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Sony boosts XDCAM range

MEDIA RELEASE: Sony, LAS VEGAS (NAB SHOW), April 06: Sony today announced two new additions to its XDCAM Professional Disc lineup, the PDW-850 XDCAM HD 422 camcorder and the PDW-HD1550 recorder. The new products are equipped with a host of features for greater operational performance. The PDW-850 incorporates newly-developed 2/3-inch CCD image sensors, and the PDW-HD1550 recorder supports both 3-layer (100 GB) and 4-layer (128 GB) high-capacity Professional Discs.

The multi-use PDW-850 shoulder-mount camcorder combines high performance and low power consumption in a lightweight form factor1. High-quality imaging (with a signal-to-noise ratio of 62 dB) and excellent mobility make it ideal for use across a wide range of news reporting, documentary and general production environments.


Sony’s PDW-850 XDCAM HD 422 Camcorder (available in October 2014)

The PDW-HD1550 multi-codec recorder is also well-suited for a wide variety of production environments and setups. In addition to handling XDCAM formats (such as 50 Mbps MPEG2 HD422), it also supports the XAVC HD 100 Mbps video format2 by an optional software key (XDBK-106). The USB 3.0 port on the front-panel of the PDW-HD1550 enables easy copying from SxS cards utilising the SBAC-US203, HDDs and SSDs. The recorder was designed to be used for Professional Discs with high reliability, but can also be integrated into a workflow incorporating external media. The PDW-HD1550 is an excellent candidate for use in the field due to its compact half-rack size and the ability to run on three different types of power supply – AC, DC and battery power.


Sony’s PDW-HD1550 XDCAM HD Recorder (available in October 2014)


An example of a workflow incorporating external media

Since Sony’s introduction of the first XCDCAM products in April 2003, the XDCAM format – based on blue-violet-laser recording onto optical discs – has become the de facto standard for news production and broadcasting throughout the world. As of the end of March 2014, the total sales of XDCAM products worldwide (including both Professional Disc and SxS memory card models) has exceeded 350,000 devices. Sony will continuously enhance its XDCAM line-up and evolve its workflow, in response to the ever-increasing demands of various video productions ranging from news gathering to TV program production.
In order to further broaden the supply base of Professional Disc products, Sony also has a licensing agreement with Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd.* Towards the production of Professional Disc products executed by Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd., Sony, as a licenser, will support the verification of such discs to ensure that they fulfill the required capabilities and work well on XDCAM products.
*Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd. has been conducting its optical disc business under the brand “Verbatim”.

“Sony remains dedicated to providing useful, reliable formats for broadcasters, production companies and other video production professionals,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia and New Zealand. “We are extremely pleased to work with industry partners like Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd. to ensure the long-term sustainability of Professional Disc media and related products, and we will continue to make efforts in the further development and manufacturing of such formats.”

The PDW-850 camcorder and the PDW-HD1550 recorder will be available from October 2014. Sony is exhibiting at NAB 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, booth #C11001.

1 Weight: 4.2 kg (9.3 lb); Power Consumption: 37 W
2 XAVC Intra frame method
3 Video source on a Professional Disc cannot be written to SxS memory cards via SBAC-US20 through the PDW-HD1550

About Sony:
With a diverse portfolio of businesses across electronics, music, film, gaming and telecommunications, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the world’s largest technology and entertainment company. Sony Australia Limited and Sony New Zealand Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Sony Corporation of Japan, a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Committed to producing innovative and quality electronic products, the range includes BRAVIA TVs, Cyber-shot digital cameras, Handycam camcorders, α digital SLR cameras, Walkman MP3 players, VAIO computers, READER eBook Readers as well as professional broadcast and production equipment. For more information on Sony Australia, visit www.sony.com.au or for New Zealand visit www.sony.co.nz

Product Information:
For further Sony professional and broadcast and production product information or stockist details, readers can call Sony New Zealand on 09 488 6188 or visit pro.sony.co.nz

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