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Sony PXW-X180 XDCAM Camcorder

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Sony PXW-X180 XDCAM Camcorder

PRODUCT CODE: PXWX180

Availability: Usually ships in 10-15 business days

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Main Features:



  • Wireless functionality, NFC and GPS

  • Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors

  • XAVC Intra and Long GOP Codecs

  • MPEG HD 422, AVCHD, & DV Codecs

  • G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom

  • Electronic Variable ND Filter

  • Dual SxS Memory Card Slots

  • 3G/HD-SDI & HDMI Output

  • MP4 Proxy Recording to SD Card

  • 0.5" OLED Viewfinder

  • Wi-Fi Remote Control via Included Module

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The Sony PXW-X180 Camcorder features Full HD XAVC recording, as well as 50 Mbps XDCAM 4:2:2, 35 Mbps XDCAM EX, AVCHD and DV, making it ideal for a wide range of applications from education to news and broadcast production.

 

The features in addition to its sister Sony PXWX160 Camcorder are Wireless functionality, NFC and GPS

 


Three 1/3-inch type Exmor™ CMOS Full HD sensors


The PXW-X180 incorporates three 1/3-inch type Full-HD Exmor™ CMOS sensors to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range. The sensor has 2 million effective pixels and achieves full HD 1920 x 1080 shooting without pixel interpolation, enhancing shooting under severe lighting conditions and providing more freedom of creative expression.


G Series fixed 25x professional HD zoom lens


The PXW-X180 is equipped with a G Series fixed 25x zoom lens with 26mm wide-angle. Due to a quick electric zoom function, the change of shooting from wide-angle to tele-angle can be made quickly. The lens has three independent control rings with end-stop, which means focus, zoom and iris can be manually controlled, making for better and faster adjustment.


High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP recordings on SxS memory cards


The PXW-X180 supports not only MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps in MXF (Material eXchange Format), which is widely accepted by major broadcasters worldwide, but also XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. XAVC technology is based on the H.264 standard, which provides an exceptional performance compression technology. XAVC Intra (frame) compression means that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames – providing a better quality picture, without compromises. With a Long GOP codec, only certain frames are encoded individually. This allows the codec to squeeze the video into a much smaller bitrate than Intra technology. The main benefit is faster ingest and editing. XAVC Long GOP files also require less storage space than XAVC Intra files, providing budget savings on recording media. The XAVC codec adopts 10 bit sampling for high definition recording with rich tonal expression. The bite rate of XAVC recording is 111 or 112 Mbps at 1080/59.94i or 50i and 89, or 112 Mbps at 1080/23.98P or 25p. The high bit rate gives a better quality picture.

As well as shooting at XAVC HD, MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps and MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, the camcorder also supports DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format and AVCHD in MTS file format, which is compatible with NXCAM camcorders. MPEG HD 422 gives a high quality image with more detailed colour reproduction, as well as being ideal for chromakeying. It is also compatible with other XDCAM HD 422 and NXCAM camcorders, including the PMW-500, the PMW-200, HXR-NX3/VG1 and many others, which streamlines workflow and reduces time in the edit. High-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps is fully compliant with the latest EBU recommendations for long-form broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses. This recording capability makes the PXW-X180 ideal for a wide range of different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.


Dual ND filter control mechanism for more flexibility


The PXW-X180 is equipped with a variable ND Filter function, allowing you to choose either four conventional mechanical ND filter positions or the linear control dial. The optical filter changes the density electrically, allowing the light amount to be reduced more conveniently. The density can be changed gradually and fluidly. Different from conventional optical ND filters, the ND filter on the PXW-X180 can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly. By choosing the density value properly, the iris control has more flexibility.


Wi-Fi/NFC (Near Field Communication) with Content Browser Mobile™


By attaching the supplied dongle IFU-WLM3, the PXW-X180 can be remotely controlled from a smartphone or tablet computer (iOS 4.3 through 7.0 or Android 2.3 through 4.3) via a Wi-Fi connection, and recorded video files can be transferred from camcorder to smartphone in MP4 format.* One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones that offer NFC connectivity. The required Content Browser Mobile™ mobile smartphone application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.

* Wi-Fi operation cannot be guaranteed with all smartphones and tablet computers.


Proxy recording on SD card


The PXW-X180 can record proxy video H.264 on an SD card. The resolution and bitrate of proxy video can be changed for a more flexible workflow. The proxy files are recorded in MP4 format for better compatibility with broadcast systems. The lightweight proxy video files are generated separately from the main line recording and recorded to SD cards for quick sharing of content over low-bandwidth mobile networks.


Dual SxS media slots, “Simul” or “Relay” recording, and independent record control


The PXW-X180 is equipped with two SxS memory card slots. The camcorder is compatible with SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 memory cards, XQD, SDXC and SDHC cards can be also used with an appropriate card adaptor. Two media slots can record in either “Simul” or “Relay” mode. “Simul” mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, while “Relay” mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full. The user can set up the two Start/Stop buttons on the PXW-X180, one on the grip and one on the camcorder body, to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.


Viewfinder includes amazing OLED technology


This 0.5-inch OLED viewfinder has the incredible clarity of 1024 x 768 High Definition, plus superb OLED brightness, contrast and response. The high resolution of the viewfinder allows better precision of manual focus operations and eliminates any colour-breaking phenomenon.

Sony PXWX180 Specifications

 

Camera
Imaging Device 3 x 1/3" type Exmor CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels (H x V) 1920 x 1080
Sensitivity F9 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode)
F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
S/N Ratio 60 dB (Y) (typical)
Shutter Speed 1/32 to 1/2000 sec
White Balance Present (3200K), A, B
GPS Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
NFC Yes
Built-In ND Filters Clear, 1/4 to 1/128 variable

 

Lens
Type Fixed
Zoom Ratio 25x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length 3.7 to 92.5 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 26 to 650 mm
Aperture f/1.6 to f/11, and closed
Focus Autofocus / manual focus selectable
Minimum Focus Distance Wide: 0.39" (10 mm)
Tele: 31.5" (800 mm)
Image Stabilizer ON/OFF/ACTIVE selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter 82 mm
Recording
Video Recording Format XAVC-Intra
1920x1080 59.94i: 111 Mbps max
1920x1080 50i: 112 Mbps max
1920x1080 29.97p: 111 Mbps max
1920x1080 25p: 112 Mbps max
1920x1080 23.98p: 89 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p: 111 Mbps max
1280x720 50p: 112 Mbps max

XAVC-Long
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i: 50/35/25 Mbps max
1920x1080 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50/35 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 50 Mbps max 

MPEG HD422
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50 Mbps max 

MPEG HD420
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 35Mbps max
1440x1080 59.94i, 50i: 35 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 35Mbps max

AVCHD
1920x1080 59.94p, 50p: 28 Mbps max 
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 24 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 24 Mbps max

DVCAM
720x480 59.94i: 25 Mbps
720x576 50i: 25 Mbps

Proxy
1280x720: 9 Mbps
640x360: 3 Mbps
480x270: 1 Mbps
480x270: 500 Kbps
Slow & Quick Motion Function 1920x1080p: Frame rate selectable 1 to 60p (depends on Recording Format)
1280x720: 1 to 120p (depends on Recording Format)
Angle of view becomes smaller over 60fps
Audio Recording Format LPCM, AC-3 (AVCHD): 2 channel
LPCM (XAVC/MPEG2/AVCHD/DVCAM), Dolby Digital (AVCHD): 2 channel
Interface
Input 2 x XLR 3-pin, female
Audio Output 1 x 3.5 mm
HDMI Output 1 x HDMI, Type A
SDI Output 1 x 3G-SDI, BNC connector
Composite Output / GENLOCK-IN 1 x BNC connector
USB 1 x USB 2.0, mini-B
1 x type A (for Wireless LAN module)
Timecode Input & Output 1 x BNC connector
Remote 1 x 2.5 mm
DC Input 1 x DC jack
Shoe Mounts 1 x Multi Interface shoe
Headphone Output 1 x 3.5 mm
Built-In Microphone Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
Monitoring
Viewfinder 0.5" (1.27 cm) color OLED
2.36 million dots
LCD 3.5" (8.89 cm) color LCD monitor
Aspect ratio: 16:9
1.56 million dots
Recording Media
Slots 2 x ExpressCard/34; supports SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 memory cards (for XAVC/MPEG2/AVCHD/DV)
1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for Proxy)
1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for Utility)
General
Power Requirements 19.5 VDC (AC Adaptor)
14.4 VDC (battery pack)
Power Consumption Approx. 19.9 W (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)
Battery Operating Time With battery pack BP-U90: approx. 4 hours (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)

With battery pack BP-U60: approx. 2 hours, 35 minutes (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)

With battery pack BP-U30: approx. 1 hours, 15 minutes (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.54 x 7.93 x 16.22" (19.15 x 00.15 x 41.20 cm); without protrusions
Weight Approx. 5.95 lb (2.7 kg); body only
Approx. 7.05 lb (3.2 kg); with lens hood, eyecup, battery pack BP-U30, SxS memory card

Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

  • Len Hood
  • EVF Large Eyecup
  • USB Cable
  • Audio Connecting Cable
  • IR Remote Commander
  • Lithium Battery (for IR Remote Commander)
  • AC Adapter
  • BC-U1 Battery Charger
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 2 x AC Cable
  • Cold Shoe Kit
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Wireless LAN Module
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • XQD Card Adapter
  • CD-ROM (Operating Instructions in PDF)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

Cameras

  • When is the next firmware for the Sony PXW-X180 due to be released and what features will be available?

    Good News. The user updates V2.00 system software for the Sony PXW-X180 Camcorder and the V1.31 network function software have been released. NOTE: Both the system software update and the network function software update are necessary for the PXW-X180.

    New features and improvements:

    • Picture Cache Rec
    • White balance memory according to the ND filter position
    • Transmitting streaming video and audio
    • 3G/4G/LTE modem, wired LAN – note, this requires new CBK-NA1 Network Adaptor, sold separately, details to follow

    These updates, procedure manual and release notes can be downloaded from:

    http://pro.sony.com.au/pro/support/firmwares/1237493390274


Post Production

  • Which converter would you recommend for MXF to AVI file Conversion ?

    HandBrake is a video converter program intended to both rip and convert video files to work on a number of supported devices such as the Sony PXW-X180 and Sony PXWX160 camcorders. It can be downloaded here.


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