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Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM EX HD Camcorder

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Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM EX HD Camcorder
Key Features
  • Interchangeable 1/2" Lens System
  • 3x 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • 1080p
  • 24p
The Sony PMW-EX3 is a flash-memory based high definition camcorder capable of a variety of frame rates and resolutions using Sony's new XDCAM-EX intraframe codec. A "big-brother" to the PMW-EX1, the PMW-EX3 ups the ante by providing an interchangeable lens mount. The mount allows users to put a variety of professional lenses on the camera, including 1/2" and 2/3" bayonet mounts (with optional adapter).
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Sony PMW-EX3 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2XDCAM EX
  • 3Shoulder Mounted
  • 4Interchangeable Lens Mount
  • 5Exmor 1/2" CMOS Sensors
  • 6SxS Solid State Recording Technology
  • 7Under and Over-Cranking Made Easy
  • 8High Definition LCD
  • 9Extended Record Time
  • 108-Pin Remote Access

The Sony PMW-EX3 is a flash-memory based high definition camcorder capable of a variety of frame rates and resolutions using Sony's new XDCAM-EX intraframe codec. A "big-brother" to the PMW-EX1, the PMW-EX3 ups the ante by providing an interchangeable lens mount. The mount allows users to put a variety of professional lenses on the camera, including 1/2" and 2/3" bayonet mounts (with optional adapter).

Enhancing both usability and workflow efficiency, the PMW-EX3 has an extensive set of features that push the boundaries of traditional handheld cameras, including a continuous record time of up to 140 minutes! Whether shooting in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p modes, the PMW-EX3 has it all covered. Its bevy of output settings lets users take advantage of fast and slow motion, as well as popular frame rates such as the "film-like" 24p mode.

XDCAM EX

XDCAM EX is a variant of Sony's popular XDCAM HD codec, which has become a benchmark for affordable non-linear professional acquisition. Through the use of flash-based memory, the PMW-EX3 can take advantage of variable bit rate (VBR) recording. VBR technology intelligently employs less or more image compression to different portions of the footage dependant on which areas need additional bandwidth. The end result is higher quality video with a reduced amount of compression artifacts when compared to more antiquated constant bit rate (CBR) methods.

Shoulder Mounted

Like its more expensive ENG counterparts, the PMW-EX3 is designed to be used on the shoulder, allowing for more comfortable operation. The result is glass-smooth footage that can be recorded for an extended period of time before the onset of arm fatigue.

Interchangeable Lens Mount

The PMW-EX3 features a 1/2" interchangeable mount capable of using both Canon and Fujinon 1/2" and 2/3" professional video lenses.

Exmor 1/2" CMOS Sensors

By using Exmor 1/2" CMOS sensors,Sony has once again raised the bar for handheld cameras, The result can often be additional noise or image degradation, sometimes sending otherwise usable footage to the proverbial "digital cutting room floor". The PMW-EX3's ultra-sensitive 1/2" CMOS Exmor sensors fully take advantage of the increased surface area, delivering a signal-to-noise ratio of 54 dB! Wow.

SxS Solid State Recording Technology

SxS technology is built for today's most demanding applications and beyond. Being based on the Expresscard/34 interface makes ultra-high transfer rates possible, up to 800 Mb/s. These high transfer speeds can be very important when trying to quickly download multiple gigabytes worth of footage.

Under and Over-Cranking Made Easy

Variable frame rates have been used in filmmaking since its inception. What is often referred to as "over-cranking" for slow motion and "under-cranking" for fast motion, is achieved by running film quickly or slowly through a film gate. This method makes for a simple yet effective technique, which can be used in a myriad of creative cinematic ways. The PMW-EX3 has the ability to simulate this same effect while keeping your hands free from all those stinky film chemicals. Shoot in a number of frame rates, select any clip, and watch your footage playback automatically in all its fast or slow motion glory!

High Definition LCD

When shooting HD footage, standard LCD screens can be very deceiving; what looked perfect amidst a full-day video shoot can sometimes prove very soft or out of focus while in post-production. This is a direct result of a simple fact: most camera mounted LCDs cannot resolve images in the same way they are being recorded. The PMW-EX3 comes equipped with 1-MegaPixel LCD screen, eliminating this oft-pesky phenomenon. Record with confidence, knowing that what you see is what you will get.

Extended Record Time

Due to the space-saving nature of XDCAM EX, the 8 and 16GB memory cards are capable of recording for long periods of time. Documentary work will never be a problem when shooting on the PMW-EX3.

8-Pin Remote Access

The PMW-EX3 can be connected to the RM-B150 or RM-B750 remote control units via its 8-Pin connection. This feature makes the camera ideal for a variety of applications, including studio work.

Sony PMW-EX3 Specs

Signal SystemXDCAM EX
Image Device1/2" 3CMOS
LensRemovable Fujinon 14x Optical Zoom with Image Stabilization
5.8-81.2mm, f/1.9
Lens Mount1/2" Bayonet (with 2/3" adapter)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio54 dB
Horizontal Resolution1080 Lines
Sensitivity2000 lux, 89.9% Reflectance, f/10 (Typical, 1920 x 1080 59.94i)
Minimum Illumination0.14 lux (Typical)
1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, f/1.9, +18 dB gain, with 64-Frame Accumulation
Vertical SmearNot Specified by Manufacturer
Built-in FiltersOFF: Clear, 1: 1/8 ND, 2: 1/64 ND
LCD Monitor3.5", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 921,000 Effective Pixels
ViewfinderLCD Monitor
Scan MatchingYes
Memory Card SlotExpressCard/34
Shutter Speed Range1/33-1/2000 s
180°, 90°, 45°, 22.5°, 11.25°
Gain Selection-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB
VTR
Tape FormatNot Applicable
Tape SpeedNot Applicable
Signal-to-Noise RatioNot Applicable
Maximum Recording Time16GB
HQ: 50 min
SP: 70 min

8GB
HQ: 25 min
SP: 35 min
Audio
Audio Dynamic Range90 dB
Audio Signal FormatLinear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz)
Audio Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz, +3 dB/-3 dB
Signal to Noise RatioNot Specified by Manufacturer
General
Input and Output ConnectorsComponent: MiniD (x1 Output)
Composite: BNC (x1 Output)
S-Video: 4-Pin Mini DIN (x1 Output)
Timecode: BNC (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Genlock: BNC (x1 Input)
HD/SD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
Audio: XLR 3-Pin Female (x2 Input)
i.LINK: FireWire 4-Pin (x1 Input/Output)
USB: Mini-B
Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack (x1 Ouptut) Remote: 8-Pin
Power Requirements12 VDC
Power Consumption13.5W
Operating Temperature32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions9.9 x 8.3 x 15.8" (25 x 21 x 40 cm)
WeightWithout Lens
4.1 lb (1.9 kg)

With Lens
7.6 lb (3.6 kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)28.5 x 14.1 x 13.2"

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