PMW-150 Brochure
Three 1/3-inch Exmor CMOS sensors compact XDCAM camcorder recording Full HD 422 at 50 Mbps
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.
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
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
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
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.
Technical Specifications
• 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) *1
172 x 164 x 326 mm (without protrusions)
• Power Requirements
DC 12 V
• Power Consumption
• 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)
- 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)
- 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
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 Time
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
• Zoom Ratio
• Focal Length
20x (optical), servo/manual
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)
• Effective Picture Elements
3-chip 1/3-inch type "Exmor" Full HD CMOS
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
• 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)
• S/N Ratio
0.02 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode, F1.6, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation, Gamma on, 50% video level)
54 dB (Y) (typical)
• Horizontal Rezolution
1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
• Shutter Speed
1/32 sec to 1/2,000 sec
• Slow Shutter (SLS)
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, and 64-frame accumulation
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)
Slow & Quick Motion Function
• White Balance
Preset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
• Gain
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
• Gamma Curve
• 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) input/output, DV 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 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)
• Viewfinder
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
Built-in Microphone
• Built-in Microphone
Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone.
• Type
ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)
Supplied Accessoies
• Supplied Accessoies
Lens hood (1), Pre-installed to the Camcorder
Infrared Remote Commander (1)
EVF eyecup (1)
USB cable (1)
AV connecting cable (1)
BP-U30 battery pack (1)
BC-U1 battery charger (1)
Shoulder strap (1)
Wi-Fi Adaptor Bracket (1)
Lithium battery (CR2032 for data backup) (1), Pre-installed to the Camcorder
Lithium battery (CR2025 for the IR Remote Commander) (1), Pre-installed to the IR Remote Commander
- Utility software (1)
Operating instructions (1)
Operating instructions (1)
• *1 The values for dimensions are approximate.
Adaptor for using SD Card™
with XDCAM EX products
Shoe Mount Adaptor
Analogue Portable Microphone
Short Shotgun Electret
Condenser Microphone.
UWP wireless microphone
Affordable shotgun Electret
condenser microphone
Belt-pack UWP wireless
microphone package with
XLR plug-on transmitter
Shotgun Electret condenser
Batteries and Power Supplies
Battery accessory kit for
XDCAM handy type
MS stereo shotgun Electret
condenser microphone
Battery charger/AC
adaptor for BP-U90/U60/U30
Lithium-ion battery
Compact Electret
condenser microphone
Two-channel simultaneous
battery charger/AC
adaptor for BP-U90/U60/U30
Lithium-ion battery
Shotgun Electret condenser
Lithium-ion Battery
Tripods and Supports
Lithium-ion Battery
Multi-function Camcorder
Shoulder Support
Lithium-ion battery (56Wh)
with power out terminal
LCD 7-inch colour full HD
digital viewfinder
Lithium-ion battery (85 Wh)
Soft Backpack Style Carrying
Urethane Windscreen Pack
Wireless TX/RX Accessories
3G/4G/LTE and Wi-Fi
network adapter kit for
XDCAM camcorders
Stereo professional
Studio professional
Wireless adapter for PMW400 and PXW-X320 [Mobile
network 3G / 4G / LTE
/Wireless LAN]
USB wireless LAN module
Lenses and Lens Adaptors
Wide Conversion Lens
Network RX Station for
XDCAM camcorders live
streaming over 4G/LTE and
Mixers and AV Amps
XDCAM (Disc/Memory)
Portable digital audio mixer
Dual SxS PRO rugged,
portable deck
Option Boards, Modules and Plugins
SxS PRO solid state memory
USB 3.0 & 2.0 reader/writer
Wi-Fi Adaptor for use with
the XMPilot Planning
Metadata Solution
SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 solid
state memory USB 3.0
Adaptor for using Memory
Stick™ with XDCAM EX
Dual slots SxS PRO+ and SxS1 solid state memory
Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0
Adaptor for using SD Card™
with XDCAM EX products
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