Sony EX3

Sony EX3

The PMW-EX3 follows on from the success of the PMW-EX1 and offers all the same great features in a semi-shoulder design. In addition the camcorder also features an interchangeable lens system, genlock, timecode and remote control capability for real added flexibility, offering a low-cost non broadcast HD solution.

Solid State media recording

This camera uses the Sony SXS card recording sytem to great effect. A usual hire kit would come with two 16GB or 32GB SxS cards and a USB powered card reader (Sony produce a 64GB card also). The intended workflow is to transfer your footage to a laptop or other hard drive based storage system either during or at the end of each day.


The Rise of the Nanoflash

In order to hit ‘full’ HD specifications for channels such as SKY HD, BBC HD, ITV HD etc the HD recording bit rate must hit 50Mbps or above. The EX3 and EX1 range create great pictures but only record at 35 Mbps. A popular solution to this issue was to attach a seperate recorder to the HD output of the camera that would record at 50 Mbps.



  • Compatible with ExpressCard3/4 interface slot.
  • Uses PCI Express interface and achieves an extremely high “read” speed of 800 Mb/s*
  • Large storage capacity: SBP-8 (8 GB) and SBP-16 (16 GB) cards available.
  • Records up to 70 min of HD video & audio (using 1 x 16-GB card)
  • Compact card size: approx. 75 x 34 x 5 mm
  • Low power consumption
  • Highly reliable: can resist shocks (up to 1500 G) and vibrations (up to 15 G)
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 +40°C (+32 to +104°F)
Storage temperature -20 to +60°C (-4 to +140°F)
Continuous operating time Approx. 210 min. with BP-U60 battery Approx. 100 min. with BP-U30 battery
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
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
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 b> DC jack
Battery input 5-pin
Remote 8-pin
Capsule type Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
Type ExpressCard/34 (x 2)
Interface ExpressCard compatible