Summary: Like it or loathe it, the PMW-EX1 represents a turning point in the video camera industry; a gradual but indomitable shift away from the comforting familiarity of digital tape. If you're an industry professional, this is where your future will eventually lie.
Pros: Unparalleled 'full' 1080p high-definition video, huge array of benefits offered by SxS Pro recording format, adjustable handgrip offers extra freedom
Cons: Technology still in its infancy, lens not interchangeable, no SD mode
Excerpt: This model was reviewed as part of our group test of HD camcorders . A quick glance at the PWW-EX1 reveals a family resemblance to the HVR-Z7E. But although its CMOS sensors also use the Exmor technology, the EX1 has a trio of 1/2in units, each with a true 1,920-x-1,080 resolution. On the downside, the EX1 has a fixed lens – though it’s an excellent 14x Fujinon HD unit, with great optics.
Pros: Wide range of formats. Captures huge amount of detail. High-qualiy built-in lens.
Cons: Fixed lens. Slightly darker image than the Z7E.