Press release from Behind the Screens PR

Sony introduces the full-featured yet light and compact PMW-100 handheld camcorder. The PMW-100 joins the ever popular XDCAM HD422 line-up – making it the smallest and lightest camera in the XDCAM family.

Advancement in digital imaging technology has enabled professional journalists and videographers to cover stories by using portable devices such as cell phones, DSLRs, and consumer camcorders. However, when compared to mainstream shoulder mount camcorders, there is still a significant gap in image quality, ease of editing and data management. The PMW-100 achieves the best of both worlds, by recording full broadcast quality MPEG HD422 video within a hand-held form factor.

Equipped with a newly developed 1/2.9-inch “Exmor” CMOS sensor, it delivers excellent picture performance and also achieves a minimum illumination of 0.08lx. Featuring a 5.4-54mm (40-400mm in 35mm equivalent) zoom lens, the versatile PMW-100 allow users to work in virtually any production environment where mobility and flexibility is highly valued.

“The PMW-100 combines exceptional picture fidelity with portability and outstanding manoeuvrability based on the proven XDCAM workflow, taking professional users to a whole new level of productivity. The development of the PMW-100 is a natural step in the progression of the XDCAM range, and is a direct response to our customers’ and long-time XDCAM users’ requests for a light and compact camera that will not only work seamlessly on its own, but also alongside other XDCAM cameras such as the acclaimed PMW-500,” said Anthony Kable, Product Manager at Sony Australia and New Zealand.

The PMW-100 supports full HD video at 1080i, 1080p and 720p up to 50 Mbps, MXF record and playback based on the MPEG HD422 codec using standard MPEG HD422 Long GOP compression technology. It is also switchable to MPEG HD420 35/25Mbps or DVCAM 25Mbps. The PMW-100 can also record high quality uncompressed 24-bit four-channel audio at 48kHz.

It offers the utmost flexibility with the ability to utilise a variety of recording media including the range of high speed SxS memory cards as well as Memory Stick, SD card and XQD as emergency secondary media options.

The new application software "SxS Memory Card Management Utility"* will provide additional operational convenience with SxS memory cards, such as a data back-up function and the life time indication of the card in use.

Focusing on your subject and reviewing recorded footage is a breeze with the full colour 3.5-inch WVGA (852×480) LCD. The Slow & Quick Motion function enables users to create artistic fast and slow-motion footage from 1 fps to 60 fps in 720p mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode.

The camera also incorporates HD/SD-SDI output, HDMI output, Composite output, Genlock input, time code in/out, i.LINK (HDV/DV) in/out, and A/V Out.

The PMW-100 will start shipping in May 2012.

* "SxS Memory Card Management Utility" will be available through download from May 10th.