Video Accessories Misc
- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 01 September 2008
Introduction to the Sony PMW-EX1
It was only a few years ago that HD video cameras became available for consumers. The image quality was obviously better than NTSC, but not a whole lot better. Nevertheless, early adopters grabbed them up and had a ball. Sony was the first into the playing field with consumer HD.
So, we had consumer level HD cameras that were really just barely there, and studio cameras.
Then came Prosumer cameras that were actually good enough for studios, and in fact, studios used them. They were perfect for field reporting and cost less than half of a true Studio HDTV video camera. Besides, the compression in the broadcasts was so high, the lack of real detail in the HD cameras was not all that noticeable. We were all so taken with the fact we were watching High Def TV, we didn't care that it was not all that good. It was, as might be said, "good enough".
- Design: 1080p30 HD Video Camera
- Sensors: Three 1/2" Exmore CMOS
- Data Rate: 35 Mbps in HQ Mode; MPEG-2
- Resolution Modes: 1080p30, 1080p24, 1080i60, 720p60, 720p24
- Shoots in Slow Motion and Fast Motion for Special Effects
- Lens: 14x Fujinon; 5.8mm-81.2mm; f/1.9-f/16
- External LCD Viewfinder: 3.5"
- Media: SxS Pro ExpressCard Flash
- Connections: SDI, USB 2.0, Firewire, Component Video, XLR External Microphones
- Dimensions: 7" H x 7.1" W x 12.4" D
- Weight: 6.2 Pounds
- MSRP: $7,499 USA
Well, now the novelty has worn off, and just in time. We notice when the HD doesn't look so grand, because there are some really good HD programs out there, and Blu-ray movies look terrific.
The Sony PMW-EX1 is a Prosumer HD video camera that is quite affordable ($7,499) when you take into account that it will record 1080p30. That's right. Remember how we have all been talking about the day when HDTV programs might begin broadcasting in 1080p instead of 1080i? Well, if it isn't actually part of program broadcasting yet, you can have for all your home videos. Those birthday parties, daughter's wedding, trip to Europe . . . . you can record them in 1080p30 with a camera that is reasonably portable (it comes with its own small suitcase).
No, it's not one of the pocket sized HD cameras, but you can carry it around without too much difficulty. And, as you will see, the image quality is vastly superior to any consumer HD camera of the past. It's studio quality, affordable to the aficionado.