Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder

Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder

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Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder

  • Slow & Quick Motion
  • 3G-SDI & HDMI Output
  • Wireless LAN Control
  • Planned Upgrade To UHD 4K
  • 1" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • HD Recording
  • Built-In SD Media Card Slots
  • Viewfinder & Flip-Out LCD Screen
  • XAVC, AVCHD, DV File Based Recording

Sony's PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder features a 1.0" type Exmor™ R CMOS Sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The sensor, which is even larger than the Super 16mm film frame, delivers high resolution and fantastic low light performance, as well as offering more depth of field control as demanded by today’s diverse shooting requirements. 

The new camcorder has the ability to record High Definition in XAVC Long GOP, enabling 422 10-bit sampling at 50 Mbps. This in-turn supports a broadcast-quality workflow, increasingly adopted by productions in many different professional applications. A fixed ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens achieves 12x optical zoom which can be doubled to 24x with Clear Image Zoom and doubled again to 48x with Digital Extender zoom. There is also a ND Filter function, allowing you to choose four conventional mechanical ND filter positions. 

Advanced features include Wi-Fi/NFC (Near Field Communication) with Content Browser Mobile™ version 1.4 or later, plus dual media slots, simultaneous or relay recording, and independent record control. In apition, other wireless network features (e.g. live streaming, file transfer, etc.) are planned to be supported by a future upgrade and 4K recording functionality by charged base future upgrade, which are scheduled to be announced later.

Sony's PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder is about the same size as a conventional 1/3" professional compact camcorder, but it features a 1" type sensor, which is larger than a super-16 sized sensor and more than eight times the size of a 1/3" sensor. The larger Exmor R sensor size provides for more cinematic appearing depth of field than a 1/3" sensor is capable of and features a back-side illuminated design for improved low light performance. It features an integrated 12x optical zoom lens with a manual lens ring for zoom/focus control, and a three level switchable ND filter. The top handle incorporates two 3-pin XLR inputs for recording audio from XLR microphones.

The camera records HD video using the XAVC Long-GOP codec with 4:2:2, 10-bit color sampling at 50 Mb/second, providing footage with a high data rate that is suitable for broadcast applications. Sony's Slow & Quick Motion is built-into the camera. The camera features two SD card slots, allowing simultaneous and relay recording, and both a 3G-SDI and an HDMI output. The camera supports control via Wi-Fi using smartphones or tablets and the optional Content Browser Mobile application. Planned upgrades will allow the camera to record in 4K UHD as well as ap file transfer and streaming via Wi-Fi.

The 1" type sensor features 14.2 million effective pixels on a sensor that is more than 8 times larger than a 1/3" type sensor. The larger size of the pixels allows them to gather more light compared to a 1/3" sensor. The Exmor R designation indicates the sensor features a back-side illuminated design, which allows more light to reach the sensor's photosites for increased light sensitivity and less noise in low light conditions.

The PXW-X70 is a compact camcorder that weighs less than 3 pounds including the XLR handle unit, battery (NP-FV70), lens hood and large eye-cup. It features professional interfaces including 3G-SDI and HDMI output connectors, an XLR handle unit with zoom lever, a manual lens ring that can control zoom and focus, and an ergonomic palm grip with large zoom lever. Its records video to two SD memory card slots that can be used for simultaneous and relay recording and to backup files.

The camera is capable fo recording using Sony's Slow & Quick motion, which allows you to shoot at selectable frame rates (1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60 / 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 25, 50.)

The integrated 12x optical zoom lens incorporates a three-level switchable ND filter, with 24x clear Image Zoom technology that retains the quality of the HD image, and a digital extender allows you to zoom up to 48x.

Multiple recording choices are available depending on application, including XAVC, AVCHD, and DV file-based recording. The PXW-X70 records in CAVC using the MXF file format, which efficiently compresses full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 CODEC. Color sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50 Mbps, 35 Mbps, or 25 Mbps for broadcast quality images.

Supporting Near Field Communication functions, the camera allows easy, one-touch wireless LAN connection to a smartphone or tablet, while the Content Browser Mobile application allows confirmation of shot angles and operation of the camcorder by remote, including spot focus and iris adjustment.

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In the Box

Sony PXW-X70
XLR handle unit 
Lens hood
Lens cap
Large eyecup 
Accessory shoe kit 
USB cable
Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV70) 
AC Adaptor (AC-L200D) (1), Power cord (mains lead) 
Wireless Remote Commander (RMT-845) 
Lithium battery (CR2025 for the Wireless Remote Commander 
Pre-installed to the Wireless Remote Commander
Operating Guide 
CD-ROM Manuals for Solid-State Memory Camcorder
Limited 1-year Warranty 

Camera: Built-in Optical Filters 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
Camera: Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12,15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 dB, AGC
Camera: Imaging Device 1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
Camera: Minimum Illumination [60i] 1.7lux (1/30 Shutter Speed, iris/gain AUTO) [50i] 1.7lux(1/25 Shutter Speed, iris/gain AUTO)
Camera: Slow & Quick Motion Function [60i] 1080p: Frame rate selectable [1.2.4.8.15.30,60 fps] [50i] 1080p: Frame rate selectable [1.2.3.6.12.25,50 fps]
Camera: White Balance Preset (Indoor:3200K, Outdoor:5600K±7 steps, Color temperature set range:2300-15000K), One push A, B, Auto selectable
Lens: Filter Diameter M62 mm
Lens: Focal Length f=9.3 - 111.6mm (equivalent to f=29.0 - 348.0mm on 16:9 35 mm lens)
Lens: Focus AF / MF selectable
Lens: Iris F2.8 - F4.5 (auto/manual selectable)
Lens: Lens Mount fixed lens
Lens: Zoom Ratio 12x optical zoom, 24x Clear Image Zoom, 48x Digital Zoom
Built-in LCD Monitor 3.5" (8.89cm) type LCD (approx. 1.56M dots)
Viewfinder 0.39" (0.99cm) type OLED (approx. 1.44M dots)
Audio Input XLR Line/ Mic (x2). with selectable Phantom Power One 3.5mm stereo jack with Plug-on power"
Composite Output Multi/Micro USB (use with optional VMC-15MR2)
DC Input Yes
HDMI Output 1x Type-A
Headphone Output 1x 3.5mm Stereo mini jack
Remote Multi/Micro USB
SDI Output 1x 3G HD-SDI BNC
USB Multi/Micro USB
Battery Operating Time

200 min. with NP-FV70 battery (while playing with LCD, XAVC 1080/60i, 50Mbps) (approx.)
120min. with NP-FV70 battery (while recording with LCD, XAVC 1080/60i, 50Mbps) (approx. )

Operating Temperature 32 deg. F to 104 deg. F (0 deg. C to 40 deg. C)
Power Consumption

5.5 W (while recording with viewfinder and XAVC HD 1080/60i 50Mbps) (approx.)
5.8 W (while recording with LCD and XAVC HD 1080/60i 50Mbps) (approx.)

Power Requirements DC In: 8.4V Battery: 6.8V / 7.2V
Recording Format 1 XAVC Long: XAVC-L 50 mode
VBR, maximum 50Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels
XAVC Long: XAVC-L 35 mode
VBR, maximum 35Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels
XAVC Long: XAVC-L 25 mode
VBR, maximum 25Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels
Recording Format 2

AVCHD
VBR, maximum 28Mbps,m MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels
Dolby Digital 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels
LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

DVCAM
CBR 25Mbps
LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

Recording Frame Rate 1 XALC Long: XAVC-L 50 mode
1920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
1280x720/59.94p, 50p
XALC Long: XAVC-L 35 mode
1920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
XALC Long: XAVC-L 25 mode
1920x1080/59.94i, 50i
Recording Frame Rate 2

AVCHD
1920x1080/59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
1280x720/59.94p, 50p

DV
720x480/59.94i
720x576/50i

Recording/Playback Time 1

XAVC-Long HD at LPCM 2ch 50Mbps
approx. 120 min with 64GB memory card
XAVC-Long HD at LPCM 2ch 35Mbps
approx. 170 min with 64GB memory card
XAVC-Long HD at LPCM 2ch 25Mbps
approx. 220 min with 64GB memory card

AVCHD at LPCM 2ch PS Mode
approx. 290 min with 64GB memory card
approx. 145 min with 32GB memory card
AVCHD at LPCM 2ch FX Mode
approx. 340 min with 64GB memory card
approx. 170 min with 32GB memory card

Recording/Playback Time 2

AVCHD at LPCM 2ch FH Mode
approx. 450 min with 64GB memory card
approx. 225 min with 32GB memory card

DV
approx. 280 min with 64GB memory card
approx. 140 min with 32GB memory card

Storage Temperature -4 deg. F to +140 deg. F (-20 deg. C to +60 deg. C)
Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.87 x 4.12 x 10.87" / 12.36 x 10.46 x 27.60cm (with lens hood and eyecup) (excluding grip belt and including projecting parts)
5.25 x 7.12 x 11.37" / 13.33 x 18.08 x 28.87cm (with lens hood, eyecup and XLR handle unit) (excluding grip belt and including projecting parts)

Mass

1lbs / 0.45kg (body) (approx.)
3lbs / 1.36kg (with lens hood, handle, eyecup, NP-FV70 battery) (approx.)

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