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.

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  I viewed this camera last Weds at a Demo and it seems like a good second camera to the XDCAM line.

One thing that did not impress me was the toggle switch for zoom /focus on the left side.  It does haveFocus Assist like my Z 7U, which is a plus but I would've preferred a separate dedicated ring for zoom and focus . They had to move the iris control back to a knob on the side like the Z1U which seems less user friendly to me.I want to also make sure that its compatible with FCP ver7 with out any extra software downloads, which was NOT explained in depth at the demo I attended.

On the plus side the LCD is very large and the picture is exceedingly sharp.  Definitely priced well also!

Hardly for the "ENG'er".  Please.  Where's the hardware on the bottom for the slide-and-click tripod mounting plate?  Where's the Anton Bauer battery mount?  Bayonnet mount for a true manual interchangeable lens?  Shoulder pad?  How about a slot-mount for a Lectrosonics wireless mic receiver?  C'mon, this is nothing more than the same mini type camcorder I've seen for years now.  If anyone has a concept of a "mini-ENG" form factor, it's JVC.  Unfortunately, they still cling to using an MPEG-2 Long GOP codec rather than something based on MPEG-4 and intraframe.

totally agree

just a bit more than a toy


you have no clue what you are talking about... this camera is for second camera on shows where you dont want to Lug around two F800s. You must not really operate long haul jobs cause i can now have this camera as a second and match perfectly with my 800... JVC is not a pro company and the fact you think the JVC is a good camera becuase it has a sholder pad just says your a sissy. This camera is amazing and the picutre is better than any other camera on the market for ENG style shoot.