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Sony PDW-510P//U XDCAM Optical Disc Camcorder DVCAM (25MB/s) Format Recording True 16:9 Widescreen, Switchable for 4:3 Advanced 12-bit A/D Conversion 10 second "Loop Recording" buffer IEEE-1394 'Firewire' (out only)

16:9/4:3 Switchable Power HAD™ EX CCDs and Progressive Mode

PDW Series camcorders incorporate three 16:9/4:3 switchable CCDs for their image capture device. Using the best of Sony CCD technology, these allow for outstanding picture quality with a high signal-to noise ratio of 63 dB (PAL), low smear level of -140 dB (typical), and high sensitivity of F11. PDW Series camcorders also provide 25P progressive modes and Gamma to offer a film-like effect.

• PAL: 25P

12-bit A/D Conversion

PDW Series camcorders also incorporate a high integrity 12-bit A/D converter, so that the high-quality images captured by the Power HAD EX CCDs are processed with greater precision. In particular, this higher bit resolution allows contrast to be reproduced more precisely in mid-tone areas of the picture.

Flexible Image Controls

Sony PDW Series camcorders also provide highly advanced image control features that were once only available on high-end studio cameras. These allow images to be recorded to professional disc with maximum quality and camera-work creativity.

• Multi-Matrix function
• TruEye™ processing
• Triple Skin-Tone Detail control
• Electronic soft focus
• Selectable gamma table
• Colour-temperature control

Extensive Range of Interfaces

Sony PDW Series camcorders come equipped with a wide range of interfaces. In addition to an analogue composite output, they also offer the i.LINK interface (both AVC and FAM) and, by adding the appropriate optional plug-in board, SDI output and analogue composite input also become available.

Loop Recording

Loop Recording is a convenient function where by upto 10 seconds of audio and video signals are buffered into memory before the Rec button is even pressed. This means that everything that happened 10 seconds before the Rec button was pressed, in Standby mode, will still be recorded to disc – a capability that can prevent the loss of unexpected but important events occurring before the operator even has the chance to press the Rec button.

Low-Light Shooting

Sony PDW Series camcorders offer two convenient features for shooting in low-light conditions which can be used either alone or together depending on the situation or operator preferences. Slow Shutter allows you to use shutter speeds longer than the frame rate

• PAL: 1/3, 1/6, 1/12 seconds - Turbo Gain allows the camera gain to be boosted up to +48 dB

Other Features

•Thumbnail Search operation
•Scene Selection operation
• Proxy AV Data recording
• Metadata recording: UMID, Extended UMID, Essence Marks
• A second LCD screen displays time code, and remaining battery/disc capacity during power on and off.
• Four assignable buttons, two on the camera handle and two on the inside panel, enable operators to assign frequently used functions.
• Auto Tracing White Balance for automatic adjustments in camera colour temperature according to lighting changes
• Interval recording (automatic and manual) intermittently records signals at pre-determined intervals, ideal for recording over long periods.
• "Memory Stick"™ function for storage of camcorder setup files
• Slot to accommodate a Sony WRR-855 Series wireless microphone receiver
• Optional Ethernet (100Base-TX) Adaptor (CBK-NC01) for Ethernet connection
• Camera remote control via Sony RM-B150 and RM-B750 remote control units
• Intelligent lighting system synchronizes strobe on/off

Recording format

Video: DVCAM (25 Mb/s)

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Approx. 4.1 kg
5.8kg(with VF, Mic, Disc, BP-IL75 battery)

Built-in optical filters

1 : 3200K, 2 : 5600K+1/8ND,
3 : 5600K, 4 : 5600K + 1/64ND

Pickup device

3-chip 2/3-inch type 16:9 widescreen Power HAD EX CCD

Shutter speed

1/3, 1/6, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (s)

Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)

F11 (typical)

Smear level

-140 dB (typical)

S/N ratio

63 dB (typical)


CRT: 2.0-inch type monochrome

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