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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Sony launches professional PXW-Z100 4K XDCAM Camcorder
Posted by xdcam on 2013/9/4 18:56:26 (537 reads)

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Uses Sony’s XAVC recording format and XQD media cards

Sydney 5 September 2013: Sony today announced the PXW-Z100, a professional 4K handheld XDCAM camcorder featuring a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor. The sensor has a total of 16 million pixels, allowing the camcorder to capture stunning 4K content (4096x2160) at 50p or 60p. This camcorder marks Sony’s latest step in expanding the 4K world to everyone, from high-end cinema to corporate and event productions.

The PXW-Z100, together with its fixed 4K-compatible high-performance G Lens, weighs less than 3kg and uses the XAVC recording format first used in the PMW-F55 CineAlta camera. As with the F55, 4K (4096 x 2160, 50p or 60p, 4:2:2, Intra-frame, 10-bit recording in MXF file format) is possible at a high-bit rate of 500Mbps or 600Mbps. QFHD (3840x2160) and HD (1920x1080) resolutions can also be selected, both of which are compatible with most 4K TVs.

Since the PXW-Z100 is based on the same shooting ergonomics as a conventional handheld professional camcorder, it is possible to capture 4K content without extra equipment and with a minimal crew. In addition, during post production, downscaling from 4K to HD provides new possibilities for HD content production.

Sony Australia and New Zealand Senior Product Manager for Content Creation Nick Buchner said, “This innovative new camcorder is capable of capturing very impressive 4K content, making 4K acquisition accessible to a wider range of professional users than ever before. Corporate and event videographers will now be able to easily deliver 4K content across a wide range of platforms including video wall and large projection applications, as well as take advantage of the greater flexibility in post production that 4K acquisition offers when delivering in HD.”

Sony has also announced the new FDR-AX1 Handycam at this month’s IFA 2013 in Berlin. The FDR-AX1 has similar specifications to the PXW-Z100 but is only capable of QFHD (3840 x 2160) recording in the XAVC S format. The FDR-AX1 uses 4:2:0, Long GOP and MP4 file format. The PXW-Z100 also offers a range of additional features of importance to professional users, such as off-speed shooting, 3G HD-SDI output, timecode, and remote control via WiFi.

Key features

1. 4K (4096x2160) 50p or 60p shooting
The camcorder provides extremely high sensitivity due to the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. With 8.8 million effective pixels, the 1/2.3" sensor captures 4K images at 50p or 60p. The in-built high-performance G Lens offers maximum flexibility, including a wide angle of 29.5mm (equivalent to 35mm) and powerful 20x optical zoom.

2. XAVC recording format at 4K 50p/60p, 4:2:2 10-bit at 500/600Mbps, HD at up to 223Mbps
The PXW-Z100 uses Sony’s XAVC recording format first employed in the PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression is used for HD (1920x1080), QFHD (3840x2016) and 4K (4096×2160) content. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit, with an intra-frame system that compresses each frame individually at a maximum bit rate of 500Mbps or 600Mbps during 4K 50p or 60p recording respectively and 223Mbps during HD 50p or 60p recording. The XAVC format is ideal for those looking to implement a high-quality, secure and reliable workflow.

A free firmware update is planned for the middle of 2014 to support the Long GOP mode for extended 4K recording time and to add support for AVCHD recording.

3. XQD Memory Card recording
The XQD Memory Card is a new standard of solid-state memory, which was recently defined by several industry leading companies. XQD uses the ultra-fast PCI Express interface and Sony’s unique camera processor to enable stable video recording at 500Mbps or 600Mbps. The PXW-Z100 features two XQD Memory Card slots. Multiple cards can be used in various ways, such as for relay recording. When the first card becomes full, recording continues on the second card without a break.
* The use of new S Series cards (180MB/s transfer speed supported QD-S32E, QD-S64E) is recommended.

4. HDMI interface for 4K output and 3G HD-SDI interface for HD output
The HDMI interface on the PXW-Z100 can output 4K as a 50p/60p signal. When the PXW-Z100 is connected to a Sony 4K-compatible BRAVIA TV, the recorded 4K image can be displayed in 4K 50p/60p quality. A future firmware upgrade is planned to provide compatibility with the latest HDMI 2.0 standard and enable 4K 50p/60p output to a wider range of devices. Other features include a 3G HD-SDI interface that supports output up to HD 60p. It also supports HD output during 4K recording.

5. Paint function for more creative freedom
The PXW-Z100’s paint function enables multiple image parameters to be adjusted including gamma curve, black level, skin detail and colour. Together with other setting options, parameter settings can be recorded as a camera profile onto a memory card. The recorded camera profile can then be used to set the same parameters in another PXW-Z100 to enable the matching of quality and image tones when using a multi-camera setup.

6. Remote control with WiFi
Focus, zoom, aperture settings and ‘record start/stop’ can be remote controlled using the browser function of a smartphone or tablet.

The PXW-Z100 will be available in Australia and New Zealand from November 2013 and comes with a two-year warranty when purchased through authorised Sony Content Creation dealers.

Posted by xdcam on 2013/8/29 3:30:00 (330 reads)

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Until the end of September, purchasers of the Sony NEX-FS700 Super35mm camcorder can claim a free 3rd-party lens adapter from their dealer.

This allows a huge range of common still camera lenses to be easily fitted, as well as native E-mount lenses, giving users an array of focal length and speed options. Together with the camera’s high speed shooting capabilities, this makes the NEX-FS700 a very powerful and versatile package for large format sensor shooting, at an unmatched price.

This offer applies to both the NEX-FS700 (body only) and NEX-FS700K (with 18-200mm E-mount zoom lens) versions.

For details, contact any Sony authorised Content Creation Dealer. to )

NEX-FS700 product details are available at

BTW It's a Metabones adapter, Mal

XDCAM NEWS : FS700R Rumours
Posted by xdcam on 2013/8/14 4:50:12 (317 reads)

An interesting rumour from the SonyAlphaRumours site:
SR5) New NEX-FS700R and NEX-FS700RH camcorders to be announced soon too. -
Take it for what it is worth :)

Posted by xdcam on 2013/8/1 8:10:00 (404 reads)

During August and September, Sony have two great bundle deals on offer for the PMW-F5 Super35mm Digital Cinematography Camcorder! Buy a PMW-F5 for the regular price of the camera body only and get the following accessories included…

PMWF5OLED bundle

DVF-EL100 OLED viewfinder

SBAC-US20 SxS memory card reader/writer

SBP-64B Pro+ 64GB SxS card

PMWF5LCD bundle

§ DVF-L350 LCD viewfinder

§ SBAC-US20 SxS memory card reader/writer

§ BP-FL75 battery

§ 2 x SBP-64B Pro+ 64GB SxS cards

The PMW-F5 camera system is a powerful tool for today’s production needs, as well as into the future - recording 1080P imaging using on-board 50Mb MPEG2 HD and 10-bit XAVC HD, as well as recently-added 10-bit 4:4:4/4:2:2 SR FILE recording capability.
In September 2013, XAVC high frame rate HD @120fps and XAVC 60P 2K (2048 x 1080) are planned to be added to the camera's arsenal. These updates will be software based and free of charge.
The F5 is designed to accept a wide range of lenses and is supplied with a Sony PL mount featuring both Arri LDS and Cooke"i" interface capability. Third-party lens adapters are available from several manufacturers, to fit the camera’s native FZ mount. Unlike DSLR-based systems, the F5 is not locked into a particular lens mount or brand. Setting the F5 apart from cameras in its price bracket is the option to use the dockable AXS-R5 recorder to record 4K or 2K 16-bit RAW images, offering incredible image fidelity and post production possibilities.
With this optional recorder and a planned September upgrade, high frame rates of 240fps at 2K can be achieved while retaining the exceptional, 16-bit image quality. 240fps is created without windowing the imager (changing the angle of view).
The Sony F5 is designed to make economic sense today, with the features you'll need to continue generating value for years to come. Instead of locking you into a single recording system, the camera opens the door to unprecedented versatility.

For further information, contact any Sony authorised Content Creation Dealer or visit or email to

Posted by xdcam on 2013/6/12 10:03:00 (611 reads)

Sony introduces the PMW-300 semi-shoulder mount camcorder – bringing a new workhorse to broadcast, productions and corporate events
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Sydney, Australia – June 12, 2013:
Sony today announced the PMW-300 XDCAM camcorder, equipped with 1/2"-type Exmor™ Full-HD 3CMOS sensors capable of delivering incredible images even in low-light conditions. The PMW-300 is ideal for broadcast producers and corporate event camera operators who require a flexible semi-shoulder mounted camcorder that can easily be adapted to suit a wide range of production environments.

An evolution of Sony’s industry leading PMW-EX3, the PMW-300 is able to record 50Mbps HD material in MPEG HD422, meeting broadcast standards around the world for HD broadcast acquisition. The high bit rate ensures excellent capture of fast moving objects, while its chroma subsampling is perfect for a wide range of video encoding areas such as VFX and green screen applications. The camcorder can also be upgraded in the future to support Sony’s revolutionary XAVC codec, extending the lifecycle of the product to ensure maximum return on investment*.

The 1/2"-type Exmor™ Full-HD 3CMOS sensors offer high light sensitivity and low image noise. As a consequence, it delivers clear high-resolution images even when filming in low-light conditions. The camcorder also includes Sony’s advanced signal processing technology, which suppresses noise effectively and thus creates noticeably clearer images.

“The PMW-300 incorporates all the market leading features from our XDCAM family in a semi-shoulder HD422 50Mbps camcorder,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Australia and New Zealand. “From working closely with our customers we know there is strong demand for a truly versatile semi-shoulder camcorder that has been designed to meet the needs of the broadcast, production and corporate event worlds.”

The PMW-300 features the same EX-mount interchangeable lens system as the PMW-EX3, making it compatible with a wide range of 1/2 inch and 2/3 inch lenses. There are two types of lens packages planned to be available for the PMW-300. One is with a 14 times zoom lens (PMW-300K1), and the other is with a 16 times zoom lens (PMW-K2). Both lenses have a focus ring for quick switching between auto and manual focus, in addition to the dedicated zoom and iris rings.

An HD-resolution 3.5-inch colour LCD viewfinder (960x540 pixels) enables precision focusing for HD filming, while the 8-pin remote control and multi-camera operation capability allows the PMW-300 to be used in 3D configurations and high-end camera systems.

With HD-SD/SDI and HDMI outputs, the PMW-300 connects not only to broadcast infrastructures, but also to consumer devices equipped with HDMI inputs. Timecode and genlock interfaces enable use in multi-camera setups and 3D configurations. The 8-pin remote connector allows for remote adjustment from a remote control sold separately.

Based on customer feedback the PMW-300 features an innovative semi-shoulder design that has a rotary hand grip, allowing comfortable recording over long periods of time. Its magnesium metal body ensures the camcorder is robust and like its predecessor, the PMW-EX3, can withstand even the harshest production environments.

Like all of Sony’s solid-state XDCAM camcorders, the PMW-300 has the most flexible choice of recording media in the market, allowing customers to choose to record on Sony’s professional SxS memory card as well as other media such as SD, Memory Stick and XQD cards depending upon their budget and application.

Sony today also confirmed that an optional wireless adapter currently in development will enhance proxy recording, wireless transfers, Wi-Fi viewing and metadata input.

An ideal companion for the PMW-300 would be the new UWP series of wireless professional audio products.

The PMW-300K1 with a 14 times zoom lens will be available from October 2013.
The PMW-300K2 with a 16 times zoom lens release date is still to be confirmed.

*XAVC support for HD will be available in 2014

XDCAM NEWS : RAW Recording For FS700 in July
Posted by xdcam on 2013/5/16 11:01:04 (382 reads)

July will see the upgrade and new firmware for the FS700. It will come at a cost though. I've heard $600 for the Sony service fee.
More details on the upgrade at PVC

SONY PRESS RELEASE : Global Aquires 31 Sony Cameras
Posted by xdcam on 2013/5/15 4:45:55 (397 reads)

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15 May 2013

In its latest Sony equipment purchase Global Television has acquired a further 31 Sony HDC series high definition cameras, taking its Sony HD camera inventory to nearly 250 and cementing Global’s industry-leading HD camera chain offer.

Global’s new Sony cameras will be deployed on diverse broadcasts including Big Brother 2013 for the Nine Network and NRL for Nine and Fox Sports.

The agreement, which extends Global and Sony Australia’s longstanding partnership, was reached at NAB 2013 and encompasses 10 HDC-2400, three HDC-2500 and 18 HDC-P1 point-of-view (POV) cameras.

Marc Segar, Director of Technical Services at Global Television, said: “With Global’s ever-expanding slate of challenging and complex outside broadcast and studio OB productions, we need the latest and most robust HD camera chains. Sony’s HDC series more than meets that brief, allowing us to deliver 24/7 productions such as Big Brother and the fast live-to-air sporting action that is NRL to the exceptional standards our clients and viewers expect.”

Garry Rhodin, General Manager of Sony Australia’s Professional Solutions Division, said: “It’s part of the Sony ethos that we continually try to develop our customer partnerships as well as our technology in order to provide the very best in equipment, service and support for the long term. This latest sale of HD camera chains to Global TV is a very good example of that philosophy in action. As a result we look forward to supplying Global with their HD acquisition requirements and more, for some time to come.”

Global Television will use its new HDC-2500s for slow-motion capture during NRL games. Five of the HDC-P1 POV cameras will also be deployed on NRL, enhancing Global’s existing camera resources.

For Big Brother Global has added 10 HDC-2400 and 13 HDC-P1 POV cameras – which allow high quality night-time images, essential to documenting round-the-clock events in the Big Brother house. They bring the total number of Sony HD cameras used on the program to 35.

The expanded camera inventory joins Global’s new second-generation Sony Trimaster EL OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays in the Big Brother control room and technical positions. OLED displays work without a backlight and offer deep black levels and extremely high contrast ratios, even in low ambient light conditions – essential to ensure viewers don’t miss a second of the goings on.

Global Television also recently installed a Sony MVS-8000X vision mixer into HD4 – used on NRL and other major outside broadcasts – making the HD supertruck one of Australia’s most powerful OB vehicles.

SONY PRESS RELEASE : Heard Island expedition shot with new Sony PMW-200
Posted by xdcam on 2013/4/18 22:39:08 (649 reads)

Heard Island expedition shot with new Sony PMW-200 HD camera
Australian Sub-Antarctic shoot
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Sydney, 19 April 2013 –
When Queensland-based Marine Biologist and filmmaker Dr. Dean Miller was approached to shoot one of the most remote places on earth with the new Sony PMW-200 HD camera his reaction was a justifiable mix of excitement and trepidation.

Miller explained, “Heard Island in the Australian Sub-Antarctic is extremely hard to get to and only very few people have ever seen it let alone stood on it. When you get an invitation to take part in an expedition to visit somewhere as special and untouched as this, you simply say, yes please and what’s involved?”

The assignment, one Miller describes as his “hardest to date”, involved a 10,000km open ocean voyage through the notorious Southern Ocean to get to the tiny island and a three-day window to explore, research and shoot when they got there.

Miller continued, “I only had three days to get as much usable footage as I could to tell the Heard Island story. In fact the shoot ended up being much harder than we first thought it might be. After sixteen days at sea in ferocious conditions we finally arrived but could not get anywhere near the island. Blizzards held the ship off the coast and we got only the smallest of glimpses of Heard for thirty hours, which meant thirty hours less time I had to shoot. Once the storm cleared we had a nine hour window before the next storm was forecast, so we landed and while also covering over 10km on foot, shot as much as I possibly could. The day after it was back to blizzards, and with just one day remaining things were getting tight. We managed to get back on the island for another four hours and somehow shot enough footage for the rest of the story. Without doubt the greatest moment on the island was when the weather cleared giving us beautiful blue skies and revealing Big Ben, Australia’s highest peak, only active volcano and birthplace of our glaciers. It is something I will never forget and was one of the most stunning scenes I have ever witnessed. Everything I thought I knew about cameras, filming, wildlife and the weather all had to come together for those 13 little hours.”

Accompanying Miller on his expedition into the unknown was the latest Sony PMW-200, the much-anticipated upgrade for the PMW-EX1, a camera that Miller had used extensively all over the world.

Miller added, “I know the EX1 back to front and was excited beyond belief to test drive the PMW-200. I took one camera and one camera only so it had to work first time every time. My guess was that if the PMW-200 was anything like my old EX1 it would be the perfect tool for the job - super high quality, reliable, versatile, excellent on batteries, compact and tough against the conditions. It was. I knew we were onto a winner as soon as I saw the PMW-200 was small enough to be carried along with my survival equipment, but large and powerful enough to shoot the amazing HD footage that the broadcasters required.”

Sony’s PMW-200 supports the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec and MXF recording and with its three 1/2-inch Full HD Exmor CMOS sensors (1920x1280), the PMW-200 is able to achieve high resolution (1000 TVl), high sensitivity (F11@2000 lx), low noise (56 dB), and wide dynamic range.

Dr. Miller concluded, “The PMW-200 does it all in my opinion - great lens, great range, fast and slow motion and an awesome time-lapse function with plenty of options. This camera can pull off wildlife shooting with ease because it is so easy to setup and very simple to use. On Heard Island the PMW-200 performed flawlessly. The higher 50 Mbps bit rate is a real bonus and is one of many winning features of the PMW-200. The screen has been improved which is great and it was super easy to navigate menus and buttons, just like the EX1. The camera is also very intuitive and very easy to simply pick up and shoot with, another bonus especially if you don’t like reading manuals. It’s hard to fault the PMW-200 and if you think you got great results with an EX1 then wait until you try this camera as it takes things to a whole new level.”

XDCAM NEWS : Everything You Need to Know - The FS700
Posted by xdcam on 2013/4/17 21:42:47 (374 reads)

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Sony Pro have produced a series of videos from NAB, this one on the FS700 - have a look why it's the best camera for buck (and 4K to boot)?
Mike DesRoches, Sony Sales Support Engineer explains its applications.

Posted by xdcam on 2013/4/12 4:50:00 (571 reads)

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(the camera I / we wanted from the beginning....oh well, it's good to see it finally made it)

Las Vegas, April 7, 2013: Sony today announced its new PMW-400 shoulder-mount camcorder at the NAB Show 2013 in Las Vegas. The latest addition to Sony’s widely-used XDCAM HD422 line-up, the PMW-400, incorporates a 2/3-inch Exmor™ Full HD 3CMOS sensor for capturing beautiful images with high sensitivity and low noise. It has been designed with a host of features that make it a great fit for applications like ENG or live production.

“The PMW-400 reflects Sony’s continued commitment to bringing quality imaging solutions to market, with products that are at the top of their game,” said Fabien Pisano, Strategic Marketing Head, Sony Europe. “We’ve designed the PMW-400 to acquire high quality, clean images especially in low-light environments. It’s very ergonomically-balanced, easy to operate and includes features that make it fit seamlessly into various types of productions and workflows. This really opens up new opportunities around cost efficiency and flexible shooting to achieve the desired results.”
Higher Picture Quality with HD422 Codec
Capable of MPEG HD422 50Mbps recording, the PMW-400 is unique among the field of 2/3-type camcorders thanks to its noise reduction capabilities and rich selection of formats that it can handle. Its 3 Dimensional Noise Reducer (3DNR) accurately detects and processes images to reduce noise, achieving a Signal-to-Noise (S/N) ratio of 60dB which is outstanding among 2/3-type camcorders. A wide variety of formats are supported by the PMW-400, including MPEG2 HD422@50Mbps, HD420@35Mbps/25Mbps, MPEG IMX@50Mbps, and DVCAM. The PMW-400 will also offer future XAVC support for HD so users can be well-placed to meet the ever-increasing demands for high quality image capture.

Improved Viewfinder
The supplied viewfinder features improved panel resolution of quarter HD 960(H) x 540(V) compared to previous models that had a resolution of VGA 640(H) x 480(V). In addition, contrast and viewing angles are considerably better in the new viewfinder.
Flash Band Compensation via Internal Processing
The PMW-400 incorporates a valuable new feature – an internal Flash Band Reducer based on a processing circuit installed inside the camcorder. In addition to current flash band reducing processes via content browser after recording, the camcorder also employs a special algorithm to detect and process flash banding inside the camcorder before recording. This provides greater flexibility in reducing flash banding across different shooting environments.

Operational Flexibility
To enhance convenience and flexibility during program production, the PMW-400 is built with two SDI connections that enable, for example, the director and cameraman to concurrently check content shot via two different monitors.

An optional CBK-CE01 50-pin interface lets the PMW-400 connect to camera adapters for greater creative possibilities through multi-camera operation. By connecting to the CA-FB70 optical fibre or CA-TX70 digital triax camera adapter, the PMW-400 can be used as a studio camera in live production and transmit signals over long distances while maintaining high picture quality.
R&D Prototype: Wireless Adapter for 3G/4G/LTE and Wi-Fi Connections
For easy transmission by network and efficient on-site operation using Wi-Fi, a wireless adapter is under development. The adapter is directly connectable to the PMW-400 to enable proxy files generated on the microSD to be transmitted via 3G/4G/LTE/Wi-Fi. Due to this easy transmission of proxy files from the shooting location to a broadcast station via network connections, ENG workflows can be accelerated tremendously. Using Wi-Fi transmission, the adapter is also workable with the mobile application installed on devices such as tablet PCs and smartphones. Additionally, to drastically improve on-site operation, a range of features currently being planned include file browsing management, proxy file preview, stream viewing for camera signal, file transfer of proxy files and high-resolution files as well as metadata input and remote camera control.

Available from August 2013 onwards.

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