Sony has unveiled the PMW-200, a new addition to its XDCAM line-up of devices.

Sony said the PMW-200 builds on the PMW-EX1R, with enhancements such as MPEG 422 HD recording.

The camera is equipped with three half-inch Exmor CMOS sensors.

Users can shoot a range of recording formats including 50Mbps/35Mbps MXF, 35Mbps/25Mbps MP4 and DVCAM.

The PMW-200 also captures footage at 1 fps to 60 fps in 720p mode, and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode.

An immediate playback function allows operators to view their shots without the use of external converters or processing on non-linear editing systems.

The camera comes with a 15 second cache recording feature which the manufacturer said is unique among handheld camcorders.

A Wi-Fi remote control (see image, right) for the PMW-200 adds flexibility for studio or on-location use.

Sony Europe strategic marketing manager Bill Drummond described the camera as “one of the most versatile handheld camcorders we’ve ever developed”.

He said: “The PMW-200 combines exceptional picture quality, seamless HD422 50Mbps workflow and a whole host of other useful features, with an ergonomic form factor.

“The result for users is an agile, light-weight solution that meets their varied needs and is the perfect partner for shoulder camcorders such as the popular PMW-500. It is also the ideal A-camera in its own right for HD broadcast production.”