Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM EX HD Camcorder, 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors, Interchangeable 1/2" Lens System

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About Sony PMW-EX3

The Sony PMW-EX3 is a flash-memory based high definition camcorder capable of a variety of frame rates and resolutions using Sony's new XDCAM-EX intra-frame codec. A "big-brother" to the PMW-EX1, the PMW-EX3 ups the ante by providing an interchangeable lens mount. The mount allows users to put a variety of professional lenses on the camera, including 1/2" and 2/3" bayonet mounts (with optional adapter).

Enhancing both usability and workflow efficiency, the PMW-EX3 has an extensive set of features that push the boundaries of traditional handheld cameras, including a continuous record time of up to 140 minutes! Whether shooting in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p modes, the PMW-EX3 has it all covered. Its bevy of output settings lets users take advantage of fast and slow motion, as well as popular frame rates such as the "film-like" 24p mode.

Sony PMW-EX3 Features

  • The 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
  • 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
  • The PMW-EX3 features a 1/2" interchangeable mount capable of using both Canon and Fujinon 1/2" and 2/3" professional video lenses
  • 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! Wow
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The PMW-EX3 can be connected to the RM-B150 or RM-B750 remote control units via its 8-Pin connection. This feature makes the camera ideal for a variety of applications, including studio work

Sony PMW-EX3 Specifications

Signal System
Image Device
1/2" 3CMOS
Removable Fujinon 14x Optical Zoom with Image Stabilization
5.8-81.2mm, f/1.9
Lens Mount
1/2" Bayonet (with 2/3" adapter)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Horizontal Resolution
1080 Lines
2000 lux, 89.9% Reflectance, f/10 (Typical, 1920 x 1080 59.94i)
Minimum Illumination
0.14 lux (Typical)
1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, f/1.9, +18 dB gain, with 64-Frame Accumulation
Built-in Filters
OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8 ND, 2: 1/64 ND
LCD Monitor
3.5", 16:9 Aspect Ratio, 921,000 Effective Pixels
LCD Monitor
Scan Matching
Memory Card Slot
Shutter Speed Range
1/33-1/2000 s
180deg., 90deg., 45deg., 22.5deg., 11.25deg.
Gain Selection
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB
Maximum Recording Time
HQ: 50 min
SP: 70 min
HQ: 25 min
SP: 35 min
Audio Dynamic Range
90 dB
Audio Signal Format
Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz)
Audio Frequency Response
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +3 dB/-3 dB
Input and Output Connectors
Component: MiniD (x1 Output)
Composite: BNC (x1 Output)
S-Video: 4-Pin Mini DIN (x1 Output)
Timecode: BNC (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Genlock: BNC (x1 Input)
HD/SD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
Audio: XLR 3-Pin Female (x2 Input)
i.LINK: FireWire 4-Pin (x1 Input/Output)
USB: Mini-B
Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack (x1 Output) Remote: 8-Pin
Power Requirements
12 VDC
Power Consumption
Operating Temperature
32-104deg.F (0-40deg.C)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
9.9 x 8.3 x 15.8" (25 x 21 x 40 cm)
Without Lens: 4.1 lbs (1.9 kg)
With Lens: 7.6 lbs (3.4 kg)

Sony PMW-EX3 Reviews

Reviewed by 1 customers


Great price break on a great camera


from Houston, Texas  -  Pro Videographer

This is my 3rd EX3 purchase. It is the Swiss Army knife of ENG cameras if you do not need 422/50mbs. I have used these cameras for broadcast projects and for industrials and this year I am doing 3 camera setups week in and week out. You cannot beat this camera for the price point and capability.

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