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Sony PXW-X500 XDCAM HD Shoulder Camcorder


Introducing the new Sony PXW-X500 solid-state memory shoulder-mount camcorder, offering superior picture quality with its sophisticated new three-chip 2/3-inch CCD image sensors. The camcorder is designed to be an outstanding acquisition tool on a 1080 progressive platform for a broad range of HD production applications such as TV drama, reality programmes, live productions, ENG and sports production.

  • Records a wide variety of HD and SD formats, including XAVC

  • Direct compatibility with NLEs

  • High Sensitivity and High Signal-to-Noise Ratio with B4-Mount HD Lenses

  • Powerful Slow & Quick Motion up to 120p Frame Rate

  • Built-in Wireless Module

  • Pool-feed input with 3G/HD/SD-SDI

  • Simultaneous recording onto two SxS cards

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Three 2/3-inch type HyperHAD FX Full HD CCD sensors offer high sensitivity and improved S/N ratio

The PXW-X500 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type Full HD CCD sensors. Based on the latest on-chip lens structure, this type of CCD offers a high sensitivity of F12 at 50i (F11 at 60i) and improved S/N ratio of 60 dB (with NS on). The camcorder also offers minimum illumination of 0.003 lx (typical) in 1080/59.94i mode +42 dB gain, with 16-frame accumulation.


High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Log GOP recordings

The PXW-X500 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.


Switchable recordings for greater flexibility

As well as shooting at XAVC HD, MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps and MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, the camcorder also supports MPEG SStP 422 Lite (HDCAM SR), as well as SD MPEG IMX and DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format. MPEG HD 422 gives a high quality image with more detailed colour reproduction, as well as being ideal for chromakeying. MPEG SStP is offered at 1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p and 25p. 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-X500 ideal for a wide range of different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.


Real world open workflows with Avid DNxHD codec and Apple ProRes codec recording options

Sony understands a fundamental truth: working cameras require practical workflows that provide open standards. That's why the PXW-X500 is part of a larger production platform that includes affordable media cards, affordable card readers and compatibility with popular NLEs and finishing tools. Recording directly in Apple ProRes codec and Avid DNxHD codec are also available as hardware options.* The DNxHD or ProRes files can stored in the easy-to-manage MXF OP-1a wrapper, and recorded onboard to Sony’s SxS PRO+ memory card format, which was specially designed to handle mission-critical production applications.

* ProRes codec option PXWK-501 and DNxHD codec option PXWK-502.


Slow and Quick Motion function 1 fps to 120 fps at 1080 in XAVC Intra and XAVC Long* and 1 fps to 30 fps in MPEG HD 422

The PXW-X500 offers a powerful Slow and Quick Motion function as an option that enables users to create elegant fast- and slow-motion footage. The PXW-X500 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 120 fps in 1080p in the XAVC codec. It offers approx. 5x slow motion at 23.98p, 4.5x slow motion at 25p and 4x slow motion at 29.97p. In MPEG HD 422 codec, the camcorder offers as a standard feature the ability to capture from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode, in increments of 1 fps. (With the PAL setting in UDF (MXF) mode, frame rates are selectable up to 50 fps in 720p mode and up to 25 fps in 1080p mode.)

* Slow & Quick Motion function for XAVC is available as an option.


Wireless operation

Lens, camera and media WiFi Remote or XMPilot live logging from a tablet or smartphone is achievable with built-in wireless module.


Proxy recording on SD card

The PXW-X500 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-X500 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-X500, 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.


ND filter control mechanism

The PXW-X500 is equipped with a variable ND Filter function, allowing you to choose four conventional mechanical ND filter positions from Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND to 1/64ND.


Wide choice of connections

The camcorder offers numerous connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI®, USB, composite output, timecode input/output and genlock input. The 3G-SDI connector is able to output the 1080/59.94P or 50P signal. Down-conversion output from HD to SD is also possible. Simultaneous output from both SDI and HDMI is possible. The Rec Trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.


2/3-inch lens mount

The PXW-X500 is fitted with a 2/3-inch B4 lens mount.


GPS functionality

The PXW-X500 is equipped with a GPS device. The GPS data is automatically recorded in two file locations.


High resolution 16:9 LCD

The PXW-X500 incorporates a 3.5-inch 1,555K dot LCD, offering high resolution and flexible composition options.


Viewfinder options

The camcorder allows various functions to be displayed in the viewfinder, including Focus Mag and Waveform/Vectorscope/Histogram. Viewfinder options include the HDVF-20A, HDVF-200 and CBK-VF02.


HyperGamma and User Gamma

Four types of HyperGamma curve – inherited from Sony's CineAlta camcorders – are provided in addition to six standard gammas.


Digital Extender

The Digital Extender function of the PXW-X500 enables images to be digitally increased in size 2x, 3x or 4x. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this increase without any F-drop phenomenon (i.e., without loss of image sensitivity).


ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation)

This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens. ALAC is activated only with some third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data. (Please check with lens manufacturers for ALAC support.)


24-bit four-channel audio recording

The PXW-X500 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit 48 kHz audio in XAVC Intra and XAVC Long MPEG HD 422 mode or MPEG IMX mode. Each channel level can be adjusted independently by individual level controllers

Mass Approx. 3.8 kg (body only without lens, VF, Mic)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 124 x 269 x 332 mm (excluding protrusions, body only)
Power Requirements DC 12 V (11 V~17.0 V)
Power Consumption Approx. 35W (while XAVC* recording, color LCD on)
MPEG4 SStP 1980x1080/59.94i,50i,29.97P,23.98P,25P*
XAVC Intra 1980x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
1280x720/59.94P, 50P
XAVC Long 1980x1080/59.94i, 50i, 59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
1280x720/59.94P, 50P
MPEG HD422 1980x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
1280x720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
MPEG HD420 1980x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
1440x1080/59.94i, 50i
1280x720/59.94P, 50P
MPEG IMX 720x480/59.94i(50M)
DVCAM 720x480/59.94i(25M)
MPEG4 SStP LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
XAVC Intra LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
XAVC Long LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
MPEG HD422 LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
MPEG HD420 LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
MPEG IMX LPCM 16/24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
DV LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 2 channels
XAVC Proxy AVC/H.264 Main Profile 4:2:0 Long GOP, VBR, 9/3/1/0.5Mbps
XAVC Proxy AAC-LC, 128kbps, 2 channels*
Lens Mount Sony 2/3-inch type bayonet mount
Imaging Device (Type) 3-chip 2/3-type Full HD CCD, HyperHAD FX
Effective Picture Elements 1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Optical System F1.4 prism system
Built-in Optical Filters ND filters 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND*
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) F12* (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
Minimum Illumination 0.003 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.4, +42 dB gain, with 16*-frame accumulation)
S/N Ratio 60 dB(NS:ON*)
Horizontal Resolution 1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48 V selectable
Video Output BNC (x1) HD-Y or Analog composite
Audio Output XLR-type 5-pin
SDI Output BNC (x2), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable
Timecode Input BNC (x1)
Timecode Output BNC (x1)
Genlock Input BNC (x1)
USB (Host) for Wi-Fi adaptor
USB (Device) USB device B Type (x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1)
DC Input XLR-type 4-pin
Remote 8-pin
HDMI Output HDMI connector (Type A)
Viewfinder Option HDVF-20A, HDVF-200, CBK-VF02
Built-in LCD Monitor 3.5 type Approx. 1.56M dots, 16:9*
Type SxS Card slot (x2) 
XQD Card, SD Card and Memory Stick can be used with an adaptor
Wi-Fi Yes
MI Shoe No
Note * Please note that these Specifications are subject to change
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Operation Manual 
  • Cold Shoe Kit 
  • XDCAM Browser and SxS Driver Software CD-ROMs

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