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Sony PMW150 High-quality XDCAM™ HD422 Handheld Camcorder


PMW-150 Price

Please Refer PXW-X160

Optional Accessories
" Convert your Sony PMW-150 to
Shoulder mount Camcorder"

ST-7J Camcorder support
- shoulder mount

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Professional XDCAM HD422 handheld camcorder with broadcast HD picture quality
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 and production houses – helps boost user creativity in many different applications, including news gathering and documentary production.

Full control of shooting parameters for high quality acquisition
Independent focus, zoom, and iris rings enable precise shooting in many circumstances. In addition, by using the CBK-WA01 optional wi-fi adaptor, iris, zoom, and focus can be controlled remotely – ideal when using the camcorder at a distance. Also, genlock In and timecode In/Out interfaces simplify multi - camera configurations.

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Three 1/3-inch type Exmor CMOS Full HD sensors for a wide range of shooting conditions
The PMW-150 incorporates three 1/3-inch-type Full-HD Exmor CMOS sensors to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range. The sensor has 2 million effective pixels and achieves full HD 1920 x 1080 shooting without pixel interpolation, enhancing shooting under severe lighting conditions and providing more freedom of creative expression.

20x professional HD zoom Lens with three independent rings and large focal length
The PMW-150 is equipped with a fixed 20x zoom lens with wide-angle 29.5mm. Due to a quick electric zoom function, the change of shooting from wide-angle to tele-angle can be made quickly. The lens has three independent control rings, so focus, zoom and iris can be manually controlled, which makes for better and faster adjustment. The lens has auto focus and an image stabilizing function with shift lens mechanism.

Optical SteadyShot and LCD panel for focus assist functions
Optical SteadyShot is activated by the electric lens shift mechanism. The camcorder’s 3.5-type LCD panel also helps the precise manual focus operation. The central part of the shooting frame (854 x480) can be magnified on the LCD panel and the viewfinder. The function is automatically cancelled five seconds after the focus ring is no longer in use. You can also select the peaking level in the menu and also choose the colour for the peaking signal on the LCD and viewfinder.

High quality MPEG HD 422 recordings
The PMW-150 supports MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps MFX, which is widely accepted by major broadcasters worldwide. HD 422 gives a high quality image with more detailed colour reproduction, as well as being ideal for chromakeying. It is also compatible with other XDCAM HD 422 camcorders, including the PMW-500, the PMW-200 and the PMW-100, which streamlines workflow and reduces time in the edit.

Switchable recordings for greater flexibility
As well as shooting at HD 422 50 Mbps, the camcorder also supports MPEG HD 420 in MP4 file format, which is compatible with XDCAM EX camcorders and DVCAM at 25 Mbps. The file format is also selectable between MP4 (FAT) or MFX (UDF) in HD and AVI (FAT) or MFX (UDF) in SD.

WiFi remote control*
Apple iPads or Android mobile devices can be used as simple remote controllers. By attaching the optional CBK-WA01 Wi-Fi adaptor, supported mobile devices can control zoom, focus, iris and white balance, as well as the recording functions such as recording trigger.
*Available with firmware upgrade planned for release in November 2012

Continuous recordings for easier ingest
This mode allows users to create a single, large clip with multiple starts and stops in recording. The benefit of this mode is a faster transport speed for single clips – there is no overhead for the file open/close process. Please note this function works only in UDF (MXF) mode.

Direct access to the thumbnails
With the PMW-150, there is no need to switch between Camera and Media mode to access recording video. Access to thumbnails is direct and without any reboot internal process.

Slow and quick motion from 1 fps to 50 fps
Slow motion shooting is possible with up to 50 frames per second (fps) recording in 720P or 25 fps recording in 1080P, when used with the SxS Pro or SxS-1 memory card. Quick motion can be obtained by slowing the frame rate down to 1 fps.

Cache recording
Utilising a 15 second cache recording function, the PMW-150 can help prevent the loss of important scenes or events that occur up to 15 seconds before the camera's REC start button is pressed.

Two SxS Memory Card slots
There are two SxS Memory Card slots, which allows for around four hours of continuous recording, with two hours of HD 422 50 Mbps recorded on each 64GB SxS Memory Card. Content can be copied between the two slots. The PMW-150 can use either SxS Pro or SxS-1 cards. It will also accept consumer recording media for emergency use*, including Memory Stick, SD card for MPEG HD 420 recording and XDQ card for MPEG HD 422 recording.

*Consumer recording media needs an appropriate adaptor

Multi-camera operation
The camcorder has a genlock In and timecode In /Out interface so that it can link together with other camcorders. The function makes the camcorder a cost effective alternative for use in multi camera event shoots.

Planning metadata automatically recorded
By loading a pre-recorded Planning Metadata file (XML file) to the PMW-150, either from an SxS memory card, SD, Memory stick, XQD or a USB memory, the metadata is automatically generated and recorded as described in the XML file while recording. Also, the filename of a clip is automatically set as described in the XML file.

Shutter angle setting similar to a film camera
As well as the standard electric shutter speed settings, the PMW-150 has a shutter angle setting, popular in shooting with a film camera. This is particularly useful when combining with slow- and quick-motion. By using the angle shutter, the ratio between exposure term and a frame term is always consistent, whatever frame number per second is selected in slow- and quick-motion. This means that the ‘intermittent effect’ is consistent, in the same way as shooting with a film camera.

Slow shutter and extended slow shutter
The slow shutter puts the operator at an advantage when shooting in low light. It allows the charge accumulation period of the imager to extend longer than a frame (field) term and the minimum illumination is drastically improved. The function is also useful for capturing a moving object with a special effect or afterimage, such as people’s movement at a crossroads.

Full Auto mode for exposure control
In Full Auto mode, the iris, gain and electric shutter are conveniently controlled automatically in combination to get the right exposure level.

HD/SD-SDI and HDMI Interfaces
The PMW-150 has an SDI interface so that it can connect with professional equipment including a monitor, recorder and switcher. It is also possible to down-convert from HD to SD. There is also an HDMI interface, making it possible to link to consumer products, including a standard consumer TV.

Connection to PC or Mac
The PMW-150 can be connected to a PC or Mac using the USB interface.

i.LINK interface
i.LINK (HDV) Out can be activated while SP 1440 (FAT) or DVCAM (FAT) is selected and the i.LINK (HDV) In signal can be recorded while the video format is set appropriately.

Six hours of use with a BP-U battery
Around six hours of operation is possible with a big-sized BP-U90 battery. A BP-U 30 or BP-U60 can also be used.

4 channels 24-bit 48 kHz audio recordings
The PMW-150 is equipped with an integrated stereo microphone in front of the camera handle. There are also two XLR connectors, which connect to Sony’s range of professional microphone products. 24 bit 48 kHz audio can be recorded in HD422 50 Mbps, with up to four channels of audio recorded, using two internal microphones and two external microphones.

Aspect mask to show safety area
The PMW-150 viewfinder and LCD can display the aspect area information, which will show the safety area of a frame. When an Aspect Marker is selected, the white rectangle to show the aspect area is displayed. When an Aspect Mask is selected, the outside of the aspect area is displayed with reduced brightness.

Assign buttons, menu control and output setting for greater flexibility
There are five assign buttons on the PMW-150 to allow the operator to choose a range of functions to automatically assign. The PMW-150 also has a menu function that is the same as the PMW-100 and PMW-200 and consists of camera set, audio set, video set, LCD/VF set, TC/UB set and others. The output signal from the PMW-150 can also be selected depending on the menu setting.

Power on Quick Rec to help get up and running quicker
If the camera power is turned on while pushing a REC button, the ‘Quick Rec’ mode is activated. By accelerating the power on process, the camcorder can start up and start recording more quickly than normal.

Three Neutral Density filters
The PMW-150 is equipped with three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters – 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 – that help to vary the depth of field with iris control.


Mass Approx 2.1 kg (body)
Approx. 2.5 kg (with lens hood, eyecup, BP-U30 battery, a SxS memory card)
Dimensions (W x H x D) * 172 x 164 x 326 mm (without protrusions)
Power Requirements DC 12 V
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
Battery Operating Time Approx. 2 hrs with BP-U30 battery (while recording, EVF On, LCD monitor Off, I/O Select Off)
Approx. 4 hrs with BP-U60 battery (while recording, EVF On, LCD monitor Off, I/O Select Off)
Approx. 6 hrs with BP-U90 battery (while recording, EVF On, LCD monitor Off, I/O Select Off)
Recording Format (Video) UDF
- HD422 mode: CBR, maximum bit rate: 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL
- HD420 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
- HQ 1920 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
- HQ 1440 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
- HQ 1280 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
- SP 1440 mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@H-14
Recording Format (Audio) UDF
- HD422 mode: LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
- Other mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
- HD mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
- SD mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 2 channels
Recording Frame Rate UDF
HD422 Mode: MPEG-2 422P@HL, 50Mbps/ CBR
- 1920x1080/ 50i, 25p
- 1280x720/ 50p, 25p
HD420 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR
- 1440x1080/ 50i, 25p
- 1280x720/ 50p
- 720x576/ 50i, 25PsF
HQ 1920 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR
- 1920x1080/ 50i, 25p
HQ 1440 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR
- 1440x1080/ 50i, 25p
HQ 1280 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR
- 1280x720/ 50p, 25p
SP 1440 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@H-14, 25Mbps/ CBR
- 1440x1080/ 50i
- 720x576/ 50i, 25PsF
Recording/Playback UDF
HD 422 mode
Approx. 120 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 60 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 30 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
HD 420 mode: HD 420 mode:
Approx. 180 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 90 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 45 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
DVCAM mode:
Approx. 220 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 110 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 55 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
HQ 1920/HQ 1440 mode/HQ 1280 mode:
Approx. 200 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 100 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
SP 1440 Mode:
Approx. 280 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 140 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
DVCAM mode
Approx. 260 min with SBP-64/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Approx. 130 min with SBP-32/ SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 65 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card


Lens Mount Fixed
Zoom Ratio 20x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length f = 4.1 - 82.0 mm (equivalent to 28.8 mm ~ 576 mm on 35 mm lens)
Iris F1.6 - F11
auto/manual selectable
Focus AF/MF selectable
Image Stabilizer ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter M72 mm, pitch 0.75mm

Camera Section

Imaging Device (Type) 3-chip 1/3-inch type "Exmor" Full HD CMOS
Effective Picture Elements 1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Optical System F1.6 prism system
Built-in Optical Filters OFF: Clear, 1: 1/4ND, 2: 1/16ND, 3: 1/64ND
Shutter Speed (time) 1/32 sec to 1/2,000 sec
Slow Shutter (SLS) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, and 64-frame accumulation
Slow & Quick Motion Function 720p: Frame rate selectable from 1 fps to 60 fps
(from 1 fps to 50 fps in PAL area setting in UDF mode)
1080p: Frame rate selectable from 1 fps to 30 fps
(from 1 fps to 25 fps in PAL area setting in UDF mode)
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
Minimum Illumination 0.10 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode, F1.6, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation, Gamma off, 100% video level)
0.02 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode, F1.6, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation, Gamma on, 50% video level)
White Balance Preset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
S/N Ratio 54 dB (Y) (typical)
Horizontal Resolution 1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Gamma Curve Selectable


Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Line: +4dBu
Mic: -70dBu--30dBu
Composite Output AV multi connector, NTSC or PAL
Video Output BNC (x1), HD-Y/Composite
1.0Vp-p, 75Ω
(switchable to Genlock in)
Audio Output A/V multi connector
-10dBu (Reference Level), 47kΩ
SDI Output BNC (x1), HD/SD selectable
SMPTE 292M/259M standards
i.LINK IEEE 1394, 4-pin (x1), HDV (HDV 1080i) / DV input/output, S400
Timecode Input BNC (x1) (switchable to TC out) SMPTE 12M-2-2008 standard 0.5V-1.8Vp-p, 10kΩ
Timecode Output BNC (x1) (switchable to TC in) SMPTE 12M-2-2008 standard 1.0Vp-p, 10kΩ
Genlock Input BNC (x1) (switchable to Video out) 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω
USB USB device, mini-B (x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1)
-18dBu 16Ω
Speaker Output Monaural, 250mW
DC Input DC jack
Lens Remote 8-pin, round
HDMI Output Type A (x1)
Option 4-pin, Type A (x1)



0.45-inch type color LCD:
852 (H) x 480 (V), 16:9

Built-in LCD Monitor

3.5-inch type color LCD monitor: 852 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9

Other Equipment

Built-in Microphone

Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone

Media Type

ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)

Supplied Accessories**

· Lens hood x1
· Infrared Remote Commander x1
· EVF eyecup x1
· USB cable x1
· AV connecting cable x1
· BP-U30 battery pack x1
· BC-U1 battery charger x1
· Shoulder strap x1
· Wi-Fi Adaptor Bracket x1
· Lithium battery (CR2032 for data backup) x1
· Lithium battery (CR2025 for the IR Remote Commander) x1
· CD-ROM: Operating instructions x1
· Operating instructions in PDF x1

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