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Sony PDWF800 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder

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Sony PDWF800 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder


Sony's Flagship PDWF800 XDCAM HD422 camcorder is being embraced around the world for its file-based recording capability utilizing high-capacity and highly reliable Professional Disc™ media., with true multi format capability in SD and HD. Latest technology full HD progressive scan camera head with 14 bit A-D converters give excellent images even in the most challenging conditions. Variable frame rate capability from 1-50P (at 1080/25P) Up to 85 minutes record time using PFD50DLA discs Extensive camera adjustability Setup compatibility with PDW700 camcorder

*Also check out the newly released Sony PDW-850*

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Sony's top-of-the-line XDCAM HD422 Series is being embraced around the world for its file-based recording capability utilizing high-capacity and highly reliable Professional Disc media. Thanks to its newly developed MPEG HD422 codec, the XDCAM HD422 Series provideshigh-quality video and audio recording capabilities, with an image resolution of 1920 x 1080 and eight-channel 24-bit uncompressed audio. Now, Sony is proud to announce a powerful new addition to the series - the PDW-F800 camcorder.

The PDW-F800 offers multi-format recording flexibility as standard - including SD recording and a frame rate of 23.98P in 1080 mode. The PDW-F800 camcorder builds on the features of the PDW-700 camcorder. Enhanced functions, such as Slow & Quick Motion (over-crank and under-crank recording), make the PDW-F800 ideal for cinema and TV drama productions, natural history, documentary, sport as well as ENG applications.   
This   product comes with PrimeSupport – fast, hassle-free repairs and a helpline   offering expert technical advice. Which gives you the peace of mind that Sony   is looking after your equipment, and your business.


  • IT/Network Friendly

    In the Sony XDCAM series of products, recordings are made as data files in the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format) file format. This allows material to be handled with great flexibility in an IT-based environment - easily available for copying, transferring, sharing and archiving. Allthese operations are accomplished without the need for a digitizing process.
    File-based data copying allows for degradation-free dubbing of AV content, which can be performed easily on a PC. The file-based recording system also allows for material to be viewed directly on a PC, simply by linking it to the XDCAM unit via an i.LINK connection. This works in just the same way as a PC reading files on an external drive.
    The PDW-F800 XDCAM HD422 camcorder comes equipped with IT-friendly, computer-based interfaces. These include an i.LINK interface supporting File Access Mode as standard, and the Ethernet interface*.


  • Easy Maintenance and High Reliability

    XDCAM HD422 products use the same platform as the XDCAM products in wide use around the world. They share the advantage of no mechanical contact between the equipment and the recording media, achieving both a high level of durability and a long media life. XDCAM HD422 products also offer the same high resistance to shock and vibration as other XDCAM products.


  • Powerful Nonlinear Recording

    The XDCAM HD products use a large-capacity nonlinear optical disc for recording, called the Professional Disc media, which Sony has developed specifically for professional recording applications.
    The 50GB or 23GB reusable optical discs make it possible to record up to approximately 95 minutes of high-quality MPEG HD422 material.
    Theses discs are highly reliable and durable because it experiences no mechanical contact during recording or playback, and is packaged into an extremely durable and dust-resistant disc cartridge.
    Non-contact recording and playback also makes it an ideal medium for long-term storage of AV assets. Whereas traditional tape archive systems must be rewound on a periodic basis to remove magnetic powder debris, the Professional Disc completely eliminates this process.
    Its reliability has already been demonstrated by the huge number of XDCAM products deployed worldwide since 2003.


  • Highly Streamlined Workflows

    At the same time as recording its high-resolution video and audio data, the XDCAM HD products also record a low-resolution version of this AV data on the same disc. Called “Proxy Data”, this is much smaller in size than the high-resolution data (1.5 Mb/s for video and 0.5 Mb/s for audio).
    Because of its lower resolution, Proxy Data can be transferred to a standard PC at an amazingly high speed, and easily browsed and edited using the PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing Software (or other compatible editing software offered by many industry-leading manufacturers). What’s more, with the PDZ-1 software, it can be converted to the popular ASF format for playback on Windows™ Media Player, providing dramatic improvements in production workflows. Proxy Data can also be viewed directly on a PC without data transfer using an i.LINK (File Access Mode) connection, and can even be sent over a standard Ethernet network.
    The overall flexibility of Proxy Data means that it can be used for a variety of applications, such as immediate logging on location, off-line editing, daily rushes of shooting on location, client approvals, and more.


  • Metadata

    All XDCAM HD422 products are capable of recording a variety of metadata, which provides a huge advantage when searching for specific data after an initial recording has been made. Information such as production dates, creator names and camera setup parameters can be saved, together with the AV material, on the same disc using the supplied PDZ-1 software. This makes it possible to organize and search through all recordings effectively. One particular metadata, called EssenceMark™ (Shot Mark), is a convenient reference that can be added to desired frames to make them easy to recall in subsequent editing processes. Clipflag is another convenient metadata which users can add to their desired clips as “OK”, “NG” or “Keep”.

Mass Approx. 4.3 kg (9 lb 8 oz) (body) Approx. 6.0 kg (13 lb 4 oz) (w/ VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery)
Power requirements DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power consumption Approx. 40 W (while recording, w/o options, color LCD On) Approx. 44 W (while recording, w/viewfinder, color LCD On, manual lens, microphone)
Operating temperature -5 to +40°C (+32 to 104°F)
Storage temperature -20 to +60°C (-4 to +140°F)
Humidity 10 to 90% (relative humidity)
Continuous operating time Approx. 120 min. w/BP-GL95 battery
Recording format Video: MPEG HD422 (CBR: 50 Mb/s) MPEG HD: HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s) SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s) LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mb/s) (Playback only), MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30 Mb/s)   DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
Proxy Video: MPEG-4
Audio: MPEG HD422: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz MPEG IMX: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz or 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
Proxy Audio: A-law (4ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
Recording/Playback time MPEG HD422: 50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG HD: 35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min. (PFD23A) 35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min. (PFD23A) 25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A) 25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A) 18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min. (PFD23A) 18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG IMX: 50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min. (PFD23A) 40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min. (PFD50DLA),  Approx. 55 min. (PFD23A) 30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min. (PFD23A)
DVCAM: 25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)


GENLOCK IN BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75ohms
TC IN BNC x1, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10ohms (Composite input (option: CBK-SC02) shares the same connector)
SDI IN BNC x 1 (Option: CBK-HD01) (HD/SD switchable) HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio) SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
AUDIO IN CH-1/CH-2: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2, Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable
MIC IN XLR 5-pin (female, stereo) x 1
TEST OUT BNC x 1 (switchable) HD Y/SD composite SD composite (character On/Off)
SDI OUT BNC x 2 1 (HD/SD switchable) HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio) SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio) 2 (HD/SD switchable, character On/Off) HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio) SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
AUDIO OUT CH-1/CH-2: XLR 5-pin (male, stereo) x 1
TC OUT BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
EARPHONE Mini-jack x 2 (front: manaural, rear: stereo/monoral)
DC IN XLR 4-pin (male) x 1, 11 to 17 V
DC OUT 4-pin x 1 (for wireless microphone receiver), 11 to 17 V DC (MAX 0.5 A)
LENS 12-pin
REMOTE 8-pin
LIGHT 2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
i.LINK IEEE 1394*,  6 pin x 1, File Access Mode *AV/C (DV) interface is not supported.
MEMORY STICK x 1 (for camera setup files)
Ethernet RJ-45 x 1, 100Base-Tx: IEEE802.3u, 10Base-T: IEEE802.3
USB x 1 (for version-up)

Audio Performance

Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
Dynamic range More than 93dB
Distortion Less than 0.08% (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Crosstalk Less than -70 dB (at 1kHz, reference level)
Wow & flutter Below measurable limit
Headroom 20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)

Camera Section

Minimum illumination Approx. 0.016 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
Gain selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
Smear level -135 dB (typical)
S/N ratio 59 dB (54 dB w/o NS)
Horizontal resolution 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Registration Less than 0.02%
Pickup device 3-chip 2/3-inch type HD Power HAD FX CCDs
Effective picture elements 1920(H) x 1080(V)
Optical system F1.4 prism
Built-in optical filters CC: A: Cross, B: 3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K ND: 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
Shutter speed Time 59.94i: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000. 1/2000, ECS, SLS 50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS 29.97P: 1/40, 1/60, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS 25p: 1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS 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) 1- to 8-, 16-frame accumulation* *Only even number of frame setting is available in 720 mode. Slow Shutter can not function with the Digital Extender.
Slow & Quick Motion function (MPEG HD mode only) 23.98p: Selectable from 1 to 48 frame/sec as recording frame rate 25p: Selectable from 1 to 50 frame/sec as recording frame rate 29.97p: Selectable from 1 to 59.94 frame/sec as recording frame rate
Lens mount 2/3-inch type 48 bayonet mount
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) 59.94i: F11, 50i: F12 (typical)


Viewfinder Option
Built-in LCD Monitor 3.5-inch* type color LCD monitor *Viewable area measured diagonally.

Supplied Accessories

Mounting options

Shoulder Belt


Operation manual (x 1)


XDCAM Application Software CD-ROM (x 1)


Micorphone cable (for converting 3-pin to 5-pin)

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