Sony PMW-EX1


XDCAM EX - New Generation HD Recording System

The PMW-EX1 is the first in a new range of professional HD products - called XDCAM EX - which record onto memory-based SxS ExpressCard media. Designed from the ground up to exploit the ultimate high performance of SxS PRO memory cards, the PMW-EX1 combines a state-of-the-art, non-linear XDCAM workflow with simply the best HD quality yet seen in a compact camcorder. It is also the first handheld camcorder to carry the legendary CineAlta 24P brand with multiple frame rate recording capability such as 59.94i, 50i, and native 23.98P, as well as being 1080i/720P switchable.


Main Features
  • 3 1/2"-type CMOS Sensors
  • 1080p, 720p, 1080i
  • Native 23.98p
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080
  • Wide Angle 14x Fujinon Lens
  • 1.23MP Viewfinder
  • Records to SxS Cards
  • DVCAM SD Mode
  • Cache Recording
  • HDMI Output


Approx. 2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz) (body)
Approx. 2.8 kg (6 lb 2 oz) (with lens hood, large eye cup, BP-U30 battery, one SxS PRO memory card)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

178 x 176 x 311.5 mm (7 1/8 x 7 x 12 3/8 inches) without projection

Power requirements

DC 12 V

Power consumption

Approx. 13 W (while recording, with color LCD OFF, 1920 x 1080/59.94i mode)

Operating temperature

0 to +40 °C (+32 to +104°F)

Storage temperature

-20 to +60°C (-4 to +140°F)

Continuous operating time

Approx. four hours with BP-U60 battery
Approx. two hours with BP-U30 battery

Recording format

MPEG-2 Long GOP[br}HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL<br< a="">> SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H14<br< a="">>
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


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)


F1.9 to F16 and Close, servo/manual selectable

Maximum relative aperture



AF/MF/Full MF selectable 800 mm to infinity (MACRO OFF), 50 mm to infinity (MACRO ON, Wide), 735 to infinity (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 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

Selectable from 1 to 60 fps as recording frame rate

Selectable from 1 to 30 fps as recording frame rate

Audio performance

Sampling frequency

48 kHz


16 bits


20 dB

Frequency response

20 Hz to 20 kHz, +3 dB/-3 dB

Dynamic range

90 dB (typical)


Less than 0.1% (with input level of -40 dBu)

Signal inputs/outputs

Audio input

XLR-3-pin (female) (x 2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Mic: -8 dBu to -65 dBu (reference level)
Line: +4 dBu

A/V output

AV multi (x 1)
Audio: -10 dBu (reference level), 47 kΩ
Analogue composite: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω unbalanced
S-Video: Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω unbalanced, sync negative

Component output

Mini D (x 1), Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, Pb/Pr: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ω

SDI output

BNC (x 1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable

i.LINK input/output

IEEE1394, 4-pin (x 1), HDV stream input/output, S400


Mini-B (x 1), USB 2.0 High-speed

Headphone output

Stereo mini-jack (x 1), 16 Ω, 30 mW

Speaker output

Monaural, 300 mW

DC input

DC jack

Battery input


Built-in LCD monitor

3.5-inch* type colour LCD monitor, approx. 921000 effective pixels, 640 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9, hybrid type


0.54-inch* type colour LCD, 1120 (H) x 225 (V), 16:9

Built-in microphone

Capsule type

Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone

Frequency response

50 to 15000 Hz

Media slot


ExpressCard/34 (x 2)


ExpressCard compatible

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