Has anyone moved up to the PMW 350 from the EX-3? Sent my EX-3 to sony because of a soft focus problem with the lens and now I'm getting status back that the unit was damage by UPS. It was insured and packed properly. Bought the EX-3 a bit over a year ago and easily turned a positive ROI. Now it seems I'm in position to get full value for my old camera and am now thinking about the 350. Was able to set up the 350 and record some charts and some quick small tests. The upgrade to me was durability, better lens, 2/3" chips and improved sensitivity. Color saturation was better in the yellows when compared to the EX-3. I do a lot of two camera shoots with the second camera by a friend... its a PDW 330 1/2" CCD chip, always outperforms my EX-3 but we get by matching the cameras in post. It's probably an additional 12K out of pocket for everything I can't think of at the moment and could recover that in 6 months of production... Any thoughts advice?
I am surprised to hear that you believe the F330 to be outperforming the EX3. IMHO the EX3 produces a much better picture than the F3** series cameras.
The PMW-350 is a step up in pretty much every respect from the EX3, but then it is a lot more money. I did a camera shootout recently and you can download frame grabs from all the cameras used in the test: http://www.xdcam-user.com/?page_id=598 You can see in the grabs that there isn't a huge difference between most of the cameras but the 350 has less noise and higher latitude than the EX3. Having said that depending on your end client and how your material will be viewed they may not see the difference in the pictures in the final product. The ergonomics of the 350 are very good and it's a really nice camera to use, what I would call a "cameraman's camera". But you do also need to consider that you will need bigger, more expensive batteries an expensive charger and possibly a bigger tripod. These all add considerably to the cost of the complete package.
The kit lens is excellent value for the money, but being very short it does bring the zoom rocker close to the camera body and this does conspire with the fat viewfinder to make the rocker difficult to operate from the left side. With a standard broadcast lens this is much less of a problem.
Pat: I know this is an old thread, but I developed a professional bracket that raises the VF on the PMW-320 and 350. No problem with accessing zoom controls after installation.
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