Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM HD Camcorder

by Sony
Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM HD Camcorder
The PMW-EX3 follows on from the successful launch of the PMW-EX1 and offers all the great features of the PMW-EX1 in a new semi-shoulder design. The camcorder also features an interchangeable lens system, genlock, timecode and remote control capability.

Globalmediapro supplies the latest EX3 model with the most recent firmware.

See also: Sony PMW-300K1 XDCAM HD Camcorder Kit with 14x Lens


1/2-inch type Three "Exmor" CMOS Sensors
Interchangeable lens system
Nonlinear Recording Media, SxS PRO - For Greater Efficiency, Operability, and Reliability
1920 x 1080 HD Recording Using the "MPEG-2 Long GOP" Codec
Selectable Bit Rates - 35 Mb/s (HQ mode) or 25 Mb/s (SP mode)
Genlock in
Time Code in/out
8-pin remote control for studio operation



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

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 +40oC (+32 to +104oF)
Storage temperature: -20 to +60oC (-4 to +140oF)
Continuous operating time: Approx. 210 min. with BP-U60 battery Approx. 100 min. with BP-U30 battery


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

Signal inputs/outputs

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
Battery input: 5-pin
Remote: 8-pin

Built-in microphone

Capsule type: Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone

Media slot

Type: ExpressCard/34 (x 2)
Interface: ExpressCard compatible

In the Box

14x zoom lens
Lens hood
LO-3830 1/2-inch lens adaptor
IR Remote Commander unit
USB cable
Component video cable
Shoulder strap
Sony PMW-EX3 Operation manual
XDCAM EX Clip Browsing software
SxS device driver software
BP-U30 battery
BC-U1 charger
Sony PMW-EX3 manual


Reviewed by 4 Customers
Rating: 5.0
Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM Camcorder
Rating: 5.0
Next to the EX1R which we have and is a real work-horse, the EX3
does not disappoint us. A fantastic Camera if you know how to tweak the settings and use it. Added bonus is the interchangeable lens.
Canon has some catching up to do!
Great camera but horrible compression
Rating: 5.0
By from Denmark on
If you look at the videosignal from the camera, it looks fantastic.
The Exmor chip is good, BUT the compression using long GOP Mpeg2 is horrible!
I will not recommend this camera, the picture quality is to low!
Best hand held camera to this date
Rating: 5.0
By from Norway on
Been using the EX3 now for 30 days of shooting now and it stand out as
the absolute best hand held cameras when it comes to picture quality.
After using HVX 201 and other small cameras the EX3 proves to be not only
one but several steps beyond every other contender. I've used 2/3" cams
as Panasonic HPX-301,2100 and Sony HD Cam and the EX3 seems to stand up
to all of these cams, just in a way more compact and light weight
package. With interchangeable lenses and HD SDI out there is so many
possible ways of extend your cameras usage. Most bang for the bucks on
the market today of handheld cameras.
Great Cam
Rating: 5.0
By from Amsterdam, Netherlands on
Pro's: -Good image quality, lot's of features to tweak. -Love the
semi-pro approach. -Fantastic high-res viewfinder (although a bit flimsy
plastic oculair) -Can be used with 10x cheaper sxs cards: try the
"Kensington 7-in-1 Media Reader for ExpressCard Slot" (which fits in the
cams' slots) in combination with the "Sandisk Ultra II SD HC 16GB" cards
(15MB/S) (yes, the tiny ones!) This combination works fine in all
resolutions as long as you don't overcrank (=shoot higher frame rates =
in cam slomo's: but for this you can use the provided Sony 8GB SXS card!)
-Shoot forever: if you keep changing cards from slot A to B to A....
-Interchangable lens is super-option! Lots of 1/2" glass second hand out
there. Cons: -Quiet heavy for handheld, you need an extra shoulder mount,
but that also really solves the problem! -Bit plastic all-over, but most
essential parts are sturdy (handle with care and have no problems) -some
buttons are really Sony-**** (you know, tiny without feel... -expensive
batteries (you need 2 extra BP-U60's) Allover: Value for money: first
class! Shooting real full HD on 3x 1/2" CMOS cannot be beaten for this
price, so live with the small imperfections and be happy!

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