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Sony PMW 150 vs Sony PMW 200 vs Canon XF305

Capturing high quality video is now easier than ever with new technologies surfacing which aid the users of a camcorder in taking footage which is film worthy. The rise of low cost camcorder equipment has created a new wave of at home amateurs looking to create the next big viral video, which has helped the camcorder industry strive and ship more equipment which is priced out of the reach of mere consumers.

Three of the very best camcorders money can buy for under £5500 currently are the Sony PMW 150, Sony PMW 200 and Canon XF305. All three of these camcorders are excellent for capturing high quality video, but which one is better for you? Let's take a look.

Sony PMW 150

The Sony PMW 150 costs £4,435 and is the cheapest camcorder on our list. It features three 1/3-inch-type Full-HD sensors, the ability to capture Full HD MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps and out of the box comes with a fixed 20x zoom lens with wide-angle 29.5mm.

The lenses and sensors within the PMW 150 are very much professional. You will be able to enjoy slow and quick motion capture from 1 fps to 50 fps, and the camcorder also supports MPEG HD 420 in MP4 file format, which is compatible with XDCAM EX camcorders and DVCAM at 25 Mbps.

Around the back of the camcorder you will find a 3.5-inch LCD panel and viewfinder to aid in the capturing of essential footage, and the compact design of the PMW 150 ensures that you will be comfortable using it for the duration of shooting.

Sony PMW 200

As the name implies, the PMW 200 is a step above the PMW 150. Rolling in at £5,310, it is also the most expensive camcorder on our list by a large margin. The PMW 200 features three 1/2-inch Exmor CMOS sensors (bigger than the PMW 150's), and has the ability to shoot Full HD 422 at 50 Mbps.

A step above the PMW 150, the PMW 200 includes a 14x Fujinon professional HD zoom Lens with three independent rings with end stops and Sony have included two SxS memory card slots on the camcorder allowing for around 4 hours of continuous recording.

Like the 150 listed above, the 200 has a 3.5-inch LCD display and viewfinder around the back, and has been designed in a way to make it comfortable to carry and hold.

Canon XF305

The only non Sony branded camcorder on our list, the Canon XF305 costs £4,620 and features a trusty 18x L-series HD Video Lens with 29.3mm wide angle. Much like the PMW 150 above, the Canon XF305 has three 1/3 type CMOS sensors.

The active video lens on the XF305 is a reliable and tested set up. It is a 18x L-series HD Video Lens, with f/1.6 max., and 29.3mm wideangle (35mm equivalent). This allows for stunning footage, and ensures that multiple angles can be attained.

Like the best camcorders, around the back of the Canon XF305 is a 4-inch LCD display and viewfinder. The XF305 records MPEG-2 MXF (Media eXchange Format) files – up to 1920 x 1080 Full HD at 50Mbps.



As with most things in life, the most expensive camcorder on this list has the best set up. The Sony PMW 200 has the best lenses of the three, whilst the Canon has the best LCD display. Feature set wise, the Sony PMW 150 and Canon XF305 are very close, and are separated in price by just a few hundred pounds. Either of these camcorders will serve you well, however if you have specific needs, we recommend getting in to touch with 3D Broadcast Sales today for more information.

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