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Sony Announces PL mount member of the XDCamEX family.

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Yesterday Sony announced the PDW F3K camera, a new PL mount member of the EX camera line.

Initially the camera looks interesting, $16K without lenses, Super 35MM sensor, w/ HDSDI, genlock, even dual link outputs( future upgrade) that shoots to the Ex formated SxS cards. frame rates for 1-30 in 1080 and up to 60fps in 720 mode.

The PDW-F3K camera




Read about it here on the Sony UK web site.

http://www.sony.co.uk/biz/product/xdcamcamcorders/pmw-f3k/overview

I will be recieving one of these for testing prior to release, so hold on for a real challenge in the mid level camera competition, not the top of the line and not the bottom- these are promising for S3D acquisition.




Posted by: gary adcock on Nov 9, 2010 at 6:23:09 amComments (7) SONY, EX

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Re: Blog: Sony Announces PL mount member of the XDCamEX family.
by Zak Ray
Interesting to see the direction Sony and Panasonic seem to be taking with their answer to the large-sensor revolution; Sony would seem to be targeting RED, with a $16,000 price tag, a host of professional outputs, and a full-frame 35mm sensor. Meanwhile Pana seems more concerned with combating the DSLRs, with a $5000 camera that has an APS-C sensor, limited (read: 8-bit HD-SDI) outputs, and less-than-desirable AVCHD recording to SD cards.
Re: Blog: Sony Announces PL mount member of the XDCamEX family.
by Jeremy Garchow
Panasonic's af100 is micro 4/3 (mft), not even APS-C. It's a 16x9 cropped mft at that.
Sony is full S35. There's going to be a difference.

You can see the fov and sensor size difference here:

http://www.abelcine.com/fov/
Re: Blog: Sony Announces PL mount member of the XDCamEX family.
by Zak Ray
[Jeremy Garchow] "There's going to be a difference. "


My point exactly!
Re: Blog: Sony Announces PL mount member of the XDCamEX family.
by gary adcock
OF course there will be differences, isn;'t that the point?

I think that Sony took the high road. remember that $16K is really not very much for a professional level camera, The EX3 is about the same price. Not everyone wants or needs a DSLR- there are too many things they cannot do for a professional filmmaker. They cannot be used effectively for stereo production since they cannot be genlocked together.

IMHO Panasonic's 100 series is just something together to fill the gap- without thinking about the little things (only 8bit V-out? give me a break) that can make or break a camera system.

However if Sony bothers to add some of the advanced 3D syncing features from the P1/ MPE configs this camera could very quickly become a defacto on small 3Drigs, especially on Stedicams as that 5LB / 2.4 Kilo per camera body means that 2 of these weight as much as a single RED body.

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Re: Blog: Sony Announces PL mount member of the XDCamEX family.
by Ben Holmes
The version number you mention comes with 3 lenses - interesting to see what the prices and lens quality are like.

As offboard recording is the only option I'd consider (as will many) I wonder if Sony would oblige with a lens-less, recorder-less option. Should knock a few grand off the price.

Still - exciting times when someone makes this product attached to the right codec.

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Re: Blog: Sony Announces PL mount member of the XDCamEX family.
by Jeremy Garchow
There's a lensless version, the PDW F3L.

http://www.sony.co.uk/biz/product/xdcamcamcorders/pmw-f3l/overview

Jeremy
Re: Blog: Sony Announces PL mount member of the XDCamEX family.
by Alan Okey
Such a shame that it doesn't have Sony's 50Mbps 4:2:2 recording mode. Then again, I suppose most users are going to be supplementing the camera body with a host of external attachments anyway, so dependence on an outboard recorder isn't unexpected. I suppose adding 4:2:2 recording would have required adding $10K to the price, as far as Sony is concerned.


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