NAB 2014: Sony has added the PXW-X180 and PDW-850 camcorders to its XDCAM family.
The PXW-X180 (pictured) is a handheld solid-state memory camera featuring three 1/3-inch Full HD Exmor CMOS sensors and a newly developed 25x optical zoom Sony G Lens with 26 mm wide angle.
It records in MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps, XAVC Intra and Long GOP, as well as MPEG HD420 at 35 Mbps, AVCHDTM and DV.
The X180 is the first Sony professional camcorder to feature a variable neutral density (ND) filter, newly developed to electronically control density and enable continuous setting adjustment from 1/4ND to 1/128ND with simple dial operation.
Using the filter in conjunction with different iris and shutter speed settings, depth of field and brightness can be adjusted.
As well as recording on pro SxS memory cards, the PXW-X180 can record on XQD cards, SD cards and memory sticks with the use of an optional adaptor.
The camcorder also has wireless functions and NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities.
Available in October 2014, the shoulder-mounted PDW-850 incorporates a newly-developed 2/3-inch CCD image sensor, while the PDW-850 recorder supports both 3-layer (100 GB) and 4-layer (128 GB) high-capacity Professional Discs.
Sony said the multi-use PDW-850 offers low power consumption in a lightweight form factor, as well as a signal-to-noise ratio of 62 dB.
It sports a QHD 960 x 540 LCD side monitor, while also providing an HDVF interface to allow the latest optional colour and monochrome viewfinders to be attached.
In addition to handling XDCAM formats (such as 50 Mbps MPEG2 HD422), the PDW-HD1550 multi-codec recorder also supports the XAVC HD 100 Mbps video format by an optional software key (XDBK-106).
The USB 3.0 port on the front-panel of the PDW-HD1550 enables easy copying from the SBAC-US20, HDDs and SSDs.
The recorder can also be integrated into a workflow incorporating external media.
It offers a compact half-rack size and the ability to run on three different types of power supply: AC, DC, and battery power.
The PDW-HD1550 recorder is also expected to ship in October.