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Sony PMW-200
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Sony PMW-200 Camcorder

1/2 2.7kg CMOS 14x Aug 2012
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
The PMW-200 is the successor to Sony's well respected PMW-EX1/R camcorder which supports the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec and MXF recording. It is a good companion to the PMW-500 XDCAM HD422... More
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16 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

On average Sony video cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all camcorders built by Sony.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The PMW-200 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the PMW-200 do not have an HDMI port.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an HDMI port which you might also want to look at including the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PMW-200 has an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the PMW-200 which do not have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony PMW-200 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago are not Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the Blackmagic Design URSA EF[plb_2446397_price] which is cheaper; or the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Blackmagic Design URSA PL[plb_2545912_price].

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1/2" Optical Sensor Size

The PMW-200 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2". That's over three times the optical sensor size of the most common optical sensor size of 1/6". 6.40 x 4.80mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/2") is in fact the best optical sensor size amongst all video cameras of a similar age and spec to the PMW-200.

A 1/6" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Two Memory Card Slots

The Sony PMW-200 is a two memory card slot video camera. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age only have one memory card slot.

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Very High Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture value of the Sony PMW-200 of 16 is one of the highest amongst similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the PMW-200. The lowest maximum aperture value of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.8, the highest is 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 5.2.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the PMW-200 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think the Blackmagic Design URSA EF[plb_2446397_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Blackmagic Design URSA PL[plb_2545912_price], or the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Sony PMW-200 is more than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camcorder. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony PMW-200 supports a higher video resolution than most comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Sony camcorder supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most video cameras that came out around the same time as it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. In addition, this video camera support video resolutions of 720 x 480 pixels and 720 x 576 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. The best video resolution of all similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years 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 were released around the same time as it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The PMW-200 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of video cameras that came out more than two years ago is 42lx, and the minimum illumination range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.12 lux, the PMW-200 has one of the smaller minimum illumination amongst video cameras of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PMW-200 do not have an interchangeable lens. The PMW-200 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Blackmagic Design URSA EF[plb_2446397_price]; or the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price] are also worth considering.

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Expensive

We think this camcorder looks expensive compared to other camcorders that came out more than two years ago. We checked 48 camcorders that came out more than two years ago and they range in price from £39 to £4,990.

Not Waterproof

The Sony PMW-200 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-200 do not have a night mode. The Sony PMW-200 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the PMW-200 is not 3D compatible.

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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-200 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

At only 0.45 inches, the PMW-200 has a fairly small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The viewfinder screen sizes of comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the PMW-200 range from 0.24" to 3.6", and the average viewfinder screen size is 1.6".

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Heavy

At 2.7 kilograms, the Sony PMW-200 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the PMW-200. The weights of similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 59g to 7.5kg.

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Fairly High Typical Power Consumption

Video cameras that are a similar age to the PMW-200 have typical power consumption of between 1.5W and 19W, and the average typical power consumption is 5.8W. With a typical power consumption of 14 Watts, the Sony PMW-200 has one of the higher typical power consumption amongst video cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony PMW-200

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3.5 inches, the Sony PMW-200 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might be worth considering include the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price] (5") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The PMW-200 has a relatively standard optical zoom (14 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] (25x).

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
ExpressCard Slot
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Remote Control
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
XLR in Port
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
Battery
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Interface
Power Requirement
Recording Format
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

20 August 2013

Le PMW-200 est un bon caméscope, mais qui manque d'ambition en tant que successeur d'un modèle qui était déjà une référence dans la série XDCAM. Il reprend en grande partie des fonctions...

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242276376, 00027242855205, 04905524889383

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