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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

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony camcorders and also specifically for Sony camcorders and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of a similar spec and age 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 of this age and spec do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Sony PMWEX3 has one of the larger display diagonals (3.5 inches) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. Comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago have display diagonals of between 1.3" and 11", and the average display diagonal is 3.3".

We compared all the other 3.5" screen size camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] is also worth considering.

If this Sony camcorder display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price] (5") which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony PMWEX3 has an image stabilizer, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the PMWEX3 do not have an image stabilizer.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1/2" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Sony PMWEX3 is 1/2". That's over two times the optical sensor size of a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 6.40 x 4.80mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/2") is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all video cameras of a comparable type and age to the PMWEX3.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst optical sensor size is 1/6".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony PMWEX3 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the PMWEX3 do not have a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price].

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the PMWEX3 is 150 pixels, the highest is 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 470,000 pixels. The Sony PMWEX3 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s (921,000 pixels) amongst camcorders of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Sony PMWEX3 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions supported by most video cameras of this age and type. Across all video cameras of a similar spec and age to the PMWEX3 the best video resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 720 x 480 pixels.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of this age and type.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the PMWEX3 is 42lx, and the minimum illuminations range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx. At only 0.14 lux, the Sony PMWEX3 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the PMWEX3.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI

The Sony PMWEX3 does not have an HDMI, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the PMWEX3 also do not have an HDMI.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an HDMI to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

The Sony PMWEX3 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMWEX3 are also not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price], or the GoPro Hero 3[plb_2666018_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Sony PMWEX3 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the PMWEX3 are also not waterproof.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to consider the Vivitar DVR786[plb_2962201_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony PMWEX3 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the PMWEX3 also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a night mode including the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price], or the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Sony PMWEX3 is not 3D. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D 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

The Sony PMWEX3 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ420E[pl_1583936_price], or the HDR-PJ820[pl_2109593_price] both from Sony.

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Heavy

Across all the camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years the weights range from 59g to 7.5kg. With a weight of 1.9 kilograms, the Sony PMWEX3 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the PMWEX3.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony PMWEX3

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this camcorder was released.

Average Optical Zoom

At 14 times zoom factor, the Sony PMWEX3 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMWEX3.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic AG-HPX600[plb_1974580_price] (16x), or the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price] (17x).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Ports & Interfaces
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
XLR in
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Headphone Connectivity
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight

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...

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