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Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the durability and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability also get good views. There are mixed comments on the viewfinder and zoom. Many are negative about the memory and size.

usability, portability, price, image quality, durability

battery, size, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the viewfinder and reliability. The image quality and color are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the size and portability. There are some mixed comments about the usability.

price, color, image quality, reliability, viewfinder

portability, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 - Camcorder - High Definition - widescreen - optical zoom: 14 x - supported memory: SxS PRO - flash cardSony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 - Camcorder - High Definition - widescreen - optical zoom: 14 x - supported memory: SxS PRO - flash card

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the price and reliability are on the whole positive. The durability and image quality also get good reviews. There are some mixed views about the design, and the zoom and portability get critical reviews.

usability, image quality, durability, reliability, price

portability, zoom

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony PMW-EX1 Professional Camcorder + AccessoriesSony PMW-EX1 Professional Camcorder + Accessories

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: TechRadar (techradar.com)

Sony PMW-EX1 review

 

Is this the future – a tapeless, multi-format HD camcorder?

Well built ; User-friendly functions ; Excellent LCD display

Heavy and a bit cumbersome ; Not very comfortable to hold

A well-featured camcorder with lots of nifty features, the only issues here are it's bulk and the expensive storage options

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Digital Arts (digitalartsonline.co.uk)

Sony PMW-EX1 review

 

This model was reviewed as part of our group test of HD camcorders . A quick glance at the PWW-EX1 reveals a family resemblance to the HVR-Z7E. But although its CMOS sensors also use the Exmor technology, the EX1 has a trio of 1/2in units, each with a...

Wide range of formats. Captures huge amount of detail. High-qualiy built-in lens

Fixed lens. Slightly darker image than the Z7E

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

Like it or loathe it, the PMW-EX1 represents a turning point in the video camera industry; a gradual but indomitable shift away from the comforting familiarity of digital tape. If you're an industry professional, this is where your future will...

Unparalleled 'full' 1080p high-definition video, huge array of benefits offered by SxS Pro recording format, adjustable handgrip offers extra freedom

Technology still in its infancy, lens not interchangeable, no SD mode

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity (hometheaterhifi.com)

Sony PMW-EX1 Prosumer 1080p High Definition Video Camera

 

The Sony PMW-EX1 is a superb camera. It would be somewhat cumbersome to carry around on vacation, but when you returned home and put together your family vacation video, you would thank yourself for lugging its 6 pounds of weight (not including the...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: John Burkhart (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review: Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM Camcorder

 

The rarified realm of professional video cameras used to require an outlay of $60,000 and up, and this was minus a lens. Adding decent glass to that package got you to $80,000 or more easily. But you got what you paid for when it came to image quality....

Outstanding image quality. Great lens. Three 1/2" CMOS sensors.

Ergonomically challenged. Expensive media.

The Sony PMW-EX1's excellent image quality and slick SxS solid-state recording make it a one-of-a-kind solution for professional videographers.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Bruce A. Johnson (studiodaily.com)

Sony PMW-EX1

 

Wow.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Mike Jones (digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com)

Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM Camcorder

 

For some time now the video making populous has been sniffing the sweet scent of a tape-less recording future. And while many consumer mums-and-dads have long since ditched tape for the convenience of hard-drive and DVD recording cameras, professionals...

In Part 1, Mike Jones discusses the camera's body, lens, and recording format

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Heath McKnight (digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com)

Sony PMW-EX1 Training DVD Reviews: VASST and Call Box

 

Two new excellent training DVDs from VASST and Call Box have come out covering all aspects of the amazing Sony PMW-EX1 professional XDCAM EX HD camera. Both are great, but each has a unique aspect to it.

He walks you through the editor's shopping list, importing and processing the SxS card media data for Final Cut Pro (the first thing I watched as I began processing video clips from the film). It's similar to working with Panasonic P2 media data. He...

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony XDCAM PMW-EX1R

 

Ease to use, weight and image quality (when I bought it)

Many focus problems (optical issues), also after many in-warranty support requests. Image quality degraded (high amount of video noise) after warranty service operations. These problems are still not solved

May, 2013

Consumer review by: robert (reevoo.com)

Sony XDCAM PMW-EX1R

 

Ease to use

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications

The XDCAM EX expands upon Sony's XDCAM line of tapeless acquisition systems, using flash memory technology: the SxS memory card specification, with high-speed transfer technology compliant to the ExpressCard industry standard. This camcorder is based on MPEG-2 compression technology with three, ½-inch imagers. It is switchable between 1080/60i and 720/60P, and capable of recording 1080/50i/30P/25P/24P and 720/50P. The camera also has slow and quick motion functionality.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony BP-U30

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/2''

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI:No / Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SxS PRO

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:31.2cm
Height:17.6cm
Weight:2.4kg
Width:17.8cm

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

General Features

3D: No
Format:Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD / High Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:PMW-EX1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony XDCAM EX

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/32 / 1/33
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.9
Max Focal Length:81.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:14
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):12.7 mm ( 1/2" ) / 12.7 mm ( 1/2 )
Optical Sensor Type:3 Exmor CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Pro Camcorder Features

Professional:Professional

Recording

Face Detection Mode: No
HD Video Format:MPEG2 / MPEG4
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Media Type:Flash card
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor