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Sony PMW-300K1 XDCAM HD Camcorder

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Sony PMW-300K1 XDCAM HD Camcorder
Key Features
  • 1/2" Exmor Full HD 3CMOS Sensor
  • MPEG HD422 at 50 Mb/s
  • Fujinon Lens with 14x Zoom
  • Interchangeable Lens Mount System
The PMW-300K1 XDCAM HD Camcorder from Sony is designed to meet the demands of field video productions and professional studio applications. It is Sony's first semi-shoulder mount camcorder to combine the low-light capabilities of three 1/2" Exmor Full HD CMOS sensors with the broadcast-quality, Full HD MPEG HD422 codec. The camcorder features the same rugged metal construction, interchangeable EX lens mount, and 14x Fujinon HD lens as the PMW-EX3, but introduces advanced signal processing technology for low-noise and clearer images. The PMW-300K1 also features a 3.5" 960 x 540 LCD viewfinder, built-in ND filters, and eight assignable function buttons.
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Sony PMW-300 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Full HD MPEG-2 HD 422 Recording at 50 Mb/s and XAVC Upgradeable
  • 3Three 1/2"-Type Exmor CMOS Sensors and Low-Light 3DNR Technology
  • 4Interchangeable Lens System with 14x Fujinon HD Lens
  • 53.5" Color LCD Viewfinder
  • 6HD/SD-SDI and HDMI Interfaces
  • 7Wide Range of Frame Rates
  • 8Slow and Quick Motion from 1 to 60 fps
  • 9UDF or FAT File Format Mode
  • 10Two SxS Memory Card Slots
  • 11USB Connectivity and Wi-Fi Control
  • 12Two XLR Inputs and 4-Channel Audio Recording
  • 13Semi-Shoulder Design with Metal Body
  • 14Built-In Neutral Density Filters
  • 15Multicamera Operation with 8-Pin Remote Control
  • 16Cache Recording
  • 17Planning Metadata Automatically Recorded
  • 18Power-On Quick Rec Mode
  • 19Continuous Recordings for Easier Transport of Files

The PMW-300K1 XDCAM HD Camcorder from Sony is designed to meet the demands of field video productions and professional studio applications. It is Sony's first semi-shoulder mount camcorder to combine the low-light capabilities of three 1/2" Exmor Full HD CMOS sensors with the broadcast-quality, Full HD MPEG HD422 codec. The camcorder features the same rugged metal construction, interchangeable EX lens mount, and 14x Fujinon HD lens as the PMW-EX3, but introduces advanced signal processing technology for low-noise and clearer images. The PMW-300K1 also features a 3.5" 960 x 540 LCD viewfinder, built-in ND filters, and eight assignable function buttons.

The camcorder is equipped with dual ExpressCard/34 SxS memory card slots that support SxS Pro and SxS-1 cards. A variety of recording formats is available, including Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording in either MPEG HD422 at 50 Mb/s or MPEG HD420 at 35 Mb/s. The camcorder supports both UDF and FAT file format modes. SD recording is available in DVCAM and MPEG IMX formats, in both NTSC and PAL. The camcorder is upgradeable to support Sony's XAVC codec when it becomes available.

The camcorder offers two HD/SD-SDI and one HDMI inputs, as well as i.LINK, USB 2.0, timecode, and genlock connections for use with a wide range of AV and IT interfaces. The USB 2.0 port enables the use of the optional CBK-WA100 wireless adapter. Included with the camcorder is the Fujinon 14x zoom lens with lens hood and cap, 3.5" LCD viewfinder, BP-U30 battery and charger, infrared remote commander, shoulder strap, cold shoe kit, and a USB cable.
 

Full HD MPEG-2 HD 422 Recording at 50 Mb/s and XAVC Upgradeable

The PMW-300K1 captures Full HD 1920 x 1080 video using the broadcast-quality MPEG-2 HD 422 codec at 50 Mb/s. It creates industry-standard MXF files. The camcorder can also record Full HD video in MPEG-2 HD 420 at 35 Mb/s. For SD recording, MPEG IMX and DVCAM options are available. The camcorder is upgradable to support Sony's XAVC codec when it becomes available.

Three 1/2"-Type Exmor CMOS Sensors and Low-Light 3DNR Technology

Three, 1/2"-sized Full HD Exmor CMOS sensors provide good low-light performance with low image noise. The camcorder also includes Sony's 3Dimensional Noise Reducer technology (3DNR) to further reduce noise between frames.

Interchangeable Lens System with 14x Fujinon HD Lens

Featuring the same interchangeable EX-mount system used by the PMW-EX3, the PMW-300K1 is compatible with a wide range of 1/2" lenses. The camcorder is also compatible with 2/3" lenses using Sony's ACM-21 adapter, sold separately. The PMW-300K1 comes with a Fujinon HD lens with 14x, zoom range with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 31.4 to 439mm.

3.5" Color LCD Viewfinder

A 3.5" 960 x 540 color LCD viewfinder enables precision focusing for HD-resolution footage. The viewfinder cover can be flipped up for easier viewing of the LCD screen when the camera is on set or mounted on a tripod.

HD/SD-SDI and HDMI Interfaces

The PMW-300K1 features two SDI outputs for connecting with professional broadcast equipment. It also features an HDMI output, making it usable wide a wide range of consumer products, such as monitors and HDTVs. The SDI and HDMI outputs can be used simultaneously.

Wide Range of Frame Rates

The camcorder records Full HD 1920 x 1080 video at 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50i, and 59.94i frame rates in the MPEG-2 HD 422 codec. At 1280 x 720, the camcorder can shoot at frame rates of 23.28p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, and 59.94p.

Slow and Quick Motion from 1 to 60 fps

Slow-motion shooting is possible with up to 60 frames per second recording in 720p, or 30 fps recording in 1080p, when used with an SxS Pro or SxS-1 memory card. Quick motion can be obtained by slowing the frame rate down to 1 fps.

UDF or FAT File Format Mode

UDF (Professional Disc compatible) or FAT (XDCAM EX compatible) file format mode allows you to shoot with similar files as Professional Disc and XDCAM EX camcorders, for integration into existing workflows.

Two SxS Memory Card Slots

The PMW-300K1 is equipped with two SxS memory card slots. Using two 64GB SxS cards will give you around four hours of continuous MPEG HD422 50 Mb/s recording. The camcorder accepts either SxS Pro or SxS-1 cards.

USB Connectivity and Wi-Fi Control

Enable wireless remote control, video streaming, and high-resolution proxy file transfer capabilities by attaching the optional CBK-WA01 Wi-Fi adapter to the USB 2.0 port. This allows Apple iPads or Android devices to be used to control zoom, focus, iris, and white balance, as well as functions such as start/stop recording.

Two XLR Inputs and 4-Channel Audio Recording

The camcorder has two XLR inputs for connecting professional microphones for recording up to four channels of 24-bit 48 kHz audio.

Semi-Shoulder Design with Metal Body

The semi-shoulder design features an extendable chest pad mechanism and rotary handgrip to allow you to shoot comfortably for extended periods of time. The magnesium alloy body gives the camcorder the durability needed to handle the demands of production environments.

Built-In Neutral Density Filters

Built-in Neutral Density filters allow you to cut down on the amount of light hitting the camcorder's sensor. This gives you greater iris and depth of field control when shooting in bright or sunny conditions. Neutral density filters are available in four stages: Clear, 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64.

Multicamera Operation with 8-Pin Remote Control

The camcorder has a Genlock in and timecode in/out interface for linking it together with other cameras for multicamera shoots or 3D configurations. The 8-pin, 700-protocol remote control interface allows the camcorder to be controlled with the Sony RMB-170 Remote Control Unit, sold separately.

Cache Recording

A 15-second cache recording function helps prevent the loss of scenes or events that occur up to 15 seconds before the camcorder's record button is pressed.

Planning Metadata Automatically Recorded

Control the metadata for your clips by loading a Planning Metadata file (XML file) from an SxS card or USB drive. Metadata, including filename of the clip, will automatically be generated as specified in the XML file.

Power-On Quick Rec Mode

By pushing the REC button while powering on the camcorder, the Quick Rec mode is activated. This accelerates the startup process and allows the camcorder to start recording more quickly than if powered on normally.

Continuous Recordings for Easier Transport of Files

Use this mode to create single, long clips with multiple starts and stops when in UDF (MXF) mode. This allows for faster transport, as the single clip transfers faster than several smaller clips would.

Sony PMW-300 Specs

Imaging
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Gain-3 to 18 dB
Precise Scan Rate ControlNo
Signal-to-Noise Ratio60 dB
Minimum Illumination0.04 Lux at 1/1 Shutter Speed
Lens
Optical Zoom Ratio14x
Maximum Aperturef/1 to 9
Minimum Aperturef/16
Filter Size77 mm
Variable Frame Rates1080p: 1 to 30 fps
720p: 1 to 60 fps
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
Video I/O1 x BNC (HD-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (Composite) Output
2 x BNC (HD-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x Barrel Input
Other I/O1 x BNC Genlock Input
1 x USB Type-A
1 x USB Mini-B
1 x 4-Pin FireWire Data, Video Input/Output
1 x 8-Pin Hirose Control
1 x BNC Timecode Input
1 x BNC Timecode Output
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Battery TypeSony BP-U Series
Power Consumption20 W
Accessory Mount1 x Cold Shoe Mount
Built-In Video LightNo
Dimensions (W x H x D)10.8 x 9.4 x 15.1" / 27.5 x 23.9 x 38.4 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight13.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.3 x 14.2 x 12.8"

Sony PMW-300 Reviews

Much better than the Ex3!

By Marty Y.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-09-14

This camera is incredible in low light. At 6db gain there is practically no grain compared to my EX3. I don't have the problem with battery power like I heard from other reviews. I just use the ub-60 battery and usually get over 2 hours out of them(always manual focus and sometimes auto iris to get a base aperture ). I just updated the firmware so I can shoot in XAVC format at 120bps. I'm not sure if it will drain the battery more or not. When I light something I don't see a lot of difference from my EX3 but running and gunning shooting news style in low light there is a huge difference. It is much heavier than the EX3 and the shoulder mount still isn't that great but for a price less than I paid for the PMW-EX3 it's an awesome camera.

Verry gd

By Jean nassour
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-03

This item is verry nice

Love this cam to pieces

By Dan Hodlick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-08-22

I've used this camera as a second-unit cam to a PDW800 for CBS Sunday Morning. Both shooting 1920x1080 24p. While it didn't have the low DOF of the 800, it cut together perfectly. Side-by-side, on a wide-shot, they were indistinguishable from each other on the studio monitors. Totally blew us away. As a studio cam, paired with the RMB170 - you just can't touch it with anything currently available for the price. The lens is the only shortcoming - I wish there were more options out there to hang on the front of this cam to get the low DOF that we want. That, and I'd love for Sony to release the schematics on making a remote focus.

Great Camera but MAJOR battery issues

By VA Photog
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2014-06-20

Seems to be an improvement over the EX-3 (which was a great camera. Why stop making it?) HOWEVER, you can't use Ikan batteries. You can't use Swit batteries. You can't use Frezzi batteries. We've bought those because they are less expensive than the Sony batteries AND have a Power Tap to run camera lights and Teradeks. If you put any non-Sony battery on the camera, you get a High Voltage warning and the camera shuts down. Sony does sell a larger battery BUT it has a 4-pin power socket. Unless Sony or someone else creates a 4-pin to Power Tap cable, I can't give this camera more than 2 1/2 stars.

Not good in the field, eats batteries

By KONGOMANi
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2015-09-09

I was looking for a good field camera; this machine did not answer my expectations. I used it in Burundi and in the DRC to cover major news events. The picture quality is ok and it's great to work with a good viewfinder. But it eats batteries; I can just shoot one hour with a big Swit battery. I have 4 Swit's and on some days I emptied them all. So going on a jungle trip for a couple of days where You can't recharge is not an option. The picture quality is great though but for eng reporting and most of the smaller docu jobs You don't need MXF. If You have to send out video via the local internet providers working with MXF can be a real problem because it'll take you hours to send out a 2GB edited story. If I would have known all this before buying it I would have chosen another camera; probably a less expensive one... The on shoulder issue is also easily described: You work with this machine using Your arms en Your wrists... The viewfinder is great but walking around with this camera with straps, hanging it over Your shoulder is a problem... You can only carry it over Your left shoulder ! In gun and run situations this camera is a nightmare.... It might be a good machine to use is more quite circumstances....

I'm sure it is a good camera

By Proguy
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-25

The cam-head is the same as my EX3. They give a mediocre compressor that should have been coming with the EX3. So i bought an external recorder. Now i can shoot uncompressed for proper chromakey as well as 220Mbit. AND it was about third of the price. AND, when i'm ready, the external recorder will serve the 4K/UHD camera. I think, Sony has lost the plot. They try selling the EX3 in a different colour.

Very nice camera

By Jc
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-02-20

I used big P2 and shoulder XDCams, I also used a PMW-200... Bought this PMW-300 a month ago and so far I really love it. The viewfinder is awesome, the shoulder mount is perfect for stable shot and general shooting. It's also very nice if you shoot under the rain. With a rainsuit, you're all set, eyes in the viewfinder, you're good to do ! Heaven compared to handheld cameras. It's the right mix between good old shoulder cameras, and small handheld cameras like the PMW200. I would definitly recommend this PMW300, worth every penny.

Super Great !!

By Umlet
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-04

The qulaity is superb. Get the job done. Easy to use.

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Can this be controlled with a CCU?
Asked by: Michael
Yes, the Sony PMW-300K1 XDCAM HD has an 8-Pin Hirose Control for use with CCUs and Remote Controllers.
Answered by: Michael A
Date published: 2019-11-22

looking for a wide angle zoom lense for this ...

looking for a wide angle zoom lense for this camara?
Asked by: peter
We have some options for you to widen the field of view for this camera. We have a wide angle adapter here: https://bhpho.to/36Yf1KA , then we have a Fisheye lens adapter here: https://bhpho.to/2qIgZ10 .
Answered by: David
Date published: 2019-11-12

Is an adapter needed whenever using a B4 lens?

Is an adapter needed whenever using a B4 lens?
Asked by: Alberto
An adapter that allows you to use 2/3" B4 Lenses would be required with this camcorder. However we do not have such an adapter designed for the PMW-300K as this time.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-07-24

Can the fan be turned off during video ...

Can the fan be turned off during video recordings?
Asked by: Alberto
Hi Alberto, The fan and heat management system are not user controllable. This will protect the camera from overheating and the resulting damage. ~Ralph
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-01-08

Is this camera better than the Sony pxw z280

Is this camera better than the Sony pxw z280
Asked by: Bobby
They are different cameras, more so than one being better than the other. The PMW-300K is an HD camcorder only, where as the PXW-Z280 records 4K. Both have 1/2" 3 CMOS Sensor systems, with the PXW-Z280 having a newer EXMOR R Sensor. However the PMW-300K has an interchangeable lens system. The PXW-Z280 has an integrated lens.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2018-12-06

question

do you ha ve a tutorial for this product in English?
Asked by: Anonymous
Hi Eileen B, Here you go:<a href= https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sony+p%2Cw-300k1 target= _blank >https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sony+p%2Cw-300k1</a>Regards,Ralph
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2018-10-24

question

Does this camera feel front-heavy when using it in shoulder-mount mode, since the shoulder pad is in the very back?
Asked by: Dale
Yes...they sell aftermarket Gold/V mount kits that add a better shoulder pad, witbh the battery bracket out back and longer handle on top. With a 3-4lb battery on the back, it balances much better.
Answered by: Paul A.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Will the lens from the EX3 work on this camera? Thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
Hi A shopper, Yes, The lens for the Sony PMW-EX3 will work on the PMW-300K1. It is a Sony EX bayonet mount. Ralph
Answered by: Sony Support Sony Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28
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