Next Level Pictures posts first ever Sony F3 S-Log video

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We received an interesting email a bit ago indicating these new Sony F3 S-Log tests would be made available this afternoon… (note: the S-Log upgrade will allow the Sony F3 to record 4:4:4 uncompressed video and we believe it is slated to be a $3300 upgrade – make sure to watch the BTS at the bottom which explains much of why this is significant)

Update: Also check Timur Civan's blog for some great additional info!

Next Level Pictures has teamed up with Abel Cine, Kessler Crane, Vincent Laforet, Zeiss, Wide Open Camera and many other incredible sponsors.

We are very happy to premier the first official test footage shot on the Sony F3 with S-Log. Attached is our press release which will fill everyone in on how we compared the difference in latitude between the native EX codec to S-Log.

We strongly believe that this test will be extremely valuable and informative to the entire filmmaking community. Thanks so much everyone for the support, we cannot wait to hear your feedback!


Jonathan Bregel and Khalid Mohtaseb

Redrock Micro

The video

Sony F3 S-Log Test from Next Level Pictures on Vimeo.

The Press Release

New York City, NY (April 18, 2011) Next Level Pictures in association with Tstop Cinema teamed up with Abel Cine, Kessler Crane, Wide Open Lens, Angenieux, Carl Zeiss, Cooke, Tyler Mounts, and Miller to unveil the worlds first ever camera test using the Sony F3 with S-Log. S-Log isn’t scheduled for official release until late summer 2011 so we are proud to get our hands on the camera and put it through several latitude tests to include helicopter aerials by Vincent Laforet, vibrant Vegas city lights, and skin tone tests of two models in ten different locations throughout Las Vegas at NAB 2011. The crew of twelve had only ten hours with the camera to produce and film the entire project. The purpose of this test is to compare the latitude and image quality of the new S-Log firmware to native EX codec.

The BTS video

Sony F3 S-Log Test – Behind the Scenes from Next Level Pictures on Vimeo.

So… what do you think? Does the $3300 upgrade price (which is more than any single HDSLR alone) make it a worthwhile buy?

Our thanks to the Next Level Pictures team for sending this our way!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Zeiss Cinema Lenses


  1. They’re showing us is that they’re getting results with grading when starting out with a properly toned down image, even under difficult lighting conditions. Apparently no artifacts (not counting the implants in one of the call girls.)

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