This is the new benchmark. Similar to Panasonic's P2 workflow(s), Sony has gone tapeless. But unlike Panasonic's early P2 technology, Sony has NAILED the workflow. If you're next project calls for a tapeless workflow, then this is the camera for you. Paired with a MacBook Pro or the "plug and play" card reader, this is a seamless, streamlined workflow, that is the fastest way to get from your set to your editing suite. With off load speeds at about 1/4 of real time, you can be editing your footage within 4 minutes of your final take!
The Sony PMW-EX1 is a flash-memory based HD camcorder capable of a variety of frame rates and resolutions. The Exmor 1/2" CMOS sensors used in the EX1 provide unprecedented clarity. Enhancing both usability and workflow efficiency, the EX1 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-EX1 has it all covered. Its bevy of output settings allows users to take advantage of fast and slow motion, as well as popular framerates such as the "film-like" 24p mode.
XDCAM EX is a variant of Sony's popular XDCAM HD codec, which has become a benchmark for affordable non-linear professional acquisition. Through the use of flash-based memory, the PMW-EX1 can take advantage of variable bit rate (VBR) recording. VBR technology intelligently employs less or more image compression in different parts of your footage dependant on which areas needs more bandwidth. The end result is higher quality images with less compression artifacts when compared to more antiquated constant bit rate (CBR) methods.
• Exmor 1/2" CMOS Sensors
Most prosumer cameras feature 1/3" sensors. These chips can often become choked in low-light situations due to their size. The result is usually additional noise and image degradation, sometimes even sending otherwise usable footage to the proverbial "digital cutting room floor." By incorporating larger sensors Sony has once again raised the bar for handheld cameras; the PMW-EX1'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.
• SxS Solid State Recording Technolgy
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. This can be very important when trying to quickly download up to gigabytes worth of footage.
• Under and Over-Cranking Made Easy
Variable frame rates have been used in filmmaking since its inception. What is often referred to as "over-cranking" for slow motion and "under-cranking" for fast motion, is achieved by running film quickly or slowly through a film gate. This creates the desired temporal effect; it makes for a simple, yet effective technique, which can be used in an endless variety of creative cinematic possibilities. The PMW-EX1 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!
• High Definition LCD
When shooting HD footage, standard LCD screens can be very deceiving; what looked perfect amidst a full-day video shoot can sometimes prove very soft or out of focus back in post-production. This is a direct result of a simple fact: common LCDs usually can't resolve images in the same way they are being recorded and you end up cleaning up the mess. The PMW-EX1 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.
• 14x Fujinon Lens
The integrated Fujinon lens has many professional design nuances usually only available on more expensive ENG cameras, including both full manual focus as well as a slide focus ring.
• Extended Record Time
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-EX1.