A new high-end CineAlta camera that gives content creators and programme producers an extremely versatile, pristine-quality production tool. When coupled with the SWR-1 HDCAM SR recorder this system offers the technical and mechanical flexibility needed by Cinematographers, as well as a compact and rugged design to withstand the challenging conditions often encountered on location.
The F23 incorporates several new features as a direct result of feedback from production professionals.
For example, the SRW-1 HDCAM SR digital 4:4:4 recorder will dock directly to the top or to the tail of the new system. This eliminates the need for cumbersome cable handling between the camera and recorder. When more mobility is required, the recorder can also be tethered using a 'dual-link' cable connection so the camera is as small and light as possible. In addition, the F23 is designed to be compatible with a wide variety of standard film camera accessories.
Flexibility for enhanced film-style operation
Developed specifically for cinematographers, the F23 offers a compact, rugged and unique design that is similar to film-type cameras. The Sony SRW-1 - an RGB 4:4:4 companion digital recorder - can dock directly to the top or the rear of the F23, eliminating the need for cumbersome cable-handling between the camera and recorder. When more mobility is required, such as for aerial and underwater shooting applications, the SRW-1 can be connected to the F23 using a Dual-Link cable connection, which keeps the F23 as small and as light as possible.
The F23 can be used with an array of film camera accessories without modification, which is extremely important for film users. The F23 uses highly rigid material for its lens mount to withstand frequent lens changes. Furthermore, the layout of the controls, the panel indicators and the assistant panel were designed to give film camera users a familiar and intuitive user interface.
Delivering the ultimate in creativity
When used with the SRW-1 recorder, the F23 provides a variable frame rate recording capability, which is also commonly known as "over-cranking" and, "under-cranking," allowing users to create unique 'looks' or special effects of slow and fast motion. Frame-rate settings for this function are variable from 1 frame per second (fps) to 60 fps in single frame increments in full RGB 4:4:4 quality. Other creative features such as an S-LOG gamma mode and a unique gamma-curve editing capability are also incorporated into the F23.
Full 4:4:4 1920 x 1080 RGB acquisition
Three 2.2 megabit 2/3-inch type progressive CCD imagers and a 14-bit A/D converter supporting 1080/23.98P, 24P, 25P, 29.97P, 50P, 59.94P, 50i and 59.94i formats.
Variable capture and record speeds
When used with a HDCAM SR VTR, the new camera system can capture and record variable speed images from 1P to 60P (1P to 30 FPS at 4:4:4 and 1P to 60 FPS at 4:2:2) at the full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. This allows for quick- or slow-motion functionality, also known as 'undercranking' or 'overcranking' to produce special motion effects commonly used in high-end production. These variable speed images can be played back by HDCAM SR VTRs immediately after shooting with no processing at all.
Film Camera Accessory Compatibility
In order to be "film user-friendly" the camera body is compatible with a variety of film camera accessories, including bridge plates, matte boxes and follow focus units. These can be attached to the unit without modification.
For increased durability and reliability, and to withstand the numerous lens changes that often happen on location, the F23 system uses a harder material for its lens mount (B4 type).
Familiar and intuitive user interface
The F23's control surface layout, indicators and menu system were designed to give film camera users a familiar and intuitive user interface. In addition, CvpFileEditor software (for Windows® PC) enables precise, user-friendly control of gamma settings which can be uploaded to the F23 using Memory Stick.
Remote Control Function
Users can operate the system with the supplied 'Assistant Panel' remote controller. This device connects to the camera with a single cable and allows users to remotely execute basic camera and VTR operations, such as REC/STOP, changing frame rates and shutter angle.