Sony FS100 Testing

Abelcine have put up a quick test of the FS100, testing sensitivity and dynamic range. Despite having the same sensor as the F3, it falls short of that benchmark by a fair margin. Cost reductions in signal processing would have to be the reason here.

The FS100 rates 500 ISO and 10 stops, and the F3 800 ISO and 12 stops, both in REC709 modes. The F3 in S-Log will be 1600 ISO and @ 13-14 stops.

Used carefully though with good lenses, I think the FS100 might make a decent b-camera for the F3. Resolution and colour matching should be closer.

Sony FS100 Rating and Range

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Sony F3 Profiles

Abelcine have posted some Picture Profiles for the Sony PMW-F3. I haven’t had a chance to try them out on my F3 yet, but no doubt they will work nicely.

Abelcine F3 Profiles

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PS-Cam X35

Another Super35 Digital Cinema market entry. Not much info yet, but P+S Technik will likely be targeting something above the Alexa.

PS-Cam X35

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Sony F3 S-Log

Abelcine are running F3 courses at the end of May, which includes S-Log. I asked, they will have the F3 S-Log firmware installed, so that hopefully means it won’t be long before general availability.

The product code is CBK-RGB01, and will include S-Log, 4:4:4 and RGB. S-Log will also increase the already impressive dynamic range to near Alexa levels apparently. Interestingly also, it will also enable a WIFI mode using an adapter, product code CBK-WA01. The F3 seems to have many as yet untapped talents.

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Cinemartin Solid State Recorder

Another new entry into the Solid State Recorder market. The specs seem pretty impressive, from 4:2:2 to 4:4:4 compressed or uncompressed up to 1080/60P, with a wide choice of codecs.

It can also function as a portable edit system if you install your own Windows compatible software.

Cinemartin SVF

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Sound Devices PIX 240

There have been numerous compact solid state ProRes recorders released and announced over the past month. Feature wise, the best so far appears to the the Sound Devices PIX 240. It looks to have the best build quality, and the strongest feature set. It’s on my short list.

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