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Sony PMW-F3
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Sony PMW-F3 Camcorder

2.4kg CMOS 3.5" Jan 2016
Weight Sensor Type Display Diagonal 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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8 Reasons For

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

On average Sony camcorders have good ratings compared to other brands as do all camcorders produced by Sony.

Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Sony PMW-F3 has an HDMI, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months do not have an HDMI.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI currently available which you might also want to look at include the Sony NEX-FS100[plb_3251340_price] which has better reviews.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the JVC GZ-R415[plb_3403337_price], or the Panasonic HC-X1E[plb_3956158_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony PMW-F3 has a built-in display, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-F3 do not have a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-FS100[plb_3251340_price] is also worth considering.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display including the JVC GZ-R415[plb_3403337_price], or the Panasonic HC-X1E[plb_3956158_price].

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on similar spec video cameras that were released in the last 12 months.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Sony PMW-F3 is more than most latest comparable spec video cameras. This video camera supports a PCM audio formats supported, which is the most commonly supported audio formats supported supported by camcorders that are a comparable age to the PMW-F3.

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The smallest viewfinder screen size of similar spec camcorders that were launched in the last year is 0.24", the largest is 0.45", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.39". The viewfinder screen size of the Sony PMW-F3 of 0.45 inches is one of the largest amongst similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-F3.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

The Sony PMW-F3 has a 1080i supported video modes which is better than most camcorders that were released in the last year. Most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 720p supported video modes. This video camera also have a 480i and 576i supported video modes. 1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The best video mode of all video cameras that were launched in the last year is 2160p and the worst is 480p.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Sony PMW-F3 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 1440 x 1080 pixels video resolutions supported by most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Sony video camera also support video resolutionss of 720 x 480 pixels and 720 x 576 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the PMW-F3.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of video camera is 1440 x 1080 pixels.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other camcorders that came out in the last 12 months, the Sony PMW-F3 does not have an image stabilizer.

Alternative camcorders which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider include the Sony NEX-FS100[plb_3251340_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Full HD

Most video cameras that are a similar age to the PMW-F3 are not Full HD. The Sony PMW-F3 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony PMW-F3 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders that came out in the last year also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at including the Sony NEX-FS100[plb_3251340_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very Short Battery Life (max)

The battery life (max)s of video cameras that were released around the same time as the PMW-F3 range from 2.2h to 8.5h. With a battery life (max) of only 2.2 hours, the Sony PMW-F3 has a fairly short battery life (max) compared to most of the other newly released comparable spec video cameras.

Camcorders with a longer battery life (max) that might also be worth considering include the Sony NEX-FS100[plb_3251340_price] (8.5h) which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Sony PMW-F3 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for the last year are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony PMW-F3 does not have a night mode. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched in the last year also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony PMW-F3 is not waterproof. Most of the other latest similar spec video cameras are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for the last year, the Sony PMW-F3 does not have a built-in projector.

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Only 1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

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

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Very Heavy

With a weight of 2.4 kilograms, the Sony PMW-F3's weight is one of the heaviest amongst camcorders that are a similar age to the PMW-F3. The weights of latest camcorders range from 290g to 2.4kg, and the average weight is 1.4kg.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony PMW-F3

Released Twelve Months Ago

It was twelve months ago when Sony released the PMW-F3.

Full HD HD Type

The Sony PMW-F3 has a Full HD HD type which is better than the 4K Ultra HD HD type found on most camcorders that have been available for the last year.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3.5 inches, the Sony PMW-F3 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the PMW-F3.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Storage
Camcorder Media Type
ExpressCard Slot
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
PCM Digital Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
XLR in
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Requirements
Audio Input
HDMI Out
Recording Format
Technical Details
Audio Output Channels

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pmwf3, sony pmwf3k

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