TVB Tech Alert: New Sony XDCAM Models

PARK RIDGE, N.J.: Sony is adding two more models to its EXCAM line, a shoulder-mount and a handheld camcorder.

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.