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Sony Announces PXW-X70 Compact XDCAM Camcorder With 1-Inch Sensor

Small camera, big sensor

Park Ridge, N.J. —Sony’s new PXW-X70 professional camcorder is the first XDCAM model to combine the format’s file-based capabilities with a compact form factor. The camcorder records high-definition video in XAVC Long GOP, delivering 4:2:2 10-bit sampling at 50 Mbps to support broadcast-quality workflows in newsgathering and documentary applications.

The PXW-X70 is Sony’s first professional compact camcorder to include WiFi-enabled control via smartphones or tablets using the Content Browser Mobile application. An upcoming upgrade is planned to enable the 4K-ready PXW-X70 to record in 4K Ultra High Definition, and to perform file transfer and live video streaming capabilities.

The PXW-X70 features a 1-inch type Exmor R CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The sensor, which is larger than a Super 16mm film frame, delivers high resolution and superb low-light performance, while giving shooters more control over depth-of-field.

This addition to the expanding XDCAM family follows the recently announced PXW-X180, and builds upon Sony’s heritage of compact professional camcorders. The new PXW-X70 is designed to be Sony’s most compact XDCAM professional camcorder, and also one of its most versatile, making the flexible XAVC workflow available to a wider range of shooting applications.

PXW-X70 – Key features:

  • 1-inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T lens: High sensitivity and high resolution, with 14.2 million effective pixels for striking detail and color, even in low-light conditions. The lens offers a 12x optical zoom, which can be increased to 24x with digital zoom technology.
  • Compact, lightweight XDCAM camcorder with professional functions: The PXW-X70 weighs less than 3 pounds, including the XLR handle unit, battery (NP-FV70), lens hood and large eye-cup. Professional interfaces include 3G-SDI and HDMI output connectors, an XLR (2x) handle unit with zoom lever, manual lens ring that can intuitively control zoom and focus, ergonomic palm grip with large zoom lever, two SD memory card slots for backup, simultaneous and relay recording, and a three-level switchable ND filter.
  • Recording format options: Multiple choices are available depending on application, including XAVC, AVCHD and DV file-based recording. When recording in XAVC, the PXW-X70 uses the MXF file format, efficiently compressing full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 CODEC. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50 Mbps, 35 Mbps or 25 Mbps.
  • Built-in WiFi control functionality for monitoring and remote control versatility: Near Field Communication functions enable one-touch wireless LAN connection to a smartphone or tablet, while the Content Browser Mobile application allows confirmation of shot angles and operation of the camcorder by remote, including field angle setting, spot focus and iris adjustment.
  • Planned upgrades: Sony is currently working on upgrades to 4K recording, and file transfer and streaming by WiFi. These are planned to be available later in 2014.

The new PXW-X70 XDCAM camcorder is planned to be available in the fall of 2014.