Sony introduces new XDCAM and portable recorder


Sony has announced a new camera as part of its XDCAM range – the PXW-X500, a solid-state memory camcorder which combines sensitivity of picture capture with ergonomic design and support for a wide variety of recording formats. In addition, Sony announced the new PMW-RX50 XDCAM portable recorder, which features a compact, lightweight design and is capable of SxS recording and playback.

Olivier Bovis, marketing director of AV and media solutions for Sony Professional Solutions Europe says, “Sony continues to pursue high picture quality and efficient workflows that fulfill the exacting requirements of broadcasters everywhere. The launch of these new camcorders, portable recorders and XAVC upgrades bears testament to Sony’s total solutions approach in ensuring that XDCAM users continue to remain at the forefront of technology and productivity, and enjoy options to future-proof their assets.’


The PXW-X500 delivers high picture quality due to its unique three-chip 2/3-inch type new CCD image sensors, which serve to eliminate issues associated with motion artefact and rolling shutters. The camcorder is ideal on a 1080 progressive platform for a broad range of HD production applications, such as ENG, sports productions, live productions and documentaries.

High sensitivity and high signal-to-noise ratio

Three newly-developed 2/3-inch-type Power HAD™ FX CCDs produce high- quality pictures with high signal-to-noise ratios (60dB), while maintaining the high sensitivity levels (F11 at 1080/59.94i and F12 at 1080/50i).

Multi-format recording

The PXW-X500 offers a wide array of traditional and new recording formats, including SD formats such as MPEG IMX and DVCAM, HD formats such as MPEG-4 SStP and MPEG HD422, plus XAVC Intra 4:2:2 1080 59.94/50i and XAVC Long 4:2:2 1080 59.94/50p. In early 2015, the PXW-X500 will also support Apple ProRes and Avid® DNxHD® as further options.

Powerful Slow and Quick Motion function By utilising the XAVC codec, the X500 can record at a maximum frame rate of 1080/120p, which is a slow motion effect five times higher than the industry standard frame rate of 23.98p made possible by newly developed CCD image sensors and the camcorder’s strong image processing abilities.

Built-in wireless module

The PXW-X500 can be operated remotely from compatible Wi-Fi devices such as tablets and smartphones, via a supplied IFU-WLM3 USB wireless LAN module. Proxy video files can be created onto SD cards in four different proxy XAVC settings to help users adapt to field constraints, while proxy file transfer and hi- res file transfer are also possible across Wi-Fi or Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

Upcoming 2015 upgrade

In early 2015, the X500 will offer live streaming of proxy content over Wi-Fi or LTE. The streaming function will also become available for Sony’s PXW-X180 XDCAM handheld solid-state memory camcorder and will be compatible with the CBK-WA100 and CBK-WA101 adapters, which allow XAVC proxy files to be created and saved on an SD card housed within the adapter.

The PMW-RX50 portable recorder

The PMW-RX50 portable recorder supports the XAVC Intra 4:2:2 1080/59.94p and XAVC Long 4:2:2 1080/59.94p formats, as well as traditional formats such as MPEG HD 4:2:2, 4:2:0, MPEG IMX and DVCAM. It has been created to act as an ideal companion to the PXW-X500, especially in applications such as field shoots and on-site location shoots.

Sony has also announced that the PMW-1000 XDCAM HD422 recorder will become capable of supporting XAVC Long 4:2:2 1080/50i by means of a new, free software version upgrade, as will the PMW-300 and PMW-400 XDCAM camcorders.


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