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Sony PMW-F3 Camcorder

2.4kg CMOS 3.5" Jan 2016
Full HD Weight Sensor Type Display Diagonal Release Date
Sony has good reviews for its camcorders
Supports HDMI
Full HD

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 4,270 user and expert reviews (including 101 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its video cameras compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over a Year Ago

This camcorder was released in April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3.5 inches, the Sony PMW-F3 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3.5" screen size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-FS100 (£1,199).

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

At 2.2 hours, the Sony PMW-F3 has a pretty average battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

If this video camera battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might also want to consider the Kaiser Baas X150 (£113.67) (2.5h and higher rated).

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony PMW-F3 is Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera also are Full HD.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony PMW-F3 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions supported by most similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This video camera also support video resolutions of 720 x 480 pixels and 720 x 576 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera is 84 Mbit/s. With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of only 35 megabits per second, the Sony PMW-F3 has one of the smaller bitrate at maximum video resolutions amongst video cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony PMW-F3 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Sony PMW-F3 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than a year ago also have a DC-in jack.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Sony PMW-F3 has a composite video out, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Sony PMW-F3 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Has an S-Video Out

The Sony PMW-F3 has an S-Video out, unlike most of the other video cameras of this spec and age which do not have an S-Video out.

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Has an XLR in

The Sony PMW-F3 has an XLR in, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder, the Sony PMW-F3 does not support PictBridge.

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Viewfinder

Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The viewfinder screen sizes of camcorders of this age and type range from 0.24" to 0.45", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.34". With a viewfinder screen size of 0.45 inches, the Sony PMW-F3's viewfinder screen size is one of the largest amongst video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Heavy

The weights of camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera range from 50g to 2.4kg. The Sony PMW-F3 is one of the heaviest comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder (2.4 kilograms) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony PXW-FS5 (£4,999) (830g).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pmwf3k

Sony PMW-F3 Review Sources

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