TVB Tech Alert: New Sony XDCAM Models
October 21, 2009
PARK RIDGE, N.J.:
Sony is adding two more models to its EXCAM line, a shoulder-mount and a
The shoulder-mount PMW-350 (left) uses three 2/3-inch Exmor CMOS sensors with
1920x1080 resolution for full HD imaging. Sensitivity is F12. The
camcorder also features DVCAM recording via the CBK-DV01 option and is
studio-configurable, with timecode I/O, genlock in, and HD-SDI and HDMI out. It
consumes 15 watts, enabling single-battery operation.
The PMW-350 will come in a body-only configuration and one with a Fujinon lens.
Both will become available in January.
The PMW-EX1R handheld (right) is the successor to the PMW-EX1, Sony’s first
memory-based pro camcorder rolled out two years ago. The PMW-EX1R new features
requested by users, including DVCAM recording, an HDMI output, a
higher-resolution viewfinder, and one-push Auto Iris. The hand grip has been
improved, and slow/quick mode operation is by a single click. It has an
image-inversion option and picture cache recording of up to 15 seconds.
Sony is launching two new media options along with the new camcorders. The 32
GB SxS-1 memory card will feature 800 Mbps data transfers and a five-year,
daily-use lifespan. The MEAD-MS01 adaptor for use with Sony’s Memory Stick Pro
HG Duo HX Series media will come in capacities from 4GB upwards. It was
developed for use as an emergency card for production or as a cost-conscious
option for entry-level videographers. Sony’s current and new XDCAM EX models
will be compatible with the SxS-1 and the MEAD-MS01 through a software upgrade
available in early 2010.
In addition, a new mobile storage unit, the PXU-MS240, will be able to transfer
data from SxS PRO memory cards to the unit for back-up or off-load of video
clips. The unit stores up to 240 GB of content on a removable hard disk drive.
It’s slated to become available this month.