After unveiling the PMW-200 a couple of months ago at IBC, Sony weren’t very subtle about where in the market the new camera is placed, with it’s rivals, so the new PMW-200 and have put their emphasis on the experience they have with sensor technology.
The experience is well earned as is their reputation for their XDCAM line up. Rumours are abound that the PMW-200 will eventually replace the EX1-R.
A variety of recording formats are available on the PMW-200 such as 50Mbps/35Mbps MXF, 35Mbps/25Mbps MP4 and DVCAM, however it is the 50MBps feature that Sony believe sink the PMW-200 firmly within the ranks of handheld Broadcast quality lightweight cameras such as the already BBC approved Panasonic HPX250 and Canon’s XF-305, which feature 1/3rd inch CMOS sensors as opposed to the PMW-200’s new 1/2 inch Exmor CMOS sensor.
Bill Drummond, SONY Europe’s Strategic Marketing Manager, Professional Solutions had this to say about the new addition to the XDCAM line-up, “With the new PMW-200, we are putting one of the most versatile handheld camcorders we’ve ever developed onto the market,The PMW-200 combines exceptional picture quality, seamless HD422 50Mbps work flow and a whole host of other useful features, with an ergonomic form factor. The result for users is an agile, lightweight solution that meets their varied needs and is the perfect partner for shoulder camcorders such as the popular PMW-500. It is also the ideal A-camera in its own right for HD broadcast production.” So, does what it says on the tin then basically, ey Bill?
Look out for more reviews of the new PMW-200 coming your way very soon.