Digital Camcorder
CE Version
he Sony DSR-200P Digital Camcorder is already used by
professional around the world for a wide range of video
acquisition applications, thanks to its compact, lightweight
and the superior picture quality of the digital signal processing DSP
and DVCAM™ format.
To meet varying demands in the video acquisition market, Sony is now
introducing an enhanced version - the DSR-200AP Digital Camcorder which incorporates powerful features including minimum illumination
of 3 lux, OSD ( On Screen Display) ON/OFF capabilities, Time/Date
superimposition and much more. With these additional features, the
DSR-200AP is the ideal choice for video journalists, event
photographers and production houses.
Superior Picture Quality
DSP Digital Signal Processing
The DSR-200AP offers superior pictures by
adopting 10-bit digital signal processing.
DSP technology brings high stability and
In addition, the digital signal is digitally
transferred from the camera to the VTR
without any signal degradation and minimal
signal loss.
Three CCDs
The DSR-200AP incorporates three 1/3-inch
CCDs which contribute to the high fidelity of
the camcorder’s colour reproduction and its
compactness. Each CCD consists of
470,000 pixels (440,000 effective pixels).
DVCAM Recording and Playback
The DSR-200AP uses the DVCAM format to
provide high video and audio quality and
reliability for professional use. The 8-bit
component digital recording with a 5:1
compression ratio and sampling at the rate
of 4:2:0 provides superior picture quality and
multi-generation performance.
DV Playback
The DSR-200AP is capable of playing back
standard size consumer DV format tapes.
(SP mode only)
Side View (Left)
Long Recording
and Operating Hours
Front View
Standard size DVCAM cassettes should be
used for recording with the DSR-200AP.
With the standard DVCAM cassette, it can
record up to 184 minutes. With three Sony
NP-F950 Battery Packs in the Sony
NPA-10000/B Battery Holder, the unit
typically achieves of up to 450 minutes
(full charge)/ 405 minutes (normal charge)
without zooming or power on/off operation, or
240 (full charge)/210 minutes (normal
charge) with zooming and power on/off
Rear View
High Quality Audio Recording
The DSR-200AP is capable of PCM (Pulse
Code Modulation) digital recording of stereo
sound both in 32 kHz mode (4-channel/
12-bit non-linear) and in 48 kHz mode
(2-channel/16-bit linear). In 32 kHz mode,
the DSR-200AP records audio on two
channels during shooting, and another
stereo channel can be added. If higher
sound quality is required, equivalent to DAT,
record in 48 kHz mode.
Operational Convenience
Editing Features
Lightweight 10 lb 8 oz (4.7 kg)
Easy-to-Use Viewfinder
Time Code Capability
The magnesium diecast body of the
DSR-200AP is lightweight and very robust.
The total weight of the DSR-200AP with a
cassette tape and the NP-10000/B Battery
Holder containing three NP-F950 Battery
Packs is 4.7 kg (10 lb 8 oz).
The DSR-200AP has a new 1-inch black and
white viewfinder which features a high
horizontal resolution of 550 TV lines. On the
viewfinder, you can choose to see On Screen
Display including time code, camera
conditions, battery remaining indicator by
simply setting OSD ON/OFF switch. You have
also a choice to select only time code
ON/OFF on OSD for easy focusing.
The DSR-200AP has a time code capability
which allows precise editing. With the
“TC RESET” button, the time code can be
reset to “00:00:00:00”.
Non-Removable lens
The DSR-200AP incorporates non-removable
lens to enhance the operational convenience.
Non-removable lens allows the following
* Optical Steady Shot Function
The optical Steady Shot function of the
DSR-200AP compensates for camcorder
movement by using an active prism
mechanism. Unlike compensation by
frame memories, the optical Steady Shot
function compensates for movement
without deterioration of image quality.
* Auto/ Manual Operation
The DSR-200AP offers automatic and
manual control of focus, iris, gain, white
balance and shutter speed. For instant
shooting, automatic mode is very helpful.
Automatic mode can be easily overridden
by switching to manual mode.
Enhanced Minimum Illumination
The DSR-200AP can shoot pictures under
low light conditions (as low as 3 lux). This
allows event photographers to shoot clear
pictures even where there is poor lighting for example, in a church or at other indoor
Time/date Superimposition on
Video Out Pictures
The time and date can be superimposed
onto the video out signal simply by selecting
time/date superimpose mode from the menu.
This is a useful feature when evidence
recording is required.
RMT-807 Remote Controller
Basic commands
such as recording
and playback can
be made using the
Sony RMT-807
Wireless Remote
Controller supplied
with the
i.LINK (IEEE 1394-based)
The DSR-200AP incorporates an i.LINK
(DV OUT) connector based on the IEEE 1394
standard. When
connected with
another recorder/
player via i.LINK,
video/audio and data
can be transmitted
with virtually no
deterioration of
LANC Editing
The DSR-200AP is equipped with a LANC
interface. By connecting a LANC-based
recorder or editing system, simple editing
can be performed.
VCT-U14 Tripod Adaptor (Option)
With its V-wedge shoe, the DSR-200AP can
be instantly mounted on or detached from
the optional Sony VCT-U14 Tripod Adaptor
designed for professional use. With the
VCT-U14, the DSR-200AP can be securely
attached to a tripod.
Other Features
Photo mode
XLR connector for professional microphones
Stereo microphone
NPA-10000/B (Option)
The optional NPA-10000/B holds
three NP-F950 Battery Packs.
Even during shooting, an
exhausted battery pack can be
exchanged without interrupting
any functions, if power
continues to be supplied from
other connected batteries.
Side View (Right)
Optional Accessories
One-battery AC
Rechargeable Battery
Three-battery Holder
Consisting of three
one NPA-10000/B and
one AC-V900/B
Three-battery Charger/AC Tripod Adaptor
Electret Condenser
Microphone Holder
Adaptor for WRR-810A
Wireless Microphone
Digital Video Cassette (Mini size)
Digital Video Cassette
(Non IC type) (Mini size)
Digital Video Cassette (Standard size)
Digital Video Cassette
(Non IC type) (Standard size)
Filter diameter:
10 x Zoom (f = 5.9 to 59 mm)
(20 x Digital Zoom)
52 mm
Auto/Manual (F1.6 to 11) and Close
Video signal:
3 CCD 1/3-inch, Interline-Transfer Sensor
752 (h) x 582 (v) (effective), 795 (h) x 596 (v) (total)
CCIR standard, PAL Colour system
2:1 interlaced, 625 lines, 50 fields/sec.
Auto/ Manual(-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB)
Auto/Manual(1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/215, 1/425,
1/1000, 1/1750, 1/3500, 1/10000 sec.)
White balance:
ATW/One-push auto/5800 K/3200 K
Minimum illumination:
3 lx
Recommended illumination: More than 100 lx
1-inch black and white CRT
Built-in microphone:
One-point stereo-type electret condenser microphone,
directivity selectable (0˚/90˚/120˚)
Built-in speaker:
Dynamic speaker
Image device:
Picture elements:
Signal system:
Scanning system:
Shutter control:
Tape speed:
Maximum recording time:
Audio signal:
Approx. 28.193 mm/s.(DVCAM mode)
184 minutes (with PDV-184ME)
48 kHz/16-bit, 32 kHz/12-bit,
48 kHz/16-bit, 32 kHz/12-bit,
32 kHz/16-bit, 44.1 kHz/16-bit
XLR 3-pin x 2 (MIC/LINE selectable)
Stereo mini jack x 1
Phono jack x 1 (L&R x 1)
i.LINK (DV OUT), IEEE1394-based, 4-pin x 1
Headphone jack:
RFU DC output:
External DC input:
Viewfinder interface:
CCIR standard, PAL Colour system
BNC x 1, Pin jack x 1, 1.0Vp-p, 75 Ω,
Sync negative
4-pin mini-DIN connector x 1
Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, unbalanced
C: 0.3 Vp-p (subcarrier burst), 75 Ω,
Stereo mini-mini jack x 1
Stereo mini jack x 1
Special mini jack x 1 (DC 5 V)
4-pin for DK-715 cable
8-pin connector
Operating temperature:
Storage temperature:
Power requirement:
Power consumption:
Dimensions (w x h x d):
0 C˚ to 40 C˚ (32 F˚ to 104 F˚)
-20 C˚ to 60 C˚ (-4 F˚ to 140 F˚)
DC 7.2 V (Battery operation), DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor)
11.6 W (during camera recording)
216 x 237 x 474 mm (8 5/8 x 9 3/8 x 18 3/4 inches)
Approx. 3.6 kg (7 lb 15 oz) (without a tape and batteries)
Approx. 4.7 kg (10 lb 8 oz)
(with a tape and three NP-F950 in NPA-10000/B)
Unit: mm
RMT-807 Wireless Remote Controller (x 1)
AV stereo cable (x1)
S cable (x1)
R6 batteries (x2)
Lens cap (x1)
Shoulder pad (x1)
Side pad (x1)
Operation manual (x1)
Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
Sony, Steady Shot, i.LINK and DVCAM are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
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1998 Sony Corporation
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