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Sony PMWEX3
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Sony PMWEX3 Camcorder

1/2 1.9kg CMOS 14x Jul 2011
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
The PMW-EX3 compact camcorder with an interchangeable lens system incorporates three 1/2-inch type Exmor Full HD CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 x 1080, delivering... More
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12 Reasons For

Good Brand

Sony video cameras have good reviews on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony PMWEX3 has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Unlike most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the PMWEX3 which do not have an image stabiliser, the Sony PMWEX3 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the PMWEX3 which are not Full HD, the Sony PMWEX3 is Full HD.

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1/2" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Sony PMWEX3 is 1/2". That's over three times the optical sensor size of the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/6". 6.40 x 4.80mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/2") is actually the best optical sensor size across all video cameras of this age and spec.

The worst optical sensor size amongst comparable types of camcorder is 1/6".

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PMWEX3, the Sony PMWEX3 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PMWEX3 range from 150 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, the Sony PMWEX3 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst video cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony PMWEX3 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than most video cameras that are a similar age to it. Most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. The best video resolution of all video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 720 x 480 pixels.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of this age and spec.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

Across all the video cameras that came out around the same time as the PMWEX3 the minimum illumination range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 42lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.14 lux, the Sony PMWEX3 has one of the smaller minimum illumination amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Most video cameras that were released more than two years ago do not have an HDMI port. The Sony PMWEX3 is no exception to this as it too does not have an HDMI port.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PMWEX3, the Sony PMWEX3 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the PMWEX3, the Sony PMWEX3 does not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the PMWEX3 are not 3D compatible. The Sony PMWEX3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the PMWEX3, the Sony PMWEX3 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ420[plb_1583936_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

The lowest video capturing speed of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the PMWEX3 is 24fps and the highest is 120fps. With a video capturing speed of only 30 frames per second, the Sony PMWEX3 has one of the lower video capturing speeds amongst video cameras of this age.

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Heavy

Video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PMWEX3 have weights of between 59g and 7.5kg. The Sony PMWEX3 is fairly heavy (1.9 kilograms) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PMWEX3.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Sony PMW-200[plb_1558790_price] (2.7kg).

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony PMWEX3

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the Sony PMWEX3 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

Other 3.5" screen size camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at include the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Cinema Camera MFT[pl_2234145_price] (5"), or the Production Camera 4K[pl_2643988_price] (5") both from Blackmagic Design which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over five years.

Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 14 times zoom factor, the Sony PMWEX3 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the PMWEX3.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price] (17x).

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Auto Focus Lock
Light Exposure
White Balance
Flash
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
XLR in Port
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Packaging Content
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
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Expert Reviews

3 December 2009

La Sony PMW-EX3 apporte une réelle valeur ajoutée face à sa petite soeur l'EX1R. Le viseur commutable en écran cumulé à la tenue d'épaule sont des atouts ergonomiques considérables en...

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vex3
Barcodes 00817062004057, 04905524475036

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