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Sony PMW-150
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Sony PMW-150 Camcorder

1/3 2.1kg CMOS 20x Oct 2012
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
The PMW-150 is a compact camcorder with three 1/3-inch-type Full-HD sensors. High-quality, Full HD MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps recording capability in MXF format widely accepted in broadcasting stations... More
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18 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Sony is one of the superior video camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3.5 inches, the PMW-150 has one of the larger screen sizes amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PMW-150 the screen sizes range from 1.3" to 11".

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3.5" screen size video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] is also worth considering.

If this Sony camcorder screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price] (5" and higher rated).

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The PMW-150 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PMW-150 do not have an HDMI port.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony PMW-150 has an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PMW-150 which do not have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony PMW-150 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-150 are not Full HD.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Sony PMW-150 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's over two times the optical sensor size of a 1/6" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm. Across all video cameras of a similar spec and age to the PMW-150 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/6" (worst) to 1/2" (best).

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

The Sony PMW-150 has one of the higher maximum aperture values (11) amongst video cameras of this age. The lowest maximum aperture value of video cameras that came out around the same time as the PMW-150 is 1.8, the highest is 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 5.2.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the PMW-150, the Sony PMW-150 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports One Audio Format

The PMW-150 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras of this type and age. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this camcorder.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 1.6, the Sony PMW-150 has one of the lower minimum apertures amongst video cameras of this age. The minimum apertures of camcorders that were launched more than two years ago range from 1.1 to 4.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The PMW-150 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most video cameras of this spec and age. In addition, this camcorder support a video resolution of 720 x 576 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. Across all camcorders of this age and spec the best video resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 720 x 480 pixels.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The Sony PMW-150 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of a similar age and spec to the PMW-150. The cable included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The Sony PMW-150 has a fairly long maximum focal length (576 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PMW-150. Camcorders of this spec and age have maximum focal lengths of between 0.5mm and 900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 140mm.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 0.02 lux, the Sony PMW-150 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The smallest minimum illumination of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the PMW-150 is 0.02lx and the biggest is 1,400lx.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the Sony PMW-150 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this age and spec are not waterproof. The PMW-150 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The PMW-150 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the PMW-150 also do not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PMW-150 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony PMW-150 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-PJ420[plb_1583936_price].

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the minimum focal lengths range from 1.8mm to 110mm, and the average minimum focal length is 23mm. With a minimum focal length of 28.8 millimeters, the PMW-150 has a fairly long minimum focal length compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.1 kilograms, the PMW-150 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PMW-150. The average weight of camcorders of this age and spec is 880g.

Other video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera EF[plb_1983449_price] (1.7kg).

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony PMW-150

Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Battery Life

The PMW-150 has a relatively standard battery life (2 hours) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If this video camera battery life is not long enough for you then you might want to look at the ION S3000[plb_2962199_price] (2.5h and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

The PMW-150 has a pretty average optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the PMW-150.

If this Sony camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the PXW-X160[pl_2512210_price] (25x), or the PXW-X180[pl_2512211_price] (25x) both from Sony or the Panasonic AG-AC8[plb_2452010_price] (21x).

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
ExpressCard Slot
Focusing
Light Exposure
White Balance
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Magnification
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
XLR in Port
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Recharge Time
Battery Slot
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Lens Hood Included
Shoulder Strap
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pmw150, sony pmw150u
Barcodes 04905524889406

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