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Sony NEX-EA50M NXCAM Camcorder with 18-105mm f/4 Servo Zoom G Lens

B&H # SONEXEA50M Mfr # NEX-EA50M
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Product Highlights
  • Records Full HD 1080p up to 60 fps
  • Exmor APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Accepts E-Mount Lenses
  • Two XLR Audio Inputs
  • SD/Memory Stick Memory Card Slot
  • FMU Slot for Flash Memory Unit
  • LCD with Touch Focus Function
  • Variable Speed Digital Zoom
  • Still Photographs at 16 Megapixels
  • Hot Shoe for Traditional Flash Units

The Sony NEX-EA50M NXCAM Camcorder with 18-105mm f/4 Servo Zoom G Lens brings large-sensor, Full HD video recording to the masses. It inherits the same versatile semi-shoulder mount design from its predecessor--the NEX-EA50UH--but adds an updated Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and replaces the 18-200mm E-mount lens with an 18-105mm f/4 constant aperture Servo Zoom G lens. The lens provides quiet and continuous variable focus, zoom, and iris operation and features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for smoother footage whether the camcorder is in your hands or on your shoulder.

The camcorder's E-mount allows you to use native Sony E-Mount lenses, such as the included 18-105mm servo zoom, as well as virtually any SLR, DSLR, or cine lenses through the addition of optional third party adapters. Behind the lens mount, you'll find a large APS-C sized CMOS sensor. Similar in size to Super 35, the APS-C sensor allows for cinematic images with a shallower depth of field than smaller sensor camcorders. The sensor can capture up to 1080p video at 24, 25, 30, 50, or 60 frames per second using the AVCHD codec, as well as still photos up to 16.1 megapixels. For professional audio capture, the camcorder has two XLR inputs, with an ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone included.

Media is recorded to an SD/SDHC/SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo card. The camcorder supports MS-PX "Mirroring Memory Stick" cards, which allows for two distinct segments to be recorded simultaneously to a single card, with built-in Error Correction Code to catch and correct errors as they happen. You can also connect and record to Sony's optional HXR-FMU128, a flash memory unit with a 128GB capacity. When connected, you can even simultaneously record HD video to the flash memory unit and the internal memory card for instant backup.

Footage is monitored using a 3.5" touchscreen LCD. When using an E-mount lens, you can active the Touch Focus function and pull focus simply by touching the LCD where you want the camera to focus. E-mount lenses also allow you to take advantage of the camcorder's face detection feature. Other features include a built-in hot shoe, LANC remote control port, and GPS location tagging.

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens
The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is a wide-ranging zoom lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-158mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives. A constant f/4 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and is especially beneficial when working with greater zoom magnifications in low-light conditions. Also benefiting working in dim light or at the long end of the zoom range is Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which works to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps. Variable zooming speed is electronically controlled by zoom rocker levers located on the camcorders handgrip, top handle, on the lens itself, or remotely with a LANC compatible controller.
E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System
The camcorder's Sony E-mount accepts native Sony E-mount lenses, as well as virtually any 35mm SLR, DSLR, and 35mm cine lenses via optional lens adapters. This means that you are not locked into one lens brand or mount, freeing you up to use current lenses you own in addition to the 18-105mm Servo Zoom G lens included with the camcorder.
Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
The NEX-EA50M is equipped with a new "Exmor APS HD" CMOS sensor designed for shooting Full HD video and 16.1 megapixel still photos. The APS-C sensor is similar in size to Super35, letting you capture cinematic images with a shallower depth of field than on smaller chip camcorders.
1920x1080 50/60p Full HD Recording at 28Mbps
The PS mode with a 28Mbps recording bit-rate enables capturing Full HD video at 60p. This video can be played back at normal speed for smooth motion, or conformed to 24p in post for 2.5x slow motion shots. The camcorder can also record 1080p at 30p, 25p, and 24p at 24Mbps, as well as 1080i 50/60.
50/60Hz Recording Modes
The NEX-EA50M is capable of shooting in 50Hz or 60Hz TV systems; enabling users to produce content for clients around the world. As in other NXCAM camcorders, the internal recording format is AVCHD 2.0.
Storage Options
Secure Digital memory cards offer professional grade read/write speeds and dependability at previously unheard of prices. The NEX-EA50UH supports both SD and Sony Memory Stick formats. However, it also features an FMU slot for connecting Sony's HXR-FMU128, a flash memory unit with a capacity of 128 GB. Simultaneous HD-HD recording to the memory card and FMU128 is possible.
16 Megapixel Still Image Capture
In addition to video, the NEX-EA50M can also capture still images up to 16.1 megapixels. Its mechanical shutter enables capturing fast moving subject. The photo-trigger button functions similar to still camera; push it halfway to set focus and exposure and then press it all the way home to take the picture. Its top handle mounted hot-shoe accepts a flash.
2x Digital Zoom
Thanks to the high pixel density of its Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, the NEX-EA50M is capable of performing up to 2x smooth, variable speed digital zooming when the camera is equipped with fixed focal length or manual zoom lenses. Digital zoom is controlled by the zoom rockers on the camera and via LANC compatible remote.
Touch Focus & Focus Transition (Requires E-Mount Lens Use)
When the NEX-EA50M is using E mount lenses, you can turn on the Touch Focus function which enables pulling focus by simply touching the point on the camera's LCD touch panel where you want the camera to focus on. You can also store and pull focus between two distinct focus points via the Focus Transition function, with transition time programmable from 0.5 seconds to 90 seconds, in 0.5 second increments.
Face Detection (Requires E-Mount Lens Use)
When the Face Detection function is enabled, the NEX-EA50M detects and draws boxes on the faces of individuals in the frame. The user can designate a particular face as "primary." From there on, the camera will optimize focus and exposure on the primary face. Even if the primary subject leaves the frame, if the primary returns, the camera will continue tracking.
Mirroring Memory Stick support
The NEX-EA50M is compatible with the MS-PX series "Mirroring Memory Stick." These memory cards are equipped with a unique mirroring function that more reliably backs up and secures file-based footage acquired on NXCAM camcorders. The mirroring function essentially lets users record to two distinct segments on the memory card simultaneously, giving the shooter access to the undamaged segment if errors occur to the other segment. A built-in Error Correction Code (ECC) catches and corrects errors as they happen and a Data Refresh feature moves data over to the "safe" zone on the undamaged segment before the error damages the card.
Picture Profiles
Six picture profile settings for different shooting conditions are provided as default settings. Selecting a picture profile for a particular scene offers an easy way to optimize the camera to match lighting conditions or for creative image manipulation.
Location Tagging with GPS Technology
A built-in GPS function automatically records absolute time and location information every half second of a shoot to AVCHD files.
Camera
Sensor "Exmor APS HD" CMOS
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Total Pixels 16.7 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Video:
Approx. 13.6 Megapixels (16:9)

Photo: Approx. 13.6 Megapixels (16:9)
Approx. 16.1 Megapixels (3:2)
Minimum Illumination 1.7 lux, with Shutter Speed 1/24 auto gain control, auto iris (with 60i)
1.57 lux, with Shutter Speed 1/25, auto gain control, auto iris (with 50i)
Lens Mount E-mount
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
HDTV 1080/60i, 1080/60p, 720/60p specification

PAL color, CCIR standards
HDTV 1080/50i, 1080/50p, 720/50p specification
Video Recording Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 (HD)
MPEG-2 PS (SD)
60Hz Recording Mode 1080p
HD PS (28 Mbps) 1920x1080 60p
HD FX (24 Mbps) 1920x1080 30p, 24p
HD FH (17 Mbps) 1920x1080 30p, 24p

1080i HD FX (24 Mbps) 1920x1080 60i
HD FH (17 Mbps) 1920x1080 60i
HD HQ (9 Mbps) 1440x1080 60i
HD LP (5 Mbps) 1440x1080 60i

720p HD FX (24 Mbps) 1280x720 60p
HD FH (17 Mbps) 1280x720 60p

SD (NTSC)
SD HQ (9 Mbps) 720x480/60i (30p Scan)
SD HQ (9 Mbps) 720x480/60i (24p Scan)
DV (25 Mbps) 720x480/60i
50Hz Recording Mode 1080p
HD PS (28 Mbps) 1920x1080 50p
HD FX (24 Mbps) 1920x1080 25p
HD FH (17 Mbps) 1920x1080 25p

1080i
HD FX (24 Mbps) 1920x1080 50i
HD FH (17 Mbps) 1920x1080 50i
HD HQ (9 Mbps) 1440x1080 50i
HD LP (5 Mbps) 1440x1080 50i

720p
HD FX (24 Mbps) 1280x720 50p
HD FH (17 Mbps) 1280x720 50p

SD (PAL)
SD HQ (9 Mbps) 720x576/50i (25p Scan)
DV (25 Mbps) 720x576/50i
Audio Recording Format Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz, 16-bit)
Dolby Digital 2ch (48 kHz, 16-bit), Dolby Digital Stereo Creator employed
Still Image Resolution Approx. 13.6, 7.1, 3.4 million pixels (16:9)
Approx. 16.0, 8.4, 4.0 million pixels (3:2)
Still Image Capture Format DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible
Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible
MPF Baseline compatible
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC card (Class 4 or faster)
Memory Stick PRO Duo media and MS-PX series of "Mirroring Memory Memory Stick"
HXR-FMU128 128GB flash memory module
Recording/Playback Time 170 min (2h 50m) with 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX at FX (24 Mbps), Linear PCM 2ch recording
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/60 to 1/2000
30p: 1/30 to 1/2000
24p: 1/48 to 1/2400

Manual:
60i/30p/60p: 1/3 to 1/10000
24p: 1/3 to 1/10000
Black Level -15 - +15
Digital Zoom 2x
GPS Yes
Display
Size 3.5" (8.8 cm)
Resolution 1920 x 480
921,600 pixels
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touch Panel Yes
Inputs/Outputs
HDMI Output 1 x Type A
Component Out 3 x RCA connectors

Output impedance with less than 2.2 kΩ (0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms) Y: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω PB/PR, CB/CR: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Video Out 1 x RCA, 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω, unbalanced, sync negative
Audio Output RCA connectors, -10 dBu (at load impedance 47 kΩ)
Audio Input 2 x XLR 3-pin (LINE, MIC, MIC +48V)
Headphone 1 x 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Remote Control 1 x 2.5 mm (LANC)
Speaker Yes (16 step volume control)
USB Yes (mini AB)
Accessory Shoe Hot Shoe
Memory Card Slot SD/MS (x1)
FMU Slot (x1)
Lens
Mount Sony E-Mount
Focal Length 18 to 105 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 27 to 157.5 mm (APS-C)
Optical Zoom 5.8x
Zoom Operation Servo/Manual
Maximum Aperture f/4 (constant)
Minimum Aperture f/22
Filter Thread 72 mm
Minimum Focus Distance Wide: 17.7" (45 cm) Tele: 37.4" (95 cm)
Focus Manual and auto
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot
Dimensions (Ø x L) 3.07 x 4.33" (78 x 110 mm)
Weight 15 oz (427 g)
General
Built-in Mic Yes (stereo)
Power Requirements 7.2 VDC (battery pack)
7.6 VDC (AC adapter)
Power Consumption During camera recording using the microphone ECM-XM1, LCD with normal brightness, and 18-105mm lens: 9.6 W (60i), 8.8 W (50i)

When HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit is used, the average power consumption increases about 1.1 W
AC Adapter 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
24 W
7.6 VDC output
Charger 100 to 240 VAC, 50/50 Hz
22 W
8.4 VDC output
Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C)
Storage Temperature -4 to +140° F (-20 to +60° C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Body Only (Including Projecting Parts): 5.71 x 7.03 x 9.98" (14.50 x 17.85 x 25.35 cm)

When Recording (Including Projecting Parts): 7.70 x 7.97 x 22.42" (19.55 x 20.25 x 56.95 cm) - with lens, lens hood, large LCD viewfinder, large eyecup, handle, microphone (ECMXM1), and grip (without the belt) attached


AC Adapter: 5.0 x 1.4 x 2.5" (12.7 x 3.5 x 6.3 cm)
Weight Body Only: 3.81 lb (1.728 kg)

When Recording: 6.94 lb (3.147 kg) - with the battery pack (NP-F770), lens, lens hood, large LCD viewfinder, microphone (ECM-XM1), flash memory unit cover attached supplied with NEX-EA50M


AC Adapter (Excluding the Power Cord): 10 oz (300 g)
Sony NEX-EA50M NXCAM Camcorder with 18-105mm f/4 Servo Zoom G Lens
  • AC Adapter / Charger (AC-VL1)
  • NP-F770 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack (7.2v, 4400mAh)
  • ECM-XM1 Shotgun Microphone
  • Remote Commander (RMT-845)
  • USB Cable
  • VMC-UAM1 USB Adapter Cable
  • Large Eyecup
  • Lens Hood with Lens Cover
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • Lithium Battery (CR2025)
  • Application Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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