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Sony’s F23 camera is the result of consulting with cinematographers, camera operators, assistants, and DITs to create a compact, lightweight digital camera with film camera style controls.

Panavision has “Panavised” the camera to use the Panavision viewfinder dovetail system consistent with Genesis. The top L-handle has been replaced with a Panavision dovetail system for mounted accessories. An additional top-mounted carry handle offers greater flexibility, and an additional power distribution box provides extra power for camera accessories.

The F23 camera body weighs 11 pounds without the viewfinder. The lens mount is a rigid, high precision B4 lens mount. The camera also features an “Assistant’s Control Panel”, a wired remote control that duplicates all camera controls and indicators. This allows the assistant to control parameters such as frame rate, shutter angle, and gain from up to six feet away from the camera.

With features like an F1.4 prism system, 2/3 inch CCD, and three 1080/60P image sensors, the F23 exceeds the specs of broadcast HDTV. The 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion and signal processing of up to 36 bits provides accurate color reproduction and more than 12 stops of exposure latitude. The camera includes multiple built-in filters including 3200K, 4300K, 5600K, 6300K, Clear, ND.3, ND.6, ND1.2, and ND1.8. The F23 captures full 1920 x 1080 progressive in either 4:4:4 RGB color or 4:2:2 Y/Cb/Cr.

The F23 records to the Sony SRW-1™ videotape recorder, the HDCAM SR recorder, or the Panavision Solid State Recorder SSR-1. Any of these units can dock directly to the camera, either on top or on the back, providing total portability with no external cabling. With a variable frame rate of 1-60 fps in one frame-per-second increments, and the ability to over- and undercrank at variable frame rates, this camera offers DPs the same options found on many film cameras.

Panavision offers a wide variety of additional accessories based on the needs of the production.