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Model

Sony PMW-350Canon XH G1s
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Canon Informationen zu Canon

Name PMW-350XH G1s
European name ?PMW-350KXH G1s
US name ?PMW-350XH G1s
lowest US price (22357) $6100 $
On the market since April 2010 December 2008
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Very good
Very good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? DVCAM
XDCAM EX
MiniDV
HDV
Recording Medium SxS / PC Express
MiniDV/HDV-Cassette
video resolutions EU ?DVCAM 720 x 576/50i
XDCAM EX x1080/24p 1920, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i
XDCAM EX 1280 x 720/24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p
HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/25F
HDV 1440 x 1080/25F
video resolutions US ?DVCAM 720 x 480/60i
XDCAM EX x1080/24p 1920, 25p, 30p, 50i, 60i
XDCAM EX 1280 x 720/24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p
HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
HDV 1440 x 1080/24p
HDV 1440 x 1080/30p
MiniDV 720 x 480/60i
720 MiniDV x480/24p
MiniDV 720 x 480/30p
Max Bitrate ?35 Mbit/s25 Mbit/s
Compression format ? DV
XDCAM MPEG2
DV
MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Fujinon
Canon
Optical Zoom ?16 x20 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?31,4 mm32,5 mm
Filter diameter ?82 mm72 mm
Image Stabilization ?None
optical
ND Filter ?32
Exchangable optics ?Yes
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?33
Size of image sensor ?1/1, 5 inches
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 1560000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CCD
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/2.0001/16.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/601/3
Apperture control ?auto
manual
AE-Shift
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?70-100% Off
70-100%
Histogram ?Yes
No
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ?Yes
Yes
Knee ?Yes
Yes
Colorbars ?Yes
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ? Yes
Custom Presets ?Yes
Yes
Set Time Code ?Yes
Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
In
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
  
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
  Out
HDMI ? Out
No
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
In
Out
In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0
No
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
XLR
Mini-jack
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ? Yes
Time-code interface ? In
Out
In
Out
Genlock ? In
In
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Standard
HD-SDI ? Out
 
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 6300 g2100 g
Weight (with battery)  2200 g
Battery type  Canon BP-950G
Battery capacity  5200 mAh
Charger ? internal
external
Remote control  Yes
Size
Height 124 mm163 mm
Width 269 mm189 mm
Depth 332 mm350 mm
Relative Size ?110107
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
B/W and color
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?921000 Pixel 269000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
B/W and color
Display size 3,5 Inch2,8 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 207000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Ring
Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ? Ring
Ring
Manual Aperture ? Ring
Ring
Focus switcher ?Yes
Yes
ND Filter ?Yes
Yes
Exp Lock ?Yes
Yes
Gain ?Yes
Yes
White balance ?Yes
Yes
Push AF ?Yes
Yes
Audio Levels ?Yes
Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
62
Audio

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Audio Formats ?4x48kHz
MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
MiniDV: 4x32kHz 12bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
Microphone ?external XLR
Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
external XLR
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
display
Still

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Recording Medium ? SD Card
Medium included ? No
Effective pixels ? 1560000 Pixel
Resolutions ? 1920x1080
1440x1080
848x480
640x480
Standard ? JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ? No
Misc.

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Specials Chromatic aberration correctionFlip view of the display for 35mm adapter Native 23.98P recording 
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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL Website SonyWebsite Canon
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ? Excellent Good
Resolution ? Excellent Very good
Color performance ?Very goodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Wide Angle ?Very goodVery good
Configuration / image ? Excellent Excellent
Configuration / sound ? Excellent Excellent
Handling ?Very goodVery good
Portability ?SufficientSatisfactory
Photo function ?PoorSufficient
Optics ?Very goodGood
Dynamics ?Very goodVery good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Very good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
467443
Pros + Lowlight performance
+ Professionell layout / body
+ 4 audio channels
+ 2/3-inch chip
+ Excellent resolution in brightness and color
+ exceptionally well equipped
Cons - 4:2:0 color sampling
- only one digital HD-out operable at a time
- Most expensive in the Sony XDCAM EX CAM Lineup
- chromatic aberrations due to the lens
Conclusion With the PMW-350 you get an enormously light sensitive 2/3-inch camcorder for 20.000 Euro, but it is limited due to the 4:2:0 XDCAM EX sampling.This may be bypassed with a Nano flash recorder and in this combination, the PMW-350 suddenly is the cheapest 2/3-inch 4:2:2 HD-Cam on the market.In any case a professional shoulder camcorder whose operation leaves little to be desired.The Canon XHG1s has CCDs with excellent resolution in both brightness and in color.The dynamic behavior can be changed to outstanding values with knee, noise suppression and -3dB gain, which combined with the sober colors ensures a very clean image impression.Only the lens with its 20x zoom shows occasional distortion and chromatic aberrations.Partly due to much noise, the XH G1s is only "good" in low-light situations.
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