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While large sensor digital cinema cameras are all the rage in narrative filmmaking right now, there is still a huge market for small sensor 3-chip cameras that are convenient for broadcast news, documentary, and event shooting. The PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3 deliver a fantastic image, but the 35mbps 4:2:0 minimum compression does not compare very favorably to other small sensor cameras in the $5,000-$10,000 range — like the Canon XF300 series, which features a 50mbps 4:2:2 recording mode (though the Sony cameras should be slightly better in lower light situations thanks to the larger sensors). We recently discussed that the BBC was not likely to approve the PMW-100 as an officially supported camera because it only features a single CMOS sensor. This 3-chip, 1/2″ camera, however, should have no problem getting through the strict European standards. More »

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Awhile back I had talked about the advancements that Sony was making with the low-end camera division, and how that would likely lead to a better codec on the still unannounced Sony F5 (if you believe Sony’s product line, it’s coming). Turns out Sony’s insistence on putting such a high-end codec in a low-end camera may have been all for nothing for a huge segment of users. Historically the BBC has been very difficult and strict on standards, and they’ve required cameras to shoot at a minimum of 50mb/s. Sony added this feature to the PMW-100, but it seems the BBC is not just concerned with bitrate. More »