At my work we have an EX3


At my work we have an EX3 and an EX1 in house. If we want better cameras, we just rent.

These cameras look great. 4:2:0 isn’t an issue, but we also only do basic color correction. We haven’t done any heavy color grading. We don’t do any keying either. If keying is something you will only do on occasion, I suggest renting something like an AJA Ki Pro mini when the time comes. This will allow you to record ProRes out of the HD-SDI connection.

You can over crank to 60p with these cameras, but only when recording 720p.

The larger image sensors will certainly be much less noisy than the Panasonics and JVCs.

I’m not sure why you think the Sonys implement old technology, though. The technology is up to date as far as I can tell. Is it because they record to SxS cards? SxS and P2 cards are priced higher because they are much more robust than SD, SDHC, and CF cards. You don’t really see pro cameras that record to SDHC cards, and you don’t really see consumer/prosumer cameras recording to SxS or P2…

As far as them not being good for run-n-gun, people have complained about the ergonomics of the EX1. It’s a reasonable complaint, in my opinion, but it’s something you eventually get used to.

Since the EX1 and EX3 have the same inner workings, I’d suggest getting 2 EX1s since you want your cameras to match. The EX3 doesn’t offer THAT much more than the EX1. Off the top of my head, I can only think of interchangeable lenses and I think you can fine tune your over cranking by 1-frame increments.

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