Sony XDCAM PMW-EX3 reviews: MiniDV storage HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

£7499 at 1 retailer out of 419 retailers checked

8.3 out of 10 based on 6 reviews.
Sony XDCAM PMW-EX3: Horizontally held, 14x optical zoom camcorder using . See full product description
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John, San Gwann

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Viewfinder
Bad points:
No SD recording, no 1080p when overcranking.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 May 2012

César, Portugal, Maia Professional videographer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good quality image. Good workflow. Nice handling!
Bad points:
I have own a 2/3 camera (Only a litle bit of light). More clamps for acessories. Expensive cards
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 6.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Jan 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 14
Media format MiniDV
Connections Firewire
Connections USB
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 2400
Screen size (Inches) 3.5
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 31.4
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 439
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-12-09

Also known as: Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX3, Sony PMW-EX3

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Manufacturer's Description

The PMW-EX3 follows on from the successful launch of the new PMW-EX1 and offers all the great features of the PMW-EX1 in a new semi-shoulder design. In addition to this new design the camcorder also features an interchangeable lens system, genlock, timecode and remote control capability for real added flexibility, offering a low-cost HD studio solution.

The PMW-EX3 combines a state-of-the-art, non-linear XDCAM workflow with simply the best HD quality yet seen in a semi-shoulder camcorder. It is also the first semi-shoulder camcorder to carry the legendary CineAlta 24P brand with multiple frame rate recording capability such as 59.94i, 50i, and native 23.98P, as well being 1080i/720P switchable.

There is also a choice of a 35Mb/s High Quality mode or a 25Mb/s, HDV 1080i compatible mode. To take advantage of this high performance recording capability, the PMW-EX3 uses the same imaging system as the PMW-EX1, consisting of three ½-inch type CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920×1080. In addition, there’s a purpose-built interchangeable Fujinon Professional HD ½-inch 14x lens and a unique dual focus ring mechanism. Included in the package is a ½-inch lens adaptor to allow use of other ½-inch lenses, plus the ability to use other optional lens adaptors for 2/3rd-inch, cinema-style and digital SLR lenses.

To maximise recording time, the PMW-EX3 has two memory card slots which means with a pair of 16 GB SxS PRO memory cards, it can record up to 140 minutes of HD footage.

A wide variety of accessories are also available, including a USB Reader/Writer, a wide-conversion lens, battery and charger.

The PMW-EX3 HD compact camcorder is the ideal solution for a wide range of customers from broadcasters through to independent videographers and film makers who want exceptional HD picture quality and state-of-the-art workflow from an affordable semi-shoulder camcorder.


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