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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sony PMW-EX3

BP #: SO-PMW-EX3  |  MFR #: PMWEX3

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Quick Overview

The PMW-EX3 compact camcorder with an interchangeable lens system incorporates three ½-inch type Exmor™ Full HD CMOS sensors.


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The PMW-EX3 compact camcorder with an interchangeable lens system incorporates three ½-inch type Exmor™ Full HD CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 x 1080, delivering stunning-quality HD images in 1080P, 720P, and 1080i HD resolutions. A rich variety of features for creative shooting are incorporated into this camcorder such as “Slow & Quick Motion”, which is also commonly known as “over-cranking” and “under-cranking”, selectable gamma curves, slow-shutter, interval recording and Picture Profile™ feature. Additionally, the PMW-EX3 offers a convenient remote-control and multi-camera operation capability, which allows use with high-end camera systems.


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 an interchangeable mount capable of using both Canon and Fujinon professional video lenses.

Exmor 1/2" CMOS Sensors

Most prosumer cameras feature 1/3" sensors. These chips can sometimes become unacceptable in low-light situations due to their smaller size. The result can often be additional noise or image degradation, sometimes sending otherwise usable footage to the proverbial "digital cutting room floor". By incorporating larger chips, Sony has once again raised the bar for handheld cameras; 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!

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 an 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.

32GB cards are also available but require camera software Version 1.05 or higher. Contact Band Pro about compatibility or upgrading your EX camera.

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 features makes the camera ideal for a variety of applications, including studio work.


Approx. 4 lb 2 oz (1.9 kg) (without lens)
Approx. 7 lb 9 oz (3.6 kg)
(with lens, lens hood, eye piece, BP-U30 battery, one SxS PRO memory card)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
9 7/8 x 8 2/8 x 15 6/8 inches (250 x 210 x 400 mm)(with lens) without projection
Power Requirement
DC 12 V
Power consumption
Approx. 13.5 W (while recording, LCD viewfinder On)
Operating temperature
+32 to +104 °F (0 to +40 °C))
Storage temperature
-4 to +140 °F (-20 to +60 °C)
Continuous operating time
Approx. 210 min. with BP-U60 battery
Approx. 100 min. with BP-U30 battery
Recording format
HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL
SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H14
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 EX mount
Zoom ratio selectable
14x (optical), servo/manual
Focal length
f = 5.8 to 81.2 mm (equivalent to 31.4 to 439 mm on 35 mm lens)
F1.9 to F16 and Close, servo/manual selectable
Maximum relative aperture
AF/MF/Full MF selectable, 800 mm to ? (MACRO OFF),
50 mm to ? (MACRO ON, Wide), 735 to ? (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 (at 2000 lx, 89.9% reflective)
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
Selectable from 1 to 60 fps as recording frame rate
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 ?
S-Video output
Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ? unbalanced, sync negative
Audio output
RCA type(CH-1,CH-2),-10 dBu (reference level), 47 k ?
Component output
Mini D (x 1) Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ?, Pb/Pr: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ?
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 ?
Timecode output
BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ?
Genlock input
BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ?
Mini-B (x 1), USB 2.0 High-speed
Headphone output
Stereo mini-jack (x 1), -20.5 dBu (reference level output, 16 ? load)
DC input
DC jack
Battery input
LCD viewfinder/screen
3.5-inch type color LCD monitor, approx. 921000 effective pixels, 640 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9, hybrid type

0.54-inch type color LCD, 1120 (H) x 225 (V), 16:9
Capsule type
Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone,
ExpressCard/34 (x 2)
ExpressCard compatible
14x zoom lens (x 1), Lens hood (x 1), LO-3830 1/2-inch lens adaptor (x 1),

IR Remote Commander unit (x 1), USB cable (x 1),

component video cable (x 1), shoulder strap (x 1),

operation manual (x 1),XDCAM EX Clip Browsing software (x 1),

SxS device driver software (x 1), BP-U30 battery (x 1), BC-U1 charger (x 1)