升级后F3变焦摇杆能够使用，还有其他一些非常酷的功能。首先是能够开放摄像机上的3D Link功能，用一个被称为3DLO1-CBK新附加组件。在摄像机的后部有3D端口，这将可以使两台使F3结合起来拍摄3D。此外，如果索尼公司即将推出14X镜头可以用在两个摄像机上，变焦，对焦和光圈可以实现在同一时间， 这使得F3非常方便地为3D使用。该CBK-3DL01y选项键定价在5，500美元，包括连接两个摄像机的线。
也许最重要的Exposure Index S-Log模式。你仍然需要S - LOG安装选项，但如果你已经有了S-LOG选项，就将可以启用。Exposure Index模式不同于S-Log模式，它将摄像机置于最佳ISO(800)和传感器的最大输出，增加了额外的曝光档。
还得到一个消息另一固件在今年年底进行更新。 F3的1.30固件版本将于12月底或2012年1月，将与索尼广角11 -16毫米PL镜头同时发布。固件将增加一个非常重要的功能，它是能够输出422 S-LOG。当S-Log被激活(可选键),你可以输出422信号通过 Dual-Link“A”。
Sony recently announced firmware version 1.20 for the PMW-F3. The new firmware, which will be released in November, will enable the use of the zoom rocker found on the F3, as well as some other very cool features. The first is the ability to turn on the 3D Link function in the camera with a new add-on key called CBK-3DLO1. On the back of the camera you’ll find the 3D link port, which will enable two F3s to be linked together for 3D. When combined with a Sony paintbox, both cameras can be controlled at the same time. Additionally, if Sony’s upcoming 14x lens is used on both cameras, a matching zoom, focus and iris can be achieved at the same time. (Read more about this new lens on our blog tomorrow.) This makes the F3 very straightforward to set up for 3D use. The CBK-3DL01 option key has a list price of $5,500 and includes the cable needed to connect both cameras.
Perhaps the most significant addition of all is Exposure Index S-Log mode. You will still need the S-Log option installed to make this work, but if you already have the S-Log option on, this will be enabled right away. The Exposure Index mode works differently than the standard S-Log mode – it sets the camera at an optimal ISO (800) and maximizes the sensor output, giving a full extra stop of exposure. Then when the gain switch is adjusted, instead of adding gain it adjusts the exposure index. A practical explanation of this is that when gain is increased the camera will push up the exposure values, and when it is decreased it will pull down those values. Because the ISO is set to get the most out of the sensor, the exposure index change works more like an adjustment in post. The extra stop in exposure is big news though, and I can’t wait to try it out.
We also learned about another firmware update coming out at the end of the year. Version 1.30 of the F3 firmware will be available around the end of December or January 2012, and will coincide with the release of Sony’s wide angle 11-16mm PL mount lens. The firmware will add one really important feature, which is the ability to output S-Log in 422. When S-Log is enabled (with the optional key), you will be able to send a 422 signal out of the Dual-Link ‘A’ output. Right now S-Log can only be sent out via the regular SDI output, by turning off the output LUT. With the new firmware, we will be able to send out S-Log over the ‘A’ output, while sending out another signal with the LUT applied over the regular SDI. This is a great feature for anyone using a Ki Pro Mini, PIX240 or other external recorder.