At NAB, Broadcast-Quality Sony PMW-100 Loses Weight, Gains Performance
Advancements in technology have allowed manufacturers to shrink the size of broadcast-quality camcorders, while at the same time squeezing in better performance. A case in point is Sony's new PMW-100 camcorder; ENG professionals sporting this compact new unit will appreciate the lighter load and greater maneuverability.
In addition to being the newest member of Sony’s XDCAM HD22 product lineup, the PMW-100 is also the smallest 50Mbps-capable video camcorder on the market today, which should make it the darling of videographers and ENG’ers who require a pro video rig that can be used quickly and nimbly in the tightest quarters. The camera’s 3.5-inch, 852 x 480 pixel LCD screen should also improve shooting flexibility.
Sony’s PMW-100 contains a new 1/2.9-inch Exmor CMOS imaging sensor that claims a minimum illumination level of 0.08 lux, which can change the outcome of the game when shooting under murky lighting conditions. As for output quality, Sony’s PMW-100 can capture 1080p, 1080i and 720p video at up to 50Mbps using MPEG HD422 compression and 24-bit, four-channel audio at 48 kHz (uncompressed). As for frame rates, the PMW-100 can record video with frame rates ranging from 1 fps to 60 fps in 720p mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode. In the optics department, the Sony PMW-100 has a 5.4-54mm (40-400mm in 35mm equivalent) zoom lens, which should provide enough optical coverage for most professional applications.
The Sony PMW-100 records to a choice of high speed SxS, Memory Stick, SD card and XQD memory cards and features HD/SD-SDI output, Genlock input, composite output, time code input/output, i.LINK (HDV/DV) input/output and A/V output.
|Imaging Sensor||1/2.9" Exmor CMOS sensor|
|Minimum Illumination||0.08 lux|
|Lens||5.4-54mm (40-400mm in 35mm equivalent) zoom lens|
|Video Recording||1080i, 1080p and 720p up to 50 Mbps MXF|
|Playback||MPEG HD422 codec, MPEG HD422 Long GOP compression, switchable to MPEG HD420 35/25 Mbps or DVCAM 25 Mbps|
|Audio||24-bit four-channel @ uncompressed 48 kHz|
|LCD||Full color 3.5" (8.9cm) WVGA (852 x 480)|
|Memory||SxS memory card, Memory Stick, SD card, XQD|
|Slow/Quick-Motion Rates||1fps to 60 fps in 720p mode / 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode|
|Input/Output||HD/SD-SDI output, Composite output, Genlock input, time code input/output, i.LINK (HDV/DV) input/output, and A/V output|
|Software||SxS Memory Card Management Utility Software|
|Dimensions||Not specified by manufacturer|
|Weight||Not specified by manufacturer|
Sony’s PMW-100 is expected to arrive on our shelves in May, 2012.