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Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Three 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • Fujinon Lens with 14x Zoom Ratio
  • MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps
  • HD422 1080p up to 50/60fps
  • NTSC, NTSC(J), and PAL Region Support
  • Four Channels of 16-bit Audio
  • Articulated LCD with 852x480 Resolution
  • Timecode & Genlock Input
  • Cache Recording Up to 15 Seconds
  • Dual ExpressCard SxS Memory Card Slots

The Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder is the successor to Sony's well respected PMW-EX1/R camcorder. It supports the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec and MXF recording. The PMW-200 is equipped with three 1/2" Full HD 1920 x 1080 Exmor CMOS sensors, which support 1000 TV1 high resolution, F11 (2000 lx) high sensitivity, low 56dB noise and a wide dynamic range. It works for SD/HD recording and features a 14x zoom lens with a unique focus ring mechanism.

The camera is equipped with dual ExpressCard SxS memory card slots and supports up to four hours of 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 recording. It supports both UDF and FAT file format modes and is switchable between NTSC, NTSC(J), and PAL areas. Other functions include Slow/Quick motion playback, focus magnification, slow shutter, shutter angle settings and picture cache recording. The PMW-200 features four-channel audio recording, as well as HD/SDI, HDMI, and composite/HD-Y outputs. There's six Gamma settings, four HyperGamma settings and a USB port for using the camcorder as a card reader.

Three 1/2" Full HD Exmor 3CMOS sensors
50 Mbps MPEG HD422 recording as MXF files (UDF mode only)
Multi-region support: switchable between NTSC/PAL area
SD recording and playback (DVCAM) standard
14x fixed zoom lens (servo/manual switchable) with unique focus ring mechanism
Two ExpressCard SxS memory card slots
Record up to four hours or 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 in camcorder using two 64 GB SxS-1A memory cards (not included)
UDF (Professional Disc compatible) or FAT (XDCAM EX compatible) file format mode shooting in order to have similar high-res files and workflows with existing Professional Disc and XDCAM EX camcorders
Low power consumption
Compact and lightweight design for better mobility
3.5" (8.9 cm) color LCD display with 16:9 aspect ratio
Slow and Quick motion
Focus Magnification for focus assistance
Shutter Angle Settings
Picture Cache Recording
High-quality four-channel audio recording
HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and composite/HD-Y output
USB interface for connecting camcorder as card reader
Six Standard Gamma settings and four HyperGamma settings
Camera Section
Imaging Device 3 x 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors
Effective Picture Elements 1920 x 1080 (HxV)
Slow Shutter 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32 and 64-frame accumulation
Sensitivity 2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance (F11 typical)
Gain Selection -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12 and 18dB
Recording
Video Recording Format UDF HD Mode

NTSC Area/NTSC(J) Area:
HD422 50 - 1080/59.94i
HD420 HQ - 1080/59.94i
HD422 50 - 1080/29.97p
HD420 HQ - 1080/29.97p
HD422 50 - 1080/23.98p
HD420 HQ - 1080/23.98p
HD422 50 - 720/59.94p
HD420 HQ - 720/59.94p
HD422 50 - 720/29.97p
HD422 50 - 720/23.98p
HD420 HQ - 720/23.98p

PAL Area:
HD422 50 - 1080/50i
HD420 HQ - 1080/50i
HD422 50 - 1080/25p
HD420 HQ - 1080/25p
HD422 50 - 720/50p
HD420 HQ - 720/50p
HD422 50 - 720/25p

UDF SD Mode

NTSC Area/NTSC(J) Area:
DVCAM59.94i SQ
DVCAM59.94i EC
DVCAM29.97p SQ
DVCAM29.97p EC

PAL Area:
DVCAM59.94i SQ
DVCAM59.94i EC
DVCAM29.97p SQ
DVCAM29.97P EC

FAT HD Mode

NTSC Area/NTSC(J) Area:
HQ 1920/59.94i
HQ 1440/59.94i
SP 1440/59.94i
HQ 1920/29.97p
HQ 1440/29.97p
HQ 1920/23.98p
HQ 1440/23.98p
SP 1440/23.98p
HQ 1280/59.94p
HQ 1280/29.97p
HQ 1280/23.98p

PAL Area:
HQ 1920/50i
HQ 1440/50i
SP 1440/50i
HQ 1920/25p
HQ 1440/25p
HQ 1280/50p
HQ 1280/25p

FAT SD Mode

NTSC Area/NTSC(J) Area:
HQ 1920/50i
HQ 1440/50i
SP 1440/50i
HQ 1920/25p
HQ 1440/25p
HQ 1280/50p
HQ 1280/25p

PAL Area:
DVCAM50i SQ
DVCAM50i EC
DVCAM25p SQ
DVCAM25p EC
Audio Recording UDF Mode (HD Recording)
MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL):
4 channels, 48 kHz (24-bit LPCM)
MPEG HD420 (1440 x 1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL):
4 channels, 48 kHz (16-bit LPCM)
UDF Mode (SD Recording)
DVCAM: 4 channels, 48 kHz (16-bit)
FAT Mode (HD Recording)
MPEG HD420 (1920 x 1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL):
2 channels, 48 kHz (16-bit LPCM)
Fat Mode (SD Recording)
DVCAM: 2 channels, 48 kHz (16-bit LPCM)
Recording Media SxS Express 34 Cards (SBP-8/16/32GB)
Recording Time (UDF Mode) 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL)
Approx. 120 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 60 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 30 min with 16 GB SxS memory card

35 Mbps VBR, HQ Mode MPEG HD420 (1440x1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL) Approx. 180 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 90 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 45 min with 16 GB SxS memory card

25 Mbps DVCAM
Approx. 220 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 110 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 55 min with 16 GB SxS memory card
Recording Time (FAT Mode) 35 Mbps VBR, HQ Mode - MPEG HD420 (MPEG-2 MP@HL)
Approx. 200 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 100 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 50 min with 16 GB SxS memory card

25 Mbps CBR, SP Mode - MPEG HD 420 (MPEG-2 MP@HL-14)
Approx. 280 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 140 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 70 min with 16 GB SxS memory card

25 Mbps DVCAM
Approx. 220 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 110 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 55 min with 16 GB SxS memory card
Inputs/Outputs
Genlock Input 1 x BNC (switchable to composite video out), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
TC Input 1 x BNC (switchable to TC Out), 0.5-1.8 Vp-p, 10 kohms
Audio Input 2 x 3-pin female XLR (line, mic, mic +48 V selectable)
SDI Output 1 x BNC (HD/SD switchable)
HDMI Output 1 x Type A
Composite Video Output 1 x BNC (switchable to Genlock In), HD-Y / composite switchable, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
Audio Output 1 x A/V output jack (10-pin connector)
TC Output 1 x BNC (switchable to TC In), 1.0 Vp-p, 10 kohms
Headphone Jack 1 x 3.5 mm mini-jack (stereo)
Speaker 1 x monaural 250 mW monitor speaker
Microphone 1 x omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
DV I/O (i.LINK) 1 x 4-pin IEEE-1394 HDV (HDV 1080i) / DV I/O, S400
USB Port 1 x USB 2.0 (device), mini-B type
Lens
Zoom Ratio 14x (optical) (servo/manual)
Focal Length 5.8 - 81.2 mm
Aperture f/1.9 - f/16 (auto/manual selectable)
Focus AF/MF/Full MF selectable
Macro
Monitoring
Viewfinder Electric Viewfinder (EVF)
Approx 1.2 million pixels
852 x 3 x 480 (HxRGBxV)
LCD Monitor 3.5" (8.9 cm) color LCD
852 x 3 x 480 (HxRGBxV)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
General Specifications
Media Type 2 x ExpressCard/34 slots
Power Requirements DC 12 V
Power Consumption 13 W (runs up to 4 hrs using BP-U60 battery)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (20 to 60°C)
Humidity 10 to 90% (relative humidity)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.9 x 6.5 x 16.5" (172 x 164 x 419 mm)
Weight Camcorder Only: 5.1 lb (2.3 kg)
Fully Loaded: 6.0 lb (2.7 kg)
Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder
  • Lens Hood with Shutter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • AV Multi Cable
  • Remote Commander
  • USB cable
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BC-U1 Battery Charger
  • Mounting Bracket for CBK-WA01 WiFi Adapter
  • Operation Manual
  • XDCAM Browser Software
  • SxS Device Driver and SxS UDF Driver Software
  • 1 Year Warranty on Parts and Labor
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyPMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 28 reviews)

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (21)
    • Zoom range/performance (19)
    • Good in low light (17)
    • Image stabilization (17)
    • Large clear LCD (14)

    Cons

    • Limited zoom (6)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (19)
    • Documentaries (16)
    • Weddings (15)
    • Low light (14)
    • Movies/short films (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro videographer (14), Semi-pro (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An even better EX1R

    So far I'm impressed with everything about this camera except the lousy viewfinder, which is every bit as lousy as the one on the EX1R. However the flip out screen is fantastic, the...Read complete review

    So far I'm impressed with everything about this camera except the lousy viewfinder, which is every bit as lousy as the one on the EX1R. However the flip out screen is fantastic, the image quality is fantastic, and the placement of controls is very logical. If you get real SxS cards (or XQD cards in the adapter) you can format as UDF and shoot 422 50Mbps with 4 channels of audio. But even in FAT mode with a cheap SD card in an adapter, the picture is quite nice at 35 Mbps if you don't need 422 color space. I miss the rotating grip of the EX1 which is absent here, but the form factor in general of the PMW-200 is better than the EX1. The way the camera switches between camera mode and playback mode is MUCH improved over the EX1R as well. My biggest gripe is that the shotgun mic mount is way up in right field, which causes the camera to require a deeper case to accommodate it. Overall, I think it's a winner, and an improvement on the EX1R which was already a fine camera.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    We bought a couple of lemons.

    We bought 2 of these Sony PMW-200 cameras and after a few hours of operation they started developing faults.

    Camera 'B' Was rolling and mid-shot it displayed a 'Media...Read complete review

    We bought 2 of these Sony PMW-200 cameras and after a few hours of operation they started developing faults.

    Camera 'B' Was rolling and mid-shot it displayed a 'Media Error' and from that point on it would not record anymore. We tried more things that you can think of to try and kick it back into service but no luck. We ended up having to send an EX3 to the location which was in another country.

    Then Camera 'A' developed a different fault. The image in it's LCD inverted itself, without the screen being flipped, so the shooter was having to look at an upside-down display. Then while trying to correct the problem by searching through the menu systems it started to 'hang' then eventually the whole thing just locked-up and no buttons worked at all. This fault seemed to correct itself overnight but it didn't provide us with enough confidence to carry on using the camera. So we flew a 2nd EX3 to the location.

    You would expect with such a world renowned brand as SONY that something with their badge on it would work straight out of the box.

    What's worse is that you would expect them to support their products all around the world - especially seeing as how we do actually use their gear all around the world BUT NO, their limited warranty means that it can only be repaired from where you bought it.
    How are you supposed to do that when you are shooting halfway around the world?

    SONY has let us down. We are very disappointed with this purchase and the lack of support by the manufacturer.

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    5.0

    Sony PMW 200 best among the rest

    By Bronzy

    from Ghana

    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

    Best and quality pictures

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    4.0

    Amazing in low light, but exposure issue

    By Indrid Cold

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Complicated To Operate
    • Limited Zoom
    • Overexposure Issues

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

    This camera is the best I've ever used when it comes to shooting in low light situations. It produces usable footage from locations so dark that most other cameras would struggle to capture an image where anything was visible without the video quality being obliterated by gain.

    It's difficult to get the hang of, which is why I highly recommend Doug Jensen's training DVD. Even with the dvd and years of experience with similar cameras I end up feeling a little lost at times, particularly where creating picture profiles are concerned. There's A LOT of fields you can tamper with and customize in those picture profiles, and you can save up to 6 profiles directly onto the camera to be easily accessed at any time.

    The zoom range is a little less than what I'm used to, but the image quality is great.

    You can't manipulate the white-balance easily, but instead must go through the picture profiles menu to alter the color temperature after you've white balanced. I have also had a really difficult time shooting outdoor on bright days. It might be my inexperience in setting up picture profiles, but it's almost impossible for me to not have the bright sky be washed out and overexposed without making everything else way too dark (it doesn't matter how much I fiddle with the ND filters and iris). I am hoping that I will figure this issue out with time and that it is not something that the camera just naturally has trouble with, but I thought I should bring it up anyway as it is a concern of mine.

    I will be extremely satisfied with this camera if I manage to find the answer to the overexposure issue I've been experiencing.

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    4.0

    Excellent Camera

    By Keith

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

    I bought this camera about a year ago from B and H and right from the start I loved it. Though the lens is only 14x magnification the image is very sharp. The low light capability of the 1/2 chips are much better than Sony's 1/3 inch chip cameras.

    My few complaints about the camera are the inability to easily change the color temperature on the fly. The only way to do this manually is through picture profiles menu. Many of Sony's other cameras allow this to be done with the color temp control buttons. The other issue is that there is a lot of noise using non-phantom mic when the phantom power is engaged.

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    4.0

    auto focus little issue/sxs card

    By rescator

    from dominican republic

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

      I would love t give 5 stars because the pictures this camera is delivering are awesome.
      There is a "little issue " in auto focus....the camera is loosing sometimes contrast in fast action and by the way loose auto focus and blur the scene.= garbage
      By experience, having shot a lot of wildlife with this camera i will go manual focus for capturing horizons and panoramics views,where the camera can loose contrast. and use auto focus for subjects in a close distance.,.
      That's the safe approach.
      But always be on defensive with autofocus and use the button AF push located below the lens in semi auto focus mode.

      as for SXS card transfer on final cut X..one of my computer goes fast to import the files and the other is in big troubles..i have been thru everything to solve this issue...

      The great way is to buy the thunderbolt sonnet express card reader for SXS card and you will import at the speed of light= totally awesome.

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      4.0

      Great Camcoder

      By Gardner

      from Ft. Walton Bch. FL,

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • No External Mic Input

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

      Production video, great camcoder

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      5.0

      GOOD PRICE!!!

      By STFX

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

      I would recommend this to a friend.

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      5.0

      Solid Pro Camcorder

      By Sam D.

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting

        Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

        I made the jump to the PMW-200 XDCAM format from HDV a year ago. It was a big step up in terms of cost and complexity, but very much worth it in terms of quality. Going to a card-based format was not without some downsides. HDV tapes are a very convenient, low cost "built in" backup, and the files take up much less space on a hard drive. You've got to be willing to invest more in spare laptops to back up files, more hard drive space on the desktop, and probably a full professional version of an editing program. After much research, I chose to go with XQD cards in an adapter, and have found they work flawlessly. I don't know how they could be inferior in any way to the SXS cards, and I think (hope) Sony is gradually accepting this consumer-driven reality. The images from this camera are sharp, sharp, sharp! And the low-light capabilities are very good. The camera is very rugged, with controls for everything you'd want to tweak. In fact, if there is any downside to this unit, I'd have to say that I've had to learn to go through a little checklist to be sure I have all my settings right before I shoot. It's not for someone who wants a "point and shoot" prosumer camera. The first day, I pulled it out of the box and started shooting on all auto. Not pretty. Please do yourself a favor and plan as part of your purchase Doug Jensen's excellent instructional video "Mastering Sony's PMW-200...XDCAM Cameras" DVD. Once you learn how to adjust the settings, this camera will yield some beautiful footage.

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        5.0

        Yes Film School

        By Terry

        from Austin Texas

        Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

        I bought this to learn on in film school. While the other kids are messing around with different prime lenses on their reverse engineered dslr, I am shooting one set up after the other. The camera is a sold performer, the dynamic range reaches into the shadows and the blacks are almost noise free. The footage responds well to Avid and Rembrandt color grading when profiling flat colorsIf you learn all there is to know about this camera and can handle it like a pro, then step up to a large sensor camera that will throw your beloved bokeh and you have a clue about what you are doing. In the meantime buy this little gem. Stand off and shoot the longer focal lengths of the lens for subjects that will bounce off the background. Real horror show realism. Avoid going in close and wide unless you want it flat as a pancake. It is what it is and it does it very, very well. Think Vista Vision, the Searchers, and Citizen Cane.

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        4.0

        Solid product

        By GovVideo

        from Nashville, Tennessee

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

              This is a good, solid camcorder for lightweight field use.

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              5.0

              The Best Offer

              By fotosorin

              from Europe

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                Hi, I have this camera, confirm the problem of autofocus is very unstable and I want to warn all owners or prospective buyers about a technical issue on this model.Part support (grip) is entirely plastic which breaks under the weight room while filming with her hand. Big inconvenience if this occurs during an event, this inconvenience we had.Sony Company should review the biggest problem, besides others mentioned the customers.Pictures exeption, beautiful image, perfect for weddings or other events.

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                4.0

                Great Camera, one flaw

                By Chris

                from Ramsey, MN

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Auto Focus Is Touchy

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                I own the original EX1 and an EX1R. With great success with the EX1 then a dismal experience with the EX1R, I was hesitant on the 200. However, the improvements are great and the camera is wonderful. HOWEVER, I shoot lots of footage with moving subjects and I am finding the auto focus cannot keep a steady focus field while the camera is in a full wide focal range. I don't have this problem with the EX1. Going full manual focus is the only remedy for this, but thankfully I was brought up with manual focus cameras so that isn't a huge concern. However, full auto focus can really help and hopefully Sony can figure out a remedy for this. Otherwise, I am very happy with it and the color separation is great!

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                5.0

                Exelent product

                By lopez911

                from NJ

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries

                  Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                  For weddings it's amazing

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                  4.0

                  Nice camera

                  By Video Pro

                  from Nashville TN

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                  • Not Great For Eng

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting

                  Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                  This is our first compact camera. We're using it with our bigger, Sony XDCAM disk cameras. There is a learning curve for us to get used to the different layout of this camera compared to the bigger cameras. However, it follows the standard Sony conventions, so if you know Sony- you won't get lost. I accidently hit the white balance button in front one time while running and gunning. The picture quality is terrific. Unlike the earlier EX1R, this camera will shoot .mxf files which are the same files the disk cameras shoot. We've been copying the files from the card in this camera directly to our XDCAM disks for archive purposes. I do miss the layout of the larger, professional cameras, but this camera makes up for it in size and picture quality.

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                  5.0

                  These cameras have eveything!

                  By Warhola Productions

                  from Pittsburgh

                  About Me Pro Videographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting

                    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                    we purchase two of these to replace some P2 cameras and we love them. 1/2" CMOS and 1080p 50Mbps 422, SDI, TC I/O... what else could you ask for in this price range? The zoom rocker works great compared to EX1/3. The picture quality is amazing. We use on greenscreen for great keys and in the field with Hypergamma for great range.

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                    5.0

                    Incredible performance!

                    By WLWT Donny

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                    The first time that I used this camcorder was at the recent 2013 NAB convention in Las Vegas. It performed beautifully and flawlessly! Out of the box, it delivered excellent color accuracy, without any picture profile adjustments. After the firmware upgrade to version 1.1, the auto focus was very fast and accurate. The auto iris was also very good and smooth. The auto white balance worked very well, and was very accurate and correct. I shot in some dark rooms, and the camera performed great in low light. I didn't even need to use any gain. In fact, I think the camera can see better in low light than my eyes! Finally, the camera performed great under the bright neon lights in Las Vegas, as well as in the harsh sunlight. There was no smearing at all. I just wished the zoom could be a little longer, but that would make the camera larger and heavier. Overall, a great achievement from Sony. It is so far the best handheld camera I have ever used! The ability to record in 50 Mbps is a major plus!

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                    5.0

                    Love the camera!

                    By Mike

                    from Warwick RI

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                    So far so good!

                    Only cons
                    Battery life is the only issue. Get about 2 hours on the mid range battery, The spec say 4 hours. Buy more batteries. The camera gets hot.

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                    1.0

                    We bought a couple of lemons.

                    By Phil Brown

                    from AK, New Zealand

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Specifications

                    Cons

                    • Lcd No Good Outdoors
                    • Limited Zoom
                    • Temperamental

                    Best Uses

                    • Excess Baggage
                    • Paper-weight

                    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                    We bought 2 of these Sony PMW-200 cameras and after a few hours of operation they started developing faults.

                    Camera 'B' Was rolling and mid-shot it displayed a 'Media Error' and from that point on it would not record anymore. We tried more things that you can think of to try and kick it back into service but no luck. We ended up having to send an EX3 to the location which was in another country.

                    Then Camera 'A' developed a different fault. The image in it's LCD inverted itself, without the screen being flipped, so the shooter was having to look at an upside-down display. Then while trying to correct the problem by searching through the menu systems it started to 'hang' then eventually the whole thing just locked-up and no buttons worked at all. This fault seemed to correct itself overnight but it didn't provide us with enough confidence to carry on using the camera. So we flew a 2nd EX3 to the location.

                    You would expect with such a world renowned brand as SONY that something with their badge on it would work straight out of the box.

                    What's worse is that you would expect them to support their products all around the world - especially seeing as how we do actually use their gear all around the world BUT NO, their limited warranty means that it can only be repaired from where you bought it.
                    How are you supposed to do that when you are shooting halfway around the world?

                    SONY has let us down. We are very disappointed with this purchase and the lack of support by the manufacturer.

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                    4.0

                    Pretty good, but

                    By Todd

                    from Milwaukee, WI

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                    This is a nice camera. The weight is better than your average prosumer, so the 200 gives a little more weight on your tripod head.

                    Plenty of options for HD recording. My biggest fault with the 200 is the transfer rate off the SxS card. The format from the EX3, for example, is nicely wrapped up and transfers lightning fast. The 200 is VERY slow. Don't expect quick xfers in the field. Maybe it's Final Cut, but the HD codec is slow.

                    The ergonomics are just o.k. I am used to the EX3 and really liked the set up. The 200 is not as easy to get around with your hands, making it easy to fumble around. The lcd is nice but a little hard to see in bright sunlight. Invest in a small hoodman, you may be happy you did.

                    Outside of my critical comments, this is a great camera and does put out a great image. It's small and easy to move around and get into tight corners. Once I'm used to the different positions of the switches, I'm sure it will be a great camera for my arsenal.

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                    4.0

                    VALUE FOR MONEY!!!

                    By "The Camera Man"

                    from woodland hills, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • Menu Is A Bit Annoying
                    • Poor Still Image

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                    I've recently received the PMW -200, I'm extremely happy with its results.
                    The picture is crisp, with a great color space. I couldn't ask for anything better at that price(=I could but wouldn't get it)

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                    5.0

                    From EX1R to PMW-200

                    By Professional Wedding Videographer

                    from MI

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder:

                    This camera handles very comparably to the EX1R. The advantages to the 200 are much nicer zoom control, especially with the slow zooms, and the obvious color difference. One thing I would like to mention is that if you are editing in FCP7, make sure to switch the format to FAT, creating .mov files instead of .mfx (something very difficult for fcp7 to work with.)

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