- Three 1/3″-type Exmor CMOS Full HD sensors for a wide range of shooting conditions
The PXW-X180 incorporates three 1/3″-type Full-HD Exmor CMOS sensors to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range. The sensor has 2 million effective pixels and achieves full HD 1920 x 1080 shooting without pixel interpolation, enhancing shooting under severe lighting conditions and providing more freedom of creative expression.
- 25x professional HD optical zoom lens with three independent rings with end-stop and large focal length
The PXW-X180 is equipped with a G Series fixed 25x optical zoom lens with 26mm wide-angle. Due to a quick electric zoom function, the change of shooting from wide-angle to tele-angle can be made quickly. The lens has three independent control rings with end-stop, which means focus, zoom and iris can be manually controlled, making for better and faster adjustment.
- Variable ND filter with both auto and manual control mechanism
The PXW-X180 is equipped with a variable ND Filter function, allowing you to choose either four conventional mechanical ND filter positions or the linear control dial, or automatically adjust the proper level of density(*). The optical filter changes the density electrically, allowing the light amount to be reduced more conveniently. The density can be changed gradually and fluidly. Different from conventional optical ND filters, the ND filter on the PXW-X180 can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly. By choosing the density value properly, the iris control has more flexibility.*A firmware version 3.00 or later is required to activate this function.
- High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Log GOP recordings
The PXW-X180 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 framesz 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 bitrate 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.
- Wireless LAN with Content Browser Mobile, and Video/Audio Streaming from the field
By attaching the supplied dongle IFU-WLM3, the PXW-X180 can be remotely controlled from a smartphone or tablet computer (iOS 4.3 through 7.0 or Android 2.3 through 4.3) via a wireless LAN(*1) connection, and recorded video files can be browsed and transferred from camcorder. In addition to file transfer, a live streaming via 4G/LTE/Wi-Fi/Ethernet is available by user upgradable free of charge system software version 2.00 or later and network function software version 1.31 or later. One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones that offer NFC connectivity. The required “Content Browser Mobile” mobile smartphone application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.(*1) Wireless LAN operation cannot be guaranteed with all smartphones/tablet/computers/mobile hot spot.
- Sony’s unique QoS live streaming technology
The camera uses Sony’s unique QoS (Quality of Service) technology to maintain video and audio integrity during transmission. Packet loss during streaming can degrade image quality, cause image freezing and disrupt the audio. The combination with the camera and the sold separate station PWS-100RX1 comes with original Sony algorithms that automatically adjust bandwidths and buffer sizes to match the characteristics of the wireless transmission. Users can be confident of high-quality streaming without concerning themselves with bandwidth settings and other technical issues. In particular, the Sony’s QoS live streaming technology includes Real-time ARQ (automatic repeat request), adaptive rate control (ARC) and forward error correction (FEC).
- 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.
- Dual SxS media slots, “Simultaneous” or “Relay” recording, and independent record control
The PXW-X180 is equipped with two SxS memory card slots. The camcorder is compatible with SxS PRO+ and SxS-1(*2) memory cards. XQD card can also be used with the adaptor QDA-EX1. Two media slots can record in either “Simultaneous” or “Relay” mode. “Simultaneous” 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-X180, one on the grip and one on the camcorder body, to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simultaneous mode.(*2) Some selected recording mode is not supported.
- OLED Viewfinder and 3.5” type LCD Panel
This 0.5-inch type OLED viewfinder has the incredible clarity of 1024 x 768 pixels, plus superb OLED brightness, contrast and response. The high resolution of the viewfinder allows better precision of manual focus operations and eliminates any colour-breaking phenomenon. The 3.5” type QHD LCD panel provides easy viewing in a wide range of lightning conditions.
- Wide choice of connections
The camcorder offers numerous connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI, USB, composite output, timecode 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 recording trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.
- Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) for flexible connection without XLR cable
The PXW-X180 is equipped with a Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) that has an electric interface in its mechanical attachment allowing the camcorder to communicate with an attached accessory. For example, the audio signal from a UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone package can be input from the wireless microphone receiver to the PXW-X180 without an XLR cable. The power can be supplied from the PXW-X180 to the receiver and a battery is not required for the receiver operation.
Three 1/3″-type Exmor CMOS Full HD sensor XDCAM camcorder with 25x optical zoom lens and wireless network operations, including full HD XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP recordings and MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps.
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