Sydney, 10 November 2015: Sony’s latest addition to its PXW series of shoulder mount camcorders, PXW-X400, delivers stronger network and wireless capabilities, improved weight balance, XAVC 50/60p recording and pool feed functions, giving electronic news-gathering (ENG) and field production professionals a versatile and high-performance tool.
“This new camcorder combines all the capabilities pro-shooters need – connectivity, ergonomics and high performance – into a true production workhorse,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia. “The various additional features like XAVC 60p recording and standard pool feed input make the PXW-X400 a perfect fit for today’s demanding field content creation requirements.”
When wireless LAN is unstable or unavailable, the new PXW-X400’s Ethernet interface (RJ45 connector) enables direct connection to a network for file transfer, live streaming and control from a web browser. A near-field communications (NFC) feature gives users a one-touch link between the camcorder and a mobile device. A Content Browser Mobile application enables users to preview or remotely control camcorder settings and various menu functions.
The pool feed function (HD/SD SDI) allows recording of the SDI external signal onto an SxS card, a useful function to record a distributed signal from another camera or player on-site without requiring a portable deck.
Redesigning the inner structure of PXW-X400’s body, Sony has drastically improved the weight balance and handling capabilities compared to its predecessor models. Combining the newly introduced manual lens with the well-balanced body resolves any front-heavy issues and dramatically reduces the load for users on the right-hand.
The PXW-X400’s “ONLINE button” lets users bypass a mobile device or the camcorder’s menu for direct on/off control over direct streaming transmission of AV signals from the PXW-X400 to assigned destinations, auto-uploading of proxy files to cloud services and FTP servers, and on/off control over Sony’s PWS-100RX1 network server while shooting.
The low-power (22W) PXW-X400 uses 2/3” 3-chip CMOS image sensors and supports several HD and SD formats including XAVC. Lens options include a 20x Manual Focus Lens (PXW-X400KC model) and a 16x Auto Focus Lens (PXW-X400KF model). The PXW-X400 model is body-only with no lens or viewfinder. The new camcorder also supports Sony’s new HDVF-series Full HD OLED Viewfinder (model HDVF-EL20/EL30).
The PXW-X400 camcorder is scheduled for release in Australia and New Zealand from February 2016.
 50/60p recording will be supported on only XAVC-Long format.
 Auto Focus capability will be available in May 2016.
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