Sony debuts two new XDCAM EX camcorders

Sony has expanded its line of XDCAM EX video products to include two new camcorders designed to deliver new levels of creativity and flexibility for solid-state digital production. The products include the shoulder-mount model PMW-350, Sony’s first 2/3in CMOS memory camcorder, and the PMW-EX1R, which adds DVCAM recording capability and other enhancements directly resulting from customer feedback.

The PMW-350 has three 2/3in Exmor full HD 1920 x 1080 CMOS imagers, and a sensitivity of F12. It is studio-configurable, with timecode in/out, genlock in, and HD-SDI and HDMI out. The camcorder also features a DVCAM recording option.

With the lens-packaged model, PMW-350K, users can easily switch between auto and manual focus with a 16X zoom 2/3in bayonet mount lens. It also offers automatic lens aberration compensation (ALAC); independent focus, zoom, iris rings, auto focus mode, manual focus assist and a focal length of f 8~128mm (31.5 ~ 503mm on 35mm lens).

The PMW-EX1R is the successor to Sony’s first entry into memory recording — the PMW-EX1. It adds DVCAM recording capability, as well as an HDMI output, a higher-resolution viewfinder, cache recording and one-push auto iris. Like its new shoulder-mount counterpart, the PMW-EX1R features a range of ergonomic enhancements, including an improved hand grip for better balance, one-click S&Q mode and easy-to-access switches.

Additional features of the EX1R include: smooth handle zoom start/stop, and an image inversion feature that reverses an image upside down and left/right for a depth of field adaptor. To enhance editing interoperability with Sony’s XDCAM HD 422 camcorders, both the PMW-350 and PMW-EX1R camcorders feature 1440 x 1080 recording mode at 35Mb/s.