• Sony PXW-X180
  • Sony PXW-X180
  • Sony PXW-X180
  • Sony PXW-X180
  • Sony PXW-X180
  • Sony PXW-X180
  • Sony PXW-X180

Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

  MFR# PXWX180

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Product Highlights

  • Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • Fixed G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom
  • XAVC Intra and Long GOP Recordings
  • MPEG HD 422, AVCHD, & DV Codecs
  • Dual ND Filter Control
  • Dual SxS Memory Card Slots
  • 3G/HD-SDI & HDMI Output
  • MP4 Proxy Recording to SD Card
  • 0.5" OLED Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi Remote Control on Smartphone or Tablet Computer


The PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder from Sony is ideal for professional broadcast, documentary or live event video applications, the PXW-X180 XDCAM® HD422 camcorder offers a fixed 25x HD zoom lens with 26mm wide angle, three 1/3-inch type Exmor® CMOS sensors for high resolution, low noise and wide dynamic range, and a variable Neutral Density filter which provides more flexibility in density control and a broader range of shooting techniques. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD, and DV codecs to fit into a variety of broadcast and production workflows. Other key features include a 0.5" OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording to SD cards, and an electronically controlled variable ND filter. The camcorder can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet using the included wireless LAN module.


XDCAM firmware upgrade for live streaming

To enhance ENG shooting capability, we recently added a firmware upgrade that allows wireless streaming capability. Videographers will now be able to stream content live from the field via a wireless network such as 3G, 4G, LTE, and WIFI – a convenient feature that news rooms, cable stations, and production companies will find extremely valuable and timesaving. It's available now at no additional cost.

Three 1/3-inch type Exmor CMOS Full HD sensors

Incorporated into the PXW-X180 are three 1/3-inch Full HD sensors which achieves high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range. Each sensor has 2 million effective pixels and achieves Full HD 1920 x 1080 shooting providing fine image quality settings for detailed, beautifully textured results.

Newly developed 25x professional HD zoom lens

Equipped with a G Series fixed lens, a 26mm wide-angle view, and 25x zoom range, the camcorder is versatile enough to handle a wide range of shooting situations. The lens has three independent control rings, which means focus, zoom and iris can be manually controlled, making for better and faster adjustment.

Variable ND filter control provides more flexibility

The PXW-X180 is Sony's first professional camcorder to feature a variable ND filter. A new filter device has been developed to electronically control density and enable continuous setting adjustment from 1/4ND to 1/128ND with simple dial operation. Using this filter in conjunction with different iris and shutter speed settings to adjust depth of field and brightness, it allows the use of shooting techniques such as slow shutter shooting in daylight and other bright light conditions.

Wireless Functions NFC

Remote control via a smartphone or tablet is possible using a connection, and recorded video files can be transferred from the camcorder to smartphone in MP4 format. One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones that offer NFC connectivity. The Content Browser Mobile application enables confirmation of the angle of the shot before shooting, monitor recording and operation of the camcorder by remote (field angle setting/white balance adjustment/iris adjustment, etc.). The use of separately sold mobile routers and other mobile devices also allows transmission of files after shooting. Lightweight proxy video files can be generated separately from the main line recording and recorded to SD cards for quick sharing of content over low-bandwidth mobile networks.

Multi-CODEC recording

In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X180 records in MPEG2, AVCHD and DV. When recording in XAVC, it uses the MXF file format, efficiently compressing full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 CODEC. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50 Mbps, 35 Mbps or 25 Mbps.

Proxy recording on SD card

The PXW-X180 can record proxy video H.264 on an SD card. The resolution and bitrate of proxy video can be changed for a more flexible workflow. The proxy files are recorded in MP4 format for better compatibility with broadcast systems. The lightweight proxy video files are generated separately from the main line recording and recorded to SD cards for quick sharing of content over low-bandwidth mobile networks.

Compatible with various SxS®, XQD, SD and Memory Stick® media

To meet the needs of various workflows, the PXW-X180 is equipped with two SxS memory card slots that can record in either "Simul" or "Relay" mode. "Simul" mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, while "Relay" mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second card when the first is full. The camcorder is compatible with:

  • SxS PRO+™ Memory Card
  • SxS-1™ Memory Card
  • XQD Memory Card S Series (with use of an appropriate card adaptor)
  • SD/SDHC* Memory Card (with use of an appropriate card adaptor)
  • Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ Media

*SD Card Class 10 or higher recommended.

Multi-Interface Shoe

Accessories attached to the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe can be controlled by the PXW-X180. For example, if the new HVL-LBPC video light is attached to the MI shoe, video light power can be switched on and off from the camcorder. Also, if an optional UWP-D wireless microphone receiver is connected, power supply and cable-free audio signal input are possible, minimizing the need for extra batteries and removing the need for additional cabling.

UPC: 027242884779
In the Box
  Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder
Len Hood
EVF Large Eyecup
USB Cable
Audio Connecting Cable
IR Remote Commander
Lithium Battery (for IR Remote Commander)
AC Adapter
BC-U1 Battery Charger
BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
2 x AC Cable
Cold Shoe Kit
Shoulder Strap
Wireless LAN Module
Accessory Shoe Kit
XQD Card Adapter
CD-ROM (Operating Instructions in PDF)
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Imaging Device 3 x 1/3" type Exmor CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels (H x V) 1920 x 1080
Sensitivity F9 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode)
F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
S/N Ratio 60 dB (Y) (typical)
Shutter Speed 1/32 to 1/2000 sec
White Balance Present (3200K), A, B
Wi-Fi Yes
Built-In ND Filters Clear, 1/4 to 1/128 variable
Type Fixed
Zoom Ratio 25x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length 3.7 to 92.5 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 26 to 650 mm
Aperture f/1.6 to f/11, and closed
Focus Autofocus / manual focus selectable
Minimum Focus Distance Wide: 0.39" (10 mm)
Tele: 31.5" (800 mm)
Image Stabilizer ON/OFF/ACTIVE selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter 82 mm
Video Recording Format XAVC-Intra
1920x1080 59.94i: 111 Mbps max
1920x1080 50i: 112 Mbps max
1920x1080 29.97p: 111 Mbps max
1920x1080 25p: 112 Mbps max
1920x1080 23.98p: 89 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p: 111 Mbps max
1280x720 50p: 112 Mbps max

1920x1080 59.94i, 50i: 50/35/25 Mbps max
1920x1080 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50/35 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 50 Mbps max

1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50 Mbps max

1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 35Mbps max
1440x1080 59.94i, 50i: 35 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 35Mbps max

1920x1080 59.94p, 50p: 28 Mbps max
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 24 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 24 Mbps max

720x480 59.94i: 25 Mbps
720x576 50i: 25 Mbps

1280x720: 9 Mbps
640x360: 3 Mbps
480x270: 1 Mbps
480x270: 500 Kbps
Slow & Quick Motion Function 1920x1080p: Frame rate selectable 1 to 60p (depends on Recording Format)
1280x720: 1 to 120p (depends on Recording Format)
Angle of view becomes smaller over 60fps
Audio Recording Format LPCM, AC-3 (AVCHD): 2 channel
LPCM (XAVC/MPEG2/AVCHD/DVCAM), Dolby Digital (AVCHD): 2 channel
Input 2 x XLR 3-pin, female
Audio Output 1 x 3.5 mm
HDMI Output 1 x HDMI, Type A
SDI Output 1 x 3G-SDI, BNC connector
Composite Output / GENLOCK-IN 1 x BNC connector
USB 1 x USB 2.0, mini-B
1 x type A (for Wireless LAN module)
Timecode Input & Output 1 x BNC connector
Remote 1 x 2.5 mm
DC Input 1 x DC jack
Shoe Mounts 1 x Multi Interface shoe
Headphone Output 1 x 3.5 mm
Built-In Microphone Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
Viewfinder 0.5" (1.27 cm) color OLED
2.36 million dots
LCD 3.5" (8.89 cm) color LCD monitor
Aspect ratio: 16:9
1.56 million dots
Recording Media
Slots 2 x ExpressCard/34; supports SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 memory cards (for XAVC/MPEG2/AVCHD/DV)
1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for Proxy)
1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for Utility)
Power Requirements 19.5 VDC (AC Adaptor)
14.4 VDC (battery pack)
Power Consumption Approx. 19.9 W (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)
Battery Operating Time With battery pack BP-U90: approx. 4 hours (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)

With battery pack BP-U60: approx. 2 hours, 35 minutes (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)

With battery pack BP-U30: approx. 1 hours, 15 minutes (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.54 x 7.93 x 16.22" (19.15 x 00.15 x 41.20 cm); without protrusions
Weight Approx. 5.95 lb (2.7 kg); body only
Approx. 7.05 lb (3.2 kg); with lens hood, eyecup, battery pack BP-U30, SxS memory card
Shipping Info
Shipping Weight 12.55 lb
Box Dimensions (WxHxD) 10.9 x 10.7 x 17.0

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