Digital Camcorder
Sony’s Brand-new DVCAM Camcorder
Delivers Eye-opening Picture Quality
and Enhanced Functionality
The DSR-PD177P is a newly designed DVCAM™ camcorder powered by Sony’s latest
imaging technology.
Like its predecessor, the market-acclaimed DSR-PD170P, the DSR-PD177P addresses a broad
spectrum of applications – from video journalism, wedding and event videography,
corporate and training productions, right up to broadcast newsgathering – areas where
picture quality, reliability and mobility are prime concerns.
In addition to inheriting the attractive features of the DSR-PD170P, the DSR-PD177P offers
a range of enhancements for improved audio and video quality and operability – plus,
a choice of new accessories to meet even more diverse shooting scenarios.
The DSR-PD177P is designed to offer excellent convenience for professional shooting in
a wide range of applications.
Advanced Camera and Recorder Features
Sony’s Exclusive
High-performance G Lens
Discover the exceptional
optical performance of
Sony’s G Lens. This
sophisticated lens
incorporates Sony’s
unique optical technology
and unparalleled quality
Moreover, it’s been
optimised to perfectly
complement the camcorder’s advanced image
sensor and image-processing technology, thus
expanding your shooting possibilities.
Express yourself more fully with the utmost precision
of Sony’s G Lens.
Major G Lens Features on
the DSR-PD177P
1. The camcorder’s 36.1mm wide-angle, 20x
optical zoom G Lens (which is the equivalent
of 35mm film in 4:3) offers a field of view that’s
ideal for many shooting situations, ranging from
broad landscape shots to close-up shots where
it is difficult to obtain sufficient distance from the
2. Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements
reduce the chromatic aberrations caused by
differences in light refraction to minimise colour
fringing. The advanced 10-group, 15-element lens
structure also includes three compound aspheric
lenses for images that are crisp and clear, even
when shooting at a high zooming ratio.
3. Advanced optical lens technology enables
Sony’s Exmor Sensor system realise sharper
images with higher resolution and less noise,
even when shooting in very low light.
4. The six-blade iris diaphragm is almost circular,
which allows operators to incorporate creative
background blur into their shots for beautiful
visual effects.
Natural-touch Lens Operation
The ergonomic
layout of the
zoom, focus and
iris control rings
makes operation
of these three
possible with just
one hand.
• The zoom function
can be controlled by
Three ND filters
any of the following:
1. The lens barrel ring
2. The lever at the lens grip
3. The lever on the camera handle
A high-speed zoom mode is also available. The
digital extender system increases the zoom ratio
to approximately 30x.
• The iris control ring can be customised via the
menu to:
1. Select and control the iris or the exposure
2. Open and close iris direction
The exposure function is ideal for varied shooting
environments that range from very dark to very
bright, allowing easy one-handed control using
single-ring operation.
• Sony’s Super SteadyShot system (optical) helps
you achieve a stable picture, even when camera
handling is unsteady.
• Three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters – 1/4,
1/16 and 1/64 – help to vary the depth of field
with iris control.
Ideal Design for Handheld Operation
Sony has responded to professional user feedback
to create the ideal handheld camcorder with an
ergonomically designed body-weight balance
and a well-planned button layout that reduces
operator fatigue.
Innovative Technologies
DVCAM/DV Selectable Recording
Progressive Scan Mode
The DSR-PD177P adopts the
DVCAM format, which is the
worldwide standard SD format
for professional handheld
If you require a longer recording time, the
DSR-PD177P is also capable of recording and
playing back DV format signals (SP mode only).
The DSR-PD177P provides SD-quality 25p footage.
The 576p image captured by the sensor system is
recorded as an interlaced signal by dividing each
frame into two fields. This enables compatibility
with current editing and monitoring equipment
that only accept interlaced signals, while
maintaining the quality of the 576p image.
Progressive scan mode is suitable for feature films,
documentaries and music videos, which have to
be recorded as interlaced video for viewing on
interlaced monitors but want to offer a progressive
look to their motion.
Most NLE software can output the edited timeline
in progressive format by merging the odd and
even fields, which can be useful for web movies
and so on.
Cutting-edge Imaging System With
the Technology of Exmor
The DSR-PD177P boasts cutting-edge features such
as the technology of Exmor, which maximises the
potential of the camcorder’s imaging system. The
technology of Exmor includes the column-parallel
A/D conversion technique and the dual noisecancelling method that’s used in Sony’s top-ofthe-line camera models. Multiple A/D (analogue
to digital) converters on each pixel row convert
analogue signals to digital as soon as they are
generated, unlike traditional technology that only
has one A/D converter on each chip.
The technology of Exmor helps eliminate the
influence of external noise, which can often
enter the signal chain during transfer to the A/D
converter. As a result, you get high-quality digital
signals with extremely low noise.
By adopting this groundbreaking technology, the
Exmor Sensor system enables the DSR-PD177P to
achieve a low light sensitivity of just 1.5 lux*1.
*1 At 1/25 shutter, auto iris and auto gain
Without Exmor technology
With Exmor technology
Current Technology
Technology of“ Exmor”
Photo Diodes
Photo Diodes
A/D Converter
A/D Converter
A/D Converter
Operational Versatility
XtraFine LCD Panel
The DSR-PD177P is equipped with a 3.2-inch-type
widescreen XtraFine™ LCD panel on
the front of its handle. This has a
high resolution of approximately
921,000 pixels, which allows for
easier focus adjustments. It can also
display virtually 100% of the recorded
picture area at a colour temperature of
approximately 6500K.
XtraFine EVF
The 0.45-inch-type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View
Finder) has approximately 1,227,000 pixels and
three independent LEDs for red, green and blue
This technology allows users to monitor objects
with remarkable colour reproduction accuracy
and high resolution*2.
The EVF has a choice of colour or black-and-white
display modes. It also displays virtually 100%
of the picture area at a colour temperature of
approximately 6500K.
*2 When the camcorder is panned quickly, or when an object on
the screen moves quickly, the R/G/B primary colours may be
seen on the object in the EVF momentarily.
On-handle Zoom Lever and
Rec. Start/Stop Button
In order to facilitate zoom control and recording
operation during low-angle shooting, an
additional zoom lever and a rec. start/stop button
have been added to the carrying handle. The rec.
start/stop button has a hold function to prevent
accidental operation.
The three-position slide switch located on the side
of the handle lets users
select the zoom control
type from FIX, VAR and OFF.
In FIX mode, zoom speed is
determined by the speed
setting selected in the
menu, where eight speeds
are available. In VAR
mode, zoom speed can be
adjusted manually using
the zoom lever.
One-touch Clip-type Microphone
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes
it easy to attach and remove the microphone for
quick storage.
InfoLITHIUM L Series Battery
The DSR-PD177P uses the
same batteries as the
DSR-PD170P, so you can use
your existing chargers and
Versatile Audio Input Selection
The DSR-PD177P offers a versatile choice of audio
inputs. It features a newly designed high-quality
built-in stereo microphone, as well as two XLR
audio input channels for connecting to either
professional microphones or an external-line audio
source. A 48V microphone power source can also
be supplied.
By adjusting the INPUT ASSIGN switch located on
the side panel of the DSR-PD177P, you can easily
assign the two audio input channels to either
the built-in stereo microphone or
an external-line audio source, or
dedicate one channel to each and
record them separately or mixed.
When assigned to one channel,
the built-in stereo microphone acts
as a wide-directional monaural
AV Composite Connecting Cable
A newly designed connecting cable is supplied
with the DSR-PD177P. This is useful as it extends the
standard RCA AV cable, and avoids strong tension
on the A/V R jack caused by frequent connect/
disconnect operations.
Creative Versatility
Picture Profile
Assignable Features
Up to six different picture-quality settings, including
gamma and colour settings, can be registered
in the memory as a Picture Profile™. This laboursaving function allows operators to easily recall
customised picture-quality settings for various
shooting conditions. It is also useful for matching
footage shot at different times or for multi-camera
The DSR-PD177P provides up to seven ASSIGN
buttons for quick access to frequently used
functions suitable for variable shooting conditions.
Some default functions are pre-assigned by name.
The assignable functions are AE Shift, Back
Light, Colour Bars, Digital Extender, End Search,
Expanded Focus, Fader, Focus Macro, Hyper Gain,
Index Mark, Marker, Peaking, Photo, Picture Profile,
Push Auto Iris, REC Review, Ring Rotate Direction,
Shot Transition, Smooth Slow REC, Spot Light,
Steady Shot, TC Reset and Zebra.
Smooth Slow Rec
The Smooth Slow Rec function of the DSR-PD177P
enables smooth slow-motion playback by capturing
images 4x faster than normal (200 fields/s).
In this mode, quad-speed images are captured
for six seconds, stored in the built-in buffer memory,
and then recorded to tape (in either DVCAM or
DV format) as slow-motion pictures lasting 24
This quad-speed image capture is the fastest
speed available on any compact handheld
Smooth Slow Rec is ideal for sports or nature
photography, where the action can be viewed
more easily in slow motion, and opens up many
creative possibilities.
Shot Transition Function
The Shot Transition™ function allows for smooth
automatic scene transitions.
After you have programmed a shot’s START and
END point settings (e.g., for zoom, focus, iris, gain,
shutter speed and white balance) and pressed
the start button, a smooth picture transition
takes place over the duration of the shot by
automatically calculating the intermediate setting
Shot B
Transition types
can be selected
from a choice of
Shot A
Shot A
Makes a linear transition.
and transition
time can be
Shot B
set from 3 to 90
Shot A
Makes the transition slow
at the end.
Shot B
Shot B
Shot A
Makes the transition slow
at the beginning and end,
and linearly in between.
Digital Still Camera Function With
Memory Stick Duo/
Memory Stick PRO Duo
The Memory Photo function allows the camera
to be switched to progressive scan mode for
capturing still images. Files can be recorded on
Memory Stick Duo™ or Memory Stick PRO Duo™
media in a choice of two sizes: 1080x810 pixels
(4:3) or 1440x810 pixels (16:9).
HYBRID Solution With HVR-MRC1K
The DSR-PD177P is ready for
HYBRID DVCAM/DV operation,
when connected to the
optional HVR-MRC1K Memory
Recording Unit via an i.LINK
In HYBRID operation, you
can simultaneously record
video footage to both
a tape and a standard
CompactFlash® (CF) card.
• Three recording options:
1. Synchronous recording
2. Relay recording
3. HVR-MRC1K-only
For user convenience, the
DSR-PD177P can display
status information of the
HVR-MRC1K on its LCD. This
status information includes:
1. Connection status
2. REC status
3. Remaining CF recording time
The recording time on a 16-GB CF card*3 in
DVCAM and DV format is approximately 72
*3 At least 133x speed and 2-GB capacity is required.
Remote Commander
Wide Conversion Lens
Soft Carrying Case
LCD Hood
• For VE operating convenience
• For main body operation when
shooting difficult angles
• Remote camera menu and setting
• Equivalent to 0.8 magnification
• High-resolution wide conversion lens
• Bayonet mount for quick and easy
• Supports large French Flag and
4x5.65-inch filter holder
• Protects lens with quick operation
and convenient integrated lens
• Custom backpack carrying case
with shoulder and waist straps
• Protection pouches supplied for
batteries, tape and other small items
• Optional “VCT-SP1BP Camcorder
Support” can be attached
• LCD hood for 3.2-inch LCD monitor
• Adjustable shade (360° shade)
• Folding structure enables transfer
with camcorder
LED Battery Video Light
Camcorder Support
AC Adaptor / Charger
• LED reliability and low power
consumption of 16W
• Battery power from NP-F770/F970
• Wide compatibility for flexible
installation (Cold shoe/Screw bolt/
Screw hole)
• Ideal for wide-angle shooting and
interview spotlights ([email protected])
or floodlighting ([email protected]) with
attached condensing lens ON or OFF
• Light diffuser attached to soften
shadows and reduce contrast
• Long operating time: approximately
three hours with the NP-F970 (at
maximum brightness)
• Supplied indoor/outdoor filter kit
(5,500K to 3,200K)
• Main unit stays cool during
operation, making it possible to pack
and go quickly
• Camera weight support for stable/
comfortable shooting
• Support for several shooting styles
(e.g., high-angle shooting)
• Quick-release function from harness
for excellent mobility
• Perfect design for camcorder
• Carbon shaft for light weight and
rigid design
• RM-1BP Remote Controller supplied
as standard
• Four-slot battery charger (one pair of
parallel charge)
• Two charging modes (Normal/Full)
• Charging information available on
LCD window:
1. Remaining time until charging is
2. Available shooting time on current
battery charge
• “Battery Log” information displayed:
- Total charged time
- Total charge/discharge cycle
- Year/Month information of last
Shotgun-type Electret
Condenser Microphone
• Stereo and Monaural Switchable
Stereo: Uni-Directional
Monaural: Super-cardioid
Shotgun-type Electret
Condenser Microphone
• Monaural type
• Super-cardioid
Shotgun-type Electret
Condenser Microphone
• Monaural type
• Super-cardioid
Hard Carrying Case
• Hard shell carrying case, customdesigned for Sony’s handheld
camcorders and accessories
• Integrated wheels for easy transport
InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable
Battery Pack (2 pack)
UHF Wireless Microphone
• Consists of Bodypack Transmitter and
Portable Receiver
• Portable Receiver can be attached
to shoe connector by supplied shoe
mount adaptor
Memory Recording Unit
• Consists of the HVR-MRC1 memory
recording unit, HVRA-CR1 cradle,
cold-shoe adaptors and an i.LINK
(IEEE1394) cable
• The widely available standard
CompactFlash (CF) card is used for
HDV, DVCAM and DV file recording
Tripod with RM-1BP Remote
InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable
Battery Pack
Maximum load: 5 kg (11 3/8 lbs)
LANC remote controller
Dimension (W x H x D)
Power requirements
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Battery operating time
Recording format
Recording frame rate
Recording/Playback time
Zoom ratio
Focal length
Camera Section
Built-in Microphone
Supplied Accessories
Image stabilizer
Filter diameter
Imaging device
Effective picture elements
Built-in optical filters
Minimum illumination
Shutter speed
Slow Shutter (SLS)
Slow & Quick Motion function
White balance
Audio input
Composite output
S-Video output
Audio output
Headphone output
DC input
Built-in LCD monitor
2.2 kg (4 lb 14 oz) (with Lens hood, Lens cover,large eyecup)
2.7 kg (5 lb 15 oz) (with Lens hood, Lens cover,large eyecup, NP-F970 battery)
169 x 188 x 401 mm (6 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 15 3/4 inch)
(including protrusions w/o gripbelt, w/ hood, w/ large eye-cup)
DC 8.4 V (Battery) / DC 7.2 V (AC adapter)
Approx. 6.0 W (LCD OFF and LCD viewfinder ON)
0 to +40 °C (+32 to +104 °F)
-20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)
Approx. 475 min. (LCD OFF and LCD viewfinder ON) with NP-F970 battery
Audio: Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz / 2ch, 12-bit, 32-kHz)
DVCAM/DV: 576/50i
DV (SP): Approx. 63 min. with PHDVM-63DM DigitalMaster tape
DVCAM: Approx. 41min. with PHDVM-63DM DigitalMaster tape
Sony G Lens, 20x (optical), 1.5x Digital Extender
f = 4.1 to 82.0 mm (equivalent to f = 29.5 to 590 mm at 16:9 mode,
f = 36.1 to 722 mm at 4:3 mode on 35 mm lens)
F1.6 to F3.4
AF/MF selectable, 800 mm to ∞ (MACRO OFF),
10 mm to ∞ (MACRO ON, Wide), 800 mm to ∞ (MACRO ON, Tele)
ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
72 mm
3-chip 1/3-inch type Exmor CMOS with ClearVid pixel array
Approx. 1,037,000 pixels with ClearVid array
Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
1.5 lx (auto gain, auto iris, 1/25 shutter)
Auto, Manual 50i/25p: 1/3 - 1/10000 sec.
1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25 sec.
200 fields/s (fixed) as improved Smooth Slow Rec
Auto, one-push auto (A/B positions), indoor (3200 K), outdoor (5800K)
AGC, -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB
XLR 3-pin (female) (x 2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
RCA Type (x 1) via A/V multi connector
Mini-Din 4-pin (x 1) via A/V multi connector (optional VMC-15FS is required.)
RCA type(CH-1,CH-2) via A/V multi connector
IEEE1394, 4-pin (x 1), DV stream input/output, S400
Stereo mini jack (ø3.5 mm) (x 1)
Power code (DK-215)
LANC (Stereo mini-mini jack (ø2.5 mm) (x 1))
0.45 inch-type approx. 1,226,880 dots (852 x 3[RGB] x 480), 16:9 aspect ratio
3.2 inch-type, XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio
Stereo microphone
miniDV tape (x 1)
AC-L100 AC adaptor (x 1), A/V Composite Connecting Cable (x 1), Lens hood with Lens cover (x 1),
Large size eye-cup (x 1), RMT-831 wireless remote commander (x 1), Lithium battery (CR2025) (x 1),
Operating instructions (CD-ROM) (x 1), Printed operating instructions (x 1)
169 (6 3/ 4)
188 (7 1/ 2)
401 (15 7/ 8)
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Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
All non-metric weights and measurements are approximate.
Sony, G Lens, DVCAM, Exmor, Digital Master, SteadyShot, i.LINK,
InfoLITHIUM, Memory stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo and
their respective logos are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
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