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Sony Unveils New XDCAM With 1/3-Inch Sensor
Field recorder also added to line
AMSTERDAM: Sony unveiled
the latest additions to its XDCAM line at IBC in Amsterdam over the weekend,
the PMW-150 camcorder and the PMW-50 field recorder.
The PMW-150 handheld camcorder has a
1/3-inch Exmor CMOS sensor and a 20x zoom lens with a focal length of
29.5-590mm and an optional wide-angle converter. Sony says the lens is equipped
with three independent rings for focus, zoom and iris adjustment with full
manual control, plus an image stabilizing function.
It can shoot in 1080/50i, 1080/25P, 720/50P, 720/25P or PAL, and features a
four-position built-in ND filter switch, a “Slow & Quick” motion function that
enables capture from one to 60 fps in 720p, and from one to 30 fps in 1080p. The
PMW-150 also comes with a 15 second cache recording feature by which internal
memory is used to capture content up to 15 seconds before the recording button
is pressed. It can record to Sony SxS technology as well as SD, Memory Stick
and XQD cards with an adapter. Wi-Fi remote control is available via an
introduced the new PMW-50 SxS field recorder, billed as the “perfect portable
companion” for the PMW camcorder line, which now includes the 150, the 100, 200
and shoulder-mount PMW-500.
The recorder has a dual SxS slot, a 3.5-inch LCD
panel, live-camera-feed recording, playback, file copying to media and external
drives, in-field clip viewing, NLE editing and file transfer for DSNG
transmission. It handles MPEG HD422 50Mbps (MXF), MPEG HD420 35Mbps (MP4) and
DVCAM (MXF, AVI), and can be powered with BP-U batteries like its companion
News Shooter reports that the PMW-150 will be available in November at
a price of between €4,000
and €5,000 (US$5,110 to $6,387). The PMW-50
field recorder is set for availability in January at around €5,300 (US$6,771). Sony’s product page for
the PMW-150 is here,
and for the PMW-50, here.