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Sony PMW-300
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Sony PMW-300 Camcorder

1/2 3.9kg CMOS Sep 2013
Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Semi-shoulder Handheld Camcorder Integrates With Multi-camera Operations The PMW-300K1 XDCAM camcorder is equipped with three 1/2-inch Exmor full-HD CMOS sensors, capable of delivering... More
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11 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony video cameras and also specifically for Sony camcorders and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The PMW-300 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Unlike most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the PMW-300 which do not have an HDMI port, the PMW-300 has an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Unlike most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the PMW-300 which do not have an image stabiliser, the PMW-300 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The PMW-300 is Full HD. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PMW-300 are not Full HD.

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1/2" Optical Sensor Size

The PMW-300 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2". That's over three times the optical sensor size of the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/6". 6.40 x 4.80mm.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/2") is in fact the best optical sensor size across all camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-300.

The worst optical sensor size amongst comparable types of video camera is 1/6".

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1080i Video Mode

The PMW-300 has a 1080i video mode which is better than the 720p video mode found on most camcorders that have been available for more than two years. 1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Camcorders of a comparable age and type to the PMW-300 video modes range from 720p to 1080p.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the PMW-300 is more than most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camcorder. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this Sony camcorder.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The PMW-300 has a quite small minimum illumination (only 0.02 lux) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The minimum illumination of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PMW-300 range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other camcorders of this type and age have a built-in display, however the PMW-300 does not have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the PMW-300, the PMW-300 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the PMW-300, the Sony PMW-300 does not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Transcend DrivePro 200 ($99.95), or the HP F-500 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this spec and age do not have a built-in projector. The PMW-300 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ420.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony PMW-300 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-TD20VE which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

The average weight of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the PMW-300 is 880g. When compared to other video cameras of a similar type and age to the PMW-300 that we have checked, the PMW-300's weight of 3.9 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony PMW-200 (2.7kg).

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Very Big

The PMW-300 is quite big (384 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the PMW-300. Across all the video cameras of this type and age the depths range from 12mm to 520mm, and the average depth is 130mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony PMW-300

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the PMW-300.

Average Optical Zoom

At 14 times zoom factor, the PMW-300 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the PMW-300.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Sony PXW-X200 ($6,749.00) (17x), or the Panasonic AG-AC8 ($1,169.95) (21x).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content

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