The pre-NAB announcements keep rolling in, and Sony is making waves. Today they officially announced the PMW-100, which is a new variation on their popular XDCAM EX line of cameras. This tiny camera records in the traditional 35 Mbps 4:2:0 XDCAM EX format, but also features XDCAM HD422 (50Mbps) recording to SxS cards. This is a feature many have asked of the other EX cameras, and it’s nice to see Sony deliver. The tiny PMW-100 features a 1/2.9-inch Exmor CMOS sensor, with full 1920×1080 resolution, and a 5.4-54mm (40-400mm in 35mm equivalent) zoom lens, making it a nice solution for run-and-gun work, where mobility and flexibility are necessary. The PMW-100 features all of the connections that we expect in a professional camera, including XLR audio inputs, HD-SDI, HDMI, Genlock and timecode. Like it’s bigger brother the PMW-EX1, the camera can overcrank in 720p up to 60p. 1080p offers frame rates from 1-30p. Finally, the camera has a 3.5-inch WVGA (852×480) LCD screen, the same size as found on the EX1R and EX3. The PMW-100 is a nice small addition to the EX camera line up, and we are looking forward to seeing it at NAB.
Sony also announced a new piece of software that will be coming out in May, which will be good for all XDCAM EX owners. The SxS Memory Card Management Utility will be able to back up the data on an SxS card and also give a lifetime indication of the card in use. Read the full Sony Press release on the PMW-100 and this new software here, and check out some more pictures below.