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Sony PMW-300
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Sony PMW-300 Camcorder

1/2 3.9kg CMOS 14x Sep 2013
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
Semi-shoulder Handheld Camcorder Integrates With Multi-camera Operations The PMW-300K1 XDCAM camcorder is equipped with three 1/2-inch Exmor full-HD CMOS sensors, capable of delivering... More
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Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony video cameras and also specifically for Sony video cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings.

Full HD HD Type

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

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The PMW-300 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the PMW-300 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The PMW-300 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the PMW-300 do not have an HDMI port.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PMW-300 has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PMW-300 do not have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the PMW-300 which are not Full HD, the PMW-300 is Full HD.

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1/2" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Sony PMW-300 is 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.

A 1/2" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size across all similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the PMW-300.

A 1/6" optical sensor size is the worst optical sensor size across similar types of camcorder.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The worst video mode of all video cameras that are a comparable age to the PMW-300 is 720p and the best is 1080p.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Sony PMW-300 is more than most video cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently 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 Sony video camera.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of camcorders of a comparable type and age to the PMW-300 range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.02 lux, the Sony PMW-300 has one of the smaller minimum illumination amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Sony PMW-300 does not have a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PMW-300 do have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Sony PMW-300 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that were released more than two years ago do not have a night mode. The PMW-300 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode which you might want to look at including the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-300, the PMW-300 is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The PMW-300 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-300 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ420[plb_1583936_price] is also worth considering.

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Heavy

When compared to other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PMW-300, the PMW-300's weight of 3.9 kilograms is one of the heaviest. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 59g and 7.5kg.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony PMW-200[plb_1558790_price] (2.7kg).

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Very Big

At 384 millimeters, the Sony PMW-300 is quite big compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the PMW-300. The smallest similar spec camcorder that has been on the market for a comparable time to the PMW-300 is 12mm deep and the biggest is 520mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony PMW-300

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera was released over three years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 14 times zoom factor, the PMW-300 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Sony PXW-X200[plb_2941311_price] (17x), 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
Interchangeable Lens
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
ExpressCard Slot
Focusing
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Networking
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Shoulder Strap
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pmw300k1, sony pmw300k2, sony pmw300k1
Barcodes 00027242872028, 00617689593947, 04905524951295

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