XDCAM EX Family XDCAM EX Camcorder PMW-350 PMW-EX3 PMW-EX1R XDCAM EX Series – Comprehensive Line-up Opens New Horizons of Visual Expression, Delivers New Levels of Convenience Since 2007 and the introduction of the first camcorder in this line-up, the SONY XDCAM EX™ Series has achieved wide acclaim among creative professionals, and now grows from strength to strength, opening up new horizons of visual expression and delivering new levels of convenience. The series already includes two outstanding camcorders – the PMW-EX1 and PMW-EX3 – which realize full-HD pictures of amazingly high quality by adopting three 1/2-inch-type “Exmor™” full-HD CMOS sensors in a compact body. An advanced workflow, based on “SxS PRO™” memory card as the recording media, ensures effective file-base operation. Now Sony evolves this XDCAM EX line-up with the introduction of two new camcorders. The PMW-350 is the first and long-awaited shoulder camcorder in the family. It comes equipped with the cutting-edge imaging technology of three 2/3-inch-type “Exmor” full-HD CMOS sensors, and it uses SxS memory card as the recording media. The other new camcorder is the PMW-EX1R, the direct successor of the PMW-EX1. It includes as standard an SD recording and playback function, as well as numerous improvements over the PMW-EX1. Both new camcorders support not just SxS PRO memory card but also more affordable “SxS-1™” media. There is also an innovative on-site backup solution with PXU-MS240 – enhancements which improve workflow and expand user convenience. This full Sony XDCAM EX line-up provides stunning HD picture quality and efficient nonlinear operation, expanding the creative possibilities in every type of HD video production. Added to this, these new horizons of visual expression and new levels of convenience can be achieved at affordable price points. 2 XDCAM EX – A New Generation of HD Recording System Enhanced Functionality with “Exmor” CMOS In XDCAM EX camcorders, multiple A/D converters on each pixel row convert analog signals to digital as soon as they are generated, unlike traditional technology that only has one A/D converter on each chip. “Exmor” effectively eliminates the influence of any external noise that enters the signal chain during transfer to the A/D converter, resulting in high-quality digital signals with extremely low noise. This significantly enhances shooting in low-light environments. Current Technology Technology of “Exmor” Sensor Photo Diodes Sensor Photo Diodes an affordable price. A high-capacity SBS-32G1 (32-GB) memory card is available. * This data is read-speed measured with benchmark software. Actual data transfer speeds may vary according to measurement conditions. Please refer to http://www.sony.net/SxS-Support/ for information on measuring methods. ** SxS-1 memory card supports fewer re-writes than SxS PRO memory card. Notification is given when an SxS-1 memory card approaches its end of life. PMW-EX3 and PMW-EX30 camcorders require an upgrade (available in the Spring of 2010) to use SxS-1 memory card. 1920 x 1080 HD Recording Using the MPEG-2 Long GOP Codec XDCAM EX products record 1920 x 1080 HD images using the MPEG-2 Long GOP codec, which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression standard. This highly efficient codec, also adopted in XDCAM™ HD Series and HDV™ 1080i Series products, enables users to record stunning-quality HD video and audio over a long period of time thanks to efficient data compression. Selectable Format and Bit Rates Noise Cancelling Noise Cancelling A/D Converter :Noise Noise Cancelling A/D Converter Noise Cancelling A/D Converter Noise Cancelling Noise Cancelling :Noise New Nonlinear Recording Media – SxS Memory Card – For Greater Efficiency and Operability The XDCAM EX Series adopts the SxS memory card as its recording media. This is an ultracompact nonlinear medium using flash memory; it offers a number of distinguishing features: •Compatible with the ExpressCard/34 standard •Uses the PCI Express interface, and achieves an extremely high data transfer speed of 800 Mbps* •Large storage capacity: up to 32-GB SxS PRO Memory Card memory card are available •Most new Macintosh and PC computers are equipped with ExpressCard slots •Compact size: approx. 75 x 34 x 5 mm (3 x 1 3/8 x 7/32 inches) excluding projecting parts; about half the size of a conventional PC card •Low power consumption In addition to the conventional SxS PRO memory card, there is now a new member of the SxS memory card family, the SxS-1**. It maintains the superb usability and highspeed transfer rate of SxS PRO card, at SxS-1 Memory Card A choice of bit rate is offered with XDCAM EX products – either 35 Mbps (HQ mode) or 25 Mbps (SP mode) – depending on the desired picture quality and recording time. In addition to conventional 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions, the PMW-350 and PMW-EX1R also offer a new 1440 x 1080 resolution in HQ mode, with interoperability at 35 Mbps between XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD systems. Clip Browser software can very rapidly convert MP4 files recorded by XDCAM EX products into MXF files for XDCAM HD products, since no transcoding process is required between these two systems. SP mode supports 1440 x 1080 resolution at 25 Mbps, providing compatibility with HDV 1080i products. Footage recorded in SP mode can be seamlessly integrated into HDV-compatible editing systems by connecting the camcorder via an i.LINK* (HDV) interface. It can also be recorded on an XDCAM HD optical disc using supplied Clip Browser software. * i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector will necessarily communicate with each other. For information on compatibility, operating conditions, and proper connection, please refer to the documentation supplied with any device with an i.LINK connector. For information on devices that include an i.LINK connection, please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer. Recording and Playback in DVCAM™ Mode (PMW-EX1R & PMW-350 Only) In addition to HD mode, the PMW-EX1R and PMW-350* support SD recording and playback in DVCAM mode. This is extremely useful for those currently using an SD production system who need a smooth migration path to a future HD production system. An AVI Type 2 file is recorded, which is a highly interoperable file format for nonlinear editing systems. * The PMW-350 requires an optional hardware key, CBK-DV01. 3 XDCAM EX-A New Generation of HD Recording System Long Recording Time High-quality Uncompressed Audio Recording Combining the moderate bit rates produced by efficient MPEG-2 Long GOP compression and a large-capacity SxS memory card, XDCAM EX products record high-quality HD images for a long recording time of 140 minutes on a single 32-GB SxS memory card in SP mode. When a clip spans two cards, the transition is seamless, without any artifacts or frame loss. The SxS memory card can be hot-swapped while shooting, without interrupting the recording. This feature makes XDCAM EX products ideal for a wide variety of long-form content-production applications. XDCAM EX products support high-quality, two-channel, 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio. In addition, the PMW-350 camcorder records four-channel audio and, when this is replayed from memory card by other XDCAM EX products, the user must select from CH-1/2 or CH-3/4. Recording Time (approx.)* (on 32-GB memory card) HQ mode, 35 Mb/s VBR 100 minutes SP mode, 25 Mb/s CBR SD mode 140 minutes High Reliability Memory SxS memory card resists considerable shock (1500 G) and vibration (15 G). Adopting this memory recording system, the unit’s mechanism is simplified. Also, a unique Salvage function serves to restore content that is damaged by power loss or memory disconnection during recording*. * In some cases, images recorded just before an accident may not be restored (four seconds maximum). No warranty is given on always achieving content restoration. Accidental power loss or memory disconnection during recording. * When recording in HQ (35 Mbps) mode, actual recording times may vary according to the bit rate adopted during VBR encoding. Recording Clips Multiple-format Recording: 1080/720 and Interlace/Progressive Switchable Operation XDCAM EX products offer a wide array of recording formats for multiple content-creation applications. Recording mode is switchable between 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 1440 x 1080 resolutions. The scanning system is also selectable from interlace and progressive, such as 59.94i, 50i, 59.94p, and 50p. In addition, XDCAM EX camcorders* offer native 23.98p progressive recording in 1920x1080 and 1280x720 modes, while the XDCAM EX deck** offers 23.98p in 1920x1080 mode. The PMW-EX30 supports the Record function in 29.97p/25p/23.98p mode and the EE/PB function in 29.97PsF/25PsF/23.98PsF mode through HD-SDI input/ output**. XDCAM EX camcorders do not support a PB function, but do support an EE function in 23.98PsF mode. An SxS memory card can simultaneously hold a mix of multiple files in any of these recording formats, including DVCAM files – a new capability of PMW-350 and PMW-EX1R camcorders only – allowing flexible memory card use***. * Images are handled on XDCAM EX camcorders as 23.98p, and recorded as 59.94i signals via 2-3 pull-down in 1440x1080/23.98p (SP) mode. ** An early version of the PMW-EX30 requires upgrade to achieve these capabilities. Please contact your local Sony service representative for further details. *** Memory card with material recorded by PMW-350 or PMW-EX1R camcorders in HQ 1440x1080 or DVCAM mode cannot be read by PMW-EX3 and PMW-EX30 camcorders. HD SD* Mode HQ 35 Mbps (VBR) SP 25 Mbps (CBR) DVCAM 25 Mbps (CBR) Sampling 4:2:0 4:1:1 4:2:0 Resolution 1920x1080 1440x1080 1280x720 1440x1080 720x480 720x576 Restoration OK IT Friendly 4 seconds at maximum May not be restored With XDCAM EX products, recordings are made as data files in ISO-standardized MP4 format. File-based recording allows material to be handled with great flexibility in an IT-based environment for copying, transferring, sharing, and archiving. These operations are accomplished without loss, and without any re-digitizing process. The recording system also allows for material to be viewed directly on a Macintosh or PC – the user simply inserts the SxS memory card into a computer’s ExpressCard slot and uses the supplied Clip Browser Version 2.6 and compatible nonlinear editing software, to view, edit, and search metadata. This helps to improve workflow efficiency. Acquisition Metadata (HD mode only) As part of a variety of metadata such as shooting Date/ Time, OK status, Title, Creator name, Description and Essence Mark, XDCAM EX camcorders have a unique capability of recording camera parameters onto the recording media while shooting - such as Focus, Zoom, Iris, Shutter, Gain, White Balance and Gamma. Clip Browser V2.6 allows to review these acquisition metadata in viewing clips, which is useful as a reference for editing process or next shooting. PMW-350 / PMW-EX1R NTSC area PAL area 59.94i, 29.97p 50i, 25p 23.98p 59.94i, 29.97p 50i, 25p 23.98p 59.94p, 29.97p 50p, 25p 23.98p 59.94i, 23.98p 50i (Pull Down) 59.94i, 29.97PsF – – 50i, 25PsF * The PMW-350 requires an optional hardware key, CBK-DV01. 4 Restored Clips PMW-EX3 NTSC area PAL area 59.94i, 29.97p 50i, 25p 23.98p – – 59.94p, 29.97p 50p, 25p 23.98p 59.94i, 23.98p 50i (Pull Down) – – – – PMW-EX30 NTSC area PAL area 59.94i, 29.97p 50i, 25p 23.98p – – 59.94p 50p 59.94i 50i – – – – XDCAM EX Camcorder PMW-350 The first Sony memory shoulder camcorder with 2/3-inch imagers The PMW-350, a new addition to the XDCAM EX family, is the first and long-awaited shoulder camcorder in this Sony range. It comes equipped with cutting-edge imaging technology: three 2/3-inch-type “Exmor” full-HD CMOS sensors, which give stunningly high-quality images with high sensitivity and a high signal-to-noise ratio. The PMW-350 inherits a rich variety of features for creative shooting from the successful camcorders that precede it – the PMW-EX1 and PMW-EX3. In addition, the PMW-350 is versatile and highly expandable, with a 50-pin interface available in the near future. Sony & the Environment The PMW-350 is designed to be environmentally friendly thanks to its low power consumption, which is around 60% less than conventional HD camcorders from Sony*. This energy-saving design means that the camcorder emits less CO2 when in use. * Based on a comparison with the HDW-700 full-HD shoulder camcorder from Sony with a 2/3-inch image sensor. 5 Impressive Body Design Lens Package Choice Designed to be very compact and ergonomically well balanced, the PMW-350 provides a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting situations. It inherits these qualities from the XDCAM HD 422 camcorders, which is well accepted by broadcasters. In addition, it has a low center of gravity, ensuring outstanding stability on the shoulder. The low-profile design provides a wide space between the main frame of the camera and the handle, and an unobstructed view to the right-hand side of the camera operator. The main body weighs only 3.2 kg (7lb 1 oz), and it is one of the lightest shoulder camcorders with three 2/3-inch full-HD imagers, which are standard requirements of acquisition cameras in today’s video production world. There are two different models of the PMW-350. One is the PMW-350K, which comes equipped with an HD lens with 16x zoom. The other is the PMW-350L, which comes without a lens. Both models have a standard 2/3-inch bayonet lens interface, and the user can choose from wide variety of optional lenses in the existing 2/3-inch HD lens lineup. Three 2/3-inch-type “Exmor” Full-HD CMOS Sensors The PMW-350 is equipped with three newly developed 2/3-inch-type “Exmor” CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 (H) x 1080 (V). These deliver superior picture performance with full-HD resolution. This 2/3-inch-type image sensor allows the camcorder to provide an excellent sensitivity of F12, a remarkable signalto-noise ratio of 59 dB, and a high horizontal resolution of 1000 TV lines*. In addition, the large 2/3-inch-type image sensors can capture images with a shallower depth of field, giving users more freedom of creative expression. Unique Focus Operation – Professional Manual Focus and Auto Focus The supplied lens for the PMW-350K adopts a unique focus ring mechanism, which offers two types of manual focus, plus auto focus operation. The lens is equipped with two independent focus wheel mechanisms, which can be switched by sliding the focus ring itself back and forth. When the focus ring is in the front position, the lens works in the same way as a typical auto focus lens. In this case, the operator can select either Manual or Auto Focus mode using the AF/MF switch on the lens. On the other hand, when the focus ring is in the back position, the lens has an absolute focus position, which is a familiar feature to professional users. Focus Zoom Iris *In HD-SDI, HQ 1080 mode. Front : AF/MF Low Power Consumption There is no fan motor to ventilate the inside of the body, and power consumption is only 15W*. *Body only in recording mode. Back : Full MF AF/MF Mode Full MF Mode • Full AF • One-push AF • MF • AF/MF Assist • Full MF (absolute focus position) AF Assist The AF (Auto Focus) Assist function of the PMW-350K enables operators to manually change focus positions using the focus ring in AF mode. This means that AF reference focus positions can be shifted manually to a new position. 6 MF Assist Optical ND Filters and Electrical CC Filters The MF (Manual Focus) Assist function of the PMW-350K helps to precisely focus on the target subject when shooting in MF mode. When MF Assist is enabled, the auto focus is momentarily activated when the user stops adjusting the focus ring. The camera then finely focuses on the subject that’s closest to the focal point of the lens at that time. The PMW-350 camcorder comes equipped with optical ND (Neutral Density) filters and electrical CC (Color Correction) filters. The optical ND filters are controlled via a built-in ND filter wheel -- Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, and 1/64ND. And with the electrical CC filters, users can easily obtain the desired color temperature by setting the mode – 3200K/4300K/5600K/6300K – on a camcorder-assignable switch. Users can select the four values cyclically, or choose one preset value. This is also available via an assignable switch. This is useful when a sudden change occurs during shooting, and a quick and direct setting is required. Focus Magnification At the touch of an assignable button, the center of the screen on the PMW-350 viewfinder can be magnified to about twice its size, making it easier to confirm focus settings during manual focusing. When the switch is released, the center of the screen goes back to normal size. Focus Mag ON VF 23.98p Native Recording Like other XDCAM EX camcorders, the PMW-350 offers a native 23.98p* recording capability. This feature, accompanied by other creative features, makes the camcorder ideal for cinema production. *In 1440 x 1080/23.98p (SP) mode, images are handled as 23.98p and recorded as 59.94i signals via 2-3 pull-down. Focus Mag OFF Slow & Quick Motion Function Image Simulated VF Selectable Peaking The Peaking function of the PMW-350 can help operators to quickly and accurately adjust the camera’s focus by altering the way pictures are displayed on the viewfinder. It can enhance the outline of images that the camera focuses on most, and can change the color so that it stands out. The operator can choose from various Peaking settings, for the required levels and outline colors. The PMW-350 offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function – commonly known as over-cranking and undercranking by filmmakers – that enables users to create unique ‘looks’ by slow- and fast-motion special effects. The PMW-350 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720p mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode, in increments of 1 fps. For example, when viewed at 23.98p, images captured at 60 fps appear two and a half times slower than normal. Conversely, images captured at four fps appear six times faster than normal. With this Slow & Quick Motion function, images are recorded natively with no padded frames and at full resolution. The obtained quality of slow- and fast-motion images is significantly higher than those created in the editing process. In addition, these slow- and quick-motion images can be played back immediately after shooting, without using any converters or processing on nonlinear editing systems. Example of slow motion mechanism 1 sec Peaking OFF Peaking ON ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation) 1 sec 1 sec Recording 60 fps 123 Playback 24 fps 123 58 59 60 123 2.5 times slow motion 22 23 24 25 26 27 58 59 60 123 58 59 60 46 47 48 49 50 59 60 1 2 11 12 13 14 This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens*.ALAC is activated only with the supplied lens and with certain third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data*. *Please check with other lens manufacturers for ALAC support. 7 Slow Shutter Function Image Inverter To capture clear images in low-light environments, the PMW-350 offers a Slow Shutter function. This not only increases camera sensitivity but also, for enhanced shooting creativity, produces a special blurring effect when shooting a moving object. The shutter speed is selectable from 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, and 64-frame accumulation periods. With a DOF (Depth of Field) adaptor to attach a cinema or still-camera lens to the camera, the image is rotated 180 degrees. The Image Inverter function normalizes the image by reverse scanning. Selectable Gamma Curves The PMW-350 offers a wide variety of gamma curves to flexibly handle contrast, and give a specific ‘look’ to an image. In addition to six types of standard gamma curves, there are four types of Hyper Gamma which are identical to those on high-end CineAlta™ camcorders. Operators can select the best-suited preset gamma curve, depending on scene requirements. Interval Recording Function The Interval Recording function of the PMW-350 intermittently records one frame at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects with extremely rapid motion. Frame Recording Function Frame Recording is unique to the PMW-350, PMW-EX1R, and PMW-EX3 – a function that is especially useful for clay animation shooting. Using this function, images for predetermined frames are recorded every time the record button is pressed. Shutter Angle Settings In addition to traditional electronic shutter speed controls, adjustable in fractions of a second, the PMW-350 offers shutter angle control, which is familiar to filmmakers. ATW (Auto Tracing White Balance) & Hold The Auto Tracing White Balance function of the PMW-350 automatically adjusts the camera’s color temperature according to changes in lighting conditions. This function is useful when recording outside for long periods, and the lighting changes gradually over time. If required, the user can hold auto tracing at a desired color balance via an assignable switch. 8 Turbo Gain The Turbo Gain function can boost the camera gain up to +42 dB, which helps reproduce images in very low-light environments. DVCAM Recording and Playback with Optional Hardware Key, CBK-DV01 DVCAM format recording and playback are supported by the CBK-DV01, an optional product which can realize smooth migration from current SD operation to near-future HD operation. Picture Cache Recording With the PMW-350 Picture Cache Recording function, up to 15 seconds of audio and video signals are buffered into the camcorder’s internal memory even before the record start button is pressed. This means that everything that happens 15 seconds prior to the record start button being pressed is recorded onto SxS memory card, helping to prevent the loss of any unexpected, yet important, events. The caching period can be adjusted by menu setting. Four-channel Audio* The PMW-350 is the first XDCAM EX camcorder to record four channels of 16-bit, 48-kHz, linear PCM uncompressed audio. Each channel level can be controlled by an independent individual level controller. *When an SxS memory card with four-channel audio is replayed by the PMW-EX1, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX3, or PMW-EX30, only CH-1/2 or CH-3/4 can be replayed. Total Level Control System (TLCS) By activating TLCS, the correct exposure is automatically set for normal, dark, and very bright shooting environments by controlling the lens iris, electronic shutter, and Auto Gain Control. Scene File System Wide Choice of Optional Microphones The Scene File feature of the PMW-350 allows camera operators to easily call up customized picture-tonal settings – such as the parameters of matrix, detail, gamma, and knee – to suit particular shooting conditions, rather than having to readjust the camera each time. This gives users greater operational efficiency. SxS memory card can be used for storing and loading scene files. Although the PMW-350 is equipped with a shotgun microphone, three optional microphones – the ECM-680S, ECM-678, and ECM-673 – are also available. As well as the supplied microphone, the ECM-680S can operate in either Stereo or Monaural (Uni-directional) mode. These modes can be selected from the switch on the microphone or from the PMW-350 itself. The camcorder is also equipped with a slot to accommodate a DWR-S01D* digital wireless microphone receiver, which provides two-channel audio with stable and secure transmission that tolerates interference waves. The WRR-855 Series microphone receiver can also be used in this slot. Viewfinder with 3.5-inch* Color LCD The PMW-350 is equipped with a large, easy-to-view, color LCD with a high resolution of 1920 x 480 pixels, which simplifies focusing. The viewfinder can also be used to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera’s set-up menus, view thumbnails, and display status indications. When the elbow block is opened up, the screen can be monitored directly, and menu setting and thumbnails are easily accessed using switches on the inside panel. The PMW-350 also has an interface for the DXF-20W and DXF-51**. *Viewable area measured diagonally. **The supplied viewfinder and DXF viewfinder cannot be used concurrently. *The digital wireless microphone system is not available in countries where prohibited by radio law. Assignable Buttons for Quick Access to Desired Functions Frequently used functions can be programmed to six assignable buttons on the PMW-350, allowing operators to make rapid changes when working in the field. The color temperature button and lens RET button also can be utilized as additional assignable buttons. Connector for supplied viewfinder Connector for DXF viewfinder 9 HDMI Digital Extender function The PMW-350 is equipped with an HDMI connector for monitoring video output with a consumer display or professional monitor with an HDMI input. For future expandability, the PMW-350 has a 50-pin interface option*, which offers Digital Extender function digitally doubling images in size. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this doubling without any loss of image sensitivity, often referred to as the F-drop phenomenon. Camera Remote Control A Sony 8-pin remote interface is supplied with the PMW350. Various camera settings can be remotely controlled using an optional RM-B150 RM-B750, RCP-750, RCP-751, RCP-920, or RCP-921 Remote Control Unit via its 8-pin remote connector*. Composite output is always available for monitoring purposes, regardless of HD/SD output selection. *Some controls on the remote control unit are not supported by the PMW-350. Selectable Shoulder Pad The position of the shoulder pad can be adjusted – either forwards or backwards – to provide users with optimum weight balance. This is particularly useful when the camera is docked with any type of lens or camera adaptor. In addition, no tools are required for this adjustment. For those who prefer a soft shoulder pad, there is the optional CBK-SP01. *The 50-pin interface option will be available in late 2010. Affordable MPEG TS Option for Field and Satellite Transmission The HDCA-702 MPEG TS adaptor, which can be directly docked onto the PMW-350, transmits an MPEG Transport Stream (TS) of MPEG via a DVB-ASI output. This can be done simultaneously as the PMW-350 records onto SxS memory card. This function is also available using the 50-pin interface option*. *The 50-pin interface option will be available in late 2010. Planning Metadata To realize an innovative metadata workflow, the camcorder will support planning metadata. The builtin PMW-350 USB connector (host) will link to a new Wi-Fi adapter*, transferring planning metadata, and completing the wireless workflow using mobile devices. *The new Wi-Fi adapter will be available in April 2010, and subsequently activated for the PMW-350. 10 Camcorder View Optical Filters Slot for Wireless Microphone Receiver Control Buttons for Thumbnail Seach Top View Connector Panel Side Rear 11 Camcorder System Diagrams ECM-673/678/680S Electret Condenser Microphone CAC-12 Mic Holder DWR-S01D* WRR-855S Wireless Microphone Receiver Intelligent Light System ECM-673/678 require supplied 3-pin to 5-pin conversion cable HDCA-702 MPEG TS Adaptor BKW-401 Viewfinder Rotation Bracket 50-pin interface (under development) CBK-DV01 SD Record and Playback Key Supplied Lens with PMW-350K VCT-14/VCT-U14 Tripod Adaptor PMW-350 2/3-inch Type Lens from Other Manufactures Battery Chargers BP-GL95A/GL65A/GL95/GL65 BP-L80SA/L60SA/L80S/L60S Li-ion Battery Pack Recording Media AC-DN10/DN2B AC Adaptor SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 with Memory Stick™ CCU/CNU AUX BC-L70 RM-B150/B750 Remote Control Unit PHU-120R Professional Harddisk Unit Viewfinder BC-L160 DXF-20W CCU/CNU AUX or RJ-45 i.LINK BC-L500 DXF-51 RCP-920/921/750/751 Remote Control Panel HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit HD-SDI, SD-SDI or Composite *The digital wireless microphone system is not available in some countries where prohibited by the radio law. 12 LMD Series Monitor XDCAM EX Camcorders PMW-EX3 PMW-EX1R PMW-EX3 The shotgun microphone is an optional accessory. PMW-EX1R Cutting-edge Camera Technology Three 1/2-inch-type “Exmor” Full-HD CMOS Sensors The PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 are equipped with three 1/2-inch-type “Exmor” CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 (H) x 1080 (V). This technology delivers superior picture performance with full-HD resolution. Furthermore, this type of sensor allows the camcorder to provide an excellent sensitivity of F10, a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of 54 dB, and a high horizontal resolution of 1,000 TV lines*. Other benefits include greatly reduced power consumption and associated heat dissipation in the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3, qualities which made possible the unique use of 1/2-inch-type sensors on these compact camcorders. In addition, this type of sensor can capture images with a shallower depth of field, giving users more freedom of creative expression. *In HD-SDI, HQ 1080 mode. 13 Unique Lens Operation Supplied Wide-angle Fujinon 14x Zoom Lens MF Assist Both camcorders are equipped with a high-quality, highdefinition Fujinon 14x zoom lens specifically designed to offer optimum picture performance and unprecedented functionality. The lens offers a wide viewing angle of 5.8 mm (equivalent to 31.4 mm on a 35-mm lens), and many convenient features for diverse shooting situations. The MF (Manual Focus) Assist function of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 helps to precisely focus on the target subject when shooting in MF mode. When MF Assist is enabled, auto focus is momentarily activated when the user stops adjusting the focus ring. The camera then finely focuses on the subject that’s closest to the focal point of the lens at that time. Unique Focus Ring Mechanism Professional Manual Focus and Auto Focus One-push Auto Iris (PMW-EX1R Only) The lens adopts a unique focus ring mechanism, which offers two types of manual focus, plus auto focus operation. The lens is equipped with two independent focus wheel mechanisms, which can be switched by sliding the focus ring itself back and forth. When the focus ring is in the front position, the lens works as an auto focus lens. In this case, either Manual or Auto Focus mode can be selected using the AF/MF switch on the lens. On the other hand, when the focus ring is set to the back position, the lens has an absolute focus position. In addition to the focus ring, the lens is equipped with independent rings for zoom and iris adjustment; all have physical stops and absolute markings, permitting precise adjustments. The location, rotational range, and feel are identical to other manual high-end HD lenses. This gives users a high level of familiarity and operational comfort. A One-push Auto Iris button has been added to the lens of the PMW-EX1R, allowing the user to go into Auto Iris mode only when this button is pushed. Focus Zoom Iris Interchangeable Lens System (PMW-EX3 Only) The PMW-EX3 camcorder incorporates a 1/2-inch-type EX-mount interchangeable lens system that allows the lens to be as compact and lightweight as possible while maintaining high optical performance. This mount system supports a variety of 1/2-inch-type HD lenses available from major manufacturers with the PMW-EX3 camcorder via the supplied lens adaptor, expanding the spectrum of creative expression*. A 2/3-inch-type lens** can also be used with the PMW-EX3 camcorder via the mount system; this requires a 2/3-inch-type lens adaptor*** equipped with a 12-pin lens connector. This illustrates the breadth of lens choice, including even cinema-style lenses, to suit every specific shooting requirement. *The 1/2-inch-type lens adaptor supplied with the PMW-EX3 camcorder is equipped with a hot-shoe lens mount connector only. Automatic lens iris control is achieved only if the lens has hot-shoe connectors. Some lens functions are not supported by the PMW-EX3. For more details, please contact each lens manufacturer. **In this configuration, the resulting focal length will be 1.37 times the actual focal length of the lens. ***When using 2/3-inch-type lenses with the PMW-EX3 camcorder, a Fujinon ACM-21 lens mount adaptor is required. Front : AF/MF Back : Full MF AF/MF Mode Full MF Mode • Full AF • One-push AF • MF • AF/MF Assist • Full MF (absolute focus position) Supplied EX mount lens AF Assist The AF (Auto Focus) Assist function of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 enables operators to manually change focus positions using the focus ring in AF mode. This means that AF reference focus positions can be shifted manually to a new position. Supplied 1/2-inch type lens adaptor 1/2-inch type lens 14 Unique Lens Operation Optical Image Stabilizer Selectable Peaking To minimize the blurring effect caused by a shaking hand, the lens incorporates an Optical Image Stabilizer function. The Peaking function of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 can help operators to quickly and accurately adjust the camera’s focus by altering the way pictures are displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can enhance the outline of the image which the camera focuses on most, and change its color to make it stand out. Enhance levels can be selected from three levels, and the outline color from four colors. Expanded Focus At the touch of a button, the center of the screen on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 can be magnified to about twice normal size, making it easier to confirm focus settings during manual focusing. Expanded Focus ON LCD & VF Peaking OFF Expanded Focus OFF LCD & VF Peaking ON Image Simulated 15 Creative Recording Modes and Settings 23.98p Native Recording Slow Shutter Function The compact PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 offer a native 23.98p* recording capability. This feature, accompanied by other creative features, makes these camcorders ideal for cinema production. The PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 offer a Slow Shutter function for capturing clear images in low-light environments. The Slow Shutter function not only increases camera sensitivity but also produces a special blurring effect when shooting a moving object, for enhanced shooting creativity. The shutter speed is selectable from 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, and 64-frame accumulation periods. *In 1440 x 1080/23.98p (SP) mode, images are handled as 23.98p and recorded as 59.94i signals via 2-3 pull-down. Slow & Quick Motion Function The PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 offer a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function – commonly known by filmmakers as over-cranking and under-cranking – that enables users to create unique ‘looks’ as well as slow- and fast-motion special effects. The PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720p mode, and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode, in increments of 1 fps. For example, when viewed at 23.98p, images captured at 60 fps appear two and a half times slower than normal. Conversely, images captured at 4 fps appear six times faster than normal. With this Slow & Quick Motion function, images are recorded natively and at full resolution. The obtained quality of slow- and fast-motion images is significantly higher than those created in the editing process. 1 sec 1 sec Recording 60 fps 123 Playback 24 fps 123 58 59 60 123 2.5 times slow motion 22 23 24 25 26 27 58 59 60 123 For the PMW-EX1R, a new S&Q (Slow & Quick Motion) button has been added to the inside panel. It allows the user to switch quickly between Normal mode and S&Q mode. In S&Q mode, a blue LED on the button lights up. When the switch is pressed, S&Q mode is activated, and the recording format and frame rate are instantly changed to the conditions previously set via the menu. 16 58 59 60 46 47 48 49 50 59 60 1 2 11 12 13 14 One-push S&Q Switch (PMW-EX1R Only) These camcorders offer an Interval Recording function that records one frame at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects with extremely rapid motion. Frame Recording Function Frame Recording is unique to the PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX3, and PMW-350 – a function that is especially useful for clay animation shooting. Using this function, images for predetermined frames are recorded every time the record button is pressed. Shutter Angle Settings As well as traditional electronic shutter speed controls, adjustable in fractions of a second, the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 also offer shutter angle control, which is familiar to filmmakers. Example of slow motion mechanism 1 sec IInterval Recording Function Operational Versatility DVCAM Recording (PMW-EX1R Only) ATW & Hold (PMW-EX1R Only) A newly added feature in the PMW-EX1R – SD recording in DVCAM mode – offers those currently using SD systems a smooth migration path to HD production. By introducing the PMW-EX1R as a DVCAM acquisition camcorder, the conventional ingesting process to non-linear systems becomes dramatically more efficient. Once a non-linear system is HD-capable, the PMW-EX1R can continue to be deployed for HD acquisition. The ATW (Auto Tracing White Balance) function of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 automatically adjusts the camera’s color temperature according to changes in the lighting conditions. This function is useful when recording outside for long periods, and the lighting changes gradually over time. The PMW-EX1R also has an ATW Hold function, which allows the operator to hold auto tracing at a desired color balance via an assignable switch. Cache Recording Function (PMW-EX1R Only) Picture Profile™ Feature The Picture Profile feature of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 allows camera operators to easily call up customized picture-tonal settings to suit particular shooting conditions, rather than having to readjust the camera each time, giving users greater operational efficiency. Up to six different pictures – tonal settings such as the parameters of matrix, color correction, detail, one of eight gamma curves, and knee – can be saved on SxS memory card. These settings are displayed on the LCD monitor at the touch of a button. Shot Transition™ Function The Shot Transition function of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3, with a simple push of a button, enables smooth, precise, and repeatable automatic scene transitions. The operator can program the duration and select from three transition profiles: Linear, Soft Stop, and Soft Transition. Many lens parameters such as the start and end settings for zoom, focus, and/or camera parameters such as white balance and gain can be programmed to transition in unison. It works by automatically calculating the intermediate values during scene transition. A Cache Recording function is newly added in the PMW-EX1R. Audio and video signals are buffered to the camcorder’s internal memory before the record button is pressed. Once the record button is pushed, the cached portion is recorded onto memory media. This portion is added in front of the clip. The caching period can be adjusted by menu setting up to 15 seconds. When in Cache Recording mode, an indicator on the inside panel lights up. Image Inversion Function (PMW-EX1R Only) When the cinema lens or still-camera lens is attached to the camera with a DOF (Depth of Field) adaptor, the image is rotated 180 degrees. Image Inversion is the function that normalizes the image. IR Remote Control On Rear (PMW-EX1R Only) The PMW-EX1R has a newly added IR remote control receptor on the rear of its handle. This allows the user to control the PMW-EX1R with a remote commander™ both from the front and rear of the camcorder. Shot B Transition Transition Shot B Shot A Shot B Shot A time Transition Shot A Shot B Shot A time time LINEAR SOFT STOP SOFT TRANSITION Makes the transition linearl y. Makes the transition slowly at the end. Makes the transition slowly at the beginning and end, and linearly in between. Additional Aspect Markers For Cinema Operation (PMW-EX1R Only) Several new aspect markers such as 1.66:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1, and 2.4:1 are added for more convenient cinema operation. 17 Operational Versatility Camera Remote Control (PMW-EX3 Only) HD-SDI and Other Versatile Interfaces The PMW-EX3 camcorder comes equipped with a remote control interface. Various camera settings can be remotely controlled using an optional RM-B150 or RM-B750 Remote Control Unit via its 8-pin remote connector*. The PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 come equipped with a wide range of interfaces optimized for a variety of operational needs, wide interoperability, and flexible workflow. These include an HD-SDI output and, in E-to-E mode, 10 bits of 4:2:2 signal can be output from the connector. For versatile usage, there is also a down-converted SD-SDI output, i.LINK (HDV/DVCAM)*, and analog composite/component output. Additionally, the PMW-EX3 camcorder is equipped with a timecode input/output and genlock input, allowing the camcorder to be used in a multi-camera system. *Some controls on the RM-B150 and RM-B750 are not supported by the PMW-EX3. Adjustable Shoulder Pad and Cheek Pad (PMW-EX3 Only) The position of the PMW-EX3 camcorder’s shoulder pad can be selected from two positions. In addition, the PMW-EX3 is supplied with a detachable cheek pad. Operators can always attain a comfortable and wellbalanced camera position, even when the camcorder is docked with long lenses. HDMI Output (PMW-EX1R Only) The standard HDMI connector (Type A) allows the user to show the picture on a consumer display or professional monitor equipped with an HDMI input. Non-compressed video and two channels of audio can be output. When HDMI output is selected, the other output is not available. 18 *PMW-EX1R supports i.LINK (HDV/DVCAM). DVCAM input is available for monitoring use only, not for recording use. PMW-EX3 only supports i.LINK (HDV) only. Other Features • Built-in ND filter wheel: OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND • Selectable gain: -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB • High-speed picture search: x4, x15 • Freeze Mix function • Skin-tone detail control • Low-key saturation Operational Versatility A 3.5-inch* Color LCD D To facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom switch and record start/stop button are located on the carrying handle of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3. In addition, the PMW-EX1R has a new zoom transition menu which ensures smooth transitions – the user simply selects “Soft” to enable the on-handle zoom to start and stop more smoothly. Both of these camcorders are equipped with a large, easy-to-view, color LCD with a high resolution of 1920 x 480 pixels. This screen can be flexibly rotated for accessible viewing from any PMW-EX3 shooting angle. PMW-EX1R The ease of focusing offered by this highresolution panel, and its location and adjustability, enables it to be used as a viewfinder or camera assistant operator panel. It can also be used to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera’s set-up menus, view thumbnails, and display status indications. On-handle Zoom Switch and Record Start/Stop Button E Rotary Grip The hand grip of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 can rotate approximately 120 degrees, which allows camera operators to flexibly adjust the angle of the grip. This gives users greater control and comfort when holding the camera in any shooting position. The grip for the PMW-EX1R has a new, enhanced shape that better fits the user’s hand. *Viewable area measured diagonally. B Four Assignable Buttons Frequently used functions can be programmed to four assignable buttons on the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3, allowing operators to make rapid changes when working in the field. F C 0.45-inch* Color LCD Viewfinder (PMW-EX1R Only) The PMW-EX1R comes equipped with a new color LCD viewfinder, which displays high-resolution color pictures of approximately 1,226,000 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio of 16:9, which simplifies focusing. Operators can switch between Color and Monochrome Display modes, according to their preference. Built-in Stereo Microphone and Two-channel Audio Input Both camcorders have a built-in stereo microphone and two XLR audio input connectors for connecting professional microphones or feeding an external-line audio source. These allow high-quality, two-channel 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio to be recorded. *Viewable area measured diagonally. F C D A B E B D PMW-EX1R F A B B PMW-EX3 E 19 Camcorder System Diagrams Unless specified as “supplied”, all the components below are optional. URX-P2 Wireless Microphone Receiver ECM-673 Electret Condenser Microphone (included in UWP-V1/V2/V6 UHF Wireless Microphone Package) XS8X4AS-XB8 EX Mount Wide-angle Lens from Fujinon HD-SDI/SD-SDI HD/SD Analog Component 1/2-inch Type Lens Mount Adaptor (supplied) 1/2-inch Type Lens from Other Manufactures SD Analog Composite S-Video i.LINK (HDV) 14x Zoom Lens (supplied) 2/3-inch Type Lens PMW-EX3 Timecode Genlock ACM-21 2/3-inch Type Lens Mount Adaptor from Fujinon 8-pin RM-B150 Remote Control Unit RM-B750 Remote Control URX-P2 Wireless Microphone Receiver ECM-673 Electret Condenser Microphone (included in UWP-V1/V2/V6 UHF Wireless Microphone Package) HD-SDI/SD-SDI HD/SD Analog Component SD Analog Composite i.LINK (HDV/DVCAM)* HDMI VCL-EX0877 0.8x Wide Conversion Lens PMW-EX1R * DVCAM input is only for monitoring purpose. Battery Charger Battery BP-S 30 BP-S 30 1 CHAR GE SUB CLIP PREV PLAY/PAUSE u 100 CHA RGE BC-U2 BC-U1 Battery Charger/ Battery Charger/ AC Adaptor (supplied) AC Adaptor BP-U30 Lithium-ion Battery Pack (supplied) BP-U60 Lithium-ion Battery Pack x M REC z STOP FFWD m OUT NEXT > FREV DC 0% 80 BATTE BC-U1 RY C HAR GER 20 W THUMBNAIL . OUT PUSH SET T ZOOM SHOTMARK 2 DC Recording Media Remote Commander REC PAUSE PUSH AF X Remote Commander (supplied) SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 with Memory Stick PHU-120R Professional Harddisk Unit XDCAM EX Application Software XDCAM EX products come with two application software packages for powerful yet easy and intuitive management of recorded content. Included are two versions (Macintosh and PC) of Clip Browser as well as XDCAM Transfer application software for Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing systems. Clip Browser Version 2.6 Features • Browse video clips recorded by XDCAM EX products, including those in newly added formats, such as in HQ 1440x1080 mode, four-channel audio, and DVCAM mode • Copy XDCAM EX clip files from SxS memory card to other devices such as hard disk drives • Combine segmented clips recorded across two SxS memory cards • Display Acquisition Metadata recorded in MP4 files • Detect and correct for Flash Bands • Convert file formats from MP4 to other file formats, such as MXF format*, DV format, AAF format, H.264/AVC format (for field viewing on Sony PSP™, Apple iPod and Apple iPhone devices), and WMV format* System Requirements MS Windows OS: Windows XP SP3 or later (32-bit version) Windows Vista SP1 or later (32-bit version, 64-bit version) Windows 7 (32-bit version, 64-bit version) CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.0-GHz (minimum) Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0-GHz or higher (recommended) RAM: 1 GB (minimum), 2 GB or more (recommended) Clip Browser GUI (Windows) Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later Mac OS X 10.5.1 or later Mac OS X 10.6 or later CPU Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0-GHz (minimum), Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.4-GHz, or higher (recommended) RAM 1 GB (minimum), 2 GB or more (recommended) Clip Browser GUI (Macintosh) • Create sub clips with Mark IN/OUT operation • Register metadata for clips, such as “title”, “creator”, and “comments” • Register shot mark metadata for instant cue-up to desired scenes • Capture and create still-image files (BMP files) for desired scenes *Requires optional plug-in software from MainConcept AG (http://www.mainconcept.com/plugin4clipbrowser) PDZK-P1* Ver. 2.11 XDCAM Transfer for Apple Final Cut Pro The PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer is plug-in software for Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing systems that provides support for MP4 files recorded by XDCAM EX products. With this software installed on a Macintosh computer, XDCAM EX products or SxS memory card can be mounted directly onto Mac Finder, and users can seamlessly import and edit recorded material. *The latest version of this software can be downloaded from Sony websites. Please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer for further information. PDZK-P1 does not support DVCAM (AVI) files recorded with PMW-EX1R or PMW-350 camcorders. Without using PDZK-P1, those files can be imported by drag & drop operation from Finder to Browser window of Final Cut Pro. System requirements OS Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later CPU PowerPC G5 2-GHz, or higher Intel Core 2 Duo 2-GHz, or higher Intel Xeon 2-GHz, or higher RAM 1 GB or more 21 Optional Accessories PXU-MS240 Mobile Storage Unit PXU-HC240 HDD Cartridge The PXU-MS240 is a hard disk drive (HDD)-based highcapacity storage device enabling reliable and prompt on-site data backup of SxS memory card without using a PC. Capacity can be added by replacing the detachable PXU-HC240 HDD cartridge. As well as USB2.0, the unit supports eSATA for effective data transfer to an editing PC. High-capacity Storage Shockproof Mechanism When the three-axis acceleration sensor detects a sudden movement in the PXU-MS240, the HDD head is unloaded. This prevents damage to the drive. Additionally, the cartridge is equipped with a newly designed shock absorber to protect the hard disk drive from drop impact*. * This feature cannot guarantee proper functioning and trouble-free operation. The user simply attaches the supplied HDD cartridge to the PXU-MS240 slot. This cartridge offers a large 240-GB capacity, storing approximately 800 minutes in HQ mode and 1,040 minutes in SP mode. OLED Display High-speed Data Backup of SxS Memory Card Two-way Powering Data on SxS memory card can be fully backed up simply by inserting a card in the PXU-MS240 slot and pressing the copy button. The maximum transfer speed from SxS memory card to HDD cartridge is approximately 600 Mbps, and it takes approximately ten minutes to copy 32 GB of data. Since data verification occurs during copying, SxS memory card can be wiped for re-use after data backup. For outdoor operation, the PXU-MS240 uses a BP-U30 battery – the same battery as used in PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 camcorders. An AC adaptor is also supplied. The OLED display ensures a high level of visibility even for outside use. It indicates mode of operation, battery level, remaining HDD capacity, and copy status*. * Clip review and thumbnail indication are not available. Workflow Example Shooting Reuse 3 EX WPM Versatile Interfaces To review PXU-MS240 clips on any XDCAM EX camcorder’s LCD, simply use the supplied PHU cable to connect the PXU-MS240 USB terminal to the camcorder’s SxS memory card slot*1. For fast data transfer, connect the PXU-MS240 to a PC via a third-party eSATA cable. It takes approximately 60 minutes to transfer up to 240 GB of data, and this can be reduced to one-third of the time when using a USB 2.0 connection. Additionally, an HDD cartridge can be connected to a PC via the USB 2.0 interface, even in a stand-alone configuration. 3 EX WPM SxS Memory Card XDCAM EX Viewing Copy USB 2.0 connection with supplied PHU cable Replace PXU-MS240 PXU-HC240 Editing PC with USB Interface or eSATA Interface *1: Please note that it is not possible to record directly from an XDCAM EX camcorder to the PXU-MS240 or PXU-HC240. *2: The HDD cartridge requires an AC adaptor when used without the PXU-MS240. USB 2.0 or eSATA connection* USB 2.0 connection SxS Memory Card PXU-MS240 PXU-HC240 *PC can access to either HDD or SxS memory card. 22 Optional Accessories PHU-120R Professional Harddisk Unit The PHU-120R* is an external storage unit for XDCAM EX products. It allows XDCAM EX clips to be recorded on its large-capacity 120-GB hard disk drive for up to approximately 400 minutes in HQ mode and 520 minutes in SP mode**. Offering long recording times at an affordable price, the unit is easily connected to XDCAM EX products using the supplied cable, and can be attached to XDCAM EX camcorders using the supplied shoe adaptor. *The PHU-120R does not support slow-motion recording. **When using with the PMW-EX1, PMW-EX3, or PMW-EX30, the mechanical switch of PHU-120R needs to be set to two partitions of 60-GB HDD mode. SBAC-US10 SxS Memory Card USB Reader/Writer The SBAC-US10 is an SxS PRO memory card reader/writer* that works with both MS Windows-based PCs and Macintosh computers via a USB 2.0 interface. This compact and portable device comes in handy in many situations such as on location, and for desktop browsing and full-fledged editing. *The SBAC-US10 does not support MEAD-MS01. BC-U2 Battery Charger The BC-U2 is a battery charger for BP-U30/U60 that can charge two batteries simultaneously. It can supply power to PMW-EX1R or PMW-EX3 while the batteries are recharging. MEAD-MS01 Memory Stick Adaptor The MEAD-MS01 is an adaptor which enables the use of high-speed Memory Stick™* as XDCAM EX emergency recording media. Using 8, 16, or 32-GB media, approximately 35, 70, or 140 minutes of recording (in SP mode) can be achieved**. *The Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo "HX" Series, MS-HX8G (8-GB), MS-HX16G (16-GB), and MS-HX32G (32-GB) are recommended. Please contact your local Sony office for the latest compatibility information. VCT-SP2BP Camcorder Support (for PMW-EX1R & PMW-EX3) Using the VCT-SP2BP, the handheld PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 can be held steadily for long periods of time. This device provides three-point support: at the handle, shoulder, and chest. It can also be mounted on a tripod with a camcorder. **Slow Motion and Salvage functions are not supported. 23 Optional Accessories Optional Accessories for PMW-350 SBP-32/16 SBS-32G1 PXU-HC240 HVR-MRC1K SxS PRO Memory Card HDD Cartridge SxS-1 Memory Card Memory Recording Unit AC-DN10/DN2B BC-L500/L160/L70 Photo Shows AC-DN10 Photo Shows BC-L500 ECM-680S ECM-678/673 AC Adaptor Shotgun-type Electret Condenser Microphone Battery Charger Shotgun-type Electret Condenser Microphone MEAD-MS01 PHU-120R PXU-MS240 SBAC-US10 BP-GL95A/GL65A/GL95/GL65 BP-L80S/L60S Photo Shows BP-GL95/GL65 Photo Shows BP-L80S RM-B750 RCP-750/751/920/921 Memory Stick Adaptor SxS Memory Card USB Reader/ Writer RM-B150 Remote Control Unit Professional Harddisk Unit Lithium-ion Battery Pack Remote Control Unit Mobile Storage Unit Lithium-ion Battery Pack Remote Control Unit Photo Shows RCP-920 WRR-855S DWR-S01D* CBK-DV01 BKW-401 Wireless Microphone Receiver Wireless Microphone Receiver SD Recording and Playback Key Photo Shows ECM-678, Requires 3-pin to 5-pin conversion cable CBK-SP01 VCT-14/VCT-U14 DXF-20W DXF-51 CAC-12 LC-H300 LC-DS300SFT HDCA-702 Shoulder Pad Mic Holder Tripod Adaptor Carrying Case (Hard) 2.0-inch Monochrome Viewfinder Carrying Case (Soft) 5-inch Monochrome Viewfinder MPEG TSAdaptor Viewfinder Rotation Bracket 50-pin Interface Under Development * The digital wireless microphone system is not available in some countries where prohibited by the radio law. 24 Optional Accessories Optional Accessories for PMW-EX3/EX1R SBP-32/16 SBS-32G1 MEAD-MS01 PHU-120R PXU-MS240 PXU-HC240 HVR-MRC1K BP-U30 BP-U60 BC-U1 BC-U2 VCL-719BXS/B 19x Focus Servo Lens (for PMW-EX3) VCL-EX0877 0.8x Wide Conversion Lens (for PMW-EX1) RM-B150 RM-B750 ECM-680S ECM-673 URX-P2 UWP-V1 UWP-V2 SxS PRO Memory Card HDD Cartridge Battery Charger Shotgun-type Electret Condenser Microphone SxS-1 Memory Card Memory Recording Unit Shotgun-type Electret Condenser Microphone Memory Stick Adaptor Lithium-ion Battery Pack (28 Wh) UHF Diversity Tuner Professional Harddisk Unit Lithium-ion Battery Pack (56 Wh) Remote Control Unit (for PMW-EX3) Mobile Storage Unit Battery Charger (for BP-U30/U60) Remote Control Unit (for PMW-EX3) UHF Wireless Microphone Package UHF Wireless Microphone Package Fujinon Fujinon Requires 5-pin to 3-pin x2 conversion cable UWP-V6 UHF Wireless Microphone Package VCT-SP2BP Camcorder Support 1/2-inch Type HD Lenses From Other Manufacturers Canon KH20x6.4 KRS* Canon KH13x4.5 KRS* Fujinon XS17x5.5BRM/BRD* XS13x3.3BRM/BRD* XS8X4AS-XB8 (EX Mount Wide-angle Lens) * Requires the lens mount adaptor supplied with the PMW-EX3 camcorder to attach these lenses to the PMW-EX3. Some lens functions are not supported by the PMW-EX3 camcorder. For details of the lenses, please contact each manufacturer. Other Lens Accessory Fujinon ACM-21* * When using 2/3-inch type lenses with the PMW-EX3 camcorder, the Fujinon ACM-21 lens mount adaptor must be used. For details, please contact the manufacturer. 25 Workflow Examples Ingest SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 with Memory Stick PC with ExpressCard slot AC Adaptor(supplied) PMW-350/EX3*1*2/EX1R USB 2.0 connection SBAC-US10 PC with USB interface USB Reader/Writer* 3 DISPLAY MENU SET THUMBLAIL CANCEL 1 ACCESS A REC LEVEL CH-1 VIDEO INPUT CH-2 AUDIO INPUT B TC/UB iLINK HD SDI SD ANALOG HD SDI CH-1/2 HD SDI CH-3/4 PHONES STATUS F REV m PHONE LEVEL PREV . NEXT > F FWD PLAY/PAUSE M u TOP STOP REC x z SLOT SELECT END PMW-EX30* * 1 MEAD-MS01 2 HD-SDI/SD-SDI or i.LINK (HDV/DVCAM) or USB 2.0 connection PC with HD-SDI/SD-SDI or i.LINK or USB interface Optional USB Adaptor USB 2.0 connection Memory Stick PC with USB interface PHU-120R Professional Harddisk Unit 3 EX WPM USB 2.0 connection PMW-350/EX3* * /EX1R 1 2 PC with USB interface DISPLAY MENU SET THUMBLAIL CANCEL 1 ACCESS A REC LEVEL CH-1 VIDEO INPUT CH-2 AUDIO INPUT B TC/UB iLINK HD SDI SD ANALOG HD SDI CH-1/2 HD SDI CH-3/4 PHONES STATUS F REV m PHONE LEVEL PREV . NEXT > F FWD PLAY/PAUSE M u TOP STOP REC x z SLOT SELECT END PMW-EX30* * 1 2 HD-SDI/SD-SDI or i.LINK (HDV/DVCAM) or USB 2.0 connection USB 2.0 connection PC with USB interface PMW-350/EX3*1*2/EX1R HD-SDI/SD-SDI or i.LINK (HDV/DVCAM) *4 PMW-350/EX3*1*2/EX1R PC with HD-SDI/SD-SDI or i.LINK or USB interface PC with HD-SDI/SD-SDI or i.LINK interface *1 PMW-EX3 and PMW-EX30 do not support either HQ 1440x1080 mode or DVCAM mode. *2 PMW-EX3 and PMW-EX30 will support SxS-1 memory card and MEAD-MS01 after firmware upgrade which is planned in the Spring 2010. *3 SBAC-US10 does not support MEAD-MS01. *4 PMW-EX3 does not support i.LINK (DVCAM). Viewing and Dubbing SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 with Memory Stick PHU-120R Professional Harddisk Unit DISPLAY MENU SET THUMBLAIL CANCEL 1 ACCESS A REC LEVEL CH-1 VIDEO INPUT CH-2 AUDIO INPUT iLINK B TC/UB HD SDI SD ANALOG HD SDI CH-1/2 HD SDI CH-3/4 PHONES STATUS F REV m PHONE LEVEL PREV . NEXT > F FWD PLAY/PAUSE M u TOP STOP REC x z SLOT SELECT END PMW-EX30* * 1 SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 with Memory Stick 2 HD-SDI/SD-SDI or i.LINK (HDV/DVCAM) HDCAM/XDCAM HD/HDV recorder PHU-120R + ˙ Professional Harddisk Unit + ˙ + ˙ + DISPLAY MENU SET 1 ˙ ACCESS A REC LEVEL CH-1 VIDEO INPUT iLINK + B ˙ TC/UB HD SDI + SD CH-2 AUDIO INPUT ANALOG HD SDI CH-1/2 HD SDI CH-3/4 PHONES PHONE LEVEL ˙ STATUS THUMBLAIL F REV m PREV . NEXT > F FWD PLAY/PAUSE M u TOP STOP REC x z CANCEL SLOT SELECT END PMW-EX30*1*2 HD-SDI/SD-SDI or HDMI or Component LUMA™/BRAVIA™ *1 PMW-EX30 does not support either HQ 1440x1080 mode or DVCAM mode. *2 PMW-EX30 will support SxS-1 memory card and MEAD-MS01 after firmware upgrade which is planned in the Spring 2010. 26 Workflow Examples Archiving SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 with Memory Stick MP4 PHU-120R Professional Harddisk Unit USB 2.0 connection PC with Clip Browser installed Blu-ray Disc/DVD writer software required Blu-ray Disc/DVD (stored as data) SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 with Memory Stick MP4 USB 2.0 connection PHU-120R Professional Disc™ PDW-U1 Professional Harddisk Unit USB 2.0 connection XDCAM Drive Unit PC with Clip Browser installed (stored as data) SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 with Memory Stick MXF USB 2.0 connection PHU-120R PDW-U1 Professional Harddisk Unit USB 2.0 connection Professional Disc XDCAM Drive Unit PC with Clip Browser installed MP4 to MXF conversion MXF i.LINK (FAM) XDCAM HD recorder Professional Disc Live Event DISPLAY MENU CH-1 VIDEO INPUT CH-2 AUDIO INPUT iLINK PHU-120R B TC/UB HD SDI SD ANALOG HD SDI CH-1/2 HD SDI CH-3/4 PHONES STATUS THUMBLAIL F REV m PHONE LEVEL 1 PREV . NEXT > F FWD PLAY/PAUSE M u TOP STOP REC x z CANCEL SLOT SELECT END PMW-EX30*2 HD Multi-purpose Camera AWS-G500HD Anycast Station BRC-H700/Z700/Z330* 3 Remote Camera SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 Professional Harddisk Unit ACCESS A REC LEVEL HD-SDI HDC-X300/X310* PHU-120R with Memory Stick SET 1 SxS Memory Card MEAD-MS01 DISPLAY MENU with Memory Stick SET 1 Professional Harddisk Unit ACCESS A REC LEVEL CH-1 VIDEO INPUT CH-2 AUDIO INPUT iLINK B TC/UB HD SDI SD HD-SDI ANALOG HD SDI CH-1/2 HD SDI CH-3/4 HD-SDI PHONES PHONE LEVEL STATUS THUMBLAIL F REV m PREV . NEXT > F FWD PLAY/PAUSE M u TOP STOP REC x z CANCEL SLOT SELECT END PMW-EX30*2 PMW-350/EX3/EX1R *1 The HDC-X310 requires the HFU-X310 interface unit to output an HD-SDI signal. *2 PMW-EX30 will support SxS-1 memory card and MEAD-MS01 after firmware upgrade which is planned in the Spring 2010. *3 The BRC-H700 requires the HFBK-HD1 HD SDI Output Board to output an HD-SDI signal. The BRC-Z700 and Z330 require the BRBK-HSD1 HD/SD-SDI Output Card to output an HD-SDI signal. 27 XDCAM EX Camcorder Specifications General Mass Dimension (W x H x D) Power requirements Power consumption Operating temperature Storage temperature Battery operating time Recording format Recording frame rate Recording/Playback time Lens Lens mount Zoom ratio Focal length Iris Focus Image stabilizer Filter diameter Camera Section Imaging device Effective picture elements Optical system Built-in optical filters Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) Minimum illumination S/N ratio Horizontal rezolution Shutter speed Slow Shutter (SLS) 28 PMW-EX1R PMW-EX3* 2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz) (body) 2.8 kg (6 lb 2 oz) (with lens hood, large eye cup, BP-U30 battery, one SxS PRO memory card) 179 x 199 x 308 mm (7 1/8 x 7 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches) without projection PMW-350L, PMW-350K* 1.9 kg (4 lb 2 oz) (without lens) 3.6 kg (7 lb 9 oz) (with lens, lens hood, eye piece, BP-U30 battery, one SxS PRO memory card) 250 x 210 x 425 mm (9 7/8 x 8 3/8 x 16 3/4 inches) without projection DC 12 V Approx. 12.5 W Approx. 13.5 W (while recording, EVF On, LCD monitor Off) (while recording, LCD viewfinder On) 0 °C to +40 °C (+32 °F to +104 °F) -20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to +140 °F) Approx. 240 min with BP-U60 battery Approx. 210 min with BP-U60 battery Approx. 120 min with BP-U30 battery Approx. 100 min with BP-U30 battery Video: Video: MPEG-2 Long GOP MPEG-2 Long GOP HD HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL HD SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H-14 SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H-14 SD mode: DVCAM Audio: Audio: Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz) Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz) NTSC area: NTSC area: HD HQ mode:1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, HD HQ mode:1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p 1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 23.98p (pull down) HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 23.98p (pull down) SD mode: 720 x 480/59.94i, 29.97PsF Audio: HD mode: Linear PCM (4ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz) SD mode (Option): Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz) NTSC area: HD HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i, 23.98p (pull down) SD mode (Option): 720 x 480/59.94i, 29.97PsF PAL area: HD HQ mode:1920 x 1080/50i, 25p, 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p, 1280 x 720/50p, 25p HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i SD mode: 720 x 576/50i, 25PsF HQ Mode: Approx. 100 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card** Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card Approx. 25 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card PAL area: HD HQ mode:1920 x 1080/50i, 25p, 1280 x 720/50p, 25p HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i HQ Mode: Approx. 100 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card** Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card Approx. 25 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card PAL area: HD HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p, 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p, 1280 x 720/50p, 25p HD SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i SD mode (Option): 720 x 576/50i, 25PsF HQ Mode: Approx. 100 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card** Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card Approx. 25 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card SP/SD Mode: Approx. 140 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card** Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card Approx. 35 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card SP Mode: Approx. 140 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card** Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card Approx. 35 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card SP/SD Mode: (SD:Option) Approx. 140 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card** Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card Approx. 35 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card – 1/2-inch type EX mount 14x (optical), servo/manual f = 5.8 mm to 81.2 mm (equivalent to 31.4 mm to 439 mm on 35 mm lens) F1.9 to F16 and Close, auto/manual selectable AF/MF/Full MF selectable, 800 mm to ∞ (MACRO OFF), 50 mm to ∞ (MACRO ON, Wide), 735 mm to ∞ (MACRO ON, Tele) ON/OFF selectable, shift lens M77 mm, pitch 0.75 mm (on lens) 3-chip 1/2-inch type “Exmor” Full HD CMOS 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) F1.6 prism system OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode) 0.14 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.9, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation) 54 dB (Y) (typical) 1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode) 1/60 sec to 1/2,000 sec + ECS 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, and 64-frame accumulation 3.2 kg (7 lb 1 oz) (body) 6.3 kg (13 lb 14 oz) (with LCD VF, AF lens, Mic, BP-GL95A) 124 x 269 x 332 mm (5 x 10 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches) without projection Approx. 18 W (with LCD VF, AF lens, mic, while recording) Approx. 15 W (body while recording) Approx. 310 min with BP-GL95A battery 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@H-14 SD mode (Option): DVCAM 2/3-type SONY bayonet 16x (optical), servo/manual (AF lens for PMW-350K) f = 8 mm to 128 mm (equivalent to 31.5 mm to 503 mm on 35 mm lens) AF/MF/Full MF selectable, 800 mm to ∞ (MACRO OFF), 50 mm to ∞ (MACRO ON) – M82 mm, pitch 0.75 mm (on lens) 3-chip 2/3-inch type “Exmor” Full HD CMOS F1.4 prism system 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND F12 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode), F13 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode) 0.006 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.9, +42 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation) 59 dB (Y) (typical) Slow & Quick Motion function White balance Gain Inputs/Outputs Audio input Composite output S-Video output Audio output Comonent output SDI output i.LINK Timecode input Timecode output Genlock input USB Headphone output Speaker output DC input DC output Remote Lens remote MIC HDMI output VF Wireless receiver IN Monitoring Viewfinder Built-in LCD monitor Built-in Microphone Media Type Supplied Accessories PMW-EX1R PMW-EX3* PMW-350L, PMW-350K* 720p: Selectable from 1fps to 60 fps as recording frame rate 1080p: Selectable from 1fps to 30 fps as recording frame rate Preset (3,200 K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable Phono jack (x1) via A/V multi connector, NTSC or PAL BNC (x1), NTSC or PAL BNC (x1), NTSC or PAL, COMPONENT Y – Mini DIN 4-pin (x1) – Phono jack (CH-1,CH-2) via A/V multi connector Phono jack (CH-1,CH-2) XLR-type 5-pin Mini D (x1) via A/V multi connector – BNC (x1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable IEEEE 1394, 4-pin (x1), HDV (HDV 1080i ) / IEEEE 1394, 4-pin (x1), HDV stream (HDV 1080i ) IEEEE 1394, 6-pin (x1), HDV (HDV 1080i )/ DVCAM stream input/output , S400 input/output, S400 DVCAM stream input/output, S400 – BNC (x1) – BNC (x1) – BNC (x1) USB device, Mini-B (x1) Device Type B (x1) Stereo mini-jack (x1) Monaural DC jack XLR-type 4-pin – 4-pin 8-pin – 12-pin XLR-type 5-pin 19-pin 26-pin (LCD VF), 20-pin (DXF) D-Sub 15-pin – – – – A Type (x1) – – 0.45-inch*** type color LCD: 852 (H) x 480 (V), 16:9 3.5-inch** type color LCD monitor: approx. 921,000 effective pixels, 640 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9, hybrid type 3.5-inch*** type color LCD monitor: approx. 921,000 effective pixels, 640 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9, hybrid type – Black & white LCD (Audio level, TC, battery and media remaining capacity) Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone. – ExpressCard/34 slot (x2) Lens hood (1), Large eye cup (1), IR remote commander unit (1), USB cable (1), A/V connecting cable (1), Component video cable (1), Shoulder strap (1), Operation Manual (1), XDCAM EX Clip Browsing software (1), SxS device driver software (1), BP-U30 battery (1), BC-U1 charger (1), Cold Shoe Kit (1) 14x zoom lens (1), Lens hood (1), LO-3830 1/2-inch lens adaptor (1), IR remote commander unit (1), USB cable (1), Component video cable (1), Shoulder strap (1), Operation Manual (1), Cheek pad, XDCAM EX Clip Browsing software (1), SxS device driver software (1), BP-U30 battery (1), BC-U1 charger (1) 16x zoom lens (1), Lens hood (1) (PMW-350K only), Stereo mic (1), Windscreen (1), Shoulder belt (1), Operation Manual (1), XDCAM EX Clip Browsing software (1), SxS device driver software (1), Frange focal length adjustment test chart (1) * The specifications are measured with supplied lens. ** When recording in HQ (35 Mbps) mode, actual recording times may vary according to the bit rate adopted during VBR encoding. *** Viewable area measured diagonally. 29 User Experiences Adam Sèbire - Camera - Director - Editor, SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra The PMW-EX1 has completely transformed the way we do our overseas shoots - as I write I am shooting two projects in the German Alps with it. No more lugging kilos of tapes - I can travel with a MacBook Pro laptop and a couple of SxS cards. During breaks in shooting, I slot the card into the computer’s ExpressCard slot and ingest shots straight into Final Cut Pro with the free Log & Transfer plug-in - an hour of HQ material takes less than 10 mins to digitise this way, and is ready to be dropped into the timeline immediately. Nightly I back up the media folder to a portable Firewire drive at the hotel. The advantages of this workflow cannot be overstated. A recent project in the West Bank of Palestine required stills to be emailed to web designers and PR people in Holland each night. The beauty of this camera, especially with Sony’s beautiful wide angle lens, is that progressive scan stills from the camera* were sufficiently high resolution to satisfy even the print editions of major European daily newspapers ... and shooting 25p usually allowed us to choose the exact moment in the action that told the story. I barely took my SLR stills camera out of its pouch in over four weeks of shooting. Ramallah is located 10 km north of Jerusalem Ramallah, a city in the central West Bank After much research we also decided to use PMW-EX1 on one of the darkest shoots I’ve ever encountered. For the Sydney Biennale, the concert hall of the Opera House was transformed into a living forest with over 1000 trees, mist, and lighting suggestive of the first moments of daybreak. Even with 0dB of gain, the camera’s 360º shutter and brilliant low-light response surpassed that of similar cameras at 6dB. The PMWEX1 was light enough to be mounted on a Steadicam Flyer, making it sufficiently nimble to traverse the forest (auditorium) floor. The finished product will be shown on BluRay DVD in European galleries. You can’t go wrong with one of these cameras. Note: The above images were progressive scan stills from footage shot on Adam’s PMW-EX1. 30 Pieter de Vries ACS – freelance cinematographer and instructor of video camera and lighting skills. http://www.pieterdevries.com.au/ The PMW-EX1R took me by surprise the first time I got hands on it. The fact that it has the kind of features that are often taken for granted and associated with far more expensive HD cameras, was high on my list of surprises. This is partly due to the operation and feel of the focus and iris rings, plus a number of other manual controls that need to be adjusted regularly. For the first time, the PMW-EX1R allowed me to be in full control. This is a cinematographer’s camera, but with a capacity to go “Full Auto” if and when the need arises. It’s obvious to me that Sony’s CineAlta team had more than a passing interest in the design and build of this one. The Fujinon 14X zoom lens is a delight to use, with a feel and level of performance not unlike any premium broadcast zoom lens. Sony’s SxS memory cards have been very reliable, and it's the same story with the entire post workflow. I’m impressed with the ease of non-linear capture, controls layout and rapid speed of ingest from the cards onto my MacBook Pro. The entire posting process falls seamlessly into place. Additionally, the camera performs exceptionally well under adverse lighting conditions. I have produced some more than acceptable images out of totally appalling lighting situations with this camera, but in almost any light, the images are just amazing. When pushed, the images still look incredibly good. The PMW-EX1R would have to be the best compact digital video camera that I’ve used. Pieter de Vries ACS 31 PMW-350, PMW-EX3, PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX30 are produced at Sony EMCS Kosai Tec, which has received ISO14001the Environmental Management Certification. Distributed by BP000225-102009-AR-V3 Printed in Singapore © 2009 Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permissions is prohibited. Features, design and specifications are subject to change without notice. The values for mass and dimension are approximate. Sony is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. PSP is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. XDCAM EX, XDCAM, CineAlta, SxS PRO, SxS-1, SxS, Exmor, Picture Profile, Shot Transition, Remote Commander, i.LINK, Professional Disc, HDCAM, LUMA, BRAVIA and DVCAM are trademarks of Sony Corporation. HDV and HDV logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.