Betacam SX Camcorders

Betacam SX Camcorders
Betacam SX Camcorders
Betacam SX Camcorders
DNW-7/7P Version 2
2/3-inch type IT CCD Model (4:3)
2/3-inch type IT CCD Model (4:3/16:9 switchable)
2/3-inch type FIT CCD Model (4:3/16:9 switchable)
Since their introduction in 1996, Sony Betacam SX camcorders have brought the new and
convenient advantages of digital acquisition into the field, packing excellent picture
performance, high reliability and straightforward operability into a compact design that
creates new opportunities for cost-effective digital ENG and EFP applications. Recognizing the
ever-increasing demand for higher quality in today's productions, Sony continues to
strengthen this line with two upgraded models, the DNW-7 and DNW-7P.
The Betacam SX camcorder family offers three models. The upgraded DNW-7* is equipped
with 2/3-inch type 400K (NTSC)/470K (PAL) Power HAD™ IT CCDs, achieving an extremely
high sensitivity of F13 and a low smear level of -130 dB. The DNW-90WS* is equipped with
2/3-inch type 520K (NTSC)/620K (PAL) Power HAD FIT widescreen CCDs, and the
DNW-9WS* is the IT version of this model. Both the DNW-90WS and the DNW-9WS are
switchable between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios.
All of these camcorders deliver operating simplicity in a compact, rugged, all-in-one design
that reduces the package weight to enable easy portability in the field. Smaller in size and
weight than analog 1/2-inch models, they include a color video playback capability, achieved
without the need for an external adaptor, plus many other invaluable features, such as a
wireless microphone receiver slot and an intelligent light system.
Betacam SX camcorders provide another important feature, too - the ability to record shot
marks and REC start marks that, when identified during editing, allow editors to get started
faster and save time by choosing only these selected scenes.
For performance, reliability and mobility, Betacam SX camcorders are the ideal solution for use
in mainstream ENG, EFP and general acquisition applications.
*Unless otherwise stated, all references to specific models refer to both the NTSC and PAL versions.
(i.e., DNW-7 refers to both the DNW-7 Version 2 and DNW-7P Version 2)
Main Features
High-Quality Digital Video and Audio Recording
Extended Recording Times
Sony Betacam SX camcorders deliver the superb video
quality of the Betacam SX format, recording 8-bit, 4:2:2
component digital signals using MPEG-2 4:2:2 [email protected]
compression technology. The audio system provides four
uncompressed 16-bit audio channels.
The long recording time of Betacam SX camcorders enables
you to capture up to 62 minutes on a 1/2-inch S-cassette.
This is achieved using the efficient MPEG-2 4:2:2 [email protected]
compression algorithm, which ensures the optimum balance
of image quality and recording time.
Compact and Lightweight Design
Color Video Playback Capability
Sony Betacam SX camcorders are designed to be both
compact and lightweight, providing a high level of mobility
in the field. The combined weight with a viewfinder,
microphone, lens, BP-IL75 battery and BCT-62SXA
cassette tape is approximately 6 kg (13 lb 3 oz).
Betacam SX camcorders allow you to play back color video
together with two audio channels without using an external
adaptor. This capability makes it easy to verify recordings in
the field. Recordings can also be reviewed in the camcorder
viewfinder while monitoring audio via an earphone or the
speaker built into the side of the camcorder.
Creative Versatility
TruEye™ Processing
Sony TruEye processing is an innovative digital
signal processing feature used in Betacam SX camcorders,
making it possible to virtually eliminate the hue distortion
common to conventional RGB analog and digital
processing, particularly in highlighted areas.
By processing the video signal data using three
parameters - brightness, hue and saturation - similar to
how the human eye works, the TruEye feature is especially
effective for the reproduction of natural skin tones.
Conventional Camera
Conventional Camera
DynaLatitude™ Feature
Betacam SX camcorders offer another unique feature called
DynaLatitude, which adaptively manages the contrast of
each pixel according to a histogram of the entire video signal
level distribution. The DynaLatitude feature offers a whole
new dimension of contrast control over conventional
methods, optimizing the video level distribution to best
utilize the limited contrast range of the video signal.
Auto Tracing White Balance (ATW)
Betacam SX camcorders offer an Auto Tracing White (ATW)
Balance function that automatically adjusts the camera's color
temperature in real time with the change of the lighting. This
is especially useful when a shoot is performed across different
environments, such as when moving from indoors to outdoors.
Operational Versatility
User-Friendly Controls
Intelligent Light System
Sony Betacam SX camcorders have been designed with
special care to ensure simple operation. Switches are
located in similar positions to analog Betacam SP®
camcorders, ensuring that operators familiar with such
camcorders will immediately find these models easy to use.
Setup parameters are well organized in a two-layer menu
system, categorized into User Menus and Engineer Menus.
User Menus allow access to only the standard setup
functions needed by the camera operator. Engineer Menus
allow access to all camcorder setup functions. Menu pages
can be displayed in the camcorder viewfinder as well as on
a monitor screen via the video outputs, and the menu
control system can be operated easily using a rotary switch
on the camcorder.
An optional portable light (max. 30 W)
can be attached directly to the
camcorder using a standard light
connector. This intelligent light system
can be powered from the camcorder's
battery, and can either be switched on
and off manually, or automatically
synchronized with the camcorder's REC
start function.
Color Filters
These camcorders are equipped with four
types of color filter: 3200K, 5600K + 1/8ND,
5600K and 5600K + 1/64ND.
Turbo Gain
A Turbo Gain function is
available to boost the gain
level up to +42 dB at the
touch of a button. This
makes it possible to shoot
in extremely low-light
Setup Card System Stores
Camcorder Settings
Sony Betacam SX camcorders
incorporate the Setup Card system for
the storage and recall of setup
parameters. This is an easy, effective
way to store and recall parameters for
individual scenes, or individual
operator setup preferences.
Variable-Speed Electronic Shutter
In order to capture clear images
of subjects moving at high speed,
Betacam SX camcorders offer a choice
of shutter speeds:
1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000
and 1/2000 s (NTSC)
1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500,
1/1000 and 1/2000 s (PAL)
Slot-In Wireless Microphone Receiver
An optional Sony wireless microphone
receiver, the WRR-855A/855B, slots directly
into the camcorder body without requiring
a cable connection. This maintains the
camcorder's balance and keeps the body
Comprehensive LCD Displays
The LCD displays on Betacam SX
camcorders provide important
information on the VTR operating
status, such as the time code, CTL and
user-bit data, tape remaining and
battery capacity. A digital-audio-peak
meter allows precise adjustments of
audio-recording levels.
Camera Control Via 6-pin
Remote Connector
An optional remote control unit, the
Sony RM-P9, enables you to remotely
control the camcorder's basic functions
via a 6-pin remote connector.
Two-Channel Audio Output
A two-channel audio line
output is available from the
5-pin XLR connector on the
rear of the camcorder. The two
analog audio output channels
can be selected between either
Channel-1/2 or Channel-3/4.
Shot Mark and Shot Data Handling
Betacam SX camcorders are capable of recording shot marks
(time codes for 'good' shots) and shot data (date, shot ID,
cassette number, etc.) to tape. When a tape containing these
shot marks is played back on a Sony DNW-A25WS/A25WSP
portable editing recorder, the shot mark positions are
automatically scanned and detected, and a list of all marks is
generated for display on a video monitor. This allows operators
to easily select and cue-up to the required scene. Shot marks
and shot data can therefore be utilized in a wide range of
applications to enhance the efficiency of the production chain.
Time code
Current cursor position
number/total number
of marks memorized
Selection mark:
Shows the cue up
shot mark.
Mark type:
R (REC Start),
S1 (Shot Mark 1),
S2 (Shot Mark 2),
V (Virtual Shot Mark)
DNW-A25WS Shot Mark List
Wide Range of Optional Accessories
You can increase the versatility and operability of Sony Betacam SX camcorders even further with
a wide variety of available accessories. Three types of camera adaptors are available: the CA-701
for SDI output and four-channel audio input, the CA-702/702P for external SDI input and 26-pin
connection with portable VTRs, and the CA-755/755P for use with camera control units
(CCU-550D/550DP) via a triax connector. In addition, a handheld remote control unit and a
range of other accessories are also available.
Setup Card
Camera Adaptor
Camera Adaptor
Camera Adaptor
Camera Control Unit for CA-755/755P
Remote Control Unit
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
Rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride Battery
Battery Charger for BP-IL75 and
BP-M100 Battery Pack
Battery Charger for BP-IL75 and
BP-M100 Battery Pack
AC Adaptor
AC Adaptor
Viewfinder Rotation Bracket
Return Video Selector
Tripod Adaptor
5-inch B/W Viewfinder
1.5-inch 4:3 B/W Viewfinder
2-inch 16:9 B/W Viewfinder
Wireless Microphone Receiver
Dual Diversity Microphone Receiver
Betacam SX Video Cassette
Cleaning Cassette
Carrying Case (Hard)
Fog-Proof Filter
Viewfinder Eyepiece (high magnification)
Viewfinder Eyepiece (low magnification)
Viewfinder Eyepiece (standard magnification, with special compensation for aberrations)
Viewfinder Eyepiece (high performance, x3)
Standard Viewfinder Lens
Mounting Bracket for WRR-862A/862B
System Configuration
Portable light
BSC -1
2-inch 16:9 B/W Viewfinder
(supplied with DNW-9WS/9WSP/
Monitor, etc.
1.5-inch 4:3 B/W Viewfinder
(supplied with DNW-7/7P)
Portable VTR
SDI/analog composite
Battery Chargers
Video Cassettes
DNW-7/7P Version 2
Operating weight
Power requirements
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Continuous operating time with BP-IL75
Signal inputs
Genlock video input
Time code input
Audio input (CH-1/2)
Mic input
Signal outputs
Video output
Test output
Time code output
Audio output
Other inputs/outputs
DC input
DC output
VTR section
Recording format
Tape speed
Playback/Recording time
Fast forward time
Rewind time
Sampling frequency
Error correction
Video performance
K-factor (2T pulse)
Y/R-Y/B-Y delay
Digital audio performance
Sampling frequency
Frequency response
Dynamic range (emphasis ON)
(at 1kHz, emphasis ON, reference level)
Cross talk
(at 1kHz, reference level)
Wow & flutter
Head room
Emphasis (ON/OFF selectable)
Camera section
Pickup device
Picture elements
Lens mount
(2000 lx, 89.9% reflective)
Minimum illumination
Smear level
Video S/N ratio (typical)
Vertical resolution
Approx. 150 min
16:9 MODE
4:3 MODE
Approx. 8 lb 13 oz (4.0 kg)
Approx. 13 lb 3 oz (6.0 kg)
DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
31.5 W
0 °C to +40 °C (+32 °F to +104 °F)
-20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to +140 °F)
25 to 85% (relative humidity)
Approx. 140 min
BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
BNC (x1), 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
XLR-3-31 type (x2), -60 dBu/+4 dBu selectable, high impedance, balanced
XLR-3-31 type (x1), -60 dBu/+4 dBu selectable, high impedance, balanced
BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
XLR 5-pin male (stereo)
2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 30 W
XLR 4-pin (for the optional AC-550/550CE)
4-pin (for wireless microphone receiver), DC 12 V
32 W
Betacam SX
59.515 mm/s (NTSC)/59.575 mm/s (PAL)
Max. 62 min with BCT-62SXA cassette
Approx. 5 min with BCT-62SXA
Approx. 5 min with BCT-62SXA
Y: 13.5 MHz, R-Y/B-Y: 6.75 MHz
8 bits/sample
Reed-Solomon code
1% or less
15 ns or less
48 kHz (synchronized with video)
16 bits/sample
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
More than 85 dB
Less than 0.08%
Less than -70 dB
Below measurable limit
20 dB
T1 = 50 µs, T2 =15 µs
* The specifications given above were measured by CA-701, Camera Adaptor.
3-chip 2/3-inch type
Power HAD 1000 IT CCD
Optical system
Built-in filters
Shutter speed
Clear scan
29 W
16:9 MODE
4:3 MODE
Geometric distortion
Warm-up time
Modulation depth at 5 MHz
Horizontal resolution
3-chip 2/3-inch type
3-chip 2/3-inch type
Power HAD 1000
Power HAD 1000
16:9/4:3 Widescreen IT CCD
16:9/4:3 Widescreen FIT CCD
NTSC: 811 (H) x 508 (V)
NTSC: 1038 (H) x 504 (V)
PAL: 795 (H) x 596 (V)
PAL: 1038 (H) x 594 (V)
F1.4 prism system
1: CLEAR 2:5600 K+1/8 ND 3:5600 K 4:5600 K+1/64 ND
NTSC: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (s)
PAL: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (s)
-3, 0, +3, +6, +9, +12, +18, +24, +30, +36, +42 dB (select in camera set up menu for L/M/H/TURBO)
CLS: 60.0 to 10156 Hz (263 steps)
CLS: 60.1 to 7000 Hz (260 steps)
CLS: 60.1 to 7000 Hz (260 steps)
ECS: 30.4 to 58.3 Hz (248 steps)
CLS: 50.0 to 10101 Hz (312 steps)
CLS: 50.2 to 9000 Hz (310 steps)
CLS: 50.2 to 9000 Hz (310 steps)
ECS: 25.4 to 48.7 Hz (295 steps)
Special bayonet mount
Approx. 0.18 lx
(F1.4 lens, +42 dB Turbo Gain)
-130 dB
Approx. 0.35 lx
(F1.4 lens, +42 dB Turbo Gain)
-120 dB
63 dB (NTSC)/61 dB (PAL)
NTSC: (without EVS) 400 TV lines, (with EVS) 450 TV lines
PAL: (without EVS) 480 TV lines, (with EVS) 530 TV lines
0.05% (all zones, without lens)
Below measurable level (without lens)
60% (typical)
70% (typical)
55% (typical)
70% (typical)
1.5-inch monochrome
2-inch monochrome
BRIGHT control, CONTRAST control, PEAKING control, TALLY, ZEBRA, DISPLAY switches
600 TV lines
450 TV lines
600 TV lines
450 TV lines
Ultra-directional (detachable)
-140 dB
55% (typical)
600 TV lines
Supplied accessories
Shoulder Belt (1), Microphone (1), XLR Cap (4), Maintenance Manual Part 1 (1), Operation Manual (1)
Sony Electronics Inc.
One Sony Drive
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
©2003 Sony Corporation. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission of Sony is prohibited.
Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
All non-metric weights and measures are approximate.
Sony, Betacam SP, Betacam SX, Power HAD, TruEye and
DynaLatitude are trademarks of Sony.
Printed in U.S.A. (5/03)
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