September 19, 2007


The EX1 records and stores content to ExpressCard high-speed media. ExpressCard, the company feels, will become the new standard in memory card technology, as it offers higher performance, lower power consumption and a smaller footprint than PCMCIA cards. Sony's SxS-branded memory card delivers up to 800 Mbps of high-speed data transfer and provides nonlinear capabilities like instant random access and file-based operation. 

The EX1 is equipped with two SxS memory card slots that allow it to record up to 100 minutes of high-quality HD footage at 35Mbps, or 140 minutes at 25Mbps using two 16-GB SxS cards. The imaging devices used in the camcorder are three 1/2-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 x 1080. This 1/2-inch type image sensor allows the camcorder to provide a high sensitivity of F10, a signal-to-noise ratio of 54 dB, and horizontal resolution of 1000 television lines.  

The camcorder is switchable between 1080p, 1080i and 720p, with multiple frame recording capabilities of 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p and native 23.98p.  A high-definition Fujinon 14x zoom lens is provided to deliver optimum picture performance. "Slow and Quick Motion" capability allows users to achieve overcranking and under-cranking film looks. 

A range of nonlinear editing manufacturers are developing compatible interfaces for the EX1, including Adobe, Apple, Dayang Technology Development, Matrox and Thomson Grass Valley. Sony's Vegas also supports the camera, which is expected to be available in November at a suggested price under $8,000.