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Sony introduces PXW-X500 XDCAM

SONY, Sydney, 25 August 2014: Sony today introduced the new PXW-X500 solid-state memory shoulder-mount camcorder which succeeds its popular predecessor, the PMW-500. The new PXW-X500 model offers superior picture quality with its sophisticated new three-chip 2/3-inch CCD image sensors, and the camcorder is designed to be an outstanding acquisition tool on a 1080 progressive platform for a broad range of HD production applications such as TV drama, reality programmes, live productions, ENG and sports production.

PXW-X500 XDCAM Shoulder Camcorder

SONY PXW-X500 XDCAM Shoulder Camcorder

Key features of the PXW-X500 XDCAM Shoulder Camcorder

Multi-format Recording
The PXW-X500 offers a wide array of traditional and new recording formats, including SD formats such as MPEG IMX and DVCAM, HD formats such as MPEG-4 SStP and MPEG HD422, plus XAVC Intra 4:2:2 1080 59.94/50i and XAVC Long 4:2:2 1080 59.94/50p. In early 2015, the PXW-X500 will also support Apple ProRes(*1) and Avid® DNxHD®(*2) as options.

High Sensitivity and High Signal-to-Noise Ratio with B4-Mount HD Lenses
Three newly-developed 2/3-inch-type Power HAD™ FX CCDs produce high-quality pictures with high signal-to-noise ratios (60dB), while maintaining high sensitivity levels (F12 at 1080/50i and F11 at 1080/59.94i) that the widely-accepted range of XDCAM shoulder mount camcorders are known for.

Powerful Slow & Quick Motion up to 120p Frame Rate
The PXW-X500 offers a powerful “Slow & Quick Motion” function. Thanks to the XAVC codec, its highest frame rate can reach 1080/120p, which allows a five times slow motion effect at 23.98p(*3). This spectacular performance is enabled by the newly-developed CCD image sensors and the camera’s outstanding image processing abilities.

Built-in Wireless Module enables efficient workflow and streaming of proxy content
With a built-in wireless module, the PXW-X500 can be operated from compatible WiFi devices such as tablets, via the supplied IFU-WLM3 USB wireless LAN module. In addition, proxy video files can be generated separately from the main hi-res file recordings and independently recorded to an SD card. In early 2015, the wireless module will be able to stream the proxy content over WiFi or LTE (Long Term Evolution)(*4) networks.

The streaming function will also be available for Sony’s PXW-X180 XDCAM handheld solid-state memory camcorder which was recently launched into the market in August 2014(*5).

Other key features of the PXW-X500
Pool-feed input with 3G/HD/SD-SDI
Simultaneous recording onto two SxS cards
Flexible camera system operation with the CA-FB70 optical fibre or CA-TX70 digital triax camera adapters
GPS functionality records GPS data in an MXF file and a log file automatically, when activated(*6)

Launch of PMW-RX50 XDCAM Portable Recorder

PMW-RX50 XDCAM Portable Recorder

SONY PMW-RX50 XDCAM Portable Recorder

Sony also launched the new PMW-RX50 XDCAM Mobile Recorder. It features a compact and lightweight design, and is capable of SxS recording and playback. The PMW-RX50 supports the XAVC Intra 4:2:2 1080/59.94p and XAVC Long 4:2:2 1080/59.94p formats, as well as traditional formats such as MPEG HD 4:2:2, 4:2:0, MPEG IMX and DVCAM. It makes a great field deck companion for the PXW-X500, especially in applications such as field shoots and on-site location shoots.

Other key features of the PMW-RX50
Simultaneous recording onto two SxS cards(*7)
Comes with an adapter supporting XLR audio
DC output for CBK-WA100 Wireless Adapter

XAVC Long 4:2:2 Upgrade for Sony’s PMW-1000 XDCAM Recorder

By means of a free software version upgrade, Sony’s current model PMW-1000 XDCAM HD422 recorder will be capable of supporting XAVC Long 4:2:2 1080/50i as well.

“Sony continues to pursue high picture quality and efficient workflows that fulfill the exacting requirements of broadcasters everywhere,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia. “The launch of these new camcorders, portable recorders and XAVC upgrades bears testament to Sony’s total solutions approach in ensuring that XDCAM users continue to remain at the forefront of technology and productivity, and enjoy options to future-proof their assets.”

The PXW-X500 and PMW-RX50 will be available from October 2014. The XAVC Long 4:2:2 software version upgrade for the PMW-1000 will be available from December 2014.

*1 An optional PXWK-501 Codec Option (ProRes) key is required. Planned availability is early 2015.
*2 An optional PXWK-502 Codec Option (DNxHD) key is required. Planned availability is early 2015.
*3 An optional PXWK-503 Slow&Quick Option key is required for XAVC format recording. Available in October, 2014.
*4 This function will be available through a free software version upgrade. Planned to be available in early 2015
*5 This function will be available through a free software version upgrade. Planned to be available in early 2015
*6 This function is available for recording in XAVC formats. Other HD formats will be supported in future
*7 This function is planned to be available in Autumn, 2015

Avid and DNxHD are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

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, READER eBook Readers as well as professional broadcast and production equipment. For more information, visit www.sony.co.nz

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

Images: Product images can be downloaded from the Sony Australia Flickr site. For situational images, please email Anthony Kable.

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