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Sony unveils PXW-X200 XDCAM

Sony, Amsterdam, 12 September 2014: Camcorder offers high image quality with new 1/2 inch-type Exmor™ 3CMOS sensors and powerful 17x zoom lens, plus multi-format support and convenient wireless functions


PXW-X200 XDCAM camcorder

At IBC in Amsterdam, Sony unveiled a new addition to its XDCAM range ofsolid state memory camcorders, the PXW-X200. The new handheld camcorder is a successor to Sony’s PMW-200, which has been well received by many videographers and broadcasters due to the outstanding image quality offered by its 1/2 inch-type 3CMOS sensors and MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps) recording capability. The new PXW-X200 takes its operating performance to the next level, combining its improved sensors with a new 17 times zoom lens and XAVC Intra/Long GOP recording with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. The results are high quality Full HD (1920×1080) pictures, high sensitivity (F13 at 1080/50i), low noise (S/N ratio of 58dB), and a wide dynamic range – essential for professionals shooting under challenging lighting conditions.

Apart from the improved sensor, lens and codec support, other enhancements over the PMW-200 include new wireless/NFC (Near Field Communication) functions, Simultaneous Recording (*1) on two SxS media slots, a Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe (*2) and GPS data recording (*3). These features greatly boost the workflow efficiency of the PXW-X200, making it ideal for a variety of professional applications including news-gathering, broadcast production, documentaries, events, weddings, education, corporate productions and more.

With the PXW-X200, we’re really pushing the performance limits of this class of camcorder. The 1/2 inch-type image sensors combined with the 17 times zoom lens, 4:2:2 sampling and wireless functions definitely puts a first-rate acquisition tool in the hands of professional videographers,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia and NZ. “The PXW-X200, in synergy with other products from the XDCAM family, offers numerous functional and workflow conveniences for all customers to achieve mission critical operations where turn-around time is a huge factor.”

High picture quality from 1/2 inch-type Exmor™ 3CMOS sensors

The PXW-X200 incorporates three 1/2 inch-type Exmor™ CMOS sensors that produce Full HD resolution (1920×1080) without pixel interpolation. The image sensor boasts 2.07 million effective pixels, and combines with Sony’s digital signal processing to achieve a wide dynamic range, low noise (S/N ratio of 58dB), and high sensitivity of F13 at 1080/50i – essential for professionals shooting under challenging lighting conditions.

New 17x zoom lens with manual control rings

A newly-developed 17 times zoom lens is a key feature of the PXW-X200. Sony has successfully kept its size very compact despite designing it for the 1/2 inch-type imagers. The lens can zoom from 29.3 mm to 499 mm (35 mm equivalent), which is powerful enough to cover most common applications. The lens also possesses three manual independent control rings for Zoom/Focus/Iris, each with a physical end-stop and absolute markings for precise adjustments by the user in professional shooting operations.

Wireless streaming (*4) and file transfer functions

To meet the needs of today’s professionals, the PXW-X200 comes equipped with wireless functions including one-touch NFC capability. By attaching the supplied IFU-WLM3 wireless module, remote control and monitoring functions can be performed from a tablet or smartphone using the Content Browser Mobile application. Moreover, by connecting with separately-sold Internet routers, proxy or high-resolution files can be transferred to a cloud server to commence the editing process even while the location shoot continues. This function is similar to how Sony’s CBK-WA100 wireless adaptor operates.

In addition, a live streaming function (*4) will be made available via a future firmware upgrade. By attaching a separately-sold LTE USB module (*5), live video and audio can be streamed, watched and recorded at a remote location.

Multi-Format support including high quality XAVC and MPEG HD422

The PXW-X200 efficiently compresses Full HD (1920×1080) resolution images using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and has the capability to record XAVC using 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. In XAVC, the user can select Intra-frame compression at a maximum of 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long GOP compression at 50/35/25 Mbps. In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X200 also records in MPEG HD422 (50Mbps), MPEG HD420 (35/25 Mbps), MPEG IMX (50 Mbps) and DV (25 Mbps) formats. Four channels of 24-bit 48 kHz LPCM audio are recorded in XAVC and MPEG HD422, while four channels of 16-bit 48 kHz LPCM are recorded in MPEG HD420. The multi-format support is useful for different shooting applications and can be adjusted to meet users’ requirements. Operating on globally-established XDCAM HD422 or XAVC formats allows the PXW-X200 to deliver high-speed, intuitive workflows along with greater operational convenience.

Features of the PXW-X200 ideal for professionals

  • Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe for connecting accessories like the optional HVL-LBPC video light or a UWP-D series wireless microphone systemwithout requiring XLR cables and battery pack

  • GPS data recording as Metadata

  • 3G-SDI Interface for 1080 50P/59.94P output

  • Slow & Quick Motion function (available for XAVC Intra, XAVC Long GOP, MPEG HD422 & MPEG HD420)

  • Picture Profile function (Gamma, Matrix, etc)

  • Genlock In, Time Code In/Out for multi-camera shooting

  • Focus Assist functions (Colour Peaking, MF Assist, One-push AF, Focus Magnification)

  • 3.5” QHD (RGB 960×540) LCD Panel

The PXW-X200 will be available from November 2014.

*1 Simultaneous recording is activated by a firmware version upgrade which is scheduled for early 2015.

*2 Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe function is activated by a firmware version upgrade which is scheduled for early 2015.

*3 GPS function is activated by a firmware version upgrade which is scheduled for early 2015.

*4 Live streaming function is activated by a firmware version upgrade which is scheduled for early 2015.

*5 Wireless Streaming function works only with compatible modules.


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 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 contact Sony Australia on 1300 720 071 or visit pro.sony.com.au. For Sony New Zealand call 09 488 6188 or visit pro.sony.co.nz

Images: Product images can be downloaded from the Sony Australia Flickr site www.flickr.com/photos/sonyaustralia. For situational images, please contact Anthony Kable at [email protected]

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