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Sony PMW-150 (PMW150) 3 x 1/3inch CMOS HD Camcorder with 50Mb/s internal recording

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Overview
Professional XDCAM HD422 handheld camcorder with broadcast HD picture quality
To complete the market leading XDCAM HD 422 handheld camcorder line up with the PMW-100 and PMW-200, the PMW-150 is a compact camcorder with three 1/3-inch-type Full-HD sensors. With its high-quality Full HD MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps recording capability in MXF format – widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses – the PMW-150 helps boost user creativity in many different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.
Full control of shooting parameters for high quality acquisition
Independent focus, zoom, and iris rings enable precise shooting in many circumstances. Added to this, by using the CBK-WA01 optional wi-fi adaptor, iris, zoom, and focus can be controlled remotely– ideal when usingthe camcorder at a distance. Also, genlockIn and timecodeIn/Out interfaces simplify multi -camera configurations.
Summary
Camera Type: Camcorder
CODEC: XDCAM EX
Form Factor: Handheld
Gen-Lock & Time-Code: Yes
HDMI Output: Yes
Lens Mount: Integrated 20x zoom
Lens/Mount: Integrated 20x zoom
Maximum Data Rate: 50Mb/s
Maximum Video Resolution (recorded): 1920x1080
Progressive Scan: Yes
Recording Media: SxS Solid State
SDI Output: Yes
Sensor Resolution (Mega Pixels): 3 x 2.1MP
Sensor Size: 1/3 inch
Sensor Type: 3-CMOS
Type: Video
Variable Frame Rate: Yes
Video Resolution: HD 1080
XLR Audio Input: Yes

About the Sony PMW-150 HD Camcorder

Professional XDCAM HD422 handheld camcorder with broadcast HD picture quality
To complete the market leading XDCAM HD 422 handheld camcorder line up with the PMW-100 and PMW-200, the PMW-150 is a compact camcorder with three 1/3-inch-type Full-HD sensors. With its high-quality Full HD MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps recording capability in MXF format – widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses – the PMW-150 helps boost user creativity in many different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.

Full control of shooting parameters for high quality acquisition
Independent focus, zoom, and iris rings enable precise shooting in many circumstances. Added to this, by using the CBK-WA01 optional wi-fi adaptor, iris, zoom, and focus can be controlled remotely– ideal when usingthe camcorder at a distance. Also, genlockIn and timecodeIn/Out interfaces simplify multi -camera configurations.

Lens MountFixed
Zoom Ratio20x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Lengthf = 4.1 - 82.0 mm (equivalent to 29.5-590 mm on 35 mm lens)
IrisF1.6 - F11 - auto/manual selectable
FocusAF/MF selectable
Image StabilizerON/OFF selectable, shift lens
Filter DiameterM72 mm, pitch 0.75mm
Imaging Device (Type)3-chip 1/3-inch type "Exmor" Full HD CMOS
Effective Picture Elements1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Optical SystemF1.6 prism system
Built-in Optical FiltersOFF: Clear, 1: 1/4ND, 2: 1/16ND, 3: 1/64ND
SensitivityF10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
Minimum Illumination0.10 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode, F1.6, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation, Gamma off, 100% video level)
0.02 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode, F1.6, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation, Gamma on, 50% video level)
S/N Ratio54 dB (Y) (typical)
Horizontal Resolution1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Shutter Speed1/32 sec to 1/2,000 sec
Slow Shutter (SLS)2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, and 64-frame accumulation
Slow & Quick Motion Function720p: Frame rate selectable from 1 fps to 60 fps (from 1 fps to 50 fps in PAL area setting in UDF mode)
1080p: Frame rate selectable from 1 fps to 30 fps (from 1 fps to 25 fps in PAL area setting in UDF mode)
White BalancePreset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Gain-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Gamma CurveSelectable
Audio InputXLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Line: +4dBu
Mic: -70dBu--30dBu
Composite OutputAV multi connector, NTSC or PAL
Video OutputBNC (x1), HD-Y/Composite 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω (switchable to Genlock in)
Audio OutputA/V multi connector -10dBu (Reference Level), 47kΩ
SDI OutputBNC (x1), HD/SD selectable SMPTE 292M/259M standards
i.LINKIEEE 1394, 4-pin (x1), HDV (HDV 1080i) input/output, DV output, S400
Timecode InputBNC (x1) (switchable to TC out) SMPTE 12M-2-2008 standard 0.5V-1.8Vp-p, 10kΩ
Timecode OutputBNC (x1) (switchable to TC in) SMPTE 12M-2-2008 standard 1.0Vp-p, 10kΩ
Genlock InputBNC (x1) (switchable to Video out) 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω
USBUSB device, mini-B (x1)
Headphone OutputStereo mini jack (x1) -18dBu 16Ω
Speaker OutputMonaural, 250mW
DC InputDC jack
Lens Remote8-pin, round
HDMI OutputType A (x1)
Option4-pin, Type A (x1)
Viewfinder0.45-inch type colour LCD: 852 (H) x 480 (V), 16:9
Built-in LCD Monitor3.5-inch type colour LCD monitor: 852 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9
Built-in MicrophoneOmni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone.
Media TypeExpressCard/34 slot (x2)
Recording Format (Video)UDF - HD422 Mode: CBR, maximum bit rate: 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL
HD420 Mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
DVCAM Mode: DVCAM
FAT - HQ 1920 Mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
HQ 1440 Mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
HQ 1280 Mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
SP 1440 Mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@H-14
DVCAM Mode: DVCAM
Recording Format (Audio)UDF - HD422 Mode: LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
Other Mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
FAT - HD Mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
SD Mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 2 channels
Recording Frame RateUDF - HD422 Mode: MPEG-2 422P@HL, 50Mbps/ CBR - 1920x1080/ 50i, 25p, 1280x720/ 50p, 25p
HD420 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR - 1440x1080/ 50i, 25p, - 1280x720/ 50p
DVCAM Mode: 720x576/ 50i, 25PsF
FAT - HQ 1920 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR - 1920x1080/ 50i, 25p
HQ 1440 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR - 1440x1080/ 50i, 25p
HQ 1280 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR - 1280x720/ 50p, 25p
SP 1440 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@H-14, 25Mbps/ CBR - 1440x1080/ 50i
DVCAM Mode: 720x576/ 50i, 25PsF
Recording/Playback TimeUDF - HD 422 Mode: Approx. 120 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 60 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 30 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
HD 420 Mode: HD 420 mode: Approx. 180 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 90 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 45 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
DVCAM Mode: Approx. 220 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 110 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 55 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
FAT - HQ 1920/HQ 1440/HQ 1280 Modes: Approx. 200 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 100 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
SP 1440 Mode: Approx. 280 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 140 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
DVCAM Mode: Approx. 260 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 130 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 65 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
Power RequirementsDC 12 V
Battery Operating TimeApprox. 2 hrs with BP-U30 battery (while recording, EVF On, LCD monitor Off, I/O Select Off)
Approx. 4 hrs with BP-U60 battery (while recording, EVF On, LCD monitor Off, I/O Select Off)
Approx. 6 hrs with BP-U90 battery (while recording, EVF On, LCD monitor Off, I/O Select Off)
Operating Temperature0°C to 40°C
Storage Temperature-20°C to +60°C
Dimensions (WxDxH)17.2 cm x 32.6 cm x 16.4 cm
Weight2.1 kg

Three1/3-inch type ExmorCMOS Full HD sensors for a wide range of shooting conditions

The PMW-150 incorporates three 1/3-inch-type Full-HD Exmor CMOS sensors to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range. The sensor has 2 million effective pixels and achieves full HD 1920x 1080 shooting without pixel interpolation.These improvements are essential for shooting under severe lighting conditions and they give you more freedom of creative expression.

20x Fujinon professional HD zoom Lens with three independent ringsand large focal length
The PMW-150 is equipped with a fixed 20x zoom lens with wide-angle 29.5mm. With the quick electric zoom function, the change of shooting from wide-angle to tele-angle can be made quickly.The lens has three independent control rings, and focus, zoom and iris can be manually controlled, which makes for better and faster adjustment. The lens has auto focus and an image stabilizing function with shift lens mechanism.

Optical SteadyShot and LCD panel for focus assist functions
Optical SteadyShot is activated by the electric lens shift mechanism. The camcorder’s 3.5-type LCD panel also helps the precise manual focus operation.The central part of the shooting frame (854 x480) can be magnified on the LCD panel and the viewfinder. The function is automatically cancelled five seconds after the focus ring is no longer in use.You can also select the peaking level in the menu and also choose the colour for the peaking signal on the LCD and viewfinder.

High quality MPEG HD 422 recordings
The PMW-150 supports MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps MFX, which is widely accepted by major broadcasters worldwide. HD 422 gives a high quality image with more detailed colour reproduction, as well as being ideal for chromakeying. It is also compatible with other XDCAM HD 422 camcorders, including the PMW-500, the PMW-200 and the PMW-100, which streamlines workflow and reduces time in the edit.

Switchable recordingsfor greater flexibility
As well as shooting at HD 422 50 Mbps, the camcorderalso supports MPEG HD 420 in MP4 file format, which is compatible with XDCAM EX camcorders and DVCAM at 25 Mbps.The file format is also selectable between MP4 (FAT) or MFX (UDF) in HD and AVI (FAT) or MFX (UDF) in SD.

WiFi remote control*
Apple iPads or Android mobile devices can be used as simple remote controllers. By attaching the optional CBK-WA01 Wi-Fi adaptor, the remote can control zoom, focus, iris and white balance, as well as the recording functions such as recording trigger.
*Available with firmware upgrade planned for release in November 2012

Continuous recordings for easier ingest
This mode allows users to create a single, large clip with multiple starts and stops in recording. The benefit of this mode is a faster transport speed for single clips – there is no overhead for the file open/close process. Please note this function works only in UDF (MXF) mode.

Direct access to the thumbnails
With the PMW-150, there is no need to switch between Camera and Media mode to access to the recording video. The access to the thumbnails is direct and without any reboot internal process.

Slow and quick motion from 1 fps to 50 fps
Slow motion shooting is possible with up to 50 frames per second (fps) recording in 720P or 25fps recording in 1080P, when used with the SxS Pro or SxS-1 memory card.Quick motion can be obtained by slowing the frame rate down to 1 fps.

Cache recording
Utilising a 15 second cache recording function, the PMW-150can help prevent the loss of important scenes or events that occur up to 15 seconds before the camera's REC start button is pressed.

Two SxS Memory Card slots
There are two SxS Memory Card slots, which allows for around four hours of continuous recording, with two hours of HD 422 50 Mbps recorded on each 64GB SxS Memory Card. Content can be copied between the two slots.The PMW-150 can use either SxS Pro or SxS-1 cards. It will also accept consumer recording media for emergency use*, including memory stick, SD card for MPEG HD 420 recording and XDQ card for MPEG HD 422 recording.
*Consumer recording media needs an appropriate adaptor

Multi-camera operation
The camcorder has a genlockIn and timecode In /Out interface so that it can link together with other camcorders. The function makes the camcorder a cost effective alternative for use in multi camera event shoots.

Planning metadata automatically recorded
By loading a pre-recorded Planning Metadata file (XML file) to the PMW-150, either from anSxS memory card, SD, Memory stick, XQD or a USB memory, the metadata is automatically generated and recorded as described in the XML file while recording. Also, the filename of a clip is automatically set as described in the XML file.

Shutter angle setting similar to a film camera
As well as the standard electric shutter speed settings, the PMW-150 has a shutter angle setting, popular in shooting with a film camera. This is particularly useful when combining with slow- and quick-motion. By using the angle shutter, the ratio between exposure term and a frame term is always consistent, whatever frame number per second is selected in slow- and quick-motion. This means that the ‘intermittent effect’ is consistent, in the same way as shooting with a film camera.

Slow shutter and extended slow shutter
The slow shutter puts the operator at an advantage when shooting in low light. It allows the charge accumulation period of the imager to extend longer than a frame (field) term and the minimum illumination is drastically improved. The function is also useful for capturing a moving object with a special effect or afterimage, such as people’s movement at a crossroads.

Full Auto mode for exposure control
In Full Auto mode, the iris, gain and electric shutter are conveniently controlled automatically in combination to get the right exposure level.

HD/SD-SDI and HDMI Interfaces
The PMW-150 has an SDI interface so that it can connect with professional equipment including a monitor, recorder and switcher. It is also possible to down-convert from HD to SD. There is also an HDMI interface, making it possible to link to consumer products, including a standard consumer TV.

Connection to PCor MAC
The PMW-150 can be connected to a PC or MAC using the USB interface.

i.LINK interface
i.LINK (HDV) Out can be activated while SP 1440 (FAT) or DVCAM (FAT) is selected and the i.LINK (HDV) In signal can be recorded while the video format is set appropriately.

Six hours of use with a BP-U battery
Around six hours of operation is possible with a big-sized BP-U90 battery. A BP-U 30 or BP-U60 can also be used.

4 channels 24-bit 48 kHz audio recordings
The PMW-150 is equipped with an integrated stereo microphone in front of the camera handle. There are also two XLR connectors, which connect to Sony’s range of professional microphone products.24bit 48kHz audio can be recorded in HD422 50 Mbps, with up to four channels of audio recorded, using two internal microphones and two external microphones.

Aspect mask to show safety area
The PMW-150 viewfinder and LCD can display the aspect area information, which will show the safety area of a frame. When an Aspect Marker is selected, the white rectangle to show the aspect area is displayed. When an Aspect Mask is selected, the outside of the aspect area is displayed with reduced brightness.

Assign buttons, menu control and output setting for greater flexibility
There are five assign buttons on the PMW-150 to allow the operator to choose a range of functions to automatically assign. The PMW-150 also has a menu function that is the same as the PMW-100 and PMW-200 and consists of camera set, audio set, video set, LCD/VF set, TC/UB set and others.The output signal from the PMW-150 can also be selected depending on the menu setting.

Power on Quick Rec to help getup and running quicker
If the camera power is turned on while pushing a REC button, the ‘Quick Rec’ mode is activated. By accelerating the power on process, the camcorder can start up and start recording more quickly than normal.

Three Neutral Density filters
The PMW-150 is equipped with three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters – 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 – that help to vary the depth of field with iris control.

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