The Sony PXW-X200 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder is the successor to Sony's PMW-200, incorporating a 17x zoom lens and three improved 1/2' Exmor CMOS sensors with higher sensitivity and improved signal-to-noise ratio. It records up to 1080p60 video using the efficient XAVC Intra and Long GOP codecs with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. To fit into existing workflows, MPEG HD422, HD420, and DV recording options are available.
The PXW-X200 also includes wireless/NFC (Near Field Communication) functions via an included wireless module, live streaming audio and video, simultaneous recording to two SxS media card slots, a Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, and GPS data recording - all of which will become active through a firmware update early in 2015.
Three 1/2' Exmor CMOS Sensors
The PXW-X200 incorporates three 1/2' type Exmor CMOS sensors that produce Full HD resolution (1920×1080) without pixel interpolation. Each image sensor boasts 2.07 million effective pixels, and, combined with Sony's digital signal processing, achieve a wide dynamic range, low noise (S/N ratio of 58dB), and high sensitivity of F12 at 1080/59.94i and F13 at 1080/50i.
17x Zoom Lens with Manual Control Rings
The 17x zoom lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 26mm to 650mm. This makes the lens versatile enough to handle a wide range of shooting situations from wide-angle to telephoto. Independent manual, zoom, and focus rings with end-stop and iris control are provided, and a slide mechanism on the focus ring enables easy switching between auto and manual focusing. The focus indicator can be displayed even when focusing manually.
The camcorder offers multi-format support to fit into different shooting applications and workflows. It efficiently compresses Full HD (1920×1080) resolution images using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and records XAVC using 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. In XAVC, the user can select Intra-frame compression at a maximum of 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long GOP compression at 50/35/25 Mbps. In addition to XAVC, the PXW-X200 also records in MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps), MPEG HD420 (35/25 Mbps), MPEG IMX (50 Mbps), and DV (25 Mbps) formats, for fitting into existing workflows. Four channels of 24-bit 48 kHz LPCM audio are recorded in XAVC and MPEG HD422, while four channels of 16-bit 48 kHz LPCM are recorded in MPEG HD420.
Wireless Streaming and File Transfer
The PXW-X200 comes equipped with wireless functions including one-touch NFC capability. By attaching the included IFU-WLM3 wireless module, remote control and monitoring functions can be performed from a tablet or smartphone using the Content Browser app. By connecting with internet routers, proxy or high-resolution files can be transferred to a cloud server to begin the editing process even while the location shoot is still in progress.
|Imaging Device:||3 x 1/2' type Exmor CMOs sensor|
|Effective Pixels:||2.07 million (per sensor|
|S/N Ratio:||58 dB|
|Sensitivity:||F12 at 1080/59.94i|
F13 at 1080/50i
|Zoom Ratio:||17x (optical|
|35mm Equivalent Focal Length:||29.3 to 499 mm|
|Video Recording Format:||XAVC-Intra (112 Mbps)|
XAVC-Long (50/35/25 Mbps)
MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps)
PEG HD420 (35/25 Mbps)
MPEG IMX (50 Mbps)
DV (25 Mbps
|Audio Recording Format:||4 channels, 24-bit, 48 kHz LPCM (XAVC and MPEG HD422)|
4 channels, 16-bit, 48 kHz LPCM (MPEG HD420
|Shoe Mounts:||1 x Multi-Interface|
|LCD:||3.5' (8.89 cm)|
RGB 960 x 540
|Viewfinder:||Not specified by manufacturer|
|Slots:||2 x ExpressCard/34; supports SxS cards|
|Wi-Fi:||Yes (with included IFU-WLM3 wireless module|