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Sony PMW100
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Sony PMW100 Camcorder

1/3 1.4kg CMOS 10x Jul 2012
Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
The PMW-100 is Sony's first handheld camcorder supporting the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec. It is a good companion to the PMW-500 XDCAM HD422 shouldermount camera. With its one 1/3" (actual size:... More
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10 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony camcorders and also specifically for Sony camcorders and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other brands.

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 age and type.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony PMW100 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the PMW100 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

Camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years have display diagonals of between 1.3" and 11". The Sony PMW100 has a quite large display diagonal (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the PMW100.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3.5" screen size video cameras currently available including the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which has better reviews.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K[plb_2643988_price] (5") which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony PMW100 has an image stabilizer, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the PMW100 do not have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Sony PMW100 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm. Across all video cameras that came out around the same time as the PMW100 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/6" (worst) to 1/2" (best).

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This video camera supports an SD compatible memory cards, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony PMW100 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the PMW100 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] is also worth considering.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an HDMI

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PMW100, the Sony PMW100 does not have an HDMI.

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

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Not Full HD

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the PMW100 are not Full HD. The Sony PMW100 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Sony PMW100 has a quite small optical zoom (only 10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Camcorders of this type and age have optical zooms of between 1x and 60x.

Alternative 10x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-CX730E[plb_363171_price] which has better reviews.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the HDR-PJ820[pl_2109593_price] (12x), or the PMW-300[pl_2132091_price] (14x) both from Sony.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony PMW100 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Not 3D

The Sony PMW100 is not 3D. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a camcorder 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 PMW100 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

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

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony PMW100 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to consider include the HDR-PJ420E[pl_1583936_price], or the HDR-PJ820[pl_2109593_price] both from Sony.

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Heavy

At 1.4 kilograms, the Sony PMW100 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the PMW100. The lightest camcorder of a comparable type and age to the PMW100 is 59g weight and the heaviest is 7.5kg.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

At only 0.24 inches, the Sony PMW100 has a quite small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PMW100. Video cameras of a similar age and type to the PMW100 have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.24" and 3.6".

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony PMW100

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sony released the PMW100 over four years ago.

Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Filter Size
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Weight & Dimensions
Weight

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242850699, 04905524874198

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