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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. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated. The viewfinder and zoom get mixed comments. 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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the viewfinder and reliability. The image quality and color are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the size and portability. Opinions are divided on the usability.

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100% of the reviews on 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

Oct, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 from 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 People really like the price and reliability. The durability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the design. Some have doubts about the zoom and portability.

usability, image quality, durability, reliability, price

portability, zoom

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

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

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: TechRadar (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

Sony PMW-EX1



Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Mike Jones (

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 (

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 (



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 (



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


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


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


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI:No / 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


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony XDCAM EX


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



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


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