Broadcast equipment is an area of technology that does not stand still. The new Sony PMW-200 Camcorder is the latest package to make a dramatic entrance onto the broadcast production stage. Sony’s second offering is a vast improvement on the already acclaimed PMW-EX1R, which has some great features including: the innovative 1/2 inch Exmor 3-CMOS sensor, allowing for low light sensitivity; full recoding at MPEG HD-422 at 50Mb/s: a 14x Fujinon lens, which produces unbelievable picture intensity and flexible creative control with three independent rings with end stops; in-built ND Filters; Variable Frame rate recording at 1-60 fps; and 15 second Pre-Record function.
Sony’s latest 50Mbps handheld camera stands to rival Canon’s XF300/XF305 and its other competitor Panasonic’s AG-HPX250. Canon and Panasonic have long dominated this field unchallenged, so it will be interesting to see how these two leaders in the broadcast equipment market will rise to that challenge!
The Sony PMW-200 Broadcast Equipment package is the first handheld camera within its field to be equipped with three innovative ½ inch Exmor CMOS sensors, providing excellent sensory faculty and depth of field features. What is more is that it records in Full HD 422 at a speed of 50 Mbps. This camcorder offers prodigious performance, operational flexibility and delivers outstanding efficiency of capture. It’s 14x Fujinon lens delivers noteworthy image quality and malleable imaginative control. Being able to record in a range of formats is now a much sought after feature in this field of broadcast equipment. Fortunately, this is a feature of the PMW-200, as well as being compatible with the XDCAM HD 422 and XDCAM EX broadcast equipment. This high specification MPEG HD422 50 Mbps recording feature is amply compliant with the latest EBU advice for long form broadcast production and is recognised in broadcasting stations and production houses. It’s capability as broadcasting equipment ensures that this camera is perfect for a range of different functions, including news-gathering and documentary production.
The sensors on this powerful handheld camera have an effective pixel count of two million pixels which achieves Full HD 1920x 1080 shooting without pixel interpolation. The added feature of placing multiple A/D converters in parallel has enabled the reduction of speed of the operating clock and therefore impacted on power consumption, thus lowering it. The lens from Fujinon has auto focus, with image stabilising function, with an exceptionally flexible control system, giving the operator the ability to operate the focus manually. Each lens can be independently controlled by each ring of the lens – impacting on focus, zoom and iris, which allows for better and faster adjustment, enabling accuracy when setting.
This broadcast equipment also has some remarkable yet highly practical features, such a 3.5 type LCD panel, assisting the precise manual focus operation, featuring optical Steady shot. For the mobile device savvy operator – one unique feature is Wifi remote control, whereby Apple or Android devices can be used as simple remote controllers, simply by attaching the optional CBK-WA01 adaptor. It also has two SxS Memory Card slots for around for four hours of continuous shooting. The PMW-200 has a shutter angle similar to a film camera setting, with a slow shutter and an extended shutter.