Broadcast camera, field durability: Sony PMW-500
New to pre-order on most digital cinema websites (think B&H or Samy’s DV) is Sony’s new bombshell of a camera, and we can’t wait to put it through it’s courses. It’s their PMW-500 (retailing around 28k, sans lenses), and some of the things it’s boasting is it’s light weight (a mere 6-10 lbs, depending on set-ups), low power usage, broadcast quality and setup (Full HD 1080p and 720p), and manageable design. It’s an XD cam, so it gets the most out of it’s memory card as will probably be needed by someone in the field, and should be compatible with most respectable editing softwares.This is pretty much a mix of all of Sony’s professional line of cameras thrown into one with the advantages of a DSLR and the feel of a camcorder. You can’t mix and match the memory cards without some updates from the website, being a new SxS type, but it’s a small price to pay for a camera that will outlive most fads. With the exception of more card slots, it will be interesting to see how Sony will top this.