by Doug Jensen, Vortex Media
Since their introduction in 2007, the Sony XDCAM EX camcorders have revolutionized videoproduction. The combination of file-based recording, SxS memory-card workflow, and Sony’s industry-leading camcorder technology opened up new ways of working to broadcast and production facilities around the world. Now, Sony has expanded the XDCAM line-up with three new camcorders that bring broadcast-quality specifications to a small form-factor. The PMW-200, PMW-160, and PMW-100 provide 4-channels of 24-bit audio and record at a data rate of up to 50 Mbps using an MPEG-2 4:2:2 compression technology called MPEG HD422. The camcorders feature multi-format recording at 1080/59.94i, 1080/29.97P, 1080/23.98P and nearly 50 other formats.
To learn more about the similarities and differences among the three new HD422 cameras, CLICK HERE and watch episodes of Sony's new "XDCAM Essentials" video series.
Although the new camcorders look similar and share a lot of the same features and functions, they are different in many ways that aren't so obvious -- and that can make it difficult for you tochoose which of them would be best for YOU. For instance, a camera that might be the perfect choice for one person, may be the wrong choice for someone else. There is no single "best" camera that would be the ideal choice for everyone -- and that's why Sony has literally dozens of professional camera models to choose from!
At Vortex Media, we are in the business of training people HOW to use their new camera -- not necessarily recommending which camera to purchase. Why? Because it normally takes a lot of time to analyze an individual's needs, budget, shooting style, and level of experience in order to recommend the right camera. However, with that in mind, we've produced a simple 20-question survey to help you decide which HD422 camera might be right for you.
If you answer the following questions honestly, I am confident that this survey can point you in the right direction and help you determine which camera would meet YOUR needs best. So, without further ado, here are the 20 questions: