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Sony Redefines Capabilities of Solid-State Production with New XDCAM EX Camcorders(2)

Shoulder-mount models now Available with 1/2-inch and 2/3-inch Imagers to Address Specific Needs of Production Community. 

Las Vegas (NAB Booth #C11001) —  ­ The expanding family of Sonys XDCAM EXTM video products now includes two shoulder-mount camcorders that deliver new levels of creativity and flexibility for solid-state digital production.

The products include Sony’s 2/3-inch CMOS memory camcorder, the PMW-350, and now a 1/2-inch version, the PMW-320.
“Since it was first introduced, Sony designed the XDCAM EX series to be flexible enough to grow and expand as our customers¹ production needs change,” said Bob Ott, vice president, Sony Electronics’ broadcast and professional audio/video products business. “These new products redefine solid-state production, with improvements achieved in features, performance, and ergonomics.”

Both camcorders have three Exmor full HD 1920×1080 CMOS imagers, and are studio-configurable, with timecode in/out, genlock in, and HD-SDI and HDMI out. The PMW-350 camcorder features a DVCAM recording and playback as an option; with both features offered as standard on the PMW-320.
Users can choose between the lens-packaged models, PMW-350K and PMW- 320K, or versions without lenses, PMW-350L or PMW-320L. To enhance editing interoperability with Sony’s XDCAM HD 422 camcorders, both the PMW-350 and PMW-320 camcorders feature 1440×1080 recording mode at 35Mbps. Both camcorders can also be used in studio configurations, using the optional 50- pin adapter CBK-CE01, as well as the camera adapter, XDCA-55, and camera extension unit, XDCU-55.

Sony is also delivering new solid-state memory choices to complement these new camcorders. An affordable series of Sony’s SxS memory cards, SxS-1 (model SBS- 32G1, 32 GB) offers compact and high speed transfer and supports
a wide range of motion.

The cameras are also available with an adapter, MEAD-MS01, for using Sony’s Memory Stick PRO-HG DuoTM HX Series media, which can be used as an emergency recording option. An adapter is also available for SanDisk Class
10 SDHC card use (MEAD-SD01). Current owners of Sony’s PMW-EX1, PMW-EX1R as well as PMW- EX3 can use the MEAD-MS01 or MEADS-D01 by upgrading the camera’s firmware.

A hard-disk recording unit, model PHU-120R, offers a recording capacity of 120 GB. The new PXU-MS240 mobile storage unit can be used to transfer data from SxS memory cards to the unit for nearly continuous back-up or off-load of video clips. The unit stores content on a removable hard disk drive (HDD) cartridge, model PXU-HC240, which can store up to 240 GB of data or up to 17 hours of content in SP mode.