Sony Adds PXW-X200 To Its XDCAM Professional Camcorder Range
Sony’s new addition to its XDCAM range of solid state memory camcorders, the PXW-X200, incorporates an improved 1/2 inch-type Exmor 3CMOS sensor, a new 17x zoom lens and XAVC Intra/Long GOP recording with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. The successor to Sony’s PMW-200, the new camcorder has a 1/2 inch-type 3CMOS sensor and MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps) recording capability.
The results are high quality Full HD resolution pictures without pixel interpolation, high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range, optimized for professionals shooting under challenging lighting conditions in applications ranging from news-gathering, broadcast productions and documentaries to events, weddings, education, corporate productions and more.
The PXW-X200 also includes new wireless/NFC (Near Field Communication) functions, live streaming audio and video, two SxS media card slots for Simultaneous Recording, a Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, and GPS data recording, all of which will become active through a firmware update early next year.
In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X200 also records in MPEG HD422 (50Mbps), MPEG HD420 (35/25 Mbps), MPEG IMX (50 Mbps) and DV (25 Mbps) formats.
PXW-X200 Key Features
- High Picture Quality from 1/2 inch-type Exmor 3CMOS Sensor
The PXW-X200 incorporates three 1/2 inch-type Exmor CMOS sensors that produce Full HD resolution (1920×1080) without pixel interpolation. The image sensor boasts 2.07 million effective pixels, and combines with Sony’s digital signal processing to achieve a wide dynamic range, low noise (S/N ratio of 58dB), and high sensitivity of F12 at 1080/59.94i and F13 at 1080/50i.
- New 17x Zoom Lens with Manual Control Rings
The camcorder’s 17x zoom lens is compact, despite adopting its build to the 1/2 inch-type imager. The lens can zoom from 29.3 mm to 499 mm (35 mm equivalent). The lens also has three manual Zoom/Focus/Iris independent control rings, each with a physical end-stop and absolute markings for precise adjustments by the user.
- Wireless Streaming and File Transfer Functions
The PXW-X200 comes equipped with wireless functions including one-touch NFC capability. By attaching the supplied IFU-WLM3 wireless module, Remote Control and Monitoring functions can be performed from a tablet or smartphone using the Content Browser Mobile application. By connecting with internet routers, proxy or high-resolution files can be transferred to a cloud server to begin the editing process even while the location shoot is still in progress.
A live streaming function will be made available through a future firmware upgrade, and the addition of an LTE USB module (sold separately) will enable live video and audio to be remotely streamed, watched, and recorded.
- Multi-Format Support Including High Quality XAVC and MPEG HD422
The camcorder efficiently compresses Full HD (1920×1080) resolution images using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and records XAVC using 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. In XAVC, the user can select Intra-frame compression at a maximum of 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long GOP compression at 50/35/25 Mbps. In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X200 also records in MPEG HD422 (50Mbps), MPEG HD420 (35/25 Mbps), MPEG IMX (50 Mbps) and DV (25 Mbps) formats. Four channels of 24-bit 48 kHz LPCM audio are recorded in XAVC and MPEG HD422, while four channels of 16-bit 48 kHz LPCM are recorded in MPEG HD420. The multi-format support is useful for different shooting applications and can be adjusted to meet users’ requirements. Operating on globally-established XDCAM HD422 or XAVC formats allows the PXW-X200 to deliver high-speed, intuitive workflows along with greater operational convenience.
Features Of The PXW-X200 Ideal For Professionals
- Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe for connecting accessories like the optional HVL-LBPC video light or UWP-D series wireless microphone system without XLR cables and battery pack
- GPS data recording as Metadata
- 3G-SDI Interface for 1080/59.94P, 50P output
- Slow & Quick Motion function (available for XAVC Intra, XAVC Long GOP, MPEG HD422 & MPEG HD420)
- Picture Profile function (Gamma, Matrix, etc)
- Genlock In, Time Code In/Out for multi-camera shooting
- Focus Assist functions (Color Peaking, MF Assist, One-push AF, Focus Magnification)
- 3.5-type QHD (RGB 960×540) LCD Panel
The PXW-X200 is planned to be available in November 2014, with suggested list pricing to be announced.
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