A pre-production EX1 unit was previously the subject of a DV “First Look” piece in our January issue. You can find that report here.
If you were on the fence about switching to a tapeless camera, the Sony’s PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX may very well give you the push you needed. That’s not to say this camera is perfect. Every piece of hardware has its strengths and limitations, and each potential user must weigh them relative to his or her own needs. But just one week of shooting with the EX1 has demonstrated to me much more of the former than the latter.
The servo zoom is pressure-sensitive, and as is the case with many of these smaller cameras, there is another zoom rocker and start/stop button on the top of the camera. The start/stop button on the hand assembly is a soft, jelly-like button. I don’t think it as precise as a conventional button and found that it required more pressure to operate than I am accustomed.