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atmasamarpan 2:36pm on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 
Superb images, magnificent lens, 1080/50i, 1080/24p and other HD modes, no moving parts except on the lens, full auto or full manual control. Superb images, magnificent lens, 1080/50i, 1080/24p and other HD modes, no moving parts except on the lens, full auto or full manual control.
struiver 12:25pm on Saturday, August 7th, 2010 
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. A member of the legendary Sony CineAltaâ"¢ family. It offers native 23.98P* recording which. 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
mobile 3:43pm on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 
Top quality for reasonable price; now compatible with XDCAM grown-up varieties No top mic or memory card in the package Superb images, magnificent lens, 1080/50i, 1080/24p and other HD modes, no moving parts except on the lens, full auto or full manual control.
_er_syndicate 8:13am on Sunday, May 9th, 2010 
This little camcorder packs enough features to make it well worth the low price. I especially love the small size and light weight.

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XDCAM EX Camcorder Product Operations Support Center 1-800-883-6817

For US Customers Only

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XDCAM EX, PMW-EX1 A Compact Full-HD Camcorder With Flash Memory Recording, for an Evolving Era of HD
In recent years, viewing high-definition (HD) content has rapidly become commonplace, due to the penetration of consumer HD equipment such as televisions, video recorders, and camcorders. As a result, content providers have naturally encountered an urgent need to create their content in HD. In response to this trend, Sony has offered a wide choice of HD products to meet diverse requirements in picture quality, operational efficiency, and production costs. One member of the Sony HD lineup the XDCAM HD optical disc-based recording system is well-accepted by video professionals thanks to the high level of production efficiency that it offers through its nonlinear capability as a networked HD solution. Another member of the Sony HD lineup is the tape based HDV products which warrant tape based DV users a smooth HD migration path at an affordable price. In response to the natural demand of networked HD product at an affordable price, Sony is introducing its newest member, the XDCAM EX camcorder PMW-EX1 a powerful HD handheld camcorder with incredible feature sets that include three 1/2-inch CMOS sensors, amazing 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 HD recording capability plus flash memory recording. This technological breakthrough product is the result of Sonys comprehensive technical expertise and knowledge that made Sony's proud and groundbreaking CineAlta family of products possible. In order to accommodate a rich set of functions and features into the ultra compact handheld body, most of the key components such as the 1/2-inch type CMOS sensors, digital signal processor and memory recording mechanism are newly designed specifically for the PMW-EX1 camcorder. The PMW-EX1 camcorder uses a newly developed SxS PRO memory card which is based on the rapidly-growing ExpressCard industry standard, as its recording media. Combining the moderate bit rate of MPEG-2 Long GOP compression adopted by the PMW-EX1 to the SxS PRO memory card, the PMW-EX1 offers cost effective long form recording coupled with nonlinear capabilities such as instantaneous random access and high speed file-based operation. Equipped with two SxS PRO memory card slots, the camcorder can record up to 140 minutes of HD footage using two 16-GB SxS PRO memory cards. The imaging devices used in the PMW-EX1 camcorder are three newly designed 1/2-inch type Exmor CMOS Sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 x 1080, which produce images in 1080P 720P and 1080i HD resolutions. It is switchable between 1080P , , 1080i and 720P with a multiple frame recording capability such as 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P 25P , and native 23.98P*. What's more, the PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a Slow & Quick Motion capability, which is also commonly known as over-cranking and under-cranking, allowing users to create unique looks or slow and fast motion effects. A wide variety of accessories are also available to support effective HD production, including a USB Reader/Writer, a wide-conversion lens, battery, and charger. The PMW-EX1 camcorder is also compatible with a comprehensive list of third party accessories. The Sony XDCAM EX series with its striking HD picture quality, extra mobility, great operational efficiency, and system flexibility is a powerful full HD solution for boosting the quality and efficiency of a broad range of HD production applications, and electronic cinematography.

*In 1920 x 1080/23.98P mode, and 1280 x 720/23.98P mode, images are handled and recorded as native 23.98P signals. *In 1440 x 1080/23.98P mode, images are handled as 23.98P and recorded as 59.94i signals through means of 2-3 pull-down.

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XDCAM EX A New Generation of HD Recording System
New Nonlinear Recording Media, SxS PRO For Greater Efficiency, Operability, and Reliability
The XDCAM EX series adopts the SxS PRO memory card for its recording media that has been developed specifically for professional contentcreation applications, and is based on the SxS memory card specification. The SxS PRO memory card is an ultra-compact nonlinear medium that uses flash memory with a number of distinguishing features: Compatible with ExpressCard/34 standard Uses PCI Express interface, and achieves an extremely high data transfer speed of 800 Mb/s* Large storage capacity: SBP-8 (8 GB) and SBP-16 (16 GB) memory cards are available. Can record up to 70 minutes of HD video and audio (using one 16-GB memory card) Most new Macintosh and PCs are equipped with ExpressCard slots Compact size: approx. 3 x 1 3/8 x 7/32 inches (75 x 34 x 5 mm) (excluding the projecting parts) about half the size of a conventional PC card Low power consumption Highly reliable: can resist shocks (1500 G) and vibrations (15 G)
*The above data is read speed measured with a benchmark software. Actual data transfer speeds vary by the measurement conditions. Please refer to the for information on measuring methods.

Selectable Bit Rates

The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a choice of bit rates either 35 Mb/s (HQ mode) or 25 Mb/s (SP mode) depending on the desired picture quality and recording time. The HQ mode supports both 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions. The SP mode supports 1440 x 1080 resolution at 25 Mb/s, which provides compatibility with HDV 1080i products. Footage recorded in the SP mode can be seamlessly integrated into HDV-compatible editing systems by connecting the camcorder via the i.LINK* (HDV) interface. It can also be recorded on XDCAM HD's optical disc through the use of the supplied Clip Browser software.
*i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector will necessarily communicate with each other. For information on compatibility, operating conditions and proper connection, please refer to the documentation supplied with any device with an i.LINK connector. For information on devices that include an i.LINK connection, please contact your nearest Sony office or Authorized XL Reseller.

Instant-access Thumbnail Search With Expand Function
Each time a recording is started and stopped on the PMW-EX1 camcorder, the video and audio signals are recorded as one clip. During playback, users can cue-up to the next or previous clip simply by pressing the 'Next' or 'Previous' button, as you would do on a CD or DVD player. Furthermore, thumbnails are automatically generated for each clip as a visual reference, allowing operators to cue-up to a desired scene simply by guiding the cursor to a thumbnail and pressing the 'Play' button. For further convenience, the 'Expand' function allows one selected clip in the Thumbnail display to be divided into 12 even-time intervals, each with their own thumbnail identifier. This is useful if you want to quickly search for a particular scene within a lengthy clip.
High-quality Uncompressed Audio Recording
In addition to HD video recording, high-quality audio is an equally significant feature in the PMW-EX1 camcorder. The PMW-EX1 camcorder records and plays back high-quality, two-channel 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio.
Compression Number of Channels Sampling Frequency Quantization None (Linear PCM) 2 channels 48 kHz 16 bits/sample

IT Friendly

The file-based recording allows material to be handled with great flexibility in a commonly available IT-based environment for copying, transferring, sharing, and archiving. All these operations are accomplished lossless without any re-digitizing process required. File-based data copying allows lossless dubbing of AV content, which can be performed easily on a PC. The file-based recording system also allows for material to be viewed directly on a PC simply by inserting the SxS PRO memory card into the ExpressCard slot on a PC, or by linking a PC to the XDCAM EX unit via a USB connection. This works in just the same way as a PC reads files on an internal or external drives. The high speed file-based operation and SxS PRO memory card can dramatically improve the efficiency and quality of professional video applications.

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Cutting-edge Camera Technologies
Three 1/2-inch type Exmor CMOS Sensors
The PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with three newly developed 1/2-inch type Exmor CMOS Sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 (H) x 1080 (V), which delivers excellent picture performance with full HD resolution. This 1/2-inch type image sensor, with Sony's accumulated sensor technologies, allows the camcorder to provide an excellent sensitivity of F10, a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of 54 dB, and high horizontal resolution of 1000 TV lines*. It also greatly reduced power consumption and associated heat dissipation of the PMW-EX1 camcorder, which makes possible the unique use of 1/2-inch type sensors on the handheld camcorder. In addition, this large 1/2-inch type image sensor can capture images with a shallower depth of field than all other handheld camcorder's smaller-size image sensors, giving users more creative freedom of expression.

*In 1920 x 1080/59.94i mode
Unique Focus Operation Professional Manual Focus and Auto Focus
The lens adopts a newly developed and unique focus ring mechanism, which offers two types of manual focus, plus an auto focus operation. The PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with two independent focus wheel mechanisms, which can be switched by sliding the focus ring itself back and forth. When the focus ring is in the front position, the lens works in the same way as a typical auto focus lens on a handheld camcorder. In this case, either manual or auto focus mode can be selected by the AF/MF switch on the lens. On the other hand, when the focus ring is set to the back position, the lens has an absolute focus position, and works in the same way as an interchangeable-lens, which professional users are familiar with.

Slide Focus Ring

Wide-angle Fujinon 14x Zoom Lens
The PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with a high-quality, high-definition Fujinon 14x zoom lens specifically designed for the PMW-EX1 to offer optimum picture performance and unprecedented functionality. It offers a wide angle of view of 5.8 mm (equivalent to 31.4 mm on a 35 mm lens), and many convenient features for diverse shooting situations.
Front : AF/MF Back : Full MF
AF/MF Mode Full AF One-push AF MF AF/MF Full MF Mode Full MF (absolute focus position)

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Three Independent Rings
In addition to the unique focus ring, the PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with independent rings for zoom and iris adjustment; all have physical stops and absolute markings permitting precise adjustments. The location, rotational range and feel are identical to other manual high-end HD lenses. This gives users a high level of familiarity and operational comfort.

Expanded Focus

At the touch of a button, the center of the screen on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder can be magnified to about twice the size, making it easier to confirm focus settings during manual focusing. Expanded Focus ON


Expanded Focus OFF

Image Simulated

Selectable Peaking Optical Image Stabilizer
To minimize the blurring effect caused by hand-shake, the new lens of the PMW-EX1 camcorder incorporates an optical image stabilizer function that provides highly stable images. The Peaking function of the PMW-EX1 camcorder can help operators to quickly and accurately adjust the camera's focus by altering the way pictures are displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can enhance the outline of the image which the camera focuses on most, and changes its color to make it stand out. Enhance levels can be selected from a choice of HIGH, MIDDLE, and LOW, and the outline color from RED, WHITE, YELLOW, and BLUE.

AF Assist

The AF (Auto Focus) Assist function of the PMW-EX1 camcorder enables operators to manually change focus positions using the focus ring during AF mode. This means that AF reference focus positions can be positively shifted manually to a new position.

MF Assist

The MF (Manual Focus) Assist function of the PMW-EX1 camcorder helps to precisely focus on the target subject when shooting in MF mode. When the MF Assist is enabled, the auto focus is momentarily activated by pressing the corresponding button, the camera will then finely focus on the subject closest to the focal point of the lens at that time.

Peaking OFF

Peaking ON

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Creative Recording Modes and Settings

23.98P Native Recording

The PMW-EX1 camcorder, a new member of Sony's legendary CineAlta family, offers the long-awaited native 23.98P* recording capability on its handy body. This feature, accompanied with other creative features makes the camcorder ideal for cinema production.

Selectable Gamma Curves

The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a wide variety of gamma curves to flexibly handle contrast, and give a specific 'look' to an image. In addition to four types of standard gamma curves, the PMW-EX1 provides four types of CINE Gamma (CINE 1, 2, 3, and 4), which are identical to those on high-end CineAlta camcorders. Operators can select the best-suited preset gamma curve depending on scenes.

CINE Gamma Curves

Slow & Quick Motion Function
The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function commonly known as over-cranking and under-cranking by filmmakers that enables users to create unique 'looks' or slow and fast-motion special effects. The PMW-EX1 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720P mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080P mode, in increments of 1 fps. For example, when viewed at 23.98P images captured at 60 , fps will appear 2.5 times slower than normal. Conversely, images captured at four fps will appear six times faster than normal. With the Slow & Quick Motion function of this camcorder, images are recorded natively with no padded frames and at full resolution. The obtained quality of the slow- and fastmotion images is extremely high and indistinguishable from those created in the editing process. In addition, these slow- and quick-motion images can be played back immediately after shooting, without using any converters or processing on nonlinear editing systems.


Interval Recording Function
The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers an Interval Recording function that records one frame at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects with extremely quick motion.

Frame Recording Function

Frame Recording is a unique feature of the PMW-EX1 camcorder that is especially useful for clay animation shooting. Using this function, images for pre-determined frames are recorded every time the Record button is pressed.

Slow Motion Mechanism

Recording 60 fps

Playback 24 fps

60 123

2.5 times slow motion

Shutter Angle Settings
In addition to traditional electronic shutter speed controls adjustable in fractions of a second, the PMW-EX1 also has a shutter angle control which is familiar to filmmakers. By setting the shutter adjustment mode to angle, the PMW-EX1 automatically sets the proper exposure time, based on the selected frame rate and shutter angle.

Slow Shutter Function

The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a Slow Shutter function for capturing clear images in low-light environments. The Slow Shutter function not only increases camera sensitivity but also produces a special blurring effect when shooting a moving object, for enhanced shooting creativity. The shutter speed is selectable from 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64frame accumulation periods.

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Operational Versatility

Picture Profile Feature

The Picture Profile feature of the PMW-EX1 camcorder allows camera operators to easily call up customized picture-tonal settings to suit particular shooting conditions, rather than having to readjust the camera each time giving users greater operational efficiency. Up to six different picture-tonal settings such as the parameters of matrix, color correction, detail, gamma, and knee can be saved in the memory. These settings are displayed on the LCD monitor at the touch of a button. intermediate values during the scene transition. The Shot Transition function can be triggered manually or synchronized with the camera's REC start function. The transition progress can be checked on a bar graph on the LCD monitor. In addition, a start timer function is also available for the Shot Transition function, helping to prevent operators from missing a shot. This function is very useful when precise, simple or complex changes to the lens or camera settings are required during the scene for example, when changing the focus from the background to the foreground of a scene.

Shot Transition function

The Shot Transition function of the PMW-EX1 camcorder, with a simple push of a button, allows for smooth, precise and repeatable automatic scene transitions to occur. The operator can program the duration and select from three transition profiles: Linear, Soft Stop, or Soft Transition. Many lens parameters such as the start and end settings for zoom, focus, and/or camera parameters such as white balance and gain can be programmed to transition in unison. It works by automatically calculating the

Shot A

Transition Transition Shot B Transition

Shot B

Shot A time


Makes the transition linearly.


Makes the transition slowly at the end.


Makes the transition slowly at the beginning and end, and linearly in between.
2 Brightness-level Display
The average brightness level of the center of a frame can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder as a percentage. This is useful when a waveform monitor is not available for shooting.
1 Depth-of-field Indicator
A Depth-of-field graphic can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder to help camera operators easily read the actual depth-of-field of a scene, and assist setting up the lens and exposure for optimum depth-of-field control. Shallow Depth of Field

3 Histogram Indicator

The Histogram Indicator can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder, allowing operators to easily evaluate the distribution of brightness of the currently captured images. This enables proper exposure control of iris, gain, and gamma.

Deep Depth of Field

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3.5-inch* Color LCD Screen
The PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with a newly developed, large, easy-to-view, color LCD screen with a high resolution of 1920 x 480 pixels, which conveniently pivots under the built-in stereo microphone for storage. The LCD screen is located in the front, and can be flexibly rotated for accessible viewing from any shooting angle. The ease of focusing offered by this high resolution panel, location and adjustability permits using it as a viewfinder or camera assistant operator panel. It can also be used to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera's set-up menus and view thumbnails, display status indications such as audio meters, depth-of-field indicators, remaining memory capacity and battery time. What's more, the use of the hybrid LCD screen which comprises transmissive and reflective panels offers clear viewing in both studio and full sun field shooting conditions.
*Viewable area measured diagonally.
On-handle Zoom Switch and REC Start/Stop Button
In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom switch and record start/stop button are located on the carrying handle.

Four Assignable Buttons

Frequently used functions can be programmed onto four assignable buttons, allowing operators to make rapid changes when working in the field. These can be functions such as ATW, Freeze Mix, Rec Review, Expanded Focus, Depth-of-field indicator, and more.

Rotary Grip

The hand grip of the PMW-EX1 camcorder can rotate approximately 120 degrees, which allows camera operators to flexibly adjust the angle of the grip. This gives users greater control and comfort when holding the camera from any shooting position.


Long Battery Operating Time
With the supplied BP-U30 battery attached, the PMW-EX1 camcorder can record continuously for approximately two hours, while the optional BP-U60 battery extends the operating time to approximately four hours.


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Easy-to-see Color LCD Viewfinder
The 0.54-inch color LCD viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder displays high-resolution color pictures of approximately 250,000 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio of 16:9. Operators can switch the display mode between color and monochrome according to their preference.

Wide Array of Interfaces

The PMW-EX1 camcorder comes equipped with a wide range of interfaces optimized for a variety of operational needs, wide interoperability and flexible workflow. These include an HD-SDI output, down-converted SD-SDI output, i.LINK (HDV) input/output, and analog composite/component output.
Interfaces Input Output External MIC/LINE (XLR) HD-SDI* or SD-SDI HD or SD analog component SD analog composite S-Video Audio (AV multi) Others i.LINK (HDV) USB
Built-in Stereo Microphone and Two-channel Audio Input
The PMW-EX1 camcorder comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and two XLR audio input connectors for connecting professional microphones or feeding an external-line audio source. These allow high-quality, two-channel 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio to be recorded on the PMW-EX1 camcorder.
*1080/23.98P recordings are output as1080/59.94i signals via 2-3 pull-down conversion.

Other Features

ATW (Auto Tracing White Balance) Built-in ND filter wheel: OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND Selectable gain: -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB High-speed picture search: x4, x15 Freeze Mix function Skin-tone Detail control Low-key saturation IR Remote Commander unit

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XDCAM EX Application Software
The PMW-EX1 camcorder comes with three application software packages that provide powerful and intuitive management of recorded contents in an easy way. Included are two versions of Clip Browser, one for Macintosh and PC respectively as well as the XDCAM Transfer application software for Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing systems. Clip Browser

The Clip Browser software for the PMW-EX1 camcorder is a simple-to-use PC application software that allows users to easily browse and copy video clips recorded by the PMW-EX1 camcorder to other devices such as hard disk drives. The Clip Browser software is compatible with both Windows-based PCs and Macintosh computers. Features Browse video clips recorded by the PMW-EX1 camcorder Copy clip files from the SxS PRO memory card Play back video clips on a PC Combine segmented clips recorded across two SxS PRO memory cards Convert MP4 files to the MXF format for export to nonlinear editing systems System Requirements
Windows OS (32-bit version): Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2 or later) Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2 or later) Windows Vista Ultimate Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Home Basic CPU: Intel Pentium III Processor 1 GHz or higher (minimum) Intel Pentium D Processor 3 GHz or higher (recommended) RAM: Windows XP: 512 MB (minimum) Windows Vista: 1 GB (minimum) 1 GB (recommended) Mac OS: Mac OS X version 10.4.10 or later CPU: Intel Processor Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or higher (recommended) RAM: 1 GB (recommended)
Clip Browser GUI (Windows)
Clip Browser GUI (Macintosh)
PDZK-P1* XDCAM Transfer for Apple Final Cut Pro Nonlinear Editing System
The PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer is plug-in software for Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing systems that provides support for MP4 files recorded by XDCAM EX systems. With this software installed on a Macintosh computer, the PMW-EX1 camcorder or SxS PRO memory card can be mounted on Mac Finder directly, and users can seamlessly import and edit recorded material.
*The latest version of this software can be downloaded at no additional charge from

System requirements

Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later
Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or higher Intel Xeon 2 GHz or higher

1 GB or more

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Interoperability with Nonlinear Editing Systems
The PMW-EX1 camcorder has been developed from the outset with the aim of optimizing the efficiency of professional video workflows. This has been achieved through the adoption of IT-friendly SxS PRO memory cards, but also through close collaboration with third-party manufacturers to make the PMW-EX1 camcorder compatible with a variety of nonlinear editing systems.*
*Please contact your nearest Sony office or Authorized XL Reseller for information on compatible nonlinear editors.

Optional Accessories

SBAC-US10 SxS Memory Card USB Reader/Writer
The SBAC-US10 is an SxS PRO memory card reader/writer that works on both Windows-based PCs and Macintosh computers via a USB 2.0 interface. This compact and portable device comes in handy in many situations in location, desktop browsing and full-fledged editing.
SBAC-US10 Interface Power supply Power consumption Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight Operating temperature Storage temperature Humidity Input/output High-speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant) DC IN: 12 V (for supplied MPA-AC1 AC adaptor) 3W Approx. 4 1/8 x 1 3/16 x 5 1/4 inches (104.5 x 30 x 132 mm) with projection Approx. 7 oz (200 g) +41 to +104 F (+5 to +40 C) -4 to +140 F (-20 to +60 C) 20 to 80% (no condensation) DC in: EIAJ x 1 USB mini (B) x 1 ExpressCard/34 slot x 1 Access indicator Data-transfer speed* Supplied accessories Recommended OS Red LED x Mb/s (Write), 240 Mb/s (Read) USB cable x 1, AC adaptor x 1, Power cord x 1 Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2 or later), Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2 or later), Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Basic, Mac OS X (version 10.4 or later)

SxS PRO memory card PMW-EX1
*File recorded in SP mode only
FTP i.LINK: FAM MP4 MXF conversion* PDW-U1* XDCAM Drive Unit XDCAM HD Disc Archiving

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General Weight Dimensions (W x H x D) Power requirements Power consumption Operating temperature Storage temperature Continuous operating time Recording format Approx. 5 lb 4 oz (2.4 kg) (body), Approx. 6 lb 2 oz (2.8 kg) (with lens hood, large eye cup, BP-U30 battery, one SxS PRO memory card) 7 1/8 x 7 x 12 3/8 inches (178 x 176 x 311.5 mm) without projection DC 12 V Approx. 13 W (while recording, with color LCD OFF, 1920 x 1080/59.94i mode) +32 to +104 F (0 to +40 C) -4 to +140 F (-20 to +60 C) Approx. four hours with BP-U60 battery, Approx. two hours with BP-U30 battery MPEG-2 Long GOP HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL, SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H14 Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz) 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 HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25P, 1280 x 720/50P, 25P SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i Approx. 50 min. with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card, Approx. 25 min. with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card Approx. 70 min. with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card, Approx. 35 min. with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card 14x (optical), servo/manual selectable 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 1:1.9 AF/MF/Full MF selectable, 800 mm to (MACRO OFF), 50 mm to (MACRO ON, Wide), 735 to (MACRO ON, Tele) ON/OFF selectable, shift lens M77 mm, pitch 0.75 mm (on lens) 3-chip 1/2-inch type Exmor CMOS 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) F1.6 prism system OFF: Clear, 1: 1/8ND, 2: 1/64ND F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode) 0.14 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.9, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation) 54 dB (Y) (typical) 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode) 1/33 to 1/2000 sec. 180, 90, 45, 22.5, 11.25 degrees 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64-frame accumulation Selectable from 1 to 60 fps as recording frame rate Selectable from 1 to 30 fps as recording frame rate 48 kHz 16 bits 20 dB 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +3 dB/-3 dB 90 dB (typical) Less than 0.1% (with input level of -40 dBu) XLR-3-pin (female) (x 2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable Mic: -8 dBu to -65 dBu (reference level), Line: +4 dBu AV multi (x 1) Audio: -10 dBu (reference level), 47 k, Analog composite: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 unbalanced, S-Video: Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 unbalanced, sync negative Mini D (x 1), Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 , Pb/Pr: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 BNC (x 1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable IEEE1394, 4-pin (x 1), HDV stream input/output, S400 Mini-B (x 1), USB 2.0 High-speed Stereo mini-jack (x 1), 16 , 30 mW Monaural, 300 mW DC jack 5-pin 3.5-inch* type color LCD monitor, approx. 921000 effective pixels, 640 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9, hybrid type Viewfinder 0.54-inch* type color 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 Type ExpressCard/34 (x 2) Interface ExpressCard compatible Supplied accessories Lens hood (x 1), large eye cup (x 1), IR Remote Commander unit (x 1), USB cable (x 1), A/V connecting cable (x 1), component video cable (x 1), shoulder strap (x 1), operation manual (x 1), XDCAM EX Clip Browsing software (x 1), SxS device driver software (x 1), BP-U30 battery (x 1), BC-U1 charger (x 1), Power Cord

Video Audio NTSC setting PAL setting

Recording frame rate

Recording/Playback time Lens Zoom ratio Focal length Iris Maximum relative aperture Focus Image stabilizer Filter thread Camera Pickup device Effective picture elements Optical system Built-in filters Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) Minimum illumination S/N ratio Horizontal resolution Shutter speed Shutter angle Slow Shutter (SLS) Slow & Quick Motion function Audio performance Sampling frequency Quantization Headroom Frequency response Dynamic range Distortion Signal inputs/outputs Audio input A/V output

HQ mode SP mode

ND filter

720P 1080P

Component output SDI output i.LINK input/output USB Headphone output Speaker output DC input Battery input Built-in LCD monitor
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V-2380-B (MK10429V1)

2008 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Designs, features, and specifications are subject to change without notice. All non-metric weights and measurements are approximate. Sony, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, SxS, PRO, i.LINK, Exmor, CineAlta, Picture Profile, Shot Transition, Remote Commander, HDCAM, and HDCAM-SR are trademarks of Sony. HDV is a trademark of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Limited. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Printed in USA 1/08



Shoulder strap (1)




It is attached to the camcorder at the factory.

USB cable (1)

Lithium battery (CR2032 for backup) (1)
It is mounted in the camcorder at the factory.

AV connecting cable (1)

Lithium battery (CR2025 for the IR Remote Commander) (1)
It is mounted in the IR Remote Commander at the factory.

CD-ROM (1)

XDCAM EX Clip Browsing Software, SxS Device Driver Software, Operating Instructions in PDF format are included.
Component video cable (1)
Operating Instructions (This manual) (1) SxS Device Driver Software End-User License Agreement (1)


The PMW-EX1 is a highly compact and highperformance XDCAM EX1) camcorder that uses SxS1) memory cards, as its recording medium. The imaging devices used in the PMW-EX1 camcorder are three 1/2-inch type CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 1080, which produce images in full HD resolution.
1080 resolutions. Frame rate is also selectable from interlace and progressive (59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, and native 23.98P). In addition, 59.94P and 50P progressive recording is available in mode. SxS memory cards can simultaneously hold multiple files of any of these recording formats, allowing for flexible use of the memory cards. High-quality uncompressed audio recording In addition to HD video recording, the PMWEX1 can record and play back high-quality, twochannel 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio. IT friendly The file-based recording in MP4 format allows material to be handled with great flexibility in an IT-based environment, easily available for copying, transferring, sharing, and archiving. For immediate recording start In recording on flash memory cards, the XDCAM EX system makes each new recording on an empty area of the card. This is extremely convenient, as the camera operator need not worry about accidentally recording over good takes or search through footage for the correct position to start the next recording. Instant-access thumbnail display with Expand function Each time a recording is started and stopped on the XDCAM EX camcorder, the video and audio signals are recorded as one clip. Furthermore, thumbnails are automatically generated for each clip as a visual reference, allowing the operator to cue-up to a desired scene simply by guiding the cursor to a thumbnail. For further convenience, the Expand function allows one selected clip in the Thumbnail display to be divided into 12 equal time intervals, each with its own thumbnail identifier. This is useful if you wish to quickly search for a particular scene within a lengthy clip.

A New Generation of HD Recording System
New nonlinear recording media Using SxS memory cards, the PMW-EX1 offers nonlinear capabilities such as instant random access and file-based operation. HD recording using the MPEG-2 Long GOP codec The PMW-EX1 records HD images using MPEG-2 Long GOP codec compression. This mature MPEG-2 Long GOP codec, which is also adopted in the XDCAM1) HD and HDV2) 1080i series of products, enables you to record stunning-quality HD video and audio with long recording time by efficiently compressing the data. Selectable bit rates The PMW-EX1 offers a choice of bit rates: either 35 Mbps (HQ mode) or 25 Mbps (SP mode), depending on the desired picture quality and recording time. Long recording time By utilizing an efficient compression format, the PMW-EX1 records high-quality HD images for long recording time of approx. 50 minutes in HQ mode (35 Mbps VBR) or approx. 70 minutes in SP mode (25 Mbps CBR) on a single 16-GB SxS memory card. Equipped with two SxS memory card slots, the PMW-EX1 makes transition seamless without any frame loss, when recording is done across two cards, Multiple-format recording The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a wide array of recording formats for multiple content creation applications. The scanning mode is switchable among 1920 1080, 1280 720, and 1440
Cutting-edge Camera Technologies
1/ -inch type three Exmor1) CMOS sensors 2 The PMW-EX1 is equipped with three newly developed 1/2-inch type Exmor CMOS Sensors, which deliver excellent picture performance with full HD resolution.
14x zoom lens The PMW-EX1 is equipped with a zoom lens specifically designed for the camcorder to offer optimum picture performance. Independent rings for zoom, focus, and iris adjustment give the user a high level of operational comfort. Versatile focus-assistance functions The lens has a versatile functions for easy and precise focus adjustments. One-push Auto Focus MF Assist Expanded Focus Peaking Optical Image Stabilizer (Steady Shot)
Shutter-angle settings In addition to the electric shutter speed controls, the PMW-EX1 also has a shutter angle control, which is familiar to cinematographers. Picture Profile feature The Picture Profile feature allows the camera operator to easily call up customized picturetonal settings to suit particular shooting conditions. Shot Transition function The Shot Transition function allows for smooth automatic scene transitions. The operator can program start and end settings for zoom, focus, and white balance into the A and B buttons, and with a press of the Start button a smooth transition will take place according to the set time.

with 3 and 4)

Only when an external device is connected to the i.LINK connector, the status (zREC or STBY) of the device is displayed.
3. Special recording/operation status
indication [M] (synchronized with 2 and 4)
zREC STBY zS&Q REC Recording in progress Standby for recording Slow & Quick Motion recording in progress
4. Media status indication [M] (synchronized

with 2 and 3)

Memory card in slot A is active. Memory card in slot B is active.
5. Time data indication [M] (page 52) 6. Media remaining indication [M] (page 32) 7. Zoom position indication [M] (page 45) 8. TLCS mode indication [M][D] (page 100)

Backlight mode

When the Direct mode is set to Part, the operation is limited depending on the GAIN, SHUTTER, or WHITE BAL switch setting. When the Direct mode is set to All, the GAIN, SHUTTER, and WHITE BAL switches are disabled.
Standard mode Spotlight mode
9. Steady Shot indication [M][D] (page 50) 10. Focus mode indication [M] ( [D] only in MF

mode) (page 47)

When the indicator of the FULL AUTO button is lit, the Direct Menu operation is disabled for the functions that are forcibly set to the automatic mode in Full Auto mode (page 33).
To operate the Direct menu
Use the joystick on the handle or the jog dial on the rear control panel.

Joystick Jog dial

11. White balance mode and color
temperature indications [M][D] (page 37)
12. Picture profile indication [M][D] (page 69) 13. ND filter indication [M] (page 36) 14. Iris position indication [M][D] (page 44) 15. Gain indication [M][D] (page 41) 16. Shutter mode/shutter speed indication

[M][D] (page 42)

17. Audio level meters [M] (page 54) 18. Histogram indication [M][A] 19. Fader indication [M] (page 67) 20. Video level cautioning indication [M]
If the video level is too high or too low, a caution is generated showing the appropriate ND filter number.


Data are not guaranteed if the power is turned off or a memory card is removed while the card is being accessed. All data on the card may be destroyed. Be sure that the ACCESS lamps are lit in green or off when you turn off the power or remove memory cards. When you turn the camcorder on by setting the power switch to MEDIA (Media mode), a display to show that an SxS memory card is being confirmed appears on the LCD monitor/ EVF screen.
The display automatically changes to the thumbnail screen (page 77) when a valid memory card is inside, but it remains on the screen if no valid memory card is loaded.
Switching Between SxS Memory Cards
When SxS memory cards are loaded in both card slots A and B, press the SLOT SELECT button to select the card you wish to use. If a card becomes full during recording, switching to the other card is automatically executed.
To format by menu operation
When no formatting message is displayed on the LCD monitor/EVF screen, you can execute formatting using Format Media (page 108) of the OTHERS menu in the same manner.
The SLOT SELECT button is disabled while playback is in progress. Switching is not executed even if you press the button. The button is enabled on the thumbnail screen (page 77).
All the data, including recorded pictures and setup files, are erased when a memory card is formatted. SxS memory cards to be used with this camcorder must be formatted using the format function of this camcorder. Any card formatted with other device must be formatted again with this camcorder.
Formatting an SxS Memory Card
Formatting may be required before using an SxS memory card with this camcorder. For an SxS
Checking the Remaining Time Available for Recording
In Camera mode, you can check the time remaining for the SxS memory cards loaded in the card slots on the LCD monitor/EVF screen.
120min STBY A: 25min B: 50min Z99 STBY T

To restore a card

Select Execute by turning the jog dial or tilting the joystick then push the dial or joystick.
The restore operation begins. During restoration, the in-progress message and status bar (%) are displayed, and the ACCESS lamp is lit in red. When restoration is completed, the completion message is displayed for three seconds. If restoration fails A write-protected SxS memory card or one on which an error occurred cannot be restored. For such a card, a warning message is displayed. Release the write protection or replace the card, as per the instructions in the message. An SxS memory card on which an error occurred may become usable again through repeated formatting. In some cases, only parts of clips cannot be restored. Playback of the restored clips becomes possible again. Recording/playback during restoration You can perform recording or playback using the SxS memory card in the other card slot while restoration is in progress.

CAMERA SET Return B Gain Setup B Shu t t e r EX Slow Shut t e r B Shot Tr ans i t ion B MF Ass i s t : Of f Color Bar Type : Mul t i Return Low : 0dB Mid : 9dB High : 18dB
Fixed gain mode (manual gain adjustment)
Select the gain of the video amplifier, using the switch or a menu operation.
AGC mode (automatic gain control)
The gain of the video amplifier is automatically adjusted according to the picture brightness.
Selecting gain using the Direct menu
When you press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button, the current gain value is displayed on the screen.
Recording With Fixed Gain
Selecting the gain with the switch
Select the gain, using the GAIN switch.
When AGC mode is on, the fixed gain cannot be selected.

GAIN switch

When the Direct menu is in All mode, you can change the gain in steps of 3 dB with the Direct menu by operating the joystick or the jog dial. You can also select AGC mode with the Direct menu. When the Direct menu is in Part mode, you can switch between AGC and the gain selected with the GAIN switch.
When the camcorder is in Full Auto mode (page 33), the Direct menu cannot be selected.



Recording in AGC Mode

The gain value at each of the switch positions are set at the factory are as follows: L: 0 dB M: 9 dB H: 18 dB These values can be changed in the range of 3 dB to +18 dB, using the CAMERA SET menu. When you set the camcorder to Full Auto mode (page 33), AGC mode is forcibly selected. When Full Auto mode is off, you can independently turn AGC mode on by setting AGC to On with TLCS (page 100) of the CAMERA SET menu or selecting AGC with the Direct menu.
Setting the Electronic Shutter
The electronic shutter of the camcorder permits you to change the shutter speed (the accumulation time per recording frame). The electronic shutter can be adjusted automatically or manually as required.
shutter speed you specified with Shutter of the CAMERA SET menu.
When Auto Shutter mode is ON, the fixed shutter cannot be selected.
Fixed Shutter (manual adjustment) modes
Recording is made with a specified shutter speed (accumulation time). Standard modes (Speed mode/Angle mode) These modes may be especially effective when you wish to record a quick-moving subject with little blurring. You can select Speed mode or Angle mode. In Angle mode, you can specify the shutter speed by setting the shutter angle. ECS (Extended Clear Scan) mode Specify the shutter speed by frequency. This mode may be used to shoot the monitor screen eliminating horizontal bands. SLS (Slow Shutter) mode For shooting a subject in low-level lighting conditions. Specify the shutter speed in the number of accumulated frames.

You can adjust the zoom in Manual mode or Power (Servo) mode on this camcorder.

Manual Zoom mode

Rotate the zoom ring to adjust the zoom.

Power Zoom (Servo) mode

You can adjust the zoom by pressing the power zoom lever or zoom button on the handle. The supplied IR Remote Commander and optional lens remote control unit can also be used. The current zoom position is displayed on the screen in the range of 0 (Wide) to 99 (Tele) when you press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button.
120min STBY A: 25min B: 50min Z99 STBY
Operating the Zoom Manually
Setting the ZOOM switch to the MANU position for Manual Zoom mode activates the zoom ring. Rotate the zoom ring to adjust the zoom.
The numerical indication can be changed to that in a bar by changing the Zoom Position setting of Display On/Off (page 104) of the LCD/VF SET menu.

Zoom ring

120min STBY A: 25min B: 50min W T


Switching the Zoom Mode
Switching between Manual mode and Servo mode is performed with the ZOOM switch located on the bottom of the camcorder.

Using the Power Zoom

Setting the ZOOM switch to the SERVO position for Servo mode activates the power zoom. In Servo mode, the power zoom lever on the grip and the ZOOM button on the handle are activated.

ZOOM switch


ZOOM switch: MANU

Zoom speed switch Power zoom lever ZOOM button
When adjusting with the ZOOM button of the IR Remote Commander
The zooming speed depends on the Remote setting (default: 50) of Zoom Speed of the CAMERA SET menu.
To use the IR Remote Commander, see Using the IR Remote Commander on page 27.

A button

B button


MODE button and indicator
A button and B button You can register a Shot to each of the buttons. MODE button and indicator When you press this button, the camcorder enters Shot Transition operation mode, and the indicator of the button lights. The shot transition operation area is displayed on the screen. Each time you press the button, the shot-transition operation mode cycles among Store, Check, Execute, and Off (normal Camera mode). In Execute mode, the shot transition information area appears.
Shot-transition operation area
REC TCG 00:00:00:00 Shot Trans i t i on Execute Shot-A Shot-B
Shot transition cannot be activated in combination with any of the EX Slow Shutter, Interval Recording, Frame Recording, and Slow & Quick Motion functions. If you wish to shift the focus in a shot transition, set the focus adjustment mode to MF or AF (see page 47). The focus will not be shifted if Full MF mode is selected. If you wish to shift the zoom in a shot transition, set the ZOOM switch to SERVO (see page 45). The zoom will not be shifted with the MANU setting. If you register a focus position in a macro area with the MACRO switch ON, the focus may not be shifted to the registered position if a shot transition is executed with the MACRO switch set to OFF.
Shot-transition operation buttons and indications
For shot-transition operations, use the three TRANSITION operation buttons on the upper panel.

E 0s 12s Rec Link : Of f

Shot-transition information area
Camera operations are disabled when the shot transition operation mode is Check or Execute.
When adjustments are required, set the mode to Store.
Before you start recording using the Shot Transition function, make the necessary settings with the CAMERA SET menu in advance. The conditions you set are indicated in the shot transition information area on the screen when you set the shot-transition operation mode to Execute.
Time/Speed Set whether to specify the duration of a transition by time or by speed of zoom transition. Setting Contents
Time Speed The Transition Time setting is valid. The Transition Speed setting is valid.
Trans Curve Select the transition pattern. The corresponding icon is displayed in the shot transition information area. Setting and icon


Progress bar
To make the transition linearly.

E 12s 0s Rec Link : Of f

Color Correction

Adjusting the color phase in a specific area
Area Detection1) Execute/Cancel
Area Indication2) On / Off Target Phase 0 to 359 (130)
When Area Detection is executed, this setting is overwritten by the Area Detection result. Perform fine adjustment with this item as required. Target Width 0 to 90 (40) Level 99 to +99 (0) Phase 99 to +99 (0) Set the width of color phase for the target area for Color Correction. Set the saturation for the color in the target area. Adjust the hue for the color in the target area.
Setting the white balance offset and the color temperature of the preset white
Offset White On / Off Set to On to shift the conversion value for auto white balance in Memory A or B mode and that for auto tracing white in ATW mode to a lower color temperature or a higher color temperature. Adjust the volume of the offset white (shifting volumes) of the conversion value in Memory A, Memory B, or ATW mode, respectively.
Offset<A> 99 to +99 (0) Offset<B> 99 to +99 (0) Offset<ATW> 99 to +99 (0) Preset White 2100 to 10000 (3200)
Adjust the preset color temperature when Preset white balance mode is selected in steps of 100K.

Recording Detail

Adjusting the details to be applied to the picture
Except by executing auto white balance or activating ATW, you cannot confirm the result of changing the Offset White and Offset settings on the screen. Except when Preset white balance mode is selected, you cannot confirm the result of changing the Preset White settings on the screen. Setting On / Off Level 99 to +99 (0) Frequency 99 to +99 (0) Crispening 99 to +99 (0) Set to On to apply the details to the video signal. Adjust the detail level. Set the center frequency of the details. Setting the center frequency higher decreases the details, and setting it lower increases the details. Adjust the noise-suppression level. When you set it to a higher level, less noise may be seen, as fine elements of details are deleted leaving only high-level elements. When you set it to a lower level, fine elements are applied while increasing noise. Adjust the horizontal-to-vertical ratio of detail elements. A higher value makes the vertical elements increased with respect to the horizontal elements. Limit the white details. Limit the black details. Select the source signal to generate vertical details from among NAM (G or R whichever is higher), Y, G, and G+R. Adjust the knee aperture level (level of details to be applied to the sections above the knee point).

A mark appears if the memory card is writeprotected.

4. Time data

The time data for the playback picture are displayed. Each time you press the TC/U-BIT/ DURATION button, the indication is switched between timecode (TCR) and user-bit (UB) data.
5. Clip no./total number of clips on the

memory card

6. Joystick operation guidance area
The functions assigned to the joystick in the current condition are displayed.

Cueing up

To return to the top of the current clip Press the PREV button. When you press the button in normal or fastforward playback, the top of the current clip is cued up then playback begins. When you press the button in fast-reverse playback or in Pause mode, the top of the current clip is cued up, then the still picture is displayed. Repeated pressing of the button cues up the previous clips one by one. To start playback from the top of the first clip Press the PREV button and F REV button simultaneously. The top of the first-recorded clip on the memory card is cued up. To jump to the top of the next clip Press the NEXT button. When you press the button in normal or fastforward playback, the top of the next clip is cued up then playback begins. When you press the button in fast-reverse playback or in Pause mode, the top of the next clip is cued up, then the still picture is displayed. Repeated pressing of the button cues up the subsequent clips one by one. To start playback from the top of the last clip Press the F FWD button and NEXT button simultaneously. The top of the last-recorded clip on the memory card is cued up.
With the headphones connected to the headphone jack, the built-in speaker is turned off. Press the MONITOR VOL buttons to adjust the sound volume. The level bar is displayed during adjustment. You can select audio channel(s) to be monitored with Audio Output (page 101) of the AUDIO SET menu.
Adding shot marks during playback
In the same manner as in recording, you can add shot marks to the clip during playback.
At the point where you wish to add a shot mark, press the Shot Mark1 or Shot Mark2 assigned button, or the SHOTMARK 1 or 2 button on the IR Remote Commander.
No shot mark can be added if the memory card is write-protected. No shot mark can be added to the first or last frame of a clip.

Stopping playback

You can stop playback with either of the following operations:
Playback mode is canceled, restoring the thumbnail screen.

Press the STOP button.

Monitoring audio
In Normal playback mode, you can monitor the recorded audio signals through the built-in speaker or connected headphones.

Enable / Disable

When you set this item to Enable, no signal is fed out from the SDI OUT connector.

Trigger Mode

Setting whether to trigger recording start/stop for an external device connected to via the i.LINK connector
Internal / Both / External Internal: To activate recording start/stop operations only for an SxS memory card in a built-in slot. Both: To activate recording start/stop operations both for an SxS memory card in a built-in slot and the external recording device connected via the i.LINK connector. External: To activate recording start/stop operations only for the external recording device connected via the i.LINK connector. Select the color system for the area where you will use the camcorder.


Setting the area for use

NTSC Area / PAL Area

The default setting is different among the sales areas. United States and Canada: NTSC Other areas: PAL
Video Format3) Country: NTSC Area
Selecting the video format HQ 1080/60i SP 1080/60i HQ 1080/30P HQ 1080/24P SP 1080/24P HQ 720/60P HQ 720/30P HQ 720/24P Country: PAL Area HQ 1080/50i SP 1080/50i HQ 1080/25P HQ 720/50P HQ 720/25P Title Prefix nnn_ (nnn=least three digits of the serial number) Number Reset Execute / Cancel Last Clip DEL Execute / Cancel All Clips DEL Execute / Cancel
Select the video format (bit rate, picture size, frame rate, and scan system in combination). Bit rate HQ or SP Picture size 1080 or 720 Frame rate 24, 25, 30, 50, or 60 Scan system i (interlace) or P (progressive)
The default setting is different among the sales areas. United States and Canada: HQ 1080/60i Other areas: HQ 1080/50i Set the first 4-alphanumeric part of the clip names. You can use upper- and lowercase alphabets, numerics 0 to 9, - (hyphen), and _ (underscore). Select Execute to reset the second 4-numeric part of the clip name to 0001. Select Execute to delete the last recorded clip. Select Execute to delete all clips on the active SxS memory card.
Setting for clip name or deletion
Clips to which you applied OK mark cannot be deleted.

Format Media

Formatting SxS memory cards
Media (A) Execute / Cancel Media (B) Execute / Cancel
Select Execute to format the SxS memory card in slot A. Select Execute to format the SxS memory card in slot B.
Connecting External Monitors
To display recording/playback pictures on an external monitor, select the output signal and use an appropriate cable for the monitor to be connected. When outputting SD signals, select in advance the output mode (Squeeze, Letterbox, or Edge Crop) with Down Converter of the VIDEO SET menu.

Media Error Media(A)1) Needs to be Restored Media Error Cannot Record to Media(A)1) Media Error Cannot Use Media(A)1)

Video Format Mismatch

Copy Protected Input Cannot Record Media Error Playback Halted

Media(A)1) Error

1) (B) for the card in slot B
Appendixes Error/Warning Indications

About i.LINK

This section explains the specifications and features of i.LINK.
About data transfer speed of i.LINK
i.LINK defines a maximum data transfer speed of approximately 100, 200 and 400 Mbps1) that are described as S100, S200 and S400 respectively. For i.LINK devices, a maximum data transfer speed that the device supports is identified on Specifications page of the operating instructions supplied with the device or near its i.LINK connector.
1) When connecting with the device that support
different data transfer speed, the actual data transfer speed may be different from those described on the i.LINK connectors.

What is i.LINK?

i.LINK is a digital serial interface designed to integrate devices equipped with i.LINK connectors. i.LINK allows your device to: Perform two-way transmission and reception of data such as digital audio and digital video signals. Control other i.LINK devices. Easily connect multiple devices with a single i.LINK cable. Your i.LINK device is capable of connecting to a wide range of digital AV devices for data transfer and other operations. Other advantages include the following feature. When connected to multiple i.LINK devices, your i.LINK device can perform data transfer and other operations not only with the directly connected devices but also with any of the devices that are connected to those devices. Therefore, you do not need to be concerned with device connection order. However, depending on the features and specifications of the connected devices, you may need to use certain functions differently, and you may not be able to transfer data or perform certain operations. i.LINK, a nickname for IEEE 1394 proposed by Sony, is a trademark supported by many companies worldwide. IEEE 1394 is an international standard defined by IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
What is Mbps? Mega bits per second. A measure of the rate at which data is transmitted per second. In case of 100 Mbps, 100 Mega bits of data can be transmitted per second.
i.LINK operation with your camcorder
For details on operation when other equipment with i.LINK (HDV) connector is connected, see page 113. For details on connection with i.LINK cable and necessary software, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the connected device.
About the required i.LINK cable
Use the Sony 6-pin-to-4-pin or 4-pin-to-4-pin i.LINK cable (for HDV dubbing) to connect the i.LINK devices. i.LINK and are trademarks.

Battery Alarm 107 Battery INFO 107 BATTERY INFO display 22 Battery Pack 21 BATTERY RELEASE button 21 BATTERY/MEDIA Status 92 BC-U1 Battery Charger 21, 22 Black 74 Black Gamma 74 BP-UBP-UBRT DISP 56 BRT Disp 57 built-in clock 23 Built-in microphones 53 Built-in speaker 80 BUTTON/REMOTE Status 91 Buzzer 121
Camera Data 76, 105 Camera mode 23 CAMERA SET Menu 97 CAMERA Status 89 CANCEL button 82, 94 Card slots 30 Center Marker 39 Clip 35, 108 CLIP INFO screen 83 clip name 35 Clip Operation menu 81, 82 Clock mode 51 Clock Set 106 CMOS Image Sensors 116 color bar 55 Color Bar Type 98 Color Correction 71 COMPONENT OUT connector 109 copy a clip 84 COPY CLIP 84 Country 108 Cueing up 80
Backlight 57 backlight (EVF) 26 backlight (LCD) 25 backup battery 118 BARS/CAM button 55
Date/Time 23 DC IN connector 22 DC IN Power 22
delete a clip 84 DELETE CLIP 84 delete shot marks 86 Detail 72 DF 51 diopter compensation 25 Direct Menu 107 Direct menu 19, 37, 41, 44, 49, 50, 61,
DISP CLIP INFO 83 Display On/Off 104 DISPLAY/BATT INFO button 18, 22 divide a clip 87 DIVIDE CLIP 87 Down Converter 102
focus 47 Focus ring 47 Format Media 108 Formatting 31 Frame Rec 99 Frame Recording 59 Free Run mode 51 Freeze Mix 57, 62 FULL AUTO button 33 Full Auto mode 33 Full Manual Focus 47 Full MF mode 47
gain 41 Gain Setup 41, 97 GAIN switch 41 Gamma 74 Grip 27 Guide Frame 39
ECS 42 EJECT buttons 30 electronic shutter 42 Electronic Viewfinder 25 Entering a character string 96 Error Indications 121 EVF 25, 103 EVF (menu) 26 EVF Mode 57 EX Slow Shutter 42, 43, 97 EXPAND CLIP 85 EXPAND CLIP screen 84 EXPAND FOCUS button 47 Expanded Focus 57 ExpressCard slot of a computer 110 Extended Clear Scan 42 external microphone 53 external monitor 109 eyecup 26 Eyepiece focusing knob 26
Headphone connector 54, 80 high-speed playback 79 HISTOGRAM 56 Histogram 57 Hooks for the shoulder strap 14 Hours Meter 107
i.LINK 123 i.LINK cable 123 i.LINK I/O 107, 113 i.LINK(HDV) connector 113 index frame 77, 87 Interval Rec 99 Interval Recording 57 IR Remote 27, 57, 107 IR Remote Commander 27 iris 44 iris opening 44 Iris ring 44 IRIS switch 44
F FWD button 79 F REV button 79 Fade In 67, 68 Fade Out 67, 68 Fader 57, 67, 99 Fixed gain mode 41 Fixed Shutter mode 42 Flicker Reduce 50, 98
Jog dial 16, 94 Joystick 15, 94

Knee 73

OTHERS Menu 105 Output Formats 116
Language 106 Last Clip DEL 57, 75 LCD 25, 103 LCD B.LIGHT + and buttons 25 LCD B.LIGHT switch 25 LCD monitor 24 LCD/VF SET Menu 103 lens cap 33 Lens hood 13 LENS INFO 56 Lens Info 57 LENS REMOTE connector 46 LINE/MIC/+48V switches 53 Low Key SAT 74



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