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The NAB Interviews: Doug Jensen on the Sony PMW-160 and PMW-200

Shawn Lam and Doug Jensen discuss two new models in Sony's PMW camcorder line (that previously brought you the popular EX1 and EX3), the PMW-160 and its larger stablemate the PMW-200, and discuss the cameras' new 4:2:2 codec, recording media, and noise-handling features.

Shawn Lam: Shawn Lam here for Streaming Media Producer. I’m at NAB 2013. I’m here with Doug Jensen, a Sony Independent Certified Expert.

Doug Jensen: That’s what they say.

Sony PMW-160

Shawn: We’re looking at the Sony PMW-160 (below). What can you tell me about this camera?

Sony PMW-160

Doug: This camera’s been out since summer of 2012, but it wasn’t even on the floor at NAB last year. And it’s kind of a smaller brother to the PMW-200, which we’ll talk about in a minute. The PMW-160 has 3 1/3” CMOS sensors, and a pretty nice lens on it that goes wider and tighter than the PMW-200. And that’s really why I think most people would purchase the 160 over a 200--because of the different focal lengths of the lens.

Recording Media and Codecs

Shawn: This is a 20X Sony G Series lens, so it’s very good quality, very sharp, looks great. What’s the recording media and what that are available?

Doug: The recording media is your standard SxS cards that have been used on Sony cameras since 2007. It’s got two card slots on it, and it’ll do 50Mb 4:2:2. So this is a step up from the EX1 and even many of the other Sony SxS camcorders, to be able to do that 50Mb 4:2:2, which a lot of broadcasters have of set as the standard broadcast format that you need to have today.

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