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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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17 Reasons For

Good Brand

Sony is one of the better rated camcorder manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Sony also has good reviews for its camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders of this type and age.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Camcorders that were released around the same time as the PMW-150 have display diagonals of between 1.3" and 11". With a display diagonal of 3.5 inches, the PMW-150 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

Alternative 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price].

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

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The PMW-150 has an HDMI, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the PMW-150 do not have an HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec which do not have an image stabilizer, the PMW-150 has an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Sony PMW-150 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm. The worst optical sensor size of all video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1/6" and the best is 1/2".

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of video cameras of this spec and age is 5.2. With a maximum aperture number of 11, the PMW-150 has one of the higher maximum aperture numbers amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the Sony PMW-150 has a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price], or the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The PMW-150 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camcorder. The audio formats supporteds LPCM are also supported by this Sony camcorder.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

At only 1.6, the PMW-150 has a quite low minimum aperture number compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Across all the similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 4.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The PMW-150 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions supported by most camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera also support a video resolutions of 720 x 576 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. The video resolution of all camcorders of a similar spec and age to the PMW-150 ranges from 720 x 480 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (best).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the PMW-150 is more than most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The cables included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony PMW-150 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (576 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the PMW-150 have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 0.5mm and 900mm.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

When compared to other camcorders that are a similar age to the PMW-150, the minimum illumination of the PMW-150 of only 0.02 lux is one of the smallest. The average minimum illumination of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the PMW-150 is 41lx, and the minimum illuminations range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx.

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7 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The PMW-150 is not Full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the PMW-150 are also not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The PMW-150 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Waterproof

The PMW-150 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the PMW-150 are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders that were released around the same time as the PMW-150 are not 3D. The PMW-150 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you want a video camera that is 3D 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 Night Mode

The Sony PMW-150 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a night mode and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price], or the HP F-500[plb_2962207_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-150 do not have a built-in projector. The Sony PMW-150 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ420E[pl_1583936_price], or the HDR-PJ820[pl_2109593_price] both from Sony.

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Heavy

The average weight of camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the PMW-150 is 880g. At 2.1 kilograms, the PMW-150 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PMW-150.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at 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

Sony released the PMW-150 over four years ago.

Average Battery Life (max)

At 2 hours, the PMW-150 has a pretty standard battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

If you would prefer a video camera with a longer battery life (max) 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

At 20 times zoom factor, the PMW-150 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the PMW-150.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic AG-AC8[plb_2452010_price] (21x), or the Sony PXW-X160[plb_2512210_price] (25x).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
ExpressCard Slot
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Magnification
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
XLR in
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Battery Recharge Time
Number of Batteries Supported
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Lens Hood
Shoulder Strap

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers a1899214, a1899214a
Barcodes 04905524889406

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