Sony PMW100 One 1/2.9" Exmor CMOS XDCAM HD422 Handy Camcorder
The PMW100 captures full HD video at 50Mbps leaving you with a less compressed image compared to many prosumer cameras. A 4:2:2 color space provides great color replication and the ability to adjust colors in post production without any drastic quality loss. Unlike the XF300 and HPX250, however, the PMW100 only uses one small CMOS sensor so the colors are not recorded individually. One of its bigger brothers, the PMW160, does have this capability though for a bit more money.
The unit weighs in at less than 4 pounds making it easy to hold and carry. 2 XLR inputs supplement the onboard microphone which records 24-bit, 48 kHz audio. The focus is solid but not perfect, and although the camera handles highlights and shadows well, it can’t do so simultaneously as the units dynamic range is in the middle of the pack. If you’re willing to pay for some slight upgrades like 4K, it may be worth it to check out the PXW-Z100 but the PMW100 is a good budget camera for any on the go shooter.