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Sony PMW-F3

Sony PMWF3L 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 Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony camcorders have good reviews on average and across all camcorders Sony is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on comparable spec video cameras that were released in the last year.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony PMW-F3 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PMW-F3 do not have an HDMI port.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony PMW-F3 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months 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 the most commonly found battery on camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Sony PMW-F3 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders that have been available for the last year. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this camcorder.

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

At 0.45 inches, the Sony PMW-F3 has a very large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other recently released camcorders. The viewfinder screen sizes of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-F3 range from 0.24" to 0.45".

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1080i Video Mode

The Sony PMW-F3 has a 1080i video mode which is better than the 720p video mode found on most similar spec video cameras that have been around for the last year. This video camera also 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 recently released video cameras the video mode ranges from 480p to 2160p.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony PMW-F3 supports a higher video resolution than most similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it support a 1440 x 1080 pixels video resolution. This Sony video camera also support video resolutions of 720 x 480 pixels and 720 x 576 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. Similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the PMW-F3 video resolutions range from 640 x 360 pixels to 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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MPEG2 Video Format

This camcorder has an MPEG2 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that were released in the last 12 months, the Sony PMW-F3 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony PMW-F3 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PMW-F3 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Full HD

The Sony PMW-F3 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months are also not Full HD.

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Very Short Battery Life

The shortest battery life of similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PMW-F3 is 2.2h, the longest is 8.5h, and the average battery life is 5.1h. The Sony PMW-F3 has a quite short battery life (only 2.2 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the PMW-F3.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony PMW-F3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months 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. Most of the other camcorders that came out in the last 12 months also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony PMW-F3 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to 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, although it is worth noting that most of the other recently released similar spec video cameras also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of only 35 megabits per second, the Sony PMW-F3 has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. Across all the new comparable spec camcorders the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 24 Mbit/s to 100 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 58 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 Sony released the PMW-F3.

CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Storage
Storage Media Type
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
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
USB 2.0 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
Recording Format
Technical Details
Audio Output Channels

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pmwf3, sony pmwf3k

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