PMW-300K1 (PMW300K1)

Three 1/2-inch Exmor™CMOS sensors semi-shoulder XDCAM camcorder with interchangeable 14x zoom HD lens system recording Full HD 422 at 50 Mbps

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Overview

Semi-shoulder handheld camcorder integrates with multi-camera operations
The PMW-300K1 XDCAM camcorder is equipped with three 1/2-inch Exmor™ full-HD CMOS sensors, capable of delivering high-quality images even in low-light environments. Ample support for interchangeable lensand a robust metal body further ensure that PMW-300K1 is suitable for a wide range of applications. Additionally, the PMW-300K1 offers a convenient remote-control and multi-camera operation capability, which allows use with high-end camera systems.

HD 422 50 Mbps recordings ideal for a wide range of shooting conditions with XAVC future-proofing

An evolution of Sony's industry leading PMW-EX3, the PMW-300K1 is able to record 50Mbps HD material in MPEG-2 HD422, meeting broadcast standards around the world, including the European Broadcasting Union's (EBU) requirements on HD broadcast acquisition for long form programme making. The high bit rate ensures excellent capture of fast moving objects, while its chroma subsampling feature is perfect for a wide range of video encoding areas such as VFX and green screen applications. The camcorder can also be upgraded in the future to support Sony's revolutionary XAVC codec, extending the lifecycle of the product to ensure maximum return on investment.

Features

Full HD MPEG-2 HD 422 50 Mbps recordings plus XAVC in the future
The PMW-300K1 uses an MPEG HD 422 codec, recording Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50 Mbps in industry-standard MXF files, along with 24-bit 48 kHz, 4-channel audio. It is also capable of recording MPEG-2 HD 420 in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 35 Mbps. Standard Definition options include MPEG IMX and DVCAM. The camcorder can also be upgraded in the future to support Sony's revolutionary XAVC codec, extending the lifecycle of the product to ensure maximum return on investment.
Three 1/2-inch type Exmor™ CMOS Full HD sensors and low-light 3DNR technology for a wide range of shooting conditions
The three 1/2-inch Exmor™ Full-HD CMOS sensors offer high light sensitivity and low image noise. As a consequence, it delivers clear high-resolution images even when filming in low-light conditions. The camcorder also includes Sony's 3Dimensional Noise Reducer technology(3DNR), which reduce noise between frames and thus creates noticeably clearer images.
Interchangeable lens system with 14x Fujinon HD lens package option (PMW-300K1)
The PMW-300K1 features the same EX-mount interchangeable lens system as the PMW-EX3, making it compatible with a wide range of 1/2-inch and 2/3-inch lenses (with optional ACM-21 adaptor). The camcorder also comes with two auto-focusing zoom lens packages, one for a 14x (PMW-300K1) and the other a 16x zoom lens (PMW-300K2). Both lenses include a focus ring for quick switching between auto and manual focus.
Precision focusing with 3.5-inch colour LCD viewfinder
An enhanced HD-resolution 3.5-inch colour LCD viewfinder (960x540 pixels) enables precision focusing for HD camcorder work, while the 8-pin remote-control and multi-camera operation capability allows the PMW-300K2 to be used in 3D configurations and high-end camera systems.
Multi-camera operation with 8-pin remote control
The camcorder has a Genlock In and Timecode In/Out interface, so that it can link together with other cameras for multi-camera operation capability and 3D configurations. The 8-pin 700-Protocol remote control interface allows for remote adjustment from the RM-B170* or RM-B150** remote control, sold separately.

* The RM-B750 and the RCP remote control cannot be connected due to the power supply capacity of the PMW-300.

** RM-B150 is discontinued.
HD/SD-SDI and HDMI interfaces for integration with broadcast infrastructures
The PMW-300K1 has an SDI interface so that it can connect with broadcast infrastructures and professional equipment. It's 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. SDI and HDMI interfaces are available in the same time.
Wide range of frame rates
The camcorder has standard recording modes of 1920 x 1080/25P or 50i and can additionally record at 59.94i, 23.98P and 29.97P in MPEG-2 HD 422 mode. At 1280 x 720, the camcorder can record 25P as well as 23.98P, 29.97P, 50P and 59.94P. Further recording modes are also possible at MPEG-2 HD 420 and DVCAM.
Slow and quick motion from 1 fps to 60 fps
Slow motion shooting is possible with up to 60 frames per second (fps) recording in 720P or 30 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.
Semi-shoulder robust design with metal body
The PMW-300K1features an innovative semi-shoulder design with an extendable chest pad mechanism and rotary hand grip, allowing comfortable recording over long periods of time. Its magnesium metal body ensures the camcorder is robust and, like its predecessor, the PMW-EX3, can withstand even the harshest production environments.
Wi-Fi remote control with optional Wi-Fi adaptor
In addition to the 8-pin remote control interface, Apple iPads or Android mobile devices can be used as simple remote controllers. By attaching the optional CBK-WA01 or IFU-WLM3 Wi-Fi adaptor, the remote can control zoom, focus, iris and white balance as well as the recording functions such as recording trigger.
Cache recording
Utilising a 15 second cache recording function, the PMW-300K1 can help prevent the loss of important scenes or events that occur up to 15 seconds before the camcorder's REC start button is pressed.
Two SxS Memory Card slots plus Memory Stick, SD card and XDQ card options
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-300K1 can use either SxS Pro or SxS-1 cards. It will also accept consumer recording media, including Memory Stick, SD card and XDQ card with an appropriate adaptor for emergency use.
Planning metadata automatically recorded
By loading a pre-recorded Planning Metadata file (XML file) to the PMW-300K1, either from an SxS memory card 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.
i.LINKInput/Output for DV/HDV recordings
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.
4 channels 24-bit 48 kHz audio recordings
The PMW-300K1 is equipped with two XLR connectors, which connect to Sony's range of professional microphone products.24-bit 48kHz audio can be recorded in HD 422 50 Mbps, with up to four channels of audio recorded.
Multiple language system
The PMW-300K1 has multiple language system. The language for the menu and warning messages can be selected among English, Chinese, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Indonesian.
4 Neutral Density filters
The PMW-300K1 is equipped with four built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters – Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 – that help to vary the depth of field with iris control.
Power on Quick Rec to help get up and running quicker
If the camcorder 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.
Direct access to the thumbnails
With the PMW-300K1, there is no need to switch between Camera and Media mode to access to the recording video. The access to the thumbnails is direct and without any reboot internal process.
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.

Specifications

General
Dimensions (W x H x D) *[1]
259x239x405mm (101/4x91/2x16inches) (with lens & viewfinder, without protrusions)
Mass
Approx 2.2 kg (body)
Mass
Approx. 4 Lb 14 oz (body)
Mass
Approx. 3.9 kg (with lens, lens hood, viewfinder, BP-U30 battery, a SxS memory card)
Mass
Approx. 8 lb 9.6 oz (with lens, lens hood, viewfinder, BP-U30 battery, a SxS memory card)
Power Requirements
DC 12 V
Power Consumption
Approx. 20 W (while recording, with viewfinder, IO Select Off)
Power Consumption
Approx. 23.5 W (while recording, with viewfinder, RM-B170, IO Select HD SDI & HD HDMI)
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C
Operating Temperature
32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature
-20°C to +60°C
Storage Temperature
-4°F to +140°F
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 1.2 hrs with BP-U30 battery (while recording, with viewfinder, I/O Select Off)
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 2.4 hrs with BP-U60 battery (while recording, with viewfinder, I/O Select Off)
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 3.6 hrs with BP-U90 battery (while recording, with viewfinder, I/O Select Off)
Recording Format (Video)
UDF
Recording Format (Video)
- HD422 50 1080 mode: CBR, maximum bit rate: 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL
Recording Format (Video)
- HD422 50 720 mode: CBR, maximum bit rate: 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL
Recording Format (Video)
- HQ 1920x1080 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
Recording Format (Video)
- HQ 1440x1080 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
Recording Format (Video)
- HQ 1280x720 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
Recording Format (Video)
- SD mode: MPEG IMX
Recording Format (Video)
- SD mode: DVCAM
Recording Format (Video)
FAT
Recording Format (Video)
- HQ 1920x1080 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
Recording Format (Video)
- HQ 1440x1080 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
Recording Format (Video)
- HQ 1280x720 mode: VBR, 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
Recording Format (Video)
- SP 1440x1080 mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@H-14
Recording Format (Video)
- SD mode: DVCAM
Recording Format (Audio)
UDF
Recording Format (Audio)
- HD422 mode: LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
Recording Format (Audio)
- HQ mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
Recording Format (Audio)
- SD MPEG IMX mode: LPCM 16/ 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
Recording Format (Audio)
- SD DVCAM mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
Recording Format (Audio)
FAT
Recording Format (Audio)
- HQ mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
Recording Format (Audio)
- SD mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 2 channels
Recording Frame Rate
UDF
Recording Frame Rate
HD422 Mode: MPEG-2 422P@HL, 50Mbps/ CBR
Recording Frame Rate
- 1920x1080/ 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
Recording Frame Rate
- 1280x720/ 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
Recording Frame Rate
HQ Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR
Recording Frame Rate
- 1920x1080/ 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
Recording Frame Rate
- 1440x1080/ 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
Recording Frame Rate
- 1280x720/ 59.94p, 50p, 23.98p
Recording Frame Rate
SD Mode: IMX50
Recording Frame Rate
- 720x486/ 59.94i, 29.97PsF
Recording Frame Rate
- 720x576/ 50i, 25PsF
Recording Frame Rate
SD Mode: DVCAM
Recording Frame Rate
- 720x486/ 59.94i, 29.97PsF
Recording Frame Rate
- 720x576/ 50i, 25PsF
Recording Frame Rate
FAT
Recording Frame Rate
HQ Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35Mbps/ VBR
Recording Frame Rate
- 1920x1080/ 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
Recording Frame Rate
- 1440x1080/ 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
Recording Frame Rate
- 1280x720/ 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
Recording Frame Rate
SP Mode: MPEG-2 MP@H-14, 25Mbps/ CBR
Recording Frame Rate
- 1440x1080/ 59.94i, 50i, 23.98p (2-3 pull down)
Recording Frame Rate
SD Mode: DVCAM
Recording Frame Rate
- 720x480/ 59.94i, 29.97PsF
Recording Frame Rate
- 720x576/ 50i, 25PsF
Recording/Playback Time
UDF
Recording/Playback Time
HD 422 mode
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 240 min with SBP-128B (128 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 120 min with SBP-64B/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 60 min with SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
HQ mode:
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 360 min with SBP-128B (128 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 180 min with SBP-64B/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 90 min with SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
SD Mode: IMX50
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 240 min with SBP-128B (128 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 120 min with SBP-64B/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 60 min with SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
SD Mode: DVCAM
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 440 min with SBP-128B/ (128 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 220 min with SBP-64B/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 110 min with SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
FAT
Recording/Playback Time
HQ mode:
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 400 min with SBP-128B (128 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 200 min with SBP-64B/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 100 min with SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
SP Mode:
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 560 min with SBP-128B (128 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 280 min with SBP-64B/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 140 min with SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
SD Mode: DVCAM
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 520 min with SBP-128B (128 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 260 min with SBP-64B/ SBS-64G1A (64 GB) memory card
Recording/Playback Time
Approx. 130 min with SBS-32G1A (32 GB) memory card
Lens
Lens Mount
Sony 1/2-inch type EX mount
Zoom Ratio
14x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length
f = 5.8 - 81.2 mm (equivalent to 31.4-439 mm on 35 mm lens)
Iris
F1.9 - F16 and Close auto/manual selectable
Focus
AF/MF/Full MF selectable, 800 mm to ∞ (MACRO OFF), 50 mm to ∞ (MACRO ON, Wide), 735 mm to ∞ (MACRO ON, Tele)
Image Stabilizer
ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter
M77 mm, pitch 0.75mm
Camera Section
Imaging Device (Type)
3-chip 1/2-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
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
F11 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode)
Minimum Illumination
0.12 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.9, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation, Gamma off, 100% video level)
Minimum Illumination
0.02 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.9, +18 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation, Gamma on, 50% video level)
S/N Ratio
60 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
Slow & Quick Motion Function
720p: Frame rate selectable from 1 fps to 60 fps
Slow & Quick Motion Function
(from 1 fps to 50 fps in PAL area setting in UDF mode)
Slow & Quick Motion Function
1080p: Frame rate selectable from 1 fps to 30 fps
Slow & Quick Motion Function
(from 1 fps to 25 fps in PAL area setting in UDF mode)
White Balance
Preset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Gain
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve
Selectable
Input/Output
Audio Input
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable Line: +4dBu Mic: -70dBu--30dBu
Video Output
BNC (x1), HD-Y/Composite 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω (switchable to Genlock in)
Audio Output
Phono jack (CH-1,CH-2)
SDI Output
BNC (x2), HD/SD selectable SMPTE 292M/259M standards
i.LINK
IEEE 1394, 4-pin (x1), HDV (HDV 1080i) input/output, 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)
USB
USB Host, Type A (x1)
Headphone Output
Stereo mini jack (x1) -18dBu 16Ω
Speaker Output
Monaural, 150mW
DC Input
DC jack
Remote
8-pin
Lens Remote
8-pin, round
HDMI Output
Type A (x1)
Monitoring
Viewfinder
3.5-inch type color LCD: 960 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 540 (V), 16:9
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Microphone
Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone.
Media
Type
ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)
Supplied Accessoies
Supplied Accessoies
VCL-614B2X/1 exclusive standard zoom lens (1)
Supplied Accessoies
Lens hood with lens cap (1), Pre-installed to the lens
Supplied Accessoies
Viewfinder (1)
Supplied Accessoies
Infrared Remote Commander (1)
Supplied Accessoies
USB cable (1)
Supplied Accessoies
Cold shoe kit (1)
Supplied Accessoies
BP-U30 battery pack (1)
Supplied Accessoies
BC-U1 battery charger (1)
Supplied Accessoies
Shoulder strap (1)
Supplied Accessoies
Lens mount cap (1)
Supplied Accessoies
Lens cap for the supplied lens (1)
Supplied Accessoies
Lithium battery (CR2032 for data backup) (1), Pre-installed to the Camcorder
Supplied Accessoies
Lithium battery (CR2025 for the IR Remote Commander) (1), Pre-installed to the IR Remote Commander
Supplied Accessoies
"Before Using this Unit" (1)
Supplied Accessoies
CD-ROM:
Supplied Accessoies
- Operating instructions in PDF (1)
Notes
Note
*[1] The values for dimensions are approximate.