HDW-F900 - HD inside
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Exploring New Horizons
in Movie Making
The new Sony HDW-F900 is a ground-breaking
digital HDCAM™ camcorder that extends both
the company’s unique digital heritage and its
unrivalled experience in the art of imaging.
The physical resemblance of the HDW-F900 to
the highly successful Digital Betacam™ camcorders is intentional, although there are some
subtle but very relevant changes that further
enhance operational familiarity and ease of
use. Because of its outstanding picture quality
and operational flexibility, this camera offers an
important new alternative to 24-frame film
origination for major television productions and
commercials. The HDW-F900 is already
accepted as the Digital Movie Camera, ideal
for exploring new horizons in digital moviemaking.
What distinguishes the HDW-F900 from any
contemporary camcorder is its ability to capture
and record digital high definition pictures – at
24 progressive frames per second – just like a
conventional film camera. Moving pictures are
digitally imaged in accordance with the CIF
(Common Image Format) standard, which
specifies a sampling structure of 1920 active
pixels horizontally by 1080 active pixels
vertically. What makes the HDW-F900 so
universally exciting is that, as well as recording
at 24P, it is switchable to record at 25P, 30P
progressive scan, and also at either 50 or
60 Hz interlaced.
CineAlta™ — Liberating Movie Makers
CineAlta – a name we proudly introduce to symbolise the bond
between cinematography and Digital High Definition imaging. It
distinguishes a Sony family of products and systems that offer
new creativity in the production, post production and exchange of
motion pictures. It brings together the quality and universality of
24-frame cinematography with the real-time capability, efficiency
and flexibility of Digital High Definition technology. It stimulates
the convergence of Motion Picture Film and Digital High
Definition production on a global basis.
CineAlta products, delivering cinema-quality pictures at selectable
frame-rates, are simplifying International Programme Exchange by
minimising the need for standards conversion. Equally, they are
opening up new possibilities for international co-production.
Movie making has been liberated with the creative empowerment
of the cinematographer. It is facilitated by real-time HD image
evaluation on-set, instant replay of a full-colour high-resolution
digital “take”, real-time image optimisation while shooting, a
50-minute shooting load and, most importantly, by the significant
cost-benefits associated with this digital medium.
CineAlta products also ensure a seamless bridge between 24frame film originals and a final 24P digital master. A frame of film
now has a one-to-one correspondence with a progressive HD
frame. The CineAlta environment readily interfaces with the computer graphics world, liberating post production. The direct colour
conversion of progressive 24P masters to film, and to a multiplicity of international digital HDTV and SDTV distribution formats, are
the final liberation.
Digital Recording
For a number of years, Widescreen Digital
Betacam has achieved remarkable success in
the 16 mm market area. The new HDW-F900
camcorder offers high definition image-capture
equivalent to the picture quality associated
with 24-frame 35 mm film. Widescreen Digital
Betacam rivals the image quality of Super 16 mm
film reproduction (especially when the latter is
“blown-up” to 35 mm for theatrical release).
24P HDCAM imaging elevates this image quality
to the ranking of a 35 mm film release print
derived from a 35 mm original capture.
The state-of-the-art, Sony HDCAM compression
scheme is a frame-based digital compression
strategy, where every frame of the signal is
treated as a single entity. HDCAM maintains
exceptionally high picture quality and multigeneration robustness for both progressive and
interlace signals.
Advanced digital pre-filtering and dynamic
bit-allocation for luminance and chrominance
components (based on the statistical analysis
of the picture content) are combined with a
mild compression ratio of only 4.4 to 1 to give
a total on-tape recorded data rate of a modest
185 Mb/s at 60i. This, in turn, ensures highintegrity camcorder recording in the most
hostile of environmental conditions.
The 24-frame progressive capability of
HDCAM converges digital and film imaging,
offering a new and novel creative flexibility for
prime time television production and moviemaking.
Since Sony introduced the HDCAM format in
1997, it has been well proven in the USA and
Japan, where it has offered highly mobile and
compact 1080/60i digital acquisition and
recording solutions. This highly reliable and
robust format delivers superb picture quality
efficiently packaged onto 1/2-inch tape.
The frame rate switchability of the camcorder
allows 24, 25 or 30 progressive frames per
second capture as well as a choice of either
50 or 60 Hz interlace – all at the push of a
button. In the same way that a film camera
runs longer at a lower frame rate, the
HDW-F900 records longer runs when operating
at the lower frame rates. Consequently a
BCT-40HD cassette, the same size as the
familiar 40-minute Digital Betacam cassette,
records 40 minutes of 60i or records 50 minutes
of 24P, cinema-quality, material. This is a major
boon to film production.
‘In-Camera’ Creativity
The digital camcorder is a powerful new
creative tool intended to allow the cinematographer to work smoothly and confidently, with
minimum distraction. This is particularly relevant for picture acquisition systems that serve
the most demanding and creative talents of
the movie industry and high-end television
production. The combination of camera design
and operator’s skills has a profound effect on
the final look of an entire production. With this
in mind, and leveraging the digital heritage and
unrivalled imaging expertise of Sony, we
launched the design of the new Digital 24P
HDCAM camcorder – something that many in
the film community had long urged us to
implement. The result is the HDW-F900,
created with the sole purpose of producing
superb pictures. From the very first camera
shot in a production, the cinematographer is
now empowered to make new and unique
creative contributions during shooting. So
much more can now be done “in-camera”
that is in defiance of conventional wisdom.
The new HDW-F900 delivers outstanding
“in-camera” creativity.
Digital Movie-making
Inside the compact and stylish body of the
HDW-F900 are many technological innovations. They are brought together to enable
creation of some of the most versatile and
outstanding visual experiences of the coming
century, which will certainly witness the widespread adoption of digital movie-making tools.
The Art of Image-making
The progressive scan CCD sensor at the heart
of the HDW-F900 marks a significant advance
in Sony HAD CCD technology. It is a development that now makes possible image capture
over a range of frame rates, and ensures that
their quality is at the highest possible level.
This progressive scan CCD sensor provides a
sensitivity of f10 at 2,000 lux (at 60i) providing
subjectively noise and grain-free pictures. At
24 fps, with a 1/48-second shutter speed
(equivalent to a 180º film camera shutter setting), the exposure index of the HDW-F900 is
approximately equivalent to 300 ISO*. It
allows the acquisition of gain-free imagery in
deeply shadowed areas of a scene.
Superb CCD highlight-handling
greatly extends the Exposure
Latitude of the camera,
allowing directors the
dramatic freedom to
shoot and capture
highlights in
*Sony measurement.
The Mastery of Signal Processing
New Ergonomics
Picture Tonal Reproduction is substantially enriched by
the adoption of a new, wide dynamic range CCD and
innovative design of a 12-bit A/D converter that is then
followed by powerful, high-speed, Advanced Digital
Signal Processing (ADSP). ADSP allows the active
manipulation of many picture parameters to expand the
use of in-camera effects. Menu-driven camera set-up,
pioneered by Sony, has become widely accepted among
Digital Cinematographers. Naturally, it has been extended
in the new HDW-F900. The well known Setup Card used
to store set-up parameters in Digital Betacam camcorders
is replaced by the novel Sony Memory Stick™.
This allows five scene files of the camera to be stored
and recalled whenever they are required, together with
an operator set-up. This includes all the factors relating to
colourimetry and tonal reproduction adjustment, so that at
any time (such as scene re-shoot) these settings can
always be readily accessible.To help maximise the
camera image-making capabilities, special attention has
been paid to the careful
design of the
camera menus
so that
access to
certain image
is user-friendly
and intuitive.
There are very good reasons why every camera –
photographic, movie or video – has its own fundamental
shape and appearance. The way the lens is attached,
how the recording medium is loaded, and the way in
which the camera is most frequently operated, all influence its basic design. To make the new HDW-F900
appear like a movie camera would not do justice to its
attributes. This is fundamentally a digital camera – so its
body has been designed to serve the digital cinematographer in the most proficient manner. At Sony we have
been perfecting camcorder body design over many
years, always trying to make them user friendly and
practical as well as stylish and appealing.
The HDW-F900 incorporates a B-4 lens mount that
facilitates quick lens replacement and reinforced to
accept heavy lenses.
All switches, meters and indicators are in the most logical
places and are positioned for optimum functionality and
ease of use. This has been achieved through meticulous
consideration of the human physiology and the application of fundamental ergonomic principles. The operation
of every single switch and button reflects our thorough
understanding of the operator’s needs and working practices. We have been making professional cameras for
over 20 years, and for all that time we have listened very
carefully to what users have had to say about refining
camera body design.
The superb weight distribution and balance combined
with a low optical axis make the HDW-F900 particularly
suitable for hand-held shots. It also sits comfortably on
the shoulder and can be carried with minimum fatigue. It
can be readily mounted on a Steadicam™ or mounted on
a tripod, geared-head or motion-control system. Even
with the viewfinder, battery, cassette, microphone, and a
small variable or fixed-focal length lens, the total weight
is only 8 kilograms (about 17 pounds). This astonishingly
compact and lightweight camera opens new possibilities
for creative camera work while delivering uncompromising picture quality. Inside the familiar, compact and stylish
body of the HDW-F900 are some highly innovative technologies. They are brought together to enable the creation of what will be some of the most versatile and outstanding visual experiences of the coming years.
Internal Light System
A two-pin socket provides up to 50 watts of power
from the attached lithium-ion battery. This can be
used to power a variety of ancillary devices,
including a front-light that can be
mounted on the upper part of
the handle. The power can be
switched on and off manually or, when in Auto mode,
it can be set to be synchronised with the operation of the Record button.
Cassette Loading
The cassette loading is fast, simple and reliable.
It takes less then 5 seconds* for cassette change.
This facility and long recording runs (40-50 minutes
depending on the selected frame-rate) offer new levels
of efficiency on location. The loading mechanism is
robust and designed to be dust and drip proof. The
vertical cassette loading also helps to minimise the risk
of anything unwanted getting into the tape mechanism.
*Sony measurement.
Optical Filter Wheels
For the optical picture treatment, two independent
filter wheels (each with four filter positions) are
provided, one with for Neutral Density (ND) and
one with Colour Correction (CC) filters are
installed. An optional servo filter drive unit, the
BKDW-701, can also be fitted allowing filter settings
to be changed with the RM-B150 Remote Control
Safe Area Markers
Extended Clear Scan
The Extended Clear Scan function is particularly
useful when shooting scenes that contain computer
or TV screens as it minimises the horizontal bars
that can appear. The ECS shutter speed is continuously variable. When the camera is operated at 24P
with a 1/48-second shutter speed, it exactly emulates the motion blur of a film camera operating at
24fps with a 180º shutter.
To allow for individual production requirements, the
HDW-F900 provides safe-area markers for any
aspect ratio.
Enhancing Digital Movie-making Creativity
Stereo Audio Output
A stereo audio line output is available from the 5-pin
XLR connector on the rear of the camcorder. This
provides two analogue audio output channels,
which can be selected to be either Channel-1/2 or
LCD Status Panel and Diagnostic
All the main operational controls and switches are
located on the left-hand side of the camcorder. The
LCD panel is on the same side, and shows a wide
range of status and diagnostic displays such as
Tape Remaining, Battery Level, Audio Levels, etc.
Assignable Button
You can assign Viewfinder Return, Record and other
functions to this switch.
The electronic shutter
helps in capturing clear
images of fast-moving
objects by selectively
minimising motion blur.
Creative Versatility
The journey from a scripted story to the “silver
screen” is long and laborious, but also exciting
and fascinating. Each story calls for different
visual treatment and usually a specific look.
To help this creative process we have made it
very easy to customise the settings of many
image parameters, and then digitally save and
recall these settings. This is why we introduced
a simple and intuitive menu-driven set-up
which has transformed camera set-up from
being an engineering exercise into a uniquely
creative process. Up to five versions of a
camera’s scene file parameters can be stored,
and these can be transferred to and from the
Memory Stick storage medium. This represents
a major advance in operational flexibility and
creative versatility when compared to some
conventional techniques. The camera setup
menu features relating to the most important
picture parameters are described in the
following paragraphs.
The HDW-F900 produces pictures with astonishing colour
reproduction accuracy. Its Multi Matrix function also
offers unique possibilities for creative intervention by
allowing selective colour enhancement or alteration. Multi
Matrix allows a particular colour to be selected and its
hue changed over a range of approximately 20 degrees.
The level of saturation can also be modified. This permits
some very interesting “in camera” effects – similar to the
secondary colour correction normally reserved for post
production special effects work – and is performed at the
full bit depth.
Multi Matrix ON
Colour Balance
Colour balance is widely accepted as one of the key settings for any shot. There are a number of ways of setting
this when working with the HDW-F900. Auto White (and
Black) balance gives an accurate overall colour balance.
A Paint function permits colour levels to be adjusted onset according to the cinematographer’s creative needs.
This feature can be used very creatively, particularly in
scenes with mixed colour lighting.
Contrast Range
In a similar way to film, the new HDW-F900 can handle a
very impressive contrast range. For the most challenging
of light settings and associated scene conditions, several
useful operational features are available that allow image
optimisation in real-time to help capture the desired
mood of a shot.
The first of these important functions is RGB Gamma
Balance. By changing gamma balance it is possible to
change the colour balance of the mid-tones without
affecting black or white balance. The second feature,
Black Gamma allows fine adjustment of tonal reproduction in the shadows (black) to be made. This can help to
bring out details from the dark parts of the picture without affecting mid-tones and with the absolute black level
remaining unchanged. It is particularly helpful for dark
scenes when the black has to stay black, but there is a
requirement to pull out more detail.
The range of creative possibilities offered by modifying
RGB Gamma Balance and changing Black Gamma is quite
inspiring and, when mastered by a cinematographer, offers
a great advantage in achieving a desired ‘look’.
Standard Gamma
Black Gamma ON
Creative Versatility
Definition – Picture Sharpness
The HDW-F900 produces extremely delicate pictures
having fine detail that is similar to that of a 35 mm film
release print. The CCDs, each with 2.2 million pixels,
faithfully capture images with natural sharpness. The
HDW-F900 also incorporates some new and innovative
image enhancement functions, allowing very precise
control of the way the picture texture and edges are
The second feature, Adaptive Detail Control (also known
as Knee Aperture), allows the image detail enhancement
in the highlight areas to look more natural.
The third of these new features is Skin Tone Detail. This
controls the detail level of objects with specific colour
tonality. It is particularly useful when shooting talents with
the intent to creatively alter and soften the texture of their
facial appearance while the remainder of the scene
retains its full crispness. Within selected areas, details
can be enhanced as well as softened. This can be a
powerful imaging tool not available in film shooting.
Three sets of such correction parameters can be
applied simultaneously.
Conventional Video Equipment
Adaptive Detail Control
(ON)➔ ON
Ch 1 ON
Soft Focus ON
Ch 2 ON
Highlight Handling
Picture Stability
Sony Advanced TruEye™ processing allows much
improved highlight handling, with faithful colour
By its very nature any digital or video camera delivers
rock steady pictures. The HDW-F900 is no exception.
There is none of the picture weave usually associated
with material originated on film. The picture stability is
particularly relevant for productions incorporating multilayered compositing special effects. Image weave, compounded by noise, is the enemy of all compression algorithms. The emergence of highly compressed MPEGbased delivery systems, including DVD and digital transmission using multiple GOPs (Group of Pictures) calls for
a high level of picture stability to maintain picture quality
– and here digital acquisition is a major boon.
Conventional Video Equipment
Because of the very good signal to noise ratio performance, the HDW-F900 delivers subjectively noiseless and
grain-free pictures having the finest, most delicate and
almost transparent texture. This can exploit the use of
subtle cosmetics on the human face, as well as superb
reproduction of fine-textured materials. This has high
benefit in commercial production. It is also particularly
useful when working on productions that require multilayering and blue-screen effects. The separation between
useful information and unwanted grain or noise is
straightforward and delivers accurate and spectacular
Creative Versatility
This is the area where film and video have, up until now,
differed most. Every film camera exposes a succession of
still images (most usually 24 frames per second) that,
when projected, effectively reproduce motion. Because
of the time required for a film transport to move from
frame to frame, half of the action is not registered and
this gives material originated on film its specific footprint.
On the other hand, digital cameras record interlaced
images where two fields with temporal offset are used to
capture one frame. This covers almost the entire action,
giving a smoother motion portrayal than film images
captured at lower frame rate.
When an HDW-F900 is set to a 24P frame rate and with a
shutter speed of 1/48 second, it captures moving pictures in precisely the same manner as the film camera
and produces results with the same motion footprint as
footage shot on film. The overall result is comparable to
35 mm film origination.
As well as a 24P frame rate, the HDW-F900 has a unique
range of optional frame rates available. The progressive
CCD sensor is able to capture progressive images at
frame rates at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 frames per
second. Traditional interlace material can also be captured when an HDW-F900 is set to field rates of 50,
59.94 and 60 Hz interlace. The extent of these frame
rates provides the ability to shoot in both the film and
television programme genres. It also offers the means
for some creative speed change for special effects
(for example shoot at 30P and playback at 24P slow motion).
Stop Motion and Time Lapse
The HDW-F900 also has a single frame recording capabitity,
while external control via the lens interface can add time
lapse recording. This offers new and innovative creative
opportunities in both animation and model shooting.
*The tape requires to be pre-striped on its LTC (at the desired frame/field rate)
by the HDW-F900 that will be used in the actual shooting.
The Future
The CineAlta brand is a guarantee of high
production values ensured by outstanding
picture quality and sophisticated digital image
treatments. A high degree of production
security is assured by the immediacy of the
medium and the comfort of instant HD review
of the material on location (direct playback
from a camcorder or VTR). Improved
production speed and cost-effectiveness is the
result of a subsequent direct entry to digital
post production. There are no costs for film
processing and telecine transfer – and an
absence of the associated time delays. The
substantially lower cost of raw stock is a
significant factor in enhancing production cash
flow by substantially lowering up-front
production costs. And the digital tape can
always be reused if desired!
Over the years, Sony has carefully pioneered
the concept of Digital Cinematography. With
the arrival of the HDW-F900 this concept is
strengthened. Undoubtedly this camera will
produce some of the finest and most faithful
pictures. A more cinematic or film-like look
can be achieved with the use of appropriate
camera settings, operational accessories and
lenses, and of course, the added craftsmanship
of the cinematographer. The creative versatility
of this camcorder, together with cinematicstyle shooting, lighting and appropriate grading
in post production provides very rewarding
results. Programme material produced under
these conditions closely matches the
performance of 35 mm film origination that is
processed in the traditional manner and
projected in cinemas.
Prominent lens and film accessory
manufacturers are already developing the
infrastructure required to make this new
24-frame progressive camcorder meet the
expectations of cinematographers. Combining
this with the close co-operation that has
already developed between Sony and several
distinguished moviemakers is encouraging
continuous refinement of operational features,
thus ensuring that the HDW-F900 will continue
to meet the evolving requirements of the most
demanding of productions.
One World – One Model
Sony’s multi-frame-rate switchable HDCAM
digital equipment complies with the new 1999
ITU 709-03 recommendation for High Definition
Production and International Programme
Exchange. All products with CineAlta mark are
designed for worldwide use and for smooth,
straightforward, international collaboration and
programme material interchange. They may
conform and be certified to comply with the
local regulations but fundamentally it is always
the same model for the whole world. This
heralds an important new era in professional
programme-making equipment.
Operational Accessories
A full range of operational accessories is available to take full advantage of the versatility
and operational features of the HDW-F900. In
many cases accessories developed for Digital
Betacam and HDW-700A models are also be
applicable for this new 24P HDCAM camcorder.
HD-SDI Camera Adapter (Optional)
The HDCA-901 Camera
Adapter attaches to the
HDW-F900 HD Camcorder
to provide access to all
four tracks provided by the
HD tape format. Tracks 1
and 2 are accessed via the
Audio In Ch-1/Ch-2 connectors of the camcorder,
and tracks 3 and 4 are
accessed via the Audio In
Ch-3/Ch-4 connectors of
the HDCA-901 Camera
Adapter. The HDCA-901
has the following features:
HD-SDI Outputs
Two HD-SDI output connectors to allow full monitoring of recorded
video and audio signals, expanding flexibility in the field.
Monitoring Functions
An audio monitor output connectors (XLR-5-pin type, stereo) and a
headphones output connector (stereo phone jack) are provided. The
HDCA-901 can be used to select the monitoring signal to be either
from Ch-1/Ch-2 connectors on the HDW-F900 or the Ch-3/Ch-4
connectors on the HDCA-901.
Alternative Power Supply Options
Power supplied to the DC In connector (XLR-4-pin type, Male) on the
HDCA-901 can be used to power the HDW-F900 Camcorder. A
connector is also provided to power other equipment, such as the
Sony WRR-860A UHF Wireless Microphone Synthesised Diversity
Colour Viewfinder
The availability of this LCD-based colour viewfinder is particularly relevant
to crews used to film shooting with video-assist. It helps picture composition and framing. It also gives a good impression of overall colour balance.
*The liquid crystal display fitted to this unit is manufactured with high precision technology, giving a functioning pixel ratio of at least 99.99 %. Thus a very small proportion of pixels (at most 0.01 %) may be “stuck”, constantly on or constantly off. In
addition, over a long period of use, because of the physical characteristics of the
liquid crystal display, such “stuck” pixels may appear spontaneously. These problems
have been kept to absolute minimum, but are an unavoidable characteristic of liquid
crystal technology.
Optional Digital Cinematography Accessories
Recognising the acceptance of the HDW-F900 for Digital Cinematography
A range of special lens optimised for the HDW-F900 is now emerging from
productions, many film-related manufacturers are now developing appropriate
leading manufacturers. A number of these lenses are calibrated in T-stops
film-type accessories for this model. These include special digital cinematography
rather than F-stops, have a cinematic-style focus ring, include the relevant
zoom and prime lenses, base plates, matte boxes, follow focus units, etc.
gear teeth for follow focus kits. There is also a range of HD prime lenses
These initiatives have been welcomed by crews who principally work with film.
for 2/3 inch B-4 mounting.
Optional Accessories
Sony HDVF-20A,
HD Electronic Viewfinder
Sony BVM-D9H5U,
Colour Video Monitor
Sony VF-508,
Monitor ENG kit for Sony 9-type
Sony Viewfinder Eyepiece,
(High-performance, x3)
Sony Viewfinder Eyepiece,
Sony Memory Stick,
Sony AC-DN2A,
AC adapter
Sony BP-L60A,
Lithium-ion Battery
Sony BC-L120/L120CE,
Battery Charger
Sony BC-L50/L50CE,
Battery Charger
Sony WRR-855A,
Wireless Microphone Receiver
(Adapter required)
Sony BKDW-701,
Servo Filter Unit
Sony BKW-401,
Viewfinder Rotation Bracket
Sony VCT-14,
Tripod Adapter
Sony LC-HD7,
Carrying case for HDW-F900
Sony RM-B150,
Remote Control Unit for HDW-F900
Sony HDCA-901,
HD-SDI Adapter
Sony HDVF-C750W,
6 inch Colour LCD Viewfinder
Image Inverter Board
A-8262-537-A (High magnification)
A-8262-538-A (Low magnification)
A-8267-737-A (Standard magnification
with special compensation for aberrations)
Sony Fog-proof filter, 1-547-341-11
Sony 1/8ND filter, 3-174-685-01
Sony 1/32ND filter, 3-174-683-01
Sony Cross filter, 3-174-682-01
Sony Mount ring, 3-186-442-01
Sony Memory Stick carrying case,
Canon HJ18 x 7.8B KLL-SC,
HD Digital Cinematography zoom
Canon HJ9 x 5.5B KLL-SC,
HD Digital Cinematography zoom
Canon HJ18 x 7.8B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Canon HJ15 x 8B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Canon HJ9 x 5.5B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Angenieux / Zeiss HD adapter
for 35 mm prime lenses
Zeiss Ultra Prime series
with Angenieux / Zeiss HD adapter
(Requires HKDW-902)
OpTex EC 40,
HD EC lens
OpTex EC 50,
HD EC lens
OpTex EC 80,
HD EC lens
OpTex EC 150,
HD EC lens
OpTex EC 200,
HD EC lens
OpTex EC 300,
HD EC lens
OpTex EC 120 MACRO,
HD EC lens
Angenieux 11.5 x 5.3
HD Digital cinematography zoom
Angenieux 10 x 5.3
HD Electronic zoom lens
Fujinon HAF5B-10,
Cine Style Wide Angle
Prime Lens
Fujinon HAF8B-10,
Cine Style Prime Lens
Fujinon HAF12B-10,
Cine Style Prime Lens
Fujinon HAF20B-10,
Cine Style Prime Lens
Fujinon HAF40B-10,
Cine Style Prime Lens
* A certain model may not be available in some countries. For details, please contact each manufacturer.
System Configuration
Internal light system
WRR-855A(Adapter reguired)
2-inch HD B/W Viewfinder
Battery Chargers
Video Cassettes
Carrying Case
HDW-F900 Specifications
Approx. 8 kg (17 lb. 0 oz) with typical ENG lens, cassette and BP-L60A Battery
Power requirement
DC 12 V (+5.0 V/-1.0 V)
Power consumption
42 W (With 12 V power supply, REC mode, with HDVF-20A)
Operating temperature
0 °C to +40 °C (+32 °F to +104 °F)
Storage temperature
-20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to +140 °F)
Operating humidity
25 % to 80 % (Relative humidity)
Continuous operating time
Approx. 80 min (With BP-L60A)
Genlock video input
BNC, 1.0 Vp-p 75 Ω
Time code input
BNC, 0.5 V to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
Audio CH1/CH2 input
XLR-3-pin type (Female), -60 dBu/+4 dBu selectable, high impedance, balanced
MIC input
XLR-3-pin type (Female), -60 dBu
Monitor output
BNC (x3, Y/PB/PR), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, unbalanced
XLR-5-pin type (Male), 0 dBm
Audio output
BNC, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Time code output
Mini-jack, 8 Ω, - ∞ to –18 dBs variable
XLR-4-pin type (Male), 11 to 17 V DC
DC input
11 to 17 V DC, Max. 100 mA
DC output
VTR section
Recording format
Approx. 77.4 mm/s (24P mode)
Tape speed
Max. 50 min with BCT-40HD (24P mode)
Playback/Recording time
Approx. 6 min with BCT-40HD
Fast forward/rewind time
Sony BCT-40HD/22HD
Recommended tape
Y: 74.25 MHz, PB/PR: 37.125 MHz
Sampling frequency
10 bit/sample of input-output signals (8 bit sample for internal compression process)
Reed-Solomon code
Error correction
Adaptive three dimensional
Error concealment
Audio performance (Playback with standard HDW-F500)
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
Frequency response
More than 85 dB (Emphasis ON)
Dynamic range
0.08 % Max.
-70 dB
Cross talk
Below measurable limit
Wow & flutter
Camera section
3-chip 2/3-type FIT type CCD
Pickup device
2,200,000 pixels
Picture elements
F1.4 prism system
Optical system
A: Cross B: 3200 K C: 4300 K D: 6300 K
Built-in filters
1: Clear 2: 1/4 ND 3: 1/16 ND 4: 1/64 ND
1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (sec)
Shutter speed (1080/60i mode)
(ECS) 24 to 7000 Hz (Minimum setting depends on frame rate selected)
Clear scan
Special bayonet mount
Lens mount
f10.0 at 2000 lux, 89.9 % reflective, At 24 fps,
with a 1/48-second shutter speed (equivalent to a 180º film camera shutter setting),
the exposure index is approximately equivalent to 300 ISO.
2.0-type monochrome
Brightness control, Contrast control, Peaking control, Tally switch, Zebra Pattern switch, Display/Aspect switch
500 TV Line (At center)
Horizontal resolution
Ultra-directional (Detachable)
Supplied Accessories
HDVF-20A, HD Electric Viewfinder (1)
Microphone, Super cardioid directional, external power supply type (1)
VCT-14, Tripod Adapter (1)
Shoulder strap (1)
Rain cover (1)
Operation manual (1)
Maintenance manual (1)
Optional Accessories
HDCA-901, HD-SDI adapter
HDVF-C750W, HD LCD Colour Viewfinder
BP-L60A, Lithium-ion battery
BC-L120/L120CE, Battery charger
AC-550/550CE, AC adapter
BCT-40HD/22HD, HDCAM tape cassette
BKW-401, Viewfinder rotation bracket
RM-B150, Remote control unit
C-74, Microphone
LC-HD7, Carrying case
Part No. 1-547-341-11, Fog-proof filter
Part No. 3-174-685-01, 1/8 ND filter
Part No. 3-174-683-01, 1/32 ND filter
Part No. 3-174-682-01, Cross filter
Part No. 3-186-442-01, Mounting ring
Part No. A-8314-798-A, Viewfinder eyepiece (High performance x3, with soft cushion)
Part No. A-8262-537-A, Viewfinder eyepiece (High magnification)
Part No. A-8262-538-A, Viewfinder eyepiece (Low magnification)
Part No. A-8267-737-A, Viewfinder eyepiece (Standard magnification with special compensation for aberrations)
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Reproduction in whole or in part
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Sony is prohibited.
Features and specifications
subject to change without notice.
All non-metric weights and
measures are approximate.
Sony and HDVS are registered
trademarks of Sony Corporation,
CineAlta, HDCAM, Digital
Betacam, Memory Stick, TruEye
and Power HAD are trademarks
of Sony Corporation, Japan.
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of their respective owners.
24P is used as a generic name in
this literature, describing the
Sony 24PsF method.
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