Sony strengthens its top-of-the-line XDCAM HD422 range with
high performance handy camcorder and SxS field gear
Sydney, 2 October 2012 –
Sony has expanded its XDCAM HD422 format with the addition of a new PMW-150 handy camcorder equipped with 1/3-inch type Exmor™ Full HD 3CMOS sensors plus a 20x zoom lens, and the PMW-50 SxS field gear. The new equipment offers strong support for all broadcast and production operations, with enhanced workflow convenience and high performance features that meet the diverse and demanding needs of all industry professionals.
In response to the growing importance of the HD422 format in broadcast operations due to workflow and picture quality, Sony has been progressively expanding the XDCAM HD422 line-up. As part of this, the PMW-150 handy camcorder, equipped with 1/3-inch 3CMOS sensors, joins the established family of HD422 memory camcorders. The family includes the PMW-500 shoulder camcorder that is already widely-used in broadcasting and production, the PMW-200, equipped with 1/2-inch 3CMOS sensors and successor of the renowned PMW-EX1R flagship handy camcorder, plus the high-quality PMW-100 light-weight handy camcorder equipped with a 1/3-inch single CMOS sensor. Together, these cameras form a formidable line-up which bears all the hallmarks that have made Sony the trusted choice of professionals – unrivalled picture quality, superb build and an array of breakthrough features.
“With fast file-based operation and outstanding picture quality, XDCAM HD422 products are ideal for applications such as news gathering, when speed is a key concern. They become invaluable when a high-quality impression is crucial, for example in the production of TV dramas, documentaries, mainstream entertainment programs and corporate work,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager for Content Creation with Sony Australia & New Zealand. “We’re also looking ahead to continuously improve the line-up with a HD422 recorder for studio use in the pipeline.”
PMW-150 Handy Camcorder
The PMW-150 is equipped with 1/3-inch type ExmorTM Full HD 3CMOS sensors and offers high sensitivity and low noise compared to other 1/3-inch type camcorders. It comes armed with a 20 times zoom lens with focal length 29.5 ~ 590mm (35mm equivalent) plus offers wide angle shooting with the addition of an optional wide converter VCL-HG0872, making it versatile for event productions, documentaries and more. The lens is equipped with three independent rings for focus, zoom and iris adjustment with full manual control, plus an image stabilising function with shift lens mechanism.
The PMW-150 is capable of shooting in 1080/50i, 1080/25P, 720/50P, 720/25P or PAL SD. To better meet operational and creative shooting needs, the PMW-150 features a four-position built-in ND filter switch (Clear, 1: 1/4, 2: 1/16, 3: 1/64) and a slow & quick motion function which enables capture at 1 fps to 60 fps in 720p mode, and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode. The PMW-150 also comes with a 15 second cache recording feature – a recording can be captured up to 15 seconds before pushing the record button in order not to miss important scenes in applications such as news gathering or other unpredictable situations.
The camera records to SxS memory cards as well as the option for consumer-grade media like SDHC, memory stick and XQD as emergency secondary media. A Genlock In and Time Code In/Out interface allows the PMW-150 to easily link with multiple cameras. Additionally, the PMW-150 is Wi-Fi remote control capable – by attaching the optional CBK-WA01 Wi-Fi adaptor module, lens plus white balance and playback controls are possible from compatible mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Light-weight and mobile, the PMW-150 can be used for a wide variety of applications in broadcast stations, production houses, education, corporate, video journalism and more.
PMW-50 SxS Field Gear
The PMW-50 SxS field gear supports XDCAM HD422 video production in the field. Since the introduction of the PMW-100/200/500 series camcorders to the market, the usage of SxS memory camcorders by broadcasters has been rapidly increasing. In broadcast news operations, a portable recording deck which works as an operation hub in the field is certainly an invaluable asset. The PMW-50 SxS field gear allows users to playback and view content (via a 3.5-inch LCD panel) recorded on an SxS memory card, copy the data on an SxS card to other storage devices, record an external SDI signal or convert a signal from SDI to i.LINK and more. Via USB and i.LINK interfaces, both file-based and streaming operations can be supported. With the ability to copy data on an SxS memory card to an external storage device such as a USB HDD, users are also able to minimise their operational costs.
The PMW-50 strongly supports XDCAM operation by combining with the PMW-100/150/200/500 camcorders for greater convenience and efficiency, supporting all related formats including MPEG HD422 50Mbps (MXF) and MPEG HD420 35Mbps (MP4). The PMW-50 can also be used in other applications such as working as an ingest machine to an NLE system. The PMW-50 works with the BP-U series battery which are common with the PMW-100/150/200 camcorders. A combination of the PMW-50 with an XDCAM handy camcorder provides maximum editing and contribution flexibility from the field, with minimum amount of equipment to carry around.
With an optional CBK-WA01 Wi-Fi adaptor module, the PMW-50 becomes Wi-Fi remote control capable.
The PMW-150 handy camcorder is scheduled to be available in Australia and New Zealand from November 2012, while the PMW-50 SxS field gear is scheduled to be available from December 2012.