Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Alister “One of the tests I did with the PMW-F3 in Oslo was to look at the cameras noise and grain. There was nothing sophisticated about the test, simply shooting a few clips with the gain set at 0db, 9db and 18db. You can see the results on the left. I had to blow up the image by 200% as at 100% you could barely see any difference.

Even at +18db the noise level is remarkably low and I would not be afraid of using 18db of gain if I needed to. This lack of noise is one of the benefits of a large sensor with big pixels”.

Funnily enough when Philip Bloom and myself were looking over the Sony F3 at the London launch a couple of weeks ago Phil noticed that the camera was set to 12db to which I never paid much attention to at the time but looking back on it and the footage we shot on the day it was remarkably noiseless.

I have to agree with Alister’s findings that this camcorder even at 18db is unreal, I have never seen a camcorder to date that will give you usable pictures at 18db and if you are shooting low light moody productions this camcorder will fit the bill.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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