Sony PMW 100 Hire and rental is now available producing exceptional picture quality and comes in a small handheld package which makes it perfect for news and broadcast applications where a larger ENG style camcorder would look out of place or draw to much attention but size does have one compromise here the camera is limited to a 10x zoom ratio and in everyday use you may find your self struggling without a wide angle adaptor (not a problem for interview or run and gun style shooting).
Based on the proven XDCAM workflow and targeted at the news, documentary, and second camera market it can still perform well with indie film makers on a tight budget or for the wedding videographer looking to move to new heights and taking professional videographers to levels of productivity and turnaround times previously un heard of.
Sporting 2 x SXS card slots the PMW100 will record to the cards in these slots and any full card can be swapped whilst recording to the other slot thus allowing continuous shooting as long as you have available free cards to continue, All the normal professional broadcast features you may need are present as you would expect on a camera designed for this market place and whilst comments have been made in relation to the difference in performance between this video camera and the Sony EX3 it’s a very happy medium given the massive difference in price and two totally different markets these cameras are targeting and hey we love the PMW 100 and think it offers premium quality and the XDCAM workflow at an unbelievable price point and after all its main design was to be used with the PMW500 as a smaller brother on productions and it succeeds here extremely well given that the PMW500 would cost you close to £20,000.
Fitted with a 3.5-inch screen and capable of shooting in variable frame rates from one FPS through to sixty FPS and at the now all important rate of 50Mbps to meet with many broadcasters standards this camera wont be quickly outdated.
The Sony PMW 100 has received negative comments in relation to quality however these have mainly been from creative types looking for more creative control, the news and documentary clients that we have love this video camera and the no nonsense quality it produces so if you need catch it like it is with clearly defined video footage coupled to the benefits that the XDCAM workflow offers then hire or rent the Sony PMW 100.
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