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Sony PDW-850 XDCAM HD422 2/3" 3CCD Camcorder


The Sony PDW-850 XDCAM HD422 2/3" 3CCD Camera is a powerful Professional Disc™ camcorder equipped with three newly developed 2/3-inch-type HD Power HAD FX™ CCDs. Expect outstanding picture quality with high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range.The PDW-850 inherits excellent, versatile features from the PDW-F800 and PDW-700 XDCAM™ camcorders, but weighs less and consumes less power. 

Some of the new features include a large high-resolution color LCD viewfinder and GPS. The Sony PDW850 is an ideal choice for diverse camera professionals, from news gathering to TV production, when speed is the key concern and quality is crucial.

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High sensitivity with three 2/3-inch-type Power HAD FX CCDs

The PDW-850 is equipped with the latest generation three 2/3-inch type PowerHAD FX CCDs with 2.2-megapixels each. These CCD sensors offer the world’s top-end picture quality, with high sensitivity of F12 at 50i, a wider dynamic range and the elimination of motion artefacts. It also offers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 62dB with Noise Suppressor (NS) turned on.


Lighter and well balanced body with lower power consumption

The PDW-850 is designed to be ergonomically well balanced, providing a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting situations. It weighs only 4.2 kg (body only), lighter than the PDW-F800 and PDW-700. The PDW-850 also offers lower power consumption compared to its predecessors, of only 37W when recording with a viewfinder.

Full live production integration with CA-FB70 and CA-TX70 adapters

The PDW-850 is fully enabled for integration in the live production environment. The standard 50-pin interface enables full integration with Camera Control Units (CCUs) via the CA-FB70 optical fibre adapter and CA-TX70 digital triax adapter. It allows for perfect integration with HSC and HDC Sony system cameras in outside broadcast or studio applications.

Full CBK-WA100 wireless adapter support via SDI and USB, plus GPS included

The camcorder provides DC power, HD-SDI and USB communication interface to the CBK-WA100 wireless adapter. The CBK-WA100 enables proxy recording on SD card, proxy and/or high resolution material transfer via 3G/4G/LTE/Wi-Fi, as well as remote control, and streaming of content to a tablet/smartphone as it is shot. These functions are provided in the free Content Browser Mobile (CBM) application available on Google Play and Apple Store. CBM also enables planning metadata and live logging metadata management (with a future upgrade). The camcorder also includes GPS functionality to help retrieve shooting locations and reduce the post-production time with a faster search in a large volume of files: the geo-tagging function allows you to conduct a simple search via a non-linear editing system, enabling better organisation for documentary and broadcast productions.

Improved slow shutter speeds and Slow and Quick at 1080p 50 Mbps

The shutter speed of the PDW-850 is selectable down to a 32-frame period (in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 16- and 32-frame periods). During such a long frame period, electrical charges accumulate on the CCDs, which dramatically increases sensitivity. This helps camera operators to shoot in extremely dark environments. The Slow Shutter function also allows operators to use shutter speeds longer than the frame rate and to intentionally blur images when shooting a moving object, for increased shooting creativity. The camcorder enables Slow and Quick recording at 1080p 50 Mbps.

HD/SD-SDI and composite inputs

For pool-feed operations, the camcorder has built-in HD-SDI, SD-SDI and composite inputs.

High-quality 24-bit audio recording

The PDW-850 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit audio. It is also equipped with a range of microphone, line and AES-EBU audio interfaces.

Supported recording formats: HD/SD and interlace/progressive

One of the big appeals of the PDW-850 is its highly flexible multi-format recording capability. Users can select a recording format from HD to SD. The camcorder records MPEG HD 422 at 50 Mbps at 1080/59.94i/29/97p/50i/25p/23.98p and 720/59.94p/50p. It also records MPEG HD 420 at 35 Mbps and 25 Mbps at 1080/59.94i/29/97p/50i/25p/23.98p and 720/59.94p/50p. SD formats include MPEG IMX 50 Mbps and DVCAM 25 Mbps

Optional HDVF viewfinders

The camcorder has an HDVF interface to allow optional colour and monochrome viewfinders to be attached, such as the HDVF-20A and HDVF-200 2.0-inch monochrome viewfinders and the HDVF-C30WR 3.5-inch colour viewfinder. HDVF-C550W and HDVF-L750 studio viewfinders are also supported.

Wide choice of optional microphones

The PDW-850 is compatible with a variety of microphones. It is equipped with a 5-pin XLR input for stereo shotgun-type microphones. The camcorder can also accommodate Sony stereo digital wireless microphone receivers and a wide range of optional microphones.

High quality LCD side monitor

A large, easy-to-focus, high quality colour Quarter Full HD 960 x 540 LCD panel on the PDW-850 camcorder's side panel enables operators to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera's set-up menus and view status indications such as four-channel audio meters, and the remaining time available on the disc and battery. It also enables advanced operations such as Thumbnail Search and Scene Selection.

State-of-the-art DSP LSI

The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) LSI is the heart of the image-processing device for the PDW-850 camcorder. In conjunction with the 16 bit A/D converter, it produces images captured by the CCD at maximum quality. In addition, white balance, white shading, and flare are digitally corrected, allowing for stable image correction. What's more, the PDW-850 provides a NS (Noise Suppression) mode to reduce high-frequency noise elements in a video signal using Sony's advanced digital processing technology. ALAC-2 processing radically reduces both horizontal and vertical chromatic aberration.

Interval Recording function

The PDW-850 offers an Interval Recording function, which intermittently records signals at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating pictures with special effects of extremely quick motion.

Picture Cache Recording function

The PDW-850 offers a Picture Cache Recording function that is especially useful during ENG applications. Up to 30 seconds of audio and video signals are buffered into the camcorder's memory before the Rec button is even pressed (when in Standby mode). This means that everything that happened 30 seconds before the Rec button was pressed will still be recorded onto the disc. What's more, this function works even before the disc is inserted in the drive – thereby helping to prevent the loss of any unexpected, yet important events.

Smooth gain control

A wide choice of gain and its easy-to-use control system is one remarkable feature of the PDW-850 camcorder. By setting the gain to the assignable switches, the user can easily access the desired gain. And the transition to each gain value is extremely smooth thus eliminating undesirable abrupt changes to the overall image.

Optical ND and CC Filters

The PDW-850 camcorder comes equipped with dual optical filter wheels, ND (Neutral Density) and CC (Colour Correction). The optical ND filter is controlled via a built-in ND filter wheel - Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND/ and 1/64ND. And with the CC filter wheel, the user can easily obtain the desired colour temperature by rotation to achieve either – 3200K/4300K/5600K/6300K.

4x Digital Extender function

The Digital Extender function of the PDW-850 enables images to be digitally 4x increased in size. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this capability without any loss of image sensitivity, which is often referred to as the F-drop phenomenon. Use of the 4x Digital Extender function reduces image resolution by four.

mage Device 3-chip, 2/3" HD PowerHAD FX CCDs
Effective Resolution 1920 x 1080
Horizontal Resolution 1000 TVL or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Optical System F1.4 prism system
Lens Mount 2/3" type B4 bayonet mount
Digital Extender x2, x3, x4
Registration 0.02% or less for entire screen area (excluding distortion due to lens)
Modulation Depth 45% or more at 27.5 MHz (typical)
Sensitivity 1080/59.94i: f/11 (typical at 2000 lux, 89.9% reflectance)
1080/50i: f/12 (typical at 2000 lux, 89.9% reflectance)
Minimum Illumination 0.3 lux (at f/1.4 lens, +42 dB gain, and slow shutter off)
Built-in Filters Color Correction: A: Cross, B: 3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K
ND: 1: Clear, 2: 1/4, 3: 1/16, 4: 1/64
LCD Monitor Type: LCD
Size: 3.5"
Resolution: 960 x 540
Speaker Yes
Shutter Speed 1080/59.94i: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000
1/2000, ECS, SLS
1080/50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
1080/29.97p: 1/40, 1/60, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
1080/25p: 1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
1080/23.98p: 1/32, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
720/23.98p (Pull-down), 23.98p: 1/32, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS

Slow Shutter (SLS)
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16 frame accumulation
Gain Selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
White Balance Preset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Signal to Noise Ratio 62 dB (58 dB without Noise Suppressor)
Video Input 1 x HD/SD-SDI on BNC
Audio Input 2 x XLR 3-pin female (CH-1 / CH-2) -- line, mic, mic +48V, AES/EBU switchable
1 x XLR 5-pin female stereo
Video Output 2 x HD/SD-SDI on BNC (output 2 supports character on/off) 1 x Text output on BNC -- HD: Y, SD: composite (character on/off) switchable
Audio Output 1 x XLR 5-pin male stereo
1 x 3.5mm mini earphone out
1 x Mono speaker
Genlock and Timecode 1 x Genlock / Composite "Pool Feed" input on BNC (1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms)
1 x Timecode input on BNC (0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p, 10 kohms)
1 x Timecode output on BNC (1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms)
Supported Standards HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Lens Remote Control Connector 1 x 12-pin
Remote Connection 1 x 8-pin
Camera Connector 1 x 50-pin
Ethernet 1 x RJ-45 connector (100BASE-TX: IEEE 802.3u, 10BASE-T: IEEE 802.3)
USB 1 x For proxy recording on USB Memory, connecting CBK-WA100 wireless adapter, and firmware updates
Media XDCAM Disc
Codec MPEG HD422
CBR, 50 Mbps 

HQ Mode: VBR, up to 35 Mbps 
SP Mode: CBR, up to 25 Mbps
LP Mode: VBR, up to 18 Mbps 

CBR, 50 Mbps

CBR, 25 Mbps

Frame Rates MPEG HD422 50 Mbps
1920 x 1080: 59.94i, 29.97p, 50i, 25p, 23.98p
1280 x 720: 59.94p, 50p

MPEG HD420 (HQ 35 Mbps, SP 25 Mbps)
1440 x 1080: 59.94i, 29.97p, 50i, 25p, 23.98p
1280 x 720: 59.94p, 50p

MPEG HD420 (LP 18 Mbps - Playback Only)
1440 x 1080: 59.94i, 29.97p, 50i, 25p, 23.98p

MPEG IMX 50 Mbps / DVCAM Mode
720 x 486: 59.94i, 29.97p 
720 x 576: 50i, 25p

MPEG IMX 40 Mbps / 30 Mbps (Playback Only)
720 x 486: 59.94i, 29.97p
720 x 576: 50i, 25p
Maximum Recording Time MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps
PFD50DLA: 95 minutes
PFD23A: 43 minutes

MPEG-HD at 35 Mbps, 4-Channel Audio
PFD50DLA: 145 minutes
PFD23A: 65 min
35 Mbps, 2-Channel Audio (Playback Only)
PFD50DLA: 150 minutes
PFD23A: 68 minutes
25 Mbps, 4-Channel Audio
PFD50DLA: 190 minutes
PFD23A: 85 min
25 Mbps, 2-Channel Audio (Playback Only)
PFD50DLA: 200 minutes
PFD23A: 90 minutes
18 Mbps, 4-Channel Audio (Playback Only)
PFD50DLA: 248 minutes
PFD23A: 112 minutes
18 Mbps, 2-Channel Audio (Playback Only)
PFD50DLA: 265 minutes 
PFD23A: 122 minutes MPEG IMX at 50 Mbps
PFD50DLA: 100 minutes
PFD23A: 45 min
40 Mbps (Playback Only)
PFD50DLA: 120 minutes
PFD23A: 55 minutes
30 Mbps (Playback Only
PFD50DLA: 150 minutes
PFD23A: 68 minutes

DVCAM at 25 Mbps
PFD50DLA: 185 minutes
PFD23A: 85 minutes
Audio Dynamic Range >93 dB
Audio Signal Format MPEG HD422: 4-channel; 24-bit, 48 kHz
MPEG HD: 4-channel; 16-bit, 48 kHz
MPEG IMX: 4-channel; 24-bit, 48 kHz or 4-channel; 16-bit, 48 kHz
DVCAM: 4-channel; 16-bit, 48 kHz
Proxy: A-law; 4-channel; 8-bit, 8 kHz
Audio Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB / -1.0 dB
Distortion < 0.08% at 1 kHz reference level
Crosstalk < -70 dB at 1 kHz reference level
Wow and Flutter Below measurable limit
Headroom 12, 16, 18, 20 dB selectable
Power Requirements DC: 12 V +5.0 V / -1.0 V (4-pin XLR connector)
Power Output 1 x 11 to 17 VDC on 4-pin connector (for wireless receiver; 1 A maximum) 1 x 2-pin PowerTap (12 VDC, 50 W maximum)
Power Consumption Recording with LCD Active: 37 W 
Recording with VF, LCD Manual Lens, and Mic: 41 W
Continuous Battery Life Up to 115 minutes with BP-l80S battery
Up to 135 minutes with BP-GL95 battery
Operating Temperature 23 to 104° / -5 to 40°C
Storage Temperature -4 to +140° / -20 to +60°
Humidity 10 to 90%, RH
Dimensions (WxHxD) Body Only without Protrusions: 5 x 10.6 13.2" / 124 x 269 x 332 mm
Weight Body Only: 9.3 lb / 4.2 kg
With VF, Mic, Disc, BP-L80S Battery: 13.6 / 6.2 kg
With VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 Battery: 13 lb / 5.9 kg

Sony PDW-850 XDCAM HD422 2/3" 3CCD Camcorder

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