Sony adds 3-chip PMW-150 to 50mbps camcorder line

PMW-150 side view with Wifi
Wifi ready: the PMW-150 can accept additional accessories for remote control. Picture: Sony

Sony has added a further camcorder with 422, 50mbps XDCAM EX recording to its range.

The new PMW-150 camcorder is a three-chip camera with 1/3inch sensors, placing it between the single-chip PMW-100, and the PMW-200, which has three 1/2inch chips.

The camera looks set to compete with Canon’s XF305 and Panasonic’s AG-HPX250 as well as JVC’s forthcoming 3-chip camcorders, the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650.

It also offers news teams and video makers an upgrade from Sony’s tape-based DVCAM/HDV camcorders, the Z1 and Z5: the PMW-150 should give similar shooting characteristics, as it is a three-sensor, 1/3-inch camcorder, but with the benefit of a higher bitrates and 422 colour space. The camera is similar in size too.

The PMW-150 will come with fast and slow motion, with up to 50 or 60 fps in 720p mode, as well as genlock and timecode in/out connections. The lens is a 20x zoom. The camera has both HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, as well as USB and FireWire.

Sony also announced the PMW-50 “field gear” SxS editor, player and backup device. The PMW-150 is due out this autumn, and the PMW-50 in January.

See our review of the PMW-150 here.