Sony’s new offering, the PMW-100 joins the popular XDCAM HD422 line-up of camcorders – making it the smallest and the lightest camcorder in the XDCAM family. Advancement in digital imaging technology has enabled professional journalists and videographers to cover stories by using portable devices, such as mobile phones, DSLRs and consumer camcorders. However, when compared to main-stream shoulder mount camcorders, there is still a significant gap in image quality, ease of editing and data management. The PMW-100 aims to achieve  the best of both worlds, by recording full broadcast quality MPEG HD422 video within a handheld form factor.

Equipped with a newly developed 1/2.9-inch “Exmor” CMOS sensor, it delivers picture quality at a minimum illumination of 0.08lx. Featuring a 5.4-54mm (40-400mm in 35mm equivalent) zoom lens, the PMW-100 allows users to work production environments where mobility and flexibility is highly valued.

Pretty and compact!

Pretty and compact!

The PMW-100 combines exceptional picture quality with portability and outstanding manoeuvrability based on the proven XDCAM workflow, taking professional users to a whole new level of productivity. The development of the PMW-100 is a natural step in the progression of the XDCAM range and is a direct response to our customers requirements. Long-time XDCAM users requested a light and compact camcorder that will not only work seamlessly on its own, but also alongside other XDCAM cameras such as the acclaimed PMW-500,” said Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Europe.

The PMW-100 supports full-HD video at 1080i, 1080p and 720p up to 50 Mbps MXF recording and playback based on the MPEG HD422 codec using the standard MPEG HD422 Long GOP compression technology. It is also switchable to MPEG HD420 35/25Mbps or DVCAM 25Mbps. The PMW-100 can also record high quality 24-bit four-channel audio at an uncompressed 48kHz. It offers flexibility of using a variety of recording media, including the high speed SxS memory card as well as Memory Stick, SD card and XQD as the emergency secondly media. The new SxS Memory Card Management Utility software will provide additional operational convenience with SxS memory card, such as the data back-up function and the lifetime indication of the card in use.

Focusing on your subject and reviewing recorded footage is quick with the full colour 3.5-inch WVGA (852×480) LCD. The Slow & Quick Motion function enables users to create fast and slow-motion footage from 1fps to 60fps in 720p mode and from 1fps to 30fps in 1080p mode. The camera also incorporates HD/SD-SDI output, Composite output, Genlock input, time code input/output, i.LINK (HDV/DV) input/output, and A/V output.

The PMW-100 will start shipping in May 2012. Pricing and availability for the Indian sub-region hasn’t been disclosed as of now, so stay tuned for more details. 

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