Yesterday, Sony announced their PMW-F3 camcorder, which essentially combines an EX1R with a Super-35 size CMOS sensor. The camera will be available in two configurations: the PMW-F3K, with three new Sony PL mount lenses (35mm, 50mm and 85mm, T2.0), and the PMW-F3L, without lenses. The camera body has a Sony EX style lens mount (similar to the one on the EX3). Both the F3K and F3L will come with a PL mount adapter, with full hotshoe electric interfaces for Cooke/i and ARRI LDS. Sony will also release a series of EX mount servo driven zoom lenses in the future.
The F3 records to SxS cards in all the XDCAM EX formats found in the EX1R, including 1080 and 720 recording modes. Slow & Quick motion is also supported in 720 from 1-60p and 1080 from 1-30p. In April, Sony will release an upgrade option that will enable 10 bit RGB 23.98/25/29.97PsF or 10 bit 4:2:2 108050P/59.94P uncompressed external recording via Dual-Link HD-SDI or 3G-SDI. This makes the F3 the first small camcorder to output Dual-Link HD-SDI, and the first to output 3G-SDI. The PMW-F3 will include genlock and timecode interfaces as well. Additionally, it will support selectable Gamma modes, four levels of HyperGamma and S-Log (with the 4:4:4 option) for a wide range of shooting conditions from standard to wide latitude.
The F3 will be available in February 2011, with an expected list price of $23,000 for the F3K (with lenses) or $16,000 for the F3L (without lenses). More information on the PMW-F3L and PMW-F3K is available on the Sony UK site.