Sony : Product Information : PDW

Sony : Product Information : PDW
Three 2/3-inch Power HAD FX CCD sensors topof-the-range XDCAM HD422 camcorder recording
full HD / SD
Sony’s top-of-the-line XDCAM HD422 Series is being
embraced around the world for its file-based recording capability utilizing high-capacity and highly reliable Professional Disc media. Thanks to its newly developed MPEG HD422 codec, the XDCAM HD422 Series provides high-quality video and audio recording
capabilities, with an image resolution of 1920 x 1080
and eight-channel 24-bit uncompressed audio. Now,
Sony is proud to announce a powerful new addition to
the series - the PDW-F800 camcorder.
The PDW-F800 offers multi-format recording flexibility
as standard - including SD recording and a frame rate
of 23.98P in 1080 mode. The PDW-F800 camcorder
builds on the features of the PDW-700 camcorder. Enhanced functions, such as Slow & Quick Motion (overcrank and under-crank recording), make the PDWF800 ideal for cinema and TV drama productions, natural history, documentary, sport as well as ENG applications.
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2/3-inch-type Three HD Power HAD FX CCDs
The PDW-F800 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type
2.2-megapixel HD CCDs, which are also used in the
well-proven HDC-1500 Sony Multi-format HD Camera.
Based on Sony Power HAD FX sensor technology and
the latest on-chip lens structure, this CCD offers a
high sensitivity of F12 at 50Hz and an excellent
signal-to-noise ratio of 59dB with NS.
In addition to this performance, a wide variety of capturing modes including 1080/50i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/
25P and 1080/29.97P are available.
14-bit A/D Conversion
The PDW-F800 incorporates a high-performance
14-bit A/D converter that enables images captured by
the high-performance CCDs to be processed with
maximum precision. In particular, this high-resolution
A/D conversion allows the gradation in mid-to-darktone areas of the picture to be faithfully reproduced.
Thanks to the 14-bit A/D converter, pre-knee signal
compression in highlighted areas can be eliminated,
and the camera can clearly reproduce a high-luminance subject at a 600% dynamic range.
State-of-the-art DSP LSI
The newly developed DSP (Digital Signal Processing)
LSI is the heart of the image-processing device for
the PDW-F800 camcorder. In conjunction with the
14-bit A/D converter, it reproduces images captured
by the CCD at maximum quality. In addition, white
balance, white shading, and flare are digitally corrected, allowing for stable image correction. What’s
more, the PDW-F800 provides a NS (Noise Suppression) mode to reduce high-frequency noise elements
in a video signal using Sony’s advanced digital processing technology.
High-quality 24-bit Audio Recording
The PDW-F800 records uncompressed four-channel,
24-bit audio. It is also equipped with a range of audio
Supported Recording Formats – HD/SD and Interlace/Progressive
One of the big appeals of the PDW-F800 is its highly
flexible multi-format recording capability. Users can
select a recording format from HD (MPEG HD422 and
MPEG HD) and SD (MPEG IMX and DVCAM), 59.94i/
50i interlace mode, or 29.97P*/25P progressive
Well-balanced Compact Body
The PDW-F800 is designed to be very compact and
ergonomically well balanced, providing a high level of
mobility and comfort in various shooting situations. It
weighs only 6.0 kg (13 lb 4 oz) including the
HDVF-20A viewfinder, the ECM-680S microphone, the
PFD50DLA disc and the BP-GL95 battery pack.
Cross-conversion Capability
With the optional HVBK-1520 Format Converter Board
installed, the HVR-1500A has a cross-conversion capability that allows 1080i recordings to be converted to
720P signals, as well as 720/30P (29.97 frames/s)
recordings to be converted to 1080/60i (59.94 fields/
s) signals.
These signals are output* from the HD-SDI interface.
This allows source footage and assets in different HDV
formats to be integrated into the same HD editing
* There may be a delay of one frame in outputting
cross-converted signals from the HD-SDI interface.
Two types of optional viewfinders are available for
users: the HDVF-20A and HDVF-200 2.0-inch monochrome viewfinders and the HDVF-C30WR 3.5-inch
colour viewfinder.
Wide Choice of Optional Microphones
The PDW-F800 is compatible with a variety of microphones. It is equipped with a slot to accommodate the
DWR-S01D digital wireless microphone receiver,
which provides two-channel audio with stable and secure transmission tolerant to interference waves. The
WRR-855 series microphone receiver can also be used
within this slot. Shotgun-type microphones,
ECM680S/678/674, are also available as options.
3.5-inch* LCD
A large, easy-to-view, color LCD screen on the PDWF800 camcorder’s side panel enables operators to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the
camera’s set-up menus and view status indications
such as four-channel audio meters, and the remaining
time available on the disc and battery. It also enables
advanced operations such as Thumbnail Search and
Scene Selection.
means that everything that happened 30 seconds before the Rec button was pressed will still be recorded
onto the disc. What’s more, this function works even
before the disc is inserted in the drive – thereby helping to prevent the loss of any unexpected, yet important events.
Live & Play Function
The PDW-F800 camcorder has a Live & Play function
that can simultaneously output both playback signals
(images already recorded) and incoming camera signals (images seen through the viewfinder). Both signals are fed to their respective output and viewfinder
connectors independently, and can be viewed at the
same time. This allows users to frame the next shot,
adjust the exposure, and even focus the lens while
the camcorder is playing back recordings from the
DVB-ASI Video Stream: For Field and Satellite
The PDW-F800 with the HDCA-702 MPEG TS Adaptor
provides a MPEG Transport Stream output capability
via a DVB-ASI connector. The HDCA-702 encodes signals to MPEG TS and output via its DVB-ASI connector, concurrently with the PDW-F800 recording onto
disc. The bit rate is selectable from 17.5 Mb/s to 43
Mb/s, which is suitable for material transmissions using microwave and satellite modulators.
Smooth Gain Control
*Viewable area, measured diagonally.
A wide choice of gain and its easy-to-use control system is one remarkable feature of the PDW-F800 camcorder. By setting the gain to the assignable switches,
the user can easily access the desired gain. And the
transition to each gain value is extremely smooth thus
eliminating undesirable abrupt changes to the overall
Slow Shutter
Optical ND and CC Filters
The shutter speed of the PDW-F800 is selectable
down to a 16-frame period (in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8and 16-frame periods). During such a long frame
period, electrical charges accumulate on the CCDs
which dramatically increases sensitivity. This helps
camera operators to shoot in extremely dark environments. The Slow Shutter function also allows operators to use shutter speeds longer than the frame rate
and to intentionally blur images when shooting a
moving object, for increased shooting creativity.
The PDW-F800 camcorder comes equipped with dual
optical filter wheels, ND (Neutral Density) and CC
(Colour Correction). The optical ND filter is controlled
via a built-in ND filter wheel - Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND/
and 1/64ND. And with the CC filter wheel, the user
can easily obtain the desired colour temperature by
rotation to acheive either - 3200K/4300K/5600K/
Interval Recording
The PDW-F800 offers an Interval Recording function
which intermittently records signals at pre-determined
intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long
periods of time, and also when creating pictures with
special effects of extremely quick motion.
Picture Cache Recording
The PDW-F800 offers a Picture Cache Recording function that is especially useful during ENG applications.
Up to 30 seconds of audio and video signals are buffered into the camcorder’s memory before the Rec
button is even pressed (when in Standby mode). This
Digital Extender*
The Digital Extender function of the PDW-F800 enables images to be digitally doubled in size. Unlike
lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs
this capability without any loss of image sensitivity,
which is often referred to as the F-drop phenomenon.
*Use of the Digital Extender function reduces image
resolution by half.
Focus Magnification
At the touch of a button, the centre of the screen on
the viewfinder of the PDW-F800 camcorder can be
magnified to about twice the size, making it easier to
confirm focus settings during manual focusing.
Pool-feed Operation
For pool-feed operations, the optional CBK-HD01 and
CBK-SC02 boards provide HD- and SD-SDI inputs,
and SD composite input respectively.
Trigger REC Function
The PDW-F800 camcorder has the Trigger REC function that enables synchronized recording with PDWHD1500 and PDW-F75 XDCAM decks or HDCAM™
portable decks connected via the HD-SDI interface – a
convenient feature for backup recording.
PFD50DLA makes it possible to record up to approximately 95 minutes of high-quality MPEG HD422 material.
The Professional Disc is highly reliable and durable
because it experiences no mechanical contact during
recording or playback, and is packaged into an extremely durable and dust-resistant disc cartridge.
Non-contact recording and playback also makes it an
ideal medium for long-term storage of AV assets.
Whereas traditional tape archive systems must be rewound on a periodic basis to remove magnetic
powder debris, the Professional Disc completely eliminates this process.
Its reliability has already been demonstrated by the
huge number of XDCAM products deployed worldwide
since 2003.
IT/Network Friendly
Highly Streamlined Workflows
In the Sony XDCAM series of products, recordings are
made as data files in the industry-standard MXF
(Material eXchange Format) file format. This allows
material to be handled with great flexibility in an ITbased environment - easily available for copying,
transferring, sharing and archiving. All these operations are accomplished without the need for a digitizing process.
File-based data copying allows for degradation-free
dubbing of AV content, which can be performed easily
on a PC. The file-based recording system also allows
for material to be viewed directly on a PC, simply by
linking it to the XDCAM unit via an i.LINK connection.
This works in just the same way as a PC reading files
on an external drive.
The PDW-F800 XDCAM HD422 camcorder comes
equipped with IT-friendly, computer-based interfaces.
These include an i.LINK interface supporting File Access Mode as standard, and the Ethernet interface*.
Easy Maintenance and High Reliability
XDCAM HD422 products use the same platform as the
XDCAM products in wide use around the world. They
share the advantage of no mechanical contact
between the equipment and the recording media,
achieving both a high level of durability and a long
media life. XDCAM HD422 products also offer the
same high resistance to shock and vibration as other
XDCAM products.
Powerful Nonlinear Recording
The XDCAM HD products use a large-capacity nonlinear optical disc for recording, called the Professional
Disc media, which Sony has developed specifically for
professional recording applications.
The PFD50DLA and PFD23A are 12-cm, reusable optical discs. The PFD50DLA is a dual-layer disc with an
overwhelming capacity of 50 GB, while the PFD23A is
a single-layer, 23-GB disc. The large capacity of the
At the same time as recording its high-resolution
video and audio data, the XDCAM HD products also
record a low-resolution version of this AV data on the
same disc. Called “Proxy Data”, this is much smaller
in size than the high-resolution data (1.5 Mb/s for
video and 0.5 Mb/s for audio).
Because of its lower resolution, Proxy Data can be
transferred to a standard PC at an amazingly high
speed, and easily browsed and edited using the PDZ-1
Proxy Browsing Software (or other compatible editing
software offered by many industry-leading manufacturers). What’s more, with the PDZ-1 software, it can
be converted to the popular ASF format for playback
on Windows™ Media Player, providing dramatic improvements in production workflows. Proxy Data can
also be viewed directly on a PC without data transfer
using an i.LINK (File Access Mode) connection, and
can even be sent over a standard Ethernet network.
The overall flexibility of Proxy Data means that it can
be used for a variety of applications, such as immediate logging on location, off-line editing, daily rushes
of shooting on location, client approvals, and more.
All XDCAM HD422 products are capable of recording a
variety of metadata, which provides a huge advantage when searching for specific data after an initial
recording has been made. Information such as production dates, creator names and camera setup parameters can be saved, together with the AV material,
on the same disc using the supplied PDZ-1 software.
This makes it possible to organize and search through
all recordings effectively. One particular metadata,
called EssenceMark™ (Shot Mark), is a convenient
reference that can be added to desired frames to
make them easy to recall in subsequent editing processes. Clipflag is another convenient metadata which
users can add to their desired clips as “OK”, “NG” or
Technical Specifications
Recording/Playback time
Power requirements
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Continuous operating
Recording format
Approx. 4.3 kg (9 lb 8 oz)
Approx. 6.0 kg (13 lb 4 oz)
(w/ VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95
DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Approx. 40 W (while recording, w/o options, color LCD
Approx. 44 W (while recording, w/viewfinder, color LCD
On, manual lens,
-5 to +40°C (+32 to 104°F)
-20 to +60°C (-4 to +140°F)
10 to 90% (relative
Approx. 120 min. w/BPGL95 battery
MPEG HD422 (CBR: 50 Mb/
HQ mode (VBR, maximum
bit rate: 35 Mb/s)
SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
LP mode (VBR, maximum bit
rate: 18 Mb/s) (Playback
MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More
than 145 min. (PFD50DLA),
More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio
(playback only): More than
150 min. (PFD50DLA), More
than 68 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA),
Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio
(playback only): Approx.
200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio
(playback only): More than
248 min. (PFD50DLA), More
than 112 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio
(playback only): More than
265 min. (PFD50DLA), More
than 122 min. (PFD23A)
50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 45
min. (PFD23A)
40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 55
min. (PFD23A)
30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 68
min. (PFD23A)
Proxy Video:
MPEG HD422: 4 ch/24 bits/
48 kHz
MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48
MPEG IMX: 4 ch/24 bits/48
kHz or 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
Proxy Audio:
A-law (4ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 85
min. (PFD23A)
50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 43
min. (PFD23A)
BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75ohms
BNC x1, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p,
(Composite input (option:
CBK-SC02) shares the same
BNC x 1 (Option: CBKHD01)
(HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/
embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/
embedded audio)
CH-1/CH-2: XLR 3-pin
(female) x 2, Line/Mic/Mic
+48V/AES/EBU selectable
XLR 5-pin (female, stereo) x
BNC x 1
HD Y/SD composite
SD composite (character On/
BNC x 2
1 (HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/
embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/
embedded audio)
2 (HD/SD switchable, character On/Off)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/
embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/
embedded audio)
CH-1/CH-2: XLR 5-pin
(male, stereo) x 1
BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
Mini-jack x 2 (front: manaural, rear: stereo/monoral)
XLR 4-pin (male) x 1, 11 to
17 V
4-pin x 1 (for wireless microphone receiver), 11 to 17
V DC (MAX 0.5 A)
2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
IEEE 1394*, 6 pin x 1, File
Access Mode
*AV/C (DV) interface is not
x 1 (for camera setup files)
RJ-45 x 1, 100Base-Tx:
IEEE802.3u, 10Base-T:
x 1 (for version-up)
Pickup device
Effective picture
Optical system
Built-in optical filters
Shutter speed
Slow & Quick Motion function
Audio Performance
Frequency response
Dynamic range
Wow & flutter
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/
-1.0 dB
More than 93dB
Less than 0.08% (at 1 kHz,
reference level)
Less than -70 dB (at 1kHz,
reference level)
Below measurable limit
20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
Gain selection
Smear level
S/N ratio
Horizontal resolution
Sensitivity (2000 lx,
89.9% reflectance)
F1.4 prism
CC: A: Cross, B: 3200K, C:
4300K, D: 6300K
ND: 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3:
1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
59.94i: 1/100, 1/125,
1/250, 1/500, 1/1000.
1/2000, ECS, SLS
50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250,
1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000,
29.97P: 1/40, 1/60, 1/120,
1/125, 1/250, 1/500,
1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
25p: 1/33, 1/50, 1/100,
1/125, 1/250, 1/500,
1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
23.98P: 1/32, 1/48, 1/50,
1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250,
1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000,
720/23.98P (Pull-down):
23.98P: 1/32, 1/48, 1/50,
1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250,
1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000,
Slow shutter (SLS)
1- to 8-, 16-frame accumulation*
*Only even number of frame
setting is available in 720
Slow Shutter can not function with the Digital
(MPEG HD mode only)
23.98p: Selectable from 1 to
48 frame/sec as recording
frame rate
25p: Selectable from 1 to 50
frame/sec as recording
frame rate
29.97p: Selectable from 1 to
59.94 frame/sec as recording frame rate
2/3-inch type 48 bayonet
59.94i: F11, 50i: F12
Camera Section
Minimum illumination
Lens mount
3-chip 2/3-inch type HD
1920(H) x 1080(V)
Approx. 0.016 lx (F1.4 lens,
+42 dB, with 16-frame
-6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24,
30, 36, 42 dB
-135 dB (typical)
59 dB (54 dB w/o NS)
1000 TV lines or more (1920
x 1080i mode)
Less than 0.02%
Built-in LCD Monitor
3.5-inch* type color LCD
*Viewable area measured
Supplied Accessories
Soulder belt
Lens Mount Cap
Microphone cable (for converting 3-pin to 5-pin)
XDCAM Application Software
Batteries and Power Supplies
A C - DN 10
AC Adaptor/Charger
BC - M1 5 0
Battery Charger
A C - DN 2B
AC Adapter (150W output) and Lithium-Ion
battery charger
B C - L160
Li-ion battery charger
B C - L500
Li-ion Battery Charger
BP - G L 6 5
Battery Pack
BP - G L 9 5
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
BP - L 8 0 S
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
B C - L70
Li-ion Battery Charger
B K W - 401
Viewfinder Rotation Bracket
HD V F - C 3 5 W
HD Colour LCD Viewfinder
H DVF - C 30W R
High resolution 2.7inch colour viewfinder
Option Boards, Modules and Plug-ins
C B K - W A 01
Wi-Fi Adaptor for use with the XMPilot Planning Metadata Solution
X MP i l o t
XDCAM Metadata Workflow Solution
C B K Z - UP G 01
Upgrade software key to enable Live Logging
with Planning Metadata
D W R - S01D
Dual digital wireless microphone receiver
E C M - 674
E C M- 6 8 0 S
Affordable shotgun Electret condenser
MS stereo shotgun Electret condenser
E C M - 678
Shotgun Electret condenser microphone
H DVF - 20A
2-inch Type HD B/W CRT Viewfinder
LC - 777
Hard shell carrying case for Digital Betacam
Soft For Dsr-300p/500wsp
LC - H 300
Carrying Case for DSR-400/450WSL
Control Systems
M SU- 900
RC P - 1 5 3 0
Master Set-Up Unit for BVP and HDC series
cameras. Provides centralised control for a
multi camera system in any studio or OB
van, in a compact, horizontal panel format
Slim remote control panel with joystick type
RC P - 7 5 1
M SU- 950
Master Set-Up Unit for BVP and HDC series
cameras. Provides centralised control for a
multi camera system in any studio or OB
van, in a compact, vertical panel format
New Dial-type full-function remote control
panel for use with all BVP and HDC systems
RC P - 9 2 0
R C P - 1500
Remote Control Panel
Standard remote control panel with Joystick
type control
RC P - 9 2 1
Remote Control Panel
Option Boards and Modules
R M - B 150
Remote Control Unit
Tripods and Supports
VC T- 14
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