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” prototype at NAB, it is shipping around the end of January 2011–with film students and indepenents in mind.
But its appeal is greater. The body weighs a meager 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg). Many lenses weigh more. Power consumption is an astonishingly low 24 Watts. The Sony F3 uses an on-board 12 volt battery like the BPU-60 for about 3 hours of run-time. There are no fans.
The PMW-F3 camcorder has a Super 35mm single CMOS sensor: 23.6 x 13.3 mm, which is close to 35mm 3-perf 1.77:1 motion picture format.