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Panasonic AG-AC130Sony PMW-EX3
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Manufacturer Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Sony Information on Sony

Name AG-AC130PMW-EX3
European name ?AG-AC130PMW-EX3
US name ?AG-AC130PMWEX3
lowest US price (4641) $8320 $
On the market since October 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 ? MiniDV
AVCHD
XDCAM EX
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
SxS / PC Express
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-30p
MPEG2 1280x720 1-60p
MPEG2 1920x1080 1-60i
MPEG2 1440 x1080 1-60i
video resolutions US ? 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 ? DV
MPEG4
XDCAM MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?  Fujinon
Optical Zoom ?21 x14 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ? 31,4 mm
Filter diameter ?  
Image Stabilization ?optical
optical
ND Filter ? 2
Exchangable optics ?No
Yes
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?33
Size of image sensor ?1/3 inch
1/2 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ? 2073600 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ? auto
manual
presets
Focus ? auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ? 1/2.000
Maximum shutter time ? 1/3
Apperture control ? auto
manual
Infrared recording ? No
Expanded Focus ? Yes
Peaking ? Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ? 70-100%
Histogram ?waveform
Yes
adjustable sharpness ? Yes
Adjustable color ? Yes
Cinegamma ? Yes
Black Strech ? Yes
Knee ? Yes
Colorbars ? Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ? Yes
Custom Presets ? Yes
Set Time Code ? Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
  
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
  Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
  
HDMI ? Out
No
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
In
Out
In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?  XLR
Headphones ? 3.5 mm mini-jack
Lanc ? No
Time-code interface ?  In
Out
Genlock ?  In
Accessory shoe ?  Standard
HD-SDI ?No
Out
Misc.
Weight (without battery)   
Weight (with battery)  3600 g
Battery type  Sony BP-U30
Battery capacity   
Charger ? external
Remote control  Yes
Size
Height  250 mm
Width  210 mm
Depth  400 mm
Relative Size ?0210
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
B/W and color
Viewfinder format ? 16:9
Viewfinder pixels ?1226000 Pixel 921000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,4 Inch3,5 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 921000 Pixel
Touch Screen ? No
External controls
Manual Zoom ? Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ?  Ring
Manual Aperture ?  Ring
Focus switcher ? Yes
ND Filter ?Yes
Yes
Exp Lock ? Yes
Gain ? Yes
White balance ? Yes
Push AF ? Yes
Audio Levels ? Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
 4
Audio

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

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

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Specials  The 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 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  + excellent image quality
+ Manual handling
+ Exceptionally well equipped
+ LowLight behavior
+ interchangeable lens
Cons  - Expensive SxS memory cards
Conclusion  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
PMW-EX3 Review
PMW-EX3 Review
external reviews/tests  www.kameraverleih-deutschland.de
www.vimeo.com
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