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Sony PMW100
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Sony PMW100 Camcorder

1/3 1.4kg CMOS Jul 2012
Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
The PMW-100 is Sony's first handheld camcorder supporting the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec. It is a good companion to the PMW-500 XDCAM HD422 shouldermount camera. With its one 1/3" (actual size:... More
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Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony has good average reviews for its video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony PMW100 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the PMW100 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of camcorders of this spec and age range from 1.3" to 11". At 3.5 inches, the Sony PMW100 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 3.5" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-TD20VE which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Cinema Camera MFT ($2,639.28) (5" and higher rated), or the Production Camera 4K ($2,915.05) (5" and higher rated) both from Blackmagic Design.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony PMW100 has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PMW100 do not have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PMW100 which are not Full HD, the Sony PMW100 is Full HD.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Sony PMW100 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's over two times the optical sensor size of the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/6". 4.80 x 3.60mm. The optical sensor size of all camcorders of this spec and age ranges from 1/6" to 1/2".

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SD Memory Card

This camcorder supports an SD memory card, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the PMW100, the Sony PMW100 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Veho Muvi HD NPNG ($209.95).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Sony PMW100 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the PMW100 also do not have an HDMI port.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of video cameras of this type and age range from 1x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 23x. The Sony PMW100 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 10 times zoom factor) amongst video cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 10x (optical) video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730 is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras that are a comparable age to the PMW100 are not waterproof. The Sony PMW100 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of a comparable type and age to the PMW100 do not have a night mode. The Sony PMW100 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Transcend DrivePro 200 ($99.95), or the HP F-500 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony PMW100 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-TD20VE which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the Sony PMW100 does not have a built-in projector.

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

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Heavy

The lightest video camera that was launched more than two years ago is 59g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 880g. At 1.4 kilograms, the Sony PMW100 is quite heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the PMW100.

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Quite Small Viewfinder Screen Size

Across all the comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the PMW100 the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.24" to 3.6", and the average viewfinder screen size is 1.6". At only 0.24 inches, the Sony PMW100 has a fairly small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW100.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony PMW100

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Sony released the PMW100.

Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Filter Size
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
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Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Weight & Dimensions
Weight

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers opteka pmwf3, opteka hvrz7, sony pmw100c1, opteka pmwf3l, opteka hvrz7u, opteka nexea50, opteka pmw300k1, opteka nexea50u, opteka nexfs100, opteka nexfs700, opteka nexea50uh, opteka nexfs100u, opteka nexfs700r, opteka hdrax2000, opteka hdrax2000e, opteka sv200exsny4, opteka sv200exsny4f, opteka sv200exsny4fb, opteka sv200exsny4fba
Barcodes 00027242850699, 00813789120001, 04905524874198
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