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Sony PXW X500 XDCAM Camera

Highly modular and open standards camcorder ideal for mainstream broadcast operations
The PXW-X500 has three 2/3-inch type Full HD CCD sensors, offering a high sensitivity and low noise image. The camcorder gives broadcasters a high degree of flexibility, allowing you to shoot in a wide variety of HD and SD formats, including XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, MPEG SStP 422 Lite (HDCAM SR), MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420, as well as MPEG IMX and DVCAM. Options allow the camcorder to record directly in Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes, offering direct compatibility with NLEs.

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The camcorder also has a host of leading professional features, such as Slow & Quick Motion up to 30 fps for MPEG HD 422 (as standard) and up to 120 fps for XAVC (as an option), wireless operation, picture cache recording, built-in GPS, Digital Extender, variable ND filter control, HyperGamma, and many more. A wide range of connectors, including 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and USB, increase the flexibility further.

Records a wide variety of HD and SD formats, including XAVC
XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, MPEG SStP 422 Lite (HDCAM SR), MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420, as well as MPEG IMX and DVCAM.

Direct compatibility with NLEs
Options allow the camcorder to record directly in Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes.

Slow & Quick Motion options
Up to 30 fps for MPEG HD 422 (as standard) and up to 120 fps for XAVC (as an option).

Professional features
Includes wireless operation, picture cache recording, built-in GPS, Digital Extender, variable ND filter control, HyperGamma, and more.

Rec & Share with the new XDCAM family
Meet all-new XDCAM. The popular pro camcorder family has been reinvented for a new generation. With spectacular picture quality, multi-codec flexibility and wireless streaming, it’s never been easier to create and share great-looking content with absolute confidence.

Explore Sony’s latest handheld camcorder line-up – and discover the evolution of XDCAM by Sony: PXW-X70 - PXW-X180/PXW-X160 - PXW-X200 - PMW-300K1/2 - PMW-400K&L - PXW-X500 - PXW-FS7/K. The moment is yours

Who knows what’s going to happen next? With all-new XDCAM, you’re ready to capture and to share the excitement and drama of every special moment.

Sony’s legendary XDCAM family of professional camcorders is made for busy content creators whose creative ambitions know no limits. From ultra-compact handhelds to tough shoulder-mounting workhorses, every model in the next-generation XDCAM family serves up the creative flexibility, sure handling and sheer reliability that broadcasters the world over depend on.

Better pictures when it matters
Whatever you’re shooting – news, docs, sports or web TV – XDCAM puts fabulous pictures right at the top of the agenda. Sony’s famous image sensors give you crisper detail, richer colours, wider dynamic range and ultra-low noise, even when you’re chasing the light indoors or at dusk. Wherever your creative impulse or the action takes you, you’ll be rewarded by HD images with that extra wow factor that audiences love. Agile new XDCAM is more flexible than ever, slotting right into today’s file-based workflows with multi-codec support that now includes XAVC. So you can be sure that your pictures will look better than ever, whether they’re destined for broadcast, Blu-ray or the web.

XAVC - tomorrow’s pictures today
We’ve created new XDCAM to suit the way today’s content creators really work. And at the heart of XDCAM is support for the XAVC format that’s rapidly becoming the new standard for image quality and flexibility – whether you’re making news, music promos or no-budget movies.

XAVC is based around the H.264 coding standard, giving XDCAM the next step in codec performance with reduced bit-rates and file sizes without sacrificing brilliant on-screen quality. It’s also an extremely flexible and scalable coding scheme, supporting pixel resolutions from low-res proxies right up to 4K. Better still, there are now two version of XAVC to meet different workflow needs. The first intra-frame version of XAVC that encodes each frame individually, with no need to refer to preceding or successive frames. And that means it’s easier to edit , perform instant slow motion replay and produces fewer on-screen artefacts, especially with scenes containing rapid motion.

There’s also a new Long GOP based, providing files at HD4:2:2 with 10-bit precision right up to a maximum 50 Mbps for spectacular picture quality at normal broadcast bit-rates. XAVC has been developed by Sony as an open format. Over 50 leading companies are already supporting the XAVC format and workflow with a fast-growing ecosystem of NLEs, servers and other products that makes it an even more appealing solution for media professionals everywhere.

In touch with your audience
You can’t afford to hang around, and XDCAM is made for a fast-paced socially connected world. Stream content live over Wi-Fi, or send web-friendly MP4 files wirelessly right to your smartphone at a single touch for instant sharing. Getting your story in front of a global audience has never been easier.

The moment is now. Record, share and bring your own creative vision to life with XDCAM. The world’s favourite professional camcorders, reinvented for a new generation.

Three 2/3-inch type HyperHAD FX Full HD CCD sensors offer high sensitivity and improved S/N ratio
The PXW-X500 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type Full HD CCD sensors. Based on the latest on-chip lens structure, this type of CCD offers a high sensitivity of F12 at 50i (F11 at 60i) and improved S/N ratio of 60 dB (with NS on). The camcorder also offers minimum illumination of 0.003 lx (typical) in 1080/59.94i mode +42 dB gain, with 16-frame accumulation.

High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Log GOP recordings
The PXW-X500 supports not only MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps in MXF (Material exchange Format), which is widely accepted by major broadcasters worldwide, but also XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. XAVC technology is based on the H.264 standard, which provides an exceptional performance compression technology. XAVC Intra (frame) compression means that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames – providing a better quality picture, without compromises. With a Long GOP codec, only certain frames are encoded individually. This allows the codec to squeeze the video into a much smaller bit-rate than Intra technology. The main benefit is faster ingest and editing. XAVC Long GOP files also require less storage space than XAVC Intra files, providing budget savings on recording media. The XAVC codec adopts 10 bit sampling for high definition recording with rich tonal expression. The bite rate of XAVC recording is 111 or 112 Mbps at 1080/59.94i or 50i and 89, or 112 Mbps at 1080/23.98P or 25p. The high bit rate gives a better quality picture.

Switchable recordings for greater flexibility
As well as shooting at XAVC HD, MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps and MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, the camcorder also supports MPEG SStP 422 Lite (HDCAM SR), as well as SD MPEG IMX and DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format. MPEG HD 422 gives a high quality image with more detailed colour reproduction, as well as being ideal for chromakeying. MPEG SStP is offered at 1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p and 25p. High-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps is fully compliant with the latest EBU recommendations for long-form broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses. This recording capability makes the PXW-X500 ideal for a wide range of different applications, including news gathering and documentary production.Real world open workflows with Avid DNxHD codec and Apple ProRes codec recording options. Sony understands a fundamental truth: working cameras require practical workflows that provide open standards. That's why the PXW-X500 is part of a larger production platform that includes affordable media cards, affordable card readers and compatibility with popular NLEs and finishing tools. Recording directly in Apple ProRes codec and Avid DNxHD codec are also available as hardware options.* The DNxHD or ProRes files can stored in the easy-to-manage MXF OP-1a wrapper, and recorded on board to Sony’s SxS PRO+ memory card format, which was specially designed to handle mission-critical production applications.

* ProRes codec option PXWK-501 and DNxHD codec option PXWK-502.

Slow and Quick Motion function 1 fps to 120 fps at 1080 in XAVC Intra and XAVC Long* and 1 fps to 30 fps in MPEG HD 422
The PXW-X500 offers a powerful Slow and Quick Motion function as an option that enables users to create elegant fast- and slow-motion footage. The PXW-X500 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 120 fps in 1080p in the XAVC codec. It offers approx. 5x slow motion at 23.98p, 4.5x slow motion at 25p and 4x slow motion at 29.97p. In MPEG HD 422 codec, the camcorder offers as a standard feature the ability to capture from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode, in increments of 1 fps. (With the PAL setting in UDF (MXF) mode, frame rates are selectable up to 50 fps in 720p mode and up to 25 fps in 1080p mode.)

* Slow & Quick Motion function for XAVC is available as an option.

Wireless operation
Lens, camera and media WiFi Remote or XMPilot live logging from a tablet or smartphone is achievable with built-in wireless module.

Proxy recording on SD card
The PXW-X500 can record proxy video H.264 on an SD card. The resolution and bit-rate 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.

Dual SxS media slots, “Simul” or “Relay” recording, and independent record control
The PXW-X500 is equipped with two SxS memory card slots. The camcorder is compatible with SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 memory cards, XQD, SDXC and SDHC cards can be also used with an appropriate card adaptor. Two media slots 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 memory card when the first is full. The user can set up the two Start/Stop buttons on the PXW-X500, one on the grip and one on the camcorder body, to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.

ND filter control mechanism
The PXW-X500 is equipped with a variable ND Filter function, allowing you to choose four conventional mechanical ND filter positions from Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND to 1/64ND.

Wide choice of connections
The camcorder offers numerous connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI®, USB, composite output, time-code input/output and genlock input. The 3G-SDI connector is able to output the 1080/59.94P or 50P signal. Down-conversion output from HD to SD is also possible. Simultaneous output from both SDI and HDMI is possible. The Rec Trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.

2/3-inch lens mount
The PXW-X500 is fitted with a 2/3-inch B4 lens mount.

GPS functionality
The PXW-X500 is equipped with a GPS device. The GPS data is automatically recorded in two file locations.

High resolution 16:9 LCD
The PXW-X500 incorporates a 3.5-inch 1,555K dot LCD, offering high resolution and flexible composition options.

Viewfinder options
The camcorder allows various functions to be displayed in the viewfinder, including Focus Mag and Waveform/Vectorscope/Histogram. Viewfinder options include the HDVF-20A,HDVF-200 and CBK-VF02

HyperGamma and User Gamma
Four types of HyperGamma curve – inherited from Sony's CineAlta camcorders – are provided in addition to six standard gammas

Digital Extender
The Digital Extender function of the PXW-X500 enables images to be digitally increased in size 2x, 3x or 4x. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this increase without any F-drop phenomenon (i.e., without loss of image sensitivity).

ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation)
This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens. ALAC is activated only with some third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data. (Please check with lens manufacturers for ALAC support.)

24-bit four-channel audio recording
The PXW-X500 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit 48 kHz audio in XAVC Intra and XAVC Long MPEG HD 422 mode or MPEG IMX mode. Each channel level can be adjusted independently by individual level controllers.

  • Sony PXW-X500 XDCAM Camera
  • Chrosziel Plate for production matte box
  • Sony HDVF20A HD Viewfinder
  • Top mic for XDCAM
  • Full Wet Weather Rain Cover
  • Portabrace Large Camera Carry Bag
  • Base Plate (VCT-14)
  • Hawk-Woods VL-4X4 Charger (Quad)
  • 5x Hawk-Woods VL-90HP V-Lok Battery
  • Sony SXS USB-3 Card Reader
  • 2x Sony 64GB SxS-1 COMES IN CASE
  • Sony USB Wireless Lan Module & Guard (IFU-WLM3)


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