Extraordinary color detail of 4:2:2.
The camera's MPEG HD422 50 Mbps recording system is widely accepted in broadcasting and production houses, and for good reason. While consumer camcorders tend to capture 4:1:1 or 4:2:0 color sampling, the system's 4:2:2 sampling has up to twice the color information. It's a benefit you'll see especially on crisp, sharp-object edges—for example, where a red blouse meets a background of green trees. For this reason, 4:2:2 sampling also excels in greenscreen and bluescreen composited images.
A true professional.
Though small in size, the PMW-100 camcorder has serious production credentials: time code with user bits, balanced XLR mic inputs (mic sold separately), switchable phantom power and true input level controls.
Manual lens control.
This camcorder is equipped with a bright, sharp 10x optical zoom lens that extends from 40mm wide angle to a far-reaching 400mm telephoto (35mm equivalent). There's manual lens control with an assignable ring that operates focus or zoom, plus a second control for exposure brightness.
The PMW-100 offers options once limited to Sony's high-end broadcast camcorders. Like compelling Slow and Quick motion, and Interval Recording for gorgeous time-lapse effects. Slow Shutter extracts pictures in ultra-low light with a fascinating motion blur. Cache recording captures 15 seconds of material before you hit record. And NightShot® recording acquires images in the absence of visible light using the camera's built-in infrared LED as a light source.
Professional SxS memory cards.
The PMW-100 camcorder records on Sony's ultra-reliable SxS PRO™ and SxS-1 professional memory cards (sold separately). They feature high-speed data transfer to keep your projects moving in post production. For emergency backup when you're out on a shoot, you can also record onto optional Memory Stick®, SD or XQD cards using the appropriate adaptors (sold separately).
HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and i.LINK interfaces.
Thanks to a generous array of interfaces, the PMW-100 works seamlessly with an incredibly broad ecosystem of professional, prosumer and consumer equipment. Secured by a locking BNC connector, the SDI interface supports HD and downconverted SD output to professional monitors and recorders. You can connect a consumer television via HDMI™ cable (sold separately). The i.LINK® terminal supports HDV or DV signals, depending on operating mode.