In-depth Comparison: Sony’s PXW-Z100 4K vs PMW-200/300

“In case you haven’t heard, there are 2 new Sony models released to succeed these cameras: the PMW-200 and the PMW-300. These 2 cameras have the same features as their predecessors and more. The largest advantage of the new models is the added recording Codec, now offering 4:2:2 50Mbps recording, up from the 35Mbps of the EX1/3 line. This offers more color information and more data for image management in post.

“The lenses are the same between the EX1/3 and the PMW200/300 cameras. And they both still record to SXS cards, only now as UDF or exFAT, improving the write ability of the cards for the increased data rates.” informs Daniel Gurzi, Director of Digital Cinema at ARC.

But for those of you wondering how these cameras compare to the Sony PXW-Z100 4K Handheld XDCAM Camera, here’s an extremely in-depth look at the slight differences between the two cameras and Alister Chapman‘s POV on which camera he prefers most of all.

“To start with both cameras are well-built.” he explains, “They both feel very solid and well put together. I didn’t notice any creaks or flexing of either camera body. They both feel like professional pieces of kit that will withstand the bumps and knocks that they will almost certainly get. They are finished with a nice matt black finish. The Z100 appears to have a primarily plastic shell while the PMW-300 has a magnesium alloy shell. One small criticism here is that this has a slightly rough finish and is prone to marking from finger nails etc. But the marks can simply be wiped off. Of the two the PMW-300 feels just a little more substantial. Compared to the Sony PMW-200 I feel that both of these cameras feel more substantial and better built.”

Chapman then goes on to speak a little about the PXW-Z100 design and then into some detail about how the PMW-300 is different.  He compares viewfinders, lenses, and even gives comparison wide and zoom shots for both cameras.  (The images below are linked from his site.)




If you’re seriously considering purchasing one of these cameras, I highly recommend taking the time to read his “Tale of Two Cameras”.  Or, if reading is not your thing, stop by Adorama Rental, Co., rent one today and test them out for yourself.  After all, the best way to learn is by doing.

What do you think about the new Sony line?  Do you agree with Chapman’s review?  Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.


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