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Model

Sony PMW-EX1RPanasonic AG-HMC151
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Name PMW-EX1RAG-HMC151
European name ?PMW-EX1RAG-HMC151E
US name ?PMWEX1R AG-HMC150
lowest US price  3199 $
On the market since December 2009 September 2008
Test preview

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

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Video formats ? MPEG2-TS
XDCAM EX
AVCHD
Recording Medium SxS / PC Express
SD Card
SDHC card
video resolutions EU ?MPEG2 1920x1080 1-30p
MPEG2 1280x720 1-60p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-60i
MPEG2 1440 x1080 1-60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
AVCHD 1280 x 720/24p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/30p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
video resolutions US ?MPEG2 1920x1080 1-30p
MPEG2 1280x720 1-60p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-60i
MPEG2 1440 x1080 1-60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
AVCHD 1280 x 720/24p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/30p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?35 Mbit/s24 Mbit/s
Compression format ?XDCAM MPEG2
MPEG4
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Fujinon
Leica
Optical Zoom ?14 x13 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?31,4 mm28 mm
Filter diameter ?77 mm72 mm
Image Stabilization ?optical
optical
ND Filter ?23
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?33
Size of image sensor ?1/2 inch
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2073600 Pixel 518400 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CCD
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/2.0001/2.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/31/24
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?70-100%50-105%
Histogram ?Yes
waveform
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ?Yes
No
Knee ?Yes
Yes
Colorbars ?Yes
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ?Yes
No
Custom Presets ?Yes
Yes
Set Time Code ?Yes
Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
 
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
In
Out
-
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
XLR
Headphones ?3.5 mm mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
 
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?2 x standard
 
HD-SDI ? Out
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 2400 g 
Weight (with battery) 2800 g 
Battery type Sony BP-U30
 
Battery capacity   
Charger ?external
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 178 mm 
Width 176 mm 
Depth 311 mm 
Relative Size ?970
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?B/W and color
Color
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?900000 Pixel 235000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,5 Inch3,5 Inch
Display format ?16:94:3
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 210000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Ring
Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ? Ring
Ring
Manual Aperture ? Ring
Wheel
Focus switcher ?Yes
Yes
ND Filter ?Yes
Yes
Exp Lock ?Yes
 
Gain ?Yes
Yes
White balance ?Yes
Yes
Push AF ?Yes
Yes
Audio Levels ?Yes
Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
43
Audio

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Audio Formats ?MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
 
Microphone ?external XLR
external XLR
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?  
Medium included ?  
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?  
Standard ?  
Flash ?  
Misc.

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Specials Cache recording up to 15 seconds.SD-recording too-in the US named AG-HMC150
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 SonyWebsite Panasonic
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ? Excellent Satisfactory
Resolution ?Very goodSatisfactory
Color performance ?Very goodGood
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodGood
Optical Zoom ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Wide Angle ?Very good Excellent
Configuration / image ? Excellent Very good
Configuration / sound ? Excellent Very good
Handling ?Very goodVery good
Portability ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Photo function ?PoorPoor
Optics ?Very goodVery good
Dynamics ?Very goodVery good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
467395
Pros + excellent image quality
+ Manual handling
+ Exceptionally well equipped
+ LowLight behavior
Good wide angle
+ Professional controls
Cons - Expensive SxS-cards
- low sharpness due to pixel shift
- 4:3 display with low resolution
Conclusion Almost everything that was criticized on the EX1 (mainly concerning the switches/buttons and ergonomics) has been addressed and improved.In its current form, it definitely still plays in the top league in terms of low light performance, handling and functionality, and with its 1/2-inch chip it is one of the "bigger" small ones.As it brings many important functions and operating controls the Panasonic AG-HMC151 is a solid choice for semi-professionals.We especially liked the clever layout of the buttons and switches as well as the 35mm adapter-friendly design with a lock-focus function and the integrated waveform monitor.The AVCHD images make an overall balanced impression.But buyers searching for maximum sharpness will have to look elsewhere.The display with its low resolution is no longer state of the art.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
AG-HMC151 Review
external reviews/tests   
Forum posts EX1 / EX1R baseplate design of Juice
New EX1R - Quality Check
Lowlight: EX1R versus GH2
SonyPMW-EX1R vs Canon XF300 ... Recommended (?)
PROBLEM! EX1R shots in Final Cut 6 per edit / import ?!?!?
New firmware for EX1R 1.15 as
Zoom in Ex1r quite loud
PMW-EX1R - shutter angle setting - Handling and backgrounds
Cartoni e-FOC ENG2D-MS-T for the EX1R suitable?
SonyEX1 / EX1R "teacher" in Hamburg searched
4:2:2 signal s.der Ex1r intercept ...
SonyPMW-EX1r, Tele-Converter 0HD Century 16TC-EX1
Short review: SonyXDCAM EX PMW-EX1R
Panasonic HMC151 and Canon XH-A1 mix - how?
Batteries for Panasonic AG-HMC150EU searched
VIDEO CLIP OF panasonic AG-HMC151E AVCHD CAMCORDER WHERE IT'S POSSIBLE?
Panasonic AG-HMC151E. AVCHD work fine with Edius 5??
AG-HMC151E
AG-HMC150 / AG-HMC151E - When?
Prices are for Panasonic AG-AG-HMC151E and HPX171E known
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