As the saying goes ‘everyone has to start somewhere’ and this camera is a great entry into broadcast quality video production. If you are looking to film an event like a wedding, live band or perhaps a nativity play, this camera will give you great results – although in standard definition.
The PD150 is a solid camera that gives a ‘built like a tank’ impression and I had the pleasure of using it for a good 2 years filming at many events, mainly doing nightclub video production. It was my very first video camera that I owned and I have fond memories, primarily because I learnt my ‘stock and trade’ from this camera. It has every manual control imaginable – except interchangeable lenses.
Filmed with Sony DSR-PD150
I write this around 2 years after doing the Unbox Fresh demo video above (originally for selling it on ebay). So my camera set up is as follows:
2009-2011 – Sony DSR-PD150
2011-2012 – Sony HVR-Z1e – Sony’s first HDV camcorder (squeezing HD onto a mini-dv tape)
2012-present – Sony PMW EX3 – Sony’s semi-shoulder mount XDCAM Camcorder with shallower depth of field, better in low-light, more colour info, timelapse and slow shutter – fancy arty-farty features and loads more – certainly the shoulder mount helps with stable shots.
2010 – present – Canon 7D – used for some nightclub video production and bloggy charity stuff.
Filmed with Sony Z1e
Filmed with Sony EX3
Filmed with Canon 7D
1/3″ CCD Chips
12x Optical Zoom
Optical Super Steady Shot
DV CAM / DV
2 CH XLR Audio Inputs – Can use a Rode NTG 2
Time code preset
takes Memory Stick