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Model

Panasonic AG-AF101Sony PMW-EX3
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Manufacturer Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Sony Information on Sony

Name AG-AF101PMW-EX3
European name ?AG-AF101EPMW-EX3
US name ?AG-AF100PMWEX3
lowest US price (5990) $8320 $
On the market since January 2011 August 2008
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?not yet testedVery good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
XDCAM EX
Recording Medium SDHC card
SDXC card
SxS / PC Express
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
AVCHD 720/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-30p
MPEG2 1280x720 1-60p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-60i
MPEG2 1440 x1080 1-60i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p
AVCHD 720/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-30p
MPEG2 1280x720 1-60p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-60i
MPEG2 1440 x1080 1-60i
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s35 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
XDCAM MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?  Fujinon
Optical Zoom ? 14 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ? 31,4 mm
Filter diameter ?  
Image Stabilization ? optical
ND Filter ?32
Exchangable optics ?Yes
Yes
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?13
Size of image sensor ?1/FourThirds inches
1/2 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 2073600 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
Focus ? auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/2.0001/2.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/21/3
Apperture control ?manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?50-105%70-100%
Histogram ?Yes
Yes
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ? 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
 
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
  
HDMI ? Out
No
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
XLR
Headphones ?Mini-jack
3.5 mm mini-jack
Lanc ? No
Time-code interface ? In
Out
In
Out
Genlock ?No
In
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Standard
HD-SDI ? Out
Out
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 1300 g 
Weight (with battery) 1500 g3600 g
Battery type  Sony BP-U30
Battery capacity   
Charger ?external
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 163 mm250 mm
Width 195 mm210 mm
Depth 290 mm400 mm
Relative Size ?92210
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
B/W and color
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?1226000 Pixel 921000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,5 Inch3,5 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?920000 Pixel 921000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ? Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ?  Ring
Manual Aperture ?  Ring
Focus switcher ? Yes
ND Filter ?Yes
Yes
Exp Lock ?Yes
Yes
Gain ?Yes
Yes
White balance ?Yes
Yes
Push AF ?No
Yes
Audio Levels ?Yes
Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
34
Audio

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
Microphone ?external XLR
external XLR
Audio Control ?manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?  
Medium included ?No
 
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?  
Standard ?  
Flash ?  
Misc.

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Specials Large Four-Thirds sensorVariable frame ratesInterchangeable LensThe viewfinder is a hinged, magnifiying eyepiece in front of the display
Product Shots

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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 PanasonicWebsite Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?  Excellent
Resolution ? Very good
Color performance ? Very good
subj.Picture impression ? Very good
Optical Zoom ? Satisfactory
Wide Angle ? Very good
Configuration / image ?  Excellent
Configuration / sound ?  Excellent
Handling ? Very good
Portability ? Satisfactory
Photo function ? Poor
Optics ? Very good
Dynamics ? Very good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?not yet testedVery good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
 467
Pros - Large Micro Four Thirds sensor
- Interchangeable lenses
- Dual SD card slot
- HD-SDI Out
- Film Look
+ excellent image quality
+ Manual handling
+ Exceptionally well equipped
+ LowLight behavior
+ interchangeable lens
Cons - Ergonomics
- 1080i/24p card format
- Expensive SxS memory cards
Conclusion Currently (Feb. 2011) the best video DSLR alternative in terms of film look.Thanks to the big and light sensitive micro Four Thirds sensor, interchangeable lenses, ND filter, peaking, XLR audio, HD-SDI, HDMI-out, etc.the Panasonic AG-AF101 combines the advantages of conventional video camcorders and DSLRs.A very good choice for low-budget film-making.Thanks to its very good lens with digital CAC and outstanding low-light capabilities the Sony PMW-EX3 is momentarily unrivaled in the price range up to 10.000 Euros.Of course, those who can do without the interchangeable lens can go for the cheaper and somewhat more compact EX1.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
AG-AF101 Review
PMW-EX3 Review
PMW-EX3 Review
external reviews/tests philipbloom.net
www.kameraverleih-deutschland.de
www.vimeo.com
Forum posts Panasonic AG AF101 or Canon 1D Mark III [lowlight]?
Panasonic AG-AF100 with Canon EF Adapter
Panasonic AG AF101 is here
SonyPMW-F3 and Canon XLHxx-Fast response to Panasonic AF101?
Philip Bloom is testing the Panasonic AG-AF100/AF-101
Stu Maschwitz on Panasonic AG-AF100/101
New AG-AF100 Footage
Panasonic announces ship date for AG-AF100/101
Panasonic AG-AF100 4 / 3 Inch camcorder with its own website
Panasonic AG-AF100 uncompressed - 4:2:0 via SDI and supposedly no Alias | Wavefront Mayaing
NAB 2010: Panasonic Announces AG-AF100 AVCCAM camcorder with 4 / 3 Inch Sensor
Setup EX3 + Aja KiPro Mini + Anton Bauer + IKAN VX7
SonyPMW EX3 with Canon zoom handle
PMW EX3 s.TV
FCP7 EX3 MP4 - video short (; 30seconds)
35mm adapter for EX3 Rental
Sonyersetzt EX3 EX3 by
mxf from ex3 after finalcut
sound problems: EX3 XDCAM Transfer is with stereo to mono
How Zacutos with Z-Finder from SonyEX1 (almost) a EX3 makes
slight noise at EX3 normal?
Re: EX3 or HPX301
SonyPMW EX3 R - When will the new EX3??
sony ex3 PS?


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