The Sony XDCAM PMW-200 HD422 Camcorder - What do pro shooters need to know?

14.06.2013 16:38

 

The PMW-200 join Sony’s XDCAM HD422 series of professional camcorders and serve as a successor to the venerable PMW-EX1R. The new PMW-200 camera strikes a balance between the compact, lightweight form-factor of the PMW-100, and the image quality of its larger, shoulder mounted brethren. The key to PMW-200’s superior image quality are its three newly developed ½-inch Exmor CMOS sensors, a configuration which enhances resolution, sensitivity, dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio.

50 Mbps MPEG HD422 Codec

Utilizing the UDF file system, the PMW-200’s MPEG HD422 mode records in a MPEG-2 Long GOP codec. 4:2:2 color sampling gathers more chroma information than older generations of XDCAMs, so the codec’s bitrate has been increased to 50 Mbps to accommodate. The average person may not see the difference, but your footage will be much better suited for color correction, green screen and other chroma keying effects.

If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It

Fujinon lens - Sony XDCAM PMW-200 HD422 camcorderThe PMW-200 features the same Fujinon lens as the PMW-EX1R. The lens has a 14x zoom ratio, and the 5.8-81.2mm focal length range has a 35mm equivalent of 30-439mm. At f/1.9, the fast maximum aperture helps when shooting in low-light conditions and allows for reasonably shallow depth of field. There are also built-in 1/8 and 1/64 ND filters. Camera operators who have grown accustomed to the lens on the EX1R will feel right at home with the PMW-200.

The PMW-200 also uses many of the same accessories as the PMW-EX1R and the PMW-EX3; SxS memory cards and BP-U30, BP-U60 and BP-U90 batteries will work with the new camera. Of course, above and beyond hardware considerations, Sony has done well to make the PMW-200 backwards compatible with older video formats and workflows as well.

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Product Highlights

  • Three 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps
  • HD422 1080p at 24 & 30 fps
  • HD422 720p at 24, 30 & 60 fps
  • Fujinon Lens with 14x Zoom Ratio
  • Four Channels of 16-bit Audio
  • Articulated LCD with 852x480 Resolution
  • Timecode & Genlock Input
  • Cache Recording Up to 15 Seconds
  • Dual ExpressCard SxS Memory Card Slots

$6299 with free shipping in the US

The Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder is equipped with three 1/2" Full HD 1920 x 1080 Exmor CMOS sensors, which support 1000 TV1 high resolution, F11 (2000 lx) high sensitivity, low 56dB noise and a wide dynamic range. It works for SD/HD recording and features a 14x zoom lens with a unique focus ring mechanism.

The camera is equipped with dual ExpressCard SxS memory card slots and supports up to four hours of 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 recording. It supports both UDF and FAT file format modes as well. Other functions include Slow/Quick motion playback, focus magnification, slow shutter, shutter angle settings and picture cache recording. The PMW-200 features four-channel audio recording, as well as HD/SDI and composite/HD-Y outputs. There's six Gamma settings, four HyperGamma settings and a USB port for using the camcorder as a card reader.

Three 1/2" Full HD Exmor 3CMOS sensors

50 Mbps MPEG HD422 recording as MXF files (UDF mode only)

SD recording and playback (DVCAM) standard

14x fixed zoom lens (servo/manual switchable) with unique focus ring mechanism

Two ExpressCard SxS memory card slots

Record up to four hours or 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 in camcorder using two 64 GB SxS-1A memory cards (not included)

UDF (Professional Disc compatible) or FAT (XDCAM EX compatible) file format mode shooting in order to have similar high-res files and workflows with existing Professional Disc and XDCAM EX camcorders

Low power consumption

Compact and lightweight design for better mobility

3.5" (8.9 cm) color LCD display with 16:9 aspect ratio

Slow and Quick motion

Focus Magnification for focus assistance

Shutter Angle Settings

Picture Cache Recording

High-quality four-channel audio recording

HD/SD-SDI output and composite/HD-Y output

USB interface for connecting camcorder as card reader

Six Standard Gamma settings and four HyperGamma settings

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 Sony XDCAM PMW-200 HD422 Camcorder Specifications

 

Camera Section
Imaging Device 3 x 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors
Effective Picture Elements 1920 x 1080 (HxV)
Slow Shutter 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32 and 64-frame accumulation
Sensitivity 2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance (F11 typical)
Gain Selection -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12 and 18dB
Recording
Video Recording Format UDF Mode (HD Recording)
MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL):
CBR (50 Mbps)
MPEG HD420 (1440 x 1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL):
HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps)
SP mode (CBR, 25 Mbps) - playback only
LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mbps) - playback only
UDF Mode (SD Recording)
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)
FAT Mode (HD Recording)
MPEG HD420 (1920 x 1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL):
HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps)
SP mode (CBR, 25 Mbps)
Fat Mode (SD Recording)
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)
Audio Recording UDF Mode (HD Recording)
MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL):
4 channels, 48 kHz (24-bit LPCM)
MPEG HD420 (1440 x 1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL):
4 channels, 48 kHz (16-bit LPCM)
UDF Mode (SD Recording)
DVCAM: 4 channels, 48 kHz (16-bit)
FAT Mode (HD Recording)
MPEG HD420 (1920 x 1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL):
2 channels, 48 kHz (16-bit LPCM)
Fat Mode (SD Recording)
DVCAM: 2 channels, 48 kHz (16-bit LPCM)
Recording Media SxS Express 34 Cards (SBP-8/16/32GB)
Recording Time (UDF Mode) 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL)
Approx. 120 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 60 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 30 min with 16 GB SxS memory card
 

 

35 Mbps VBR, HQ Mode MPEG HD420 (1440x1080, MPEG-2 MP@HL)Approx. 180 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 90 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 45 min with 16 GB SxS memory card
 

 

25 Mbps DVCAM
Approx. 220 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 110 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 55 min with 16 GB SxS memory card
Recording Time (FAT Mode) 35 Mbps VBR, HQ Mode - MPEG HD420 (MPEG-2 MP@HL)
Approx. 200 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 100 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 50 min with 16 GB SxS memory card
 

 

25 Mbps CBR, SP Mode - MPEG HD 420 (MPEG-2 MP@HL-14)
Approx. 280 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 140 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 70 min with 16 GB SxS memory card
 

 

25 Mbps DVCAM
Approx. 220 min with 64 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 110 min with 32 GB SxS memory card
Approx. 55 min with 16 GB SxS memory card
Inputs/Outputs
Genlock Input 1 x BNC (switchable to composite video out), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
TC Input 1 x BNC (switchable to TC Out), 0.5-1.8 Vp-p, 10 kohms
Audio Input 2 x 3-pin female XLR (line, mic, mic +48 V selectable)
SDI Output 1 x BNC (HD/SD switchable)
Composite Video Output 1 x BNC (switchable to Genlock In), HD-Y / composite switchable, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
Audio Output 1 x A/V output jack (10-pin connector)
TC Output 1 x BNC (switchable to TC In), 1.0 Vp-p, 10 kohms
Headphone Jack 1 x 3.5 mm mini-jack (stereo)
Speaker 1 x monaural 250 mW monitor speaker
Microphone 1 x omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
DV I/O (i.LINK) 1 x 4-pin IEEE-1394 HDV (HDV 1080i) / DV I/O, S400
USB Port 1 x USB 2.0 (device), mini-B type
Lens
Zoom Ratio 14x (optical) (servo/manual)
Focal Length 5.8 - 81.2 mm
Aperture f/1.9 - f/16 (auto/manual selectable)
Focus AF/MF/Full MF selectable
Macro
Monitoring
Viewfinder Electric Viewfinder (EVF)
Approx 1.2 million pixels
852 x 3 x 480 (HxRGBxV)
LCD Monitor 3.5" (8.9 cm) color LCD
852 x 3 x 480 (HxRGBxV)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
General Specifications
Media Type 2 x ExpressCard/34 slots
Power Requirements DC 12 V
Power Consumption 13 W (runs up to 4 hrs using BP-U60 battery)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (20 to 60°C)
Humidity 10 to 90% (relative humidity)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.9 x 6.5 x 16.5" (172 x 164 x 419 mm)
Weight Camcorder Only: 5.1 lb (2.3 kg)
Fully Loaded: 6.0 lb (2.7 kg)
Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder
  • Lens Hood with Shutter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • AV Multi Cable
  • Remote Commander
  • USB cable
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BC-U1 Battery Charger
  • Mounting Bracket for CBK-WA01 WiFi Adapter
  • Operation Manual
  • XDCAM Browser Software
  • SxS Device Driver and SxS UDF Driver Software
  • 1 Year Warranty on Parts and Labor
 

Product Highlights

  • Three 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps
  • HD422 1080p at 24 & 30 fps
  • HD422 720p at 24, 30 & 60 fps
  • Fujinon Lens with 14x Zoom Ratio
  • Four Channels of 16-bit Audio
  • Articulated LCD with 852x480 Resolution
  • Timecode & Genlock Input
  • Cache Recording Up to 15 Seconds
  • Dual ExpressCard SxS Memory Card Slots

$6299 with free shipping in the US

 

 

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