The PMW-200 is Sony's successor to the hugely popular PMW-EX1 Camcorder.
It is the first handheld camera in its class to be equipped with 3 x 1/2-inch Exmor CMOS sensors for excellent sensitivity and enhanced depth of field characteristics.
The camcorder can record in Full HD 422 at 50 Mb/s, delivering exceptional performance, operational versatility and workflow efficiency. Its high-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps recording is fully compliant with the latest EBU recommendations for long-form broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses. This capability ensures the camcorder is ideal for a wide range of different applications, including news gathering and documentary production.
It is supplied with a HD grade 14x Fujinon zoom lens which incorporates 3 independent control rings with end stops for focus, zoom and iris.
The camcorder can also record in a range of different formats as well as being compatible with other XDCAM HD 422 and XDCAM EX equipment.
The PMW-200/100 is a highly compact and high-performance XDCAM camcorder that uses SxS memory cards as recording media. The imaging device used in the PMW-200 camcorder is a 1/2-inch triple-chip type "Exmor" CMOS sensor, and the PMW-100 camcorder uses a 1/2.9-inch single-chip type "Exmor" CMOS sensor. Both have an effective pixel count of 1920 × 1080. Either the UDF or FAT file system can be used with recording media.
Both Interlace at 1080/59.94i (or 1080/50i) and Progressive at 1080/29.97P, 1080/23.98P, 720/59.94P, 720/29.97P, and 720/23.98P (or 1080/25P, 720/50P, and 720/25P) are supported, providing various HD recording formats for worldwide coverage.NTSC/PAL SD formats are also possible, including SD signal recording and playback in DVCAM format, as well as down-conversion output of HD signals into SD signals.
Three 1/2-inch type ExmorCMOS Full HD sensors for a wide range of shooting conditions
It is the first handheld camera in its class to be equipped with three large, newly developed 1/2-inch Exmor CMOS sensors, which provide excellent sensitivity and depth of field characteristics. Each of the sensors has an effective pixel count of two million pixels and achieves Full HD 1920x 1080 shooting without pixel interpolation. By placing multiple A/D converters in parallel, it has also been possible to reduce the speed of the operating clock and lower power consumption.
A new generation HD recording system
HD recording using the "MPEG-2 Long GOP" codec and SD recording in DVCAM format The PMW-200/100 records 1920 × 1080, 1440 × 1080, and 1280 × 720 HD images using "MPEG-2 Long GOP" codec compression. When recording with UDF, settings of 50 Mbps (in HD422 mode) or 35 Mbps (in HQ mode) are supported. With FAT, settings of 35 Mbps (in HQ mode) or 25 Mbps (in SP mode) are supported. When using UDF with a 64 GB SxS memory card, efficient compression methods allow for recording approximately 120 minutes of HD images at 50 Mbps (in HD422 mode), and approximately 180 minutes of HD images at 35 Mbps (in HQ mode). Furthermore, the PMW-200/100 supports recording and playback in DVCAM 25 Mbps format, as well as playback in MPEG IMX 50 Mbps format.
14x Fujinon professional HD zoom Lens with three independent rings with end stops
The 14x Fujinon high quality lens has auto focus and image stabilising functions, with an exceptionally flexible control system, which gives the operator the ability to operate the focus manually.The independent control of each ring of the lens –focus, zoom and iris – makes for better and faster adjustment. It also makes the system more accurate when setting because of the ‘stop’ function of each of the rings.
High-quality uncompressed audio recording
When in UDF HD422 mode, this camcorder can record 4-channel audio in 24-bit, 48 kHz linear PCM format. Recording of 4-channel audio in 16-bit, 48 kHz linear PCM format for FAT HD Mode is possible.
Optical SteadyShot and LCD panel for focus assist functions
Optical SteadyShot is activated by the electric lens shift mechanism. The camcorder’s 3.5-type LCD panel also helps the precise manual focus operation.The central part of the shooting frame (854 x480) can be magnified on the LCD panel and the viewfinder. The function is automatically cancelled five seconds after the focus ring is no longer in use.You can also select the peaking level in the menu and also choose the colour for the peaking signal on the LCD and viewfinder.
Support for a file-based workflow
File-based recording in MXF and MP4 formats allows material to be handled with great flexibility in computer work environments, enabling easy copying, transferring, sharing, and archiving.
High quality MPEG HD 422 recordings
The camcorder supports MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps in MXF, which is widely accepted by major broadcasters worldwide. HD 422 gives a high quality image with more detailed colour reproduction, as well as being ideal for chromakeying. It’s also compatible with other XDCAM HD 422 camcorders, including the PMW-500 and the PMW-100, which streamlines workflow and reduces time in the edit.
Switchable recordingsfor greater flexibility
As well as shooting at HD 422 50 Mbps, the camcorderalso supports MPEG HD 420 in MP4 file format, which is compatible with XDCAM EX camcorders and DVCAM at 25 Mbps.The file format is also selectable between MP4 (FAT) or MXF(UDF) in HD and AVI (FAT) or MXF (UDF) in SD.
Instant-access thumbnail display with "Expand" function
Each time a recording is started and stopped, the video and audio signals are recorded as one clip. Furthermore, thumbnails are automatically generated for each clip as a visual reference, allowing the operator to cue-up to a desired scene simply by guiding the cursor to a thumbnail. For further convenience, the ‘Expand’ function allows one selected clip in the Thumbnail display to be divided into 12 equal time intervals, each with its own thumbnail identifier. This is useful if you wish to quickly search for a particular scene within a lengthy clip.
Versatile focus-assistance functions
The lens has a versatile functions for easy and precise focus adjustments.
One-push Auto Focus
WiFi remote control*
Apple iPads or Android mobile devices can be used as simple remote controllers. By attaching the optional CBK-WA01 WiFi adaptor, the remote can control zoom, focus, iris and white balance as well as the recording functions such as recording trigger. * Available with firmware upgrade planned for release in November 2012.
Slow & Quick Motion function
By using different settings for the recording framerate and playback framerate, you can perform high-quality slow-motion and quick-motion recording.
Continuous recordings for easier ingest
Multiple clips can be recorded as a single clip making the ingest operation to a NLE easy.
Slow and quick motion from 1 fps to 60 fps
Slow motion shooting is possible with up to 60 frames per second (fps) recording in 720P or 30 fps recording in 1080P, when used with the SxS Pro or SxS-1 memory card.Quick motion can be obtained by slowing the frame rate down to 1 fps.
Slow Shutter function
This camcorder enables the capturing of clear, low-noise images in low-light environments, with long exposure of up to 64 frames.
Utilising a 15 second cache recording function, the camcorder can help prevent the loss of important scenes or events that occur up to 15 seconds before the camera's REC start button is pressed.
Two SxS Memory Card slots
There are two SxS Memory Card slots, which allows for around four hours of continuous recording, with two hours of HD 422 50 Mbps recorded on each 64GB SxS Memory Card. Content can be copied between the two slots.The camcorder can use either SxS Pro or SxS-1 cards. It will also accept consumer recording media, including memory stick, SD card and XDQ card with an appropriate adaptor for emergency use.
Selectable gamma curves
Gamma curves can be selected based on the scenes being recorded.
Interval Recording function
You can perform intermittent recording at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shortening the time it takes to track variations over long periods, such as changes in the weatheror plant growth.
The camcorder has a genlockIn and timecode In /Out interface so that it can link together with other cameras. The function makes the camcorder a cost effective alternative for use in multi camera event shoots.
Planning metadata automatically recorded
By loading a pre-recorded Planning Metadata file (XML file) to the camcorder, either from anSxS memory card or a USB memory, the metadata is automatically generated and recorded as described in the XML file while recording. Also the filename of a clip is automatically set as described in the XML file.
Frame Recording function
Frame Recording is a unique feature of the camcorder that is especially useful for clay-animation shooting. With this function, images for pre-determined frame are recorded each time the record button is pressed.
In addition to the electric shutter speed controls, the camcorder also has a "shutter angle" control, which is familiar to cinematographers.
Picture Profile feature
The Picture Profile feature allows the camera operator to easily call up customized picture-tonal settings to suit particular shooting conditions.
Up to 6 groups of settings can be set.
Picture Cache Recording function
The unit can utilize its internal memory to store the image being captured, allowing recording to commence up to 15 seconds in advance of when the REC START (recording start) button was pressed.