most recently released similar spec video cameras. In addition, this Sony camcorder support video resolutions of 720 x 480 pixels, 720 x 576 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. Across all similar spec video cameras that came out in the last 12 months the best video resolution is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 640 x 360 pixels.

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MPEG2 Video Format

This camcorder has an MPEG2 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-F3, the Sony PMW-F3 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other recently released video cameras, the Sony PMW-F3 is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony PMW-F3 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PMW-F3 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Pricey

We think this video camera looks expensive compared to other latest comparable spec video cameras. The price range of latest comparable spec video cameras is from £20 to £5,999.

Very Short Battery Life

With a battery life of only 2.2 hours, the Sony PMW-F3 has one of the shorter battery lifes amongst camcorders of this age. The average battery life of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-F3 is 5.1h.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony PMW-F3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other recently released video cameras are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony PMW-F3 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other latest similar spec camcorders also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony PMW-F3 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the PMW-F3 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony PMW-F3 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for the last year also do not have a built-in projector.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many latest video cameras.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

At only 35 megabits per second, the Sony PMW-F3 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other recently released video cameras. The bitrates at maximum video resolution of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-F3 range from 24 Mbit/s to 100 Mbit/s.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony PMW-F3

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when this camcorder was released.

CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many new camcorders.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Storage
Storage Media Type
ExpressCard Slot
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
XLR in Port
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Power Requirement
Audio Input
HDMI Out Port
Recording Format
Technical Details
Audio Output Channels

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pmwf3, sony pmwf3k, sony pmwf3l, sony c401415, sony cbk3dl01, sony shldrmnt1, sony pmwf3g444
Barcodes 00616348814812

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