Just goes to show you that just because you stick a 50Mbps SxS recorder onto a lower spec camera that does not give you safe passage to the coveted BBC HD approval stamp. A source within the BBC has just informed me that the PMW-100 will not get the HD stamp of approval although they would not go any further with specific details.
Personally I think this camera is spot on for VJs, a cheap one man do all cameraperson that the BBC does approve, I have nothing against the one man band it’s the health a safety issues that bothers me more about the VJ setup.
There are differing levels of approval within the BBC and just because it does not aspire to the same level of approval as the Canon XF305 it may just come under the wire for news programming.
The Sony PMW-100 is probably the first in a line of cheaper 50Mbps XDCAM camcorders and its sad that Sony bring out this level of camera with a built in 50Mbps recording facility and left the same technology out of the sorely needed PMW-F3…why !!!
The Canon horse has now bolted with the XF305 and the C300, both BBC approved HD camcorders you would think a company like Sony would re-think their policy of protecting the PMW-500 which is a completely different beast to a hand held camcorder and produce something fit for purpose.
I will say it again if they add 50Mbps to an EX1r or EX3 they would win a watch… as long as they don’t charge accordingly like add a £1000 for the extra 15Mbps.
So where did the PMW-100 go wrong…simple, the 1/2.9-inch type Single-chip Exmor CMOS does not come up to the spec for broadcast it’s a tad bigger than one third inch but not having three chips was always going to be it’s Achilles heal.