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When you buy your Sony PMW-EX3 from CVP you get an EU-wide 2 year Sony Prime Support warranty included.
The PMW-EX3 is the big brother of the superb EX1. It features the same full HD 1/2" CMOS image sensors and 35Mbps XDCAM EX recording but re-packaged into a larger chassis featuring a superb colour LCD monocular viewfinder, ergonomic shoulder brace and interchangeable EX lens mount.
Even though it's not a full size shoulder-mount camcorder, the PMW-EX3's innovative shoulder-brace design means that it is far more stable for handheld shooting.
It's also great to be able to remove the standard 14x Fujinon lens and use a broadcast grade 1/2" HD lens such as the Canon KH10ex3.6 which further enhances not only the angle of view but the image quality and handling of the camera.
The viewfinder is basically the EX1's high resolution 3.5" LCD panel repositioned and enhanced with a magnifying 'loupe' eyepiece. This allows the exclusion of extraneous light and is superb. Worth the extra money over the EX1 for this feature alone!
The Sony PMW-EX3 is used to shoot much of the content for CVPtv and is also on demonstration at our premises. Call us on 01527 854222 to arrange a hands-on demo.
It's worth noting that the PMW-EX3 may be referred to as the PMW-EX3/3 or PMW-EX3/4 even though the package contents are identical.
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|Mass||Approx. 1.9 kg (4 lb 2 oz) (without lens) Approx. 3.6 kg (7 lb 9 oz) (with lens, lens hood, eye piece, BP-U30 battery, one SxS PRO memory card)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||250 x 210 x 400 mm (9 7/8 x 8 2/8 x 15 6/8 inches)(with lens) without projection|
|Power requirements||DC 12 V|
|Power consumption||Approx. 13.5 W (while recording, LCD viewfinder On)|
|Operating temperature||0 to +40°C (+32 to +104°F)|
|Storage temperature||-20 to +60°C (-4 to +140°F)|
|Continuous operating time||Approx. 210 min. with BP-U60 battery Approx. 100 min. with BP-U30 battery|
|Recording format||Video MPEG-2 Long GOP HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H14 Audio Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz)|
|Recording frame rate||NTSC setting HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 1280 x 720/59.94P, 29.97P, 23.98P SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i PAL setting HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25P, 1280 x 720/50P, 25P SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i|
|Recording/Playback time||HQ mode Approx. 50 min. with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card, Approx. 25 min. with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card SP mode Approx. 70 min. with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card, Approx. 35 min. with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card|
|Lens mount||1/2-inch type EX mount|
|Zoom ratio||14x (optical), servo/manual selectable|
|Focal length||f = 5.8 to 81.2 mm (equivalent to 31.4 to 439 mm on 35 mm lens)|
|Iris||F1.9 to F16 and Close, servo/manual selectable|
|Maximum relative aperture||1:1.9|
|Focus||AF/MF/Full MF selectable 800 mm to 8 (MACRO OFF), 50 mm to 8 (MACRO ON, Wide), 735 to 8 (MACRO ON, Tele)|
|Image stabilizer||ON/OFF selectable, shift lens|
|Filter thread||M77 mm, pitch 0.75 mm (on lens)|
|Pickup device||3-chip 1/2-inch type Exmor Full HD CMOS|
|Effective picture elements||1920 (H) x 1080 (V)|
|Optical system||F1.6 prism system|
|Built-in filters||ND filter OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND|
|Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)||F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode)|
|Minimum illumination||0.14 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.9, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation)|
|S/N ratio||54 dB (Y) (typical)|
|Horizontal resolution||1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)|
|Shutter speed||1/33 to 1/2000 sec.|
|Shutter angle||180, 90, 45, 22.5, 11.25 degrees|
|Slow Shutter (SLS)||2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64-frame accumulation|
|Slow & Quick Motion function||720P Selectable from 1 to 60 fps as recording frame rate 1080P Selectable from 1 to 30 fps as recording frame rate|
|Audio input||XLR-3-pin (female) (x 2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable|
|Composite output||BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms|
|S-Video output||Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 O unbalanced, sync negative|
|Audio output||RCA type (CH-1,CH-2),-10 dBu (reference level), 47 kO|
|Component output||Mini D (x 1) Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms, Pb/Pr: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ohms|
|SDI output||BNC (x 1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable|
|i.LINK input/output||IEEE1394, 4-pin (x 1), HDV stream input/output, S400|
|Timecode input||BNC (x1), 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 ohms|
|Timecode output||BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms|
|Genlock input||BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms|
|USB||Mini-B (x 1), USB 2.0 High-speed|
|Headphone output||Stereo mini-jack (x 1), -20.5 dBu (reference level output, 16 ohms load)|
|DC input||DC jack|
|Capsule type||Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone|
|Type||ExpressCard/34 (x 2)|
We have two of these and have used them for the last three years on a variety of shoots: short films, corporates, run'n'gun style vox pops and pretty much everything in between. They've never let us down: they're perhaps starting to show their age now with so many large format cameras on the market, but said that - we've used larger cameras (C300s, FS-700s and various DSLRs) on several shoots, and apart from specific features those cameras provide that the EX3 doesn't, we generally haven't found any of them to be as quick and easy to use as the EX. If money were no object we'd get something like a PMW-500 with a nice Canon lens on it, but for a fifth of the price these can't be beaten. The main downsides are the form factor (using one handheld all day isn't recommended as they're front-heavy) and the fact that the plastic clip that locks the viewfinder loup shut breaks pretty quickly.
Nick Hill on 2012-11-28