The onslaught of video-capable DSLR cameras have brought sexy back to budding filmmakers and photogs making the jump to motion, but even cameras like the Nikon D7000 and Canon 5DMkII are plagued with hair-pulling issues when capturing motion. Nauseating judder, reliability, and proper focusing are enough to cause any operator nightmares. What’s a budget filmmaker to do? With cameras starting at $80,000, Sony’s lofty CineAlta lineup will crush any budget and DSLR’s are, well, amateur hour. Enter the new Sony PMW-F3L ($16,000), a digital camcorder packed with Sony’s massive Super35 CMOS sensor that offers true 35mm film look at 1080p, native 24p (23.98P) capture, 1-60fps recording, built-in slow and quick motion, uncompressed audio, and 10bit 4:2:2: HD-SDI output that indy movies, commercials, and budget-focused pros look for. Best of all, the PMW-F3L comes packed with a PL Mount adaptor for compatibility with a huge variety of industry-standard 35mm lenses.
Buy Now: $16,000 (Body Only, February 2011)