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alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the build quality and image quality are generally positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the battery, and the memory and features get less positive views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Camcorder Review: Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM Camcorder


The rarified realm of professional video cameras used to require an outlay of $60,000 and up, and this was minus a lens. Adding decent glass to that package got you to $80,000 or more easily. But you got what you paid for when it came to image quality....

Outstanding image quality. Great lens. Three 1/2" CMOS sensors.

Ergonomically challenged. Expensive media.

The Sony PMW-EX1's excellent image quality and slick SxS solid-state recording make it a one-of-a-kind solution for professional videographers.

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Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM Camcorder


For some time now the video making populous has been sniffing the sweet scent of a tape-less recording future. And while many consumer mums-and-dads have long since ditched tape for the convenience of hard-drive and DVD recording cameras, professionals...

In Part 1, Mike Jones discusses the camera's body, lens, and recording format


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Sony PMW-EX1 Training DVD Reviews: VASST and Call Box


Two new excellent training DVDs from VASST and Call Box have come out covering all aspects of the amazing Sony PMW-EX1 professional XDCAM EX HD camera. Both are great, but each has a unique aspect to it.

He walks you through the editor's shopping list, importing and processing the SxS card media data for Final Cut Pro (the first thing I watched as I began processing video clips from the film). It's similar to working with Panasonic P2 media data. He...

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Amazon review summary for Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 - Camcorder - High Definition - professional - widescreen - optical zoom: 14 x - supported memory: SxS PRO - flash card

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Design that are presented by Sony at the semi-professional camera, but also in terms of high technology through a feature can be found on this camera. This camera includes the first in the world (semi professional camcorder class) that uses flash...

Well built, User-friendly functions, Excellent LCD display

Heavy and a bit cumbersome

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A member of the legendary Sony CineAltaâ"¢ family. It offers native 23.98P* recording which, in combination with advanced creative features such as selectable gamma curves, makes this camcorder ideal for cinema production. *In 1440 x 1080/23.98P (SP)...

14 x Optical Zoom ratio , servo/manual selectable


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Quick review of Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1


I suggest for everybody if you wanna be cameraman, there is no reason you have to tray to use it and you feel the result as soon as possible

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Fun and easy little camcorder for anyone to use!


This little camcorder packs enough features to make it well worth the low price. I especially love the small size and light weight. The only major weaknesses are things that can be expected from most lower-cost camcorders. Overall a great buy if you...

Compact, good picture, strong optical zoom, built-in light, very light-weight and decent battery life.

No USB - firewire only, auto focus has some trouble in dark scenes.

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Good lower end camcorder


The camcorder is functionally very good in recording and playback. The picture is recorded very well even in room light. The LCD is good sized and sharp. The camcorder fits in very well in the hand and is easy to use. It is not a professional level...

Lightweight, good LCD, good zoom, good recording.

Tape ejects from the bottom of the unit, Plastic feeling

Product Specifications

The XDCAM EX expands upon Sony's XDCAM line of tapeless acquisition systems, using flash memory technology: the SxS memory card specification, with high-speed transfer technology compliant to the ExpressCard industry standard. This camcorder is based on MPEG-2 compression technology with three,

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony BP-U30

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SxS PRO

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony XDCAM EX

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.9
Max Focal Length:81.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:14
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):12.7 mm ( 1/2 ) / 12.7 mm ( 1/2" )
Optical Sensor Type:3 Exmor CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Pro Camcorder Features


Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Media Type:Flash card


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD