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Old April 14th, 2008, 05:37 AM   #1
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Just trawling Sonys site and I found this...

...press release dated 29th Feb 2008!
http://www.sony.co.uk/biz/view/ShowC...=BC+News+XDCAM

Hmmm.
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Old April 14th, 2008, 06:03 AM   #2
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So really Sony broke their own embargo .. but we were all asleep!
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Old April 14th, 2008, 06:06 AM   #3
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Mixed feelings I have...

Anyway, if we could say we've been Beta-testers, that wouldn't sound bad (even though we did it for free; free for Sony that is). Unfortunately, with Sony pretending they weren't admitting our reports on the EX1 inherent flaws or wishes for improvements, I can't consider myself a proud Beta-tester; just a guinea-pig.

Why? well, here it goes:

Scenario 1: the EX3 continues the saga of bad BF, vignetting, ND filter sticking, IR colours inaccuracy, paint peeling off... No, forget it - impossible!

Scenario 2: all of the above has been rectified in the EX3... I believe all of us deserve an offer from Sony to replace our EX1's with the EX3, free o charge. Or at least for the nominal price difference.
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So really Sony broke their own embargo .. but we were all asleep!
No, we were not. This is back-dated; never actually accessible before the NAB announcement.
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Old April 14th, 2008, 06:26 AM   #5
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New XDCAM EX booklet

New XDCAM EX booklet

http://www.sony.co.uk/res/attachment...7064694533.pdf
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Old April 14th, 2008, 06:39 AM   #6
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Saw that this morning too, when looking for press releases from yesterday via the search option...

And for us away from NAB, PVC has the first Sony booth pictures by Adam Wilt.

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Old April 14th, 2008, 06:51 AM   #7
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That's just what I need. - I was thinking of getting the EX1 for my next project, but noticed a price drop on CVP a week ago. Which was odd for such a good camera. But with NAB just the round the corner, it got me thinking about an upgrade may due. wasn't expecting a whole new camera.
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Old April 14th, 2008, 06:58 AM   #8
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Just been to CVP and it's there

http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/publi...r=sony_pmw-ex3

Expected 1st of July and a hint at UK pricing..
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Old April 14th, 2008, 07:05 AM   #9
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Offical Sony NAB 2008 Press Kit

The Offical Sony NAB 2008 Press Kit is located here, although some links don't work (yet?).

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Old April 14th, 2008, 07:10 AM   #10
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Nice, at the same discount from LIST as the EX1, that would be just over 6000 (ex tax). I do expect it to start selling for a little more initally though.

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Old April 14th, 2008, 07:12 AM   #11
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There is now a video sequence presented by Philip Bloom.

http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/publi...r=sony_pmw-ex3

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I believe this is the first part of his review video, available here.

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Old April 14th, 2008, 07:36 AM   #13
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Alister Chapman's review now up on the Sony UK site...

http://www.sony.co.uk/biz/view/ShowC...veContext=true

It's time to think through the options (been holding off the EX1 since day one because the 'step-up' from a Z1 has just not quite seemed worth it IMO).

Now I'll wait for the EX3 release and will either go for a proper 'step-up' or pick up a new or used EX1 at a decent price (slight price drop on the cards too?).

Of course, there is RED's 'Scarlet' to make things more complicated. For now atleast, I'll try to think of too much choice as a good thing, but I'm sure things will become even more 'interesting' towards July as Panasonic/JVC/Canon announce their respective 'counter-punches'.
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Old April 14th, 2008, 07:42 AM   #14
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There is also my review:

http://www.sony.co.uk/biz/view/ShowC...veContext=true

They didn't break the embargo. The Press launch was yesterday.
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I had to chuckle at this line Sony press release:

"The PMW-EX3 semi-shoulder camcorder . . ."

Loosely translated do you suppose this means "We have no idea how to hand hold this thing, but good luck . . ."

Or perhaps the target users are semi-shouldered camera operators.
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