The XDCAM EX PMW-350
Posted 07 October 2010 - 02:08 AM
Any thoughts about the camera?
Posted 12 October 2010 - 09:11 AM
Fujinon 16 X lens that comes with the "K" version is surprisingly good. Even the Fujinon 0.7 wide converter is better than I expected, especially for the price. Any particular questions you have? I'll be happy to answer.
I don't often visit this forum so I'm not sure on the rules for URLs but I have some test footage up on vimeo you might like to look at. If you just google: vimeo and my name it will come up.
Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:45 AM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 05:36 PM
It is 1/2" chip camera, and while the adapter to use 2/3" lenses on it is not terribly expensive, there is a field of view conversion crop.
I really like that it does variable bit rate encoding, unlike HDV, which is constant. The latter creates really annoying artifacts sometimes (whip pans, running with the camera, etc).
They record onto pretty pricey proprietary XDCAM disks. BUT, one can recycle a disk seemingly forever. That I know of, there are no dropouts if the disks are continually reformatted and used again and again and again, unlike tape.
The menus can be a bit confusing at times. The image on higher gain (it lets you pump it up to +20db, I believe) will fall apart terribly (of course) which is annoying. Why would Sony put that as an option when it creates SO much image noise? Etc. But all in all is a great camera system.
Edited by Saul Rodgar, 13 October 2010 - 05:39 PM.
Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:28 PM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:26 PM
Adrian: I hear what you are saying about a camera's low light capabilities (high db gain) practicality vs picture pleasantness. Nice to have if one really MUST use it, but cringe inducing at the very least, as far as I am concerned.
The 355's pickup is CCD versus CMOS on the 350, which are significantly cleaner sensors. But the 355 also goes all the way to 48db gain (not 20db, as I originally claimed). Because of that and the dirtier nature of the CCDs, it makes for nasty looking images at anything over 20db, IMO unusable for 99% of broadcast material, short of Dirtiest Jobs.
I'd be curious to see what 48db of gain look like on CMOS cameras tho . . .
Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:51 PM
I'd go wherever on gain shooting news, for instance I had to get a shot of an alleged Murderer being transferred to the other side of the country and stopping here for a refuel, the police plane landed and I had to bump up to 18db to get him walking across the tarmac. Pretty noisy, but that's news! I think the 350 goes "up" to 48db, but it's so laughable I haven't even looked for the setting.
The jury's out on CCD vs CMOS, both have advantages and disadvantages.
I am warming to the CMOS though, it can be quite filmic with the right lighting.
Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:19 PM
Posted 17 October 2010 - 06:36 PM