Camera kits


Sony PMWEX3 hire | Sony PMW EX3 Camera

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Ccompact XDCAM EX camera in a semi-shoulder design shooting on the solid-state format XDCAM-EX. 

There is also a choice of a 35Mb/s High Quality mode or a 25Mb/s, HD.V 1080i compatible mode, so although it is not good enough quality to satisfy HD Broadcast standard, it is certainly excellent viewing/internet/multi-camera mix quality. The PMW-EX3 uses three ½-inch type CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920x1080.  

This camcorder also features an interchangeable lens system and is supplied with a Fujinon Professional HD ½-inch 14x lens and a unique dual focus ring mechanism. It is also features a 3.5" HD viewfinder, genlock, timecode and remote control capability for real added flexibility, offering a low-cost HD studio solution.

The optional 2/3" B4 Mount Adapter allows HD electronic lenses to be fitted to this camera, which is very useful, since the crop function of the 1/2" image sensor means that there is a natural telephoto effect which makes HJ22x8 lenses (8-176mm) have the the equivalent image as a 12mm-264mm with no loss in sensitivity.

The PMW-EX3 has two memory card slots which means with a pair of 32 GB SxS PRO memory cards, it can record up to 280 minutes of HD footage. VMI's package includes 2 x 32GB cards (up to 280mins at 35Mb/s HQ mode@25p) as standard.

Available Resolutions

  • HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25P, 1280 x 720/50P, 25P
  • SP mode: 1440 x 1080/50i
  • 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  


  • Focus: AF/MF/Full MF selectable 800 mm to 8 (MACRO OFF), 50 mm to 8 (MACRO ON, Wide), 735 to 8 (MACRO ON, Tele)
  • Image stabilizer: ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
  • Filter thread: M77 mm, pitch 0.75 mm (on lens)
  • Lens mount: 1/2-inch type EX mount
  • 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)
  • Iris: F1.9 to F16 and Close, servo/manual selectable
  • Maximum relative aperture: 1:1.9

Optional 2/3" B4 Mount Adapter to allow cinema-style and HD electronic lenses. 

Compatible Memory Cards

VMI Package

  • Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder XDCAM EX
  • Raincover
  • Vision Cable BNC-BNC  5m
  • 2 x Hawkwoods Battery BP-60U 14.4V Non FS7 
  • 1 x Hawkwoods Battery BP-30U 14.4V Small
  • Sony AC Adapter/Charger BC-U1
  • Power Cable Figure 8
  • 2 x SxS 32GB UDF SxS-1 Memory Card storage (for 4 hours of HD acquisition)
  • Reader: SxS Card Reader SBAC-US10 (USB 2.0)
  • Sachtler FSB-6 Tripod or equivalent
  • Sennheiser K6/ME66 Shotgun Microphone
  • Sennheiser HD205 Headphones

Sony PMW-EX3 solid-state camcorder package includes raincover, storage, card reader, tripod and shotgun mic.


  • Rate:
    £85/day £340/week Add to Shoot Kit
Optional Accessories

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