Sony has made a new addition to its XDCAM lineup with the PMW-300, an evolution of the company’s PMW-EX3 camera. Equipped with 1/2-type Exmor Full-HD 3CMOS sensors, the camera is capable of delivering even in low-light conditions, and can be adapted to a range of production environments.
The PMW-300 is able to record 50Mbps HD material in MPEG HD422, meeting broadcast standards around the world, including those of the European Broadcast Union. The high bit rate ensures capture of fast moving objects, while its chroma subsampling feature is suited to a wide range of video encoding areas, such as VFX and green screen applications.
“The PMW-300 incorporates all the market leading features from our XDCAM family in a semi-shoulder HD422 50Mbps camcorder,” said Bill Drummond, strategic marketing manager, Sony Professional Solutions, Sony Europe. “From working closely with our customers we know there is strong demand for a truly versatile semi-shoulder camcorder that has been designed to meet the needs of the broadcast, production and corporate event worlds.”
The camera is compatible with a wide range of 1/2inch and 2/3inch lenses, and there are two types of lens packages planned to be available: one with a 14 times zooms lens and another with a 16 times zoom lens. Other features include an HD-resolution 5.5inch colour LCD viewfinder and an 8-pin remote control and multi-camera operation capability.
Sony has confirmed that an optional wireless adapter currently in development will enhance proxy recording, wireless transfers, Wi-Fi viewing and metadata input.
The PMW-300 with a 14 times zoom lens will be available in October 2013 and the PMW-300 with a 16 times zoom lens is currently under development, with a targeted launch date within 2013.