Sony PDW-510 XDCAM Camcorder, 16:9/4:3 Switchable, DVCAM Format

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Sony PDW-510 XDCAM Camcorder


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The Sony PDW-510 XDCAM Camcorder provides the durability and reliability professionals have become accustomed to with their full line of ENG camcorders. The PDW-510 provides excellent image quality, using the same imaging technology as the highly regarded MSW-900. The XDCAM takes recording to the next level, utilizing non-linear optical Blue Laser technology. Less time logging, capturing and digitizing footage allows videographers to move seamlessly between acquisition and post-production. This increase in efficiency will result in shorter production times leading to higher profitability.

Blue Laser Optical Drive Technology
The XDCAM series is anchored by blue laser disc, which allows for storage capabilities large enough to record professional quality video. Optical discs gives operators more control of the footage they acquire. This can be useful in instances such as news gathering, where footage often goes direct-to-broadcast. The hassle of rolling through tape is eliminated. Optical recording provides users with the advantages of non-linear work-flow combined the long record times that are necessary in the field.
Advanced Video Chip Technology
The camera uses advanced CCD technology. The Power HAD EX CCDs have specifications that approach the very highest quality FIT chips found in top-tier equipment such as those used in HDTV production. The camera has an amazing 65 dB signal to noise ratio and smear level of -140 dB. The dynamic range of the camera makes it possible to control critical details in both the very brightest and lowest lighted portions of a scene
Progressive Recording
The PDW-510 has the ability to record in progressive mode, which enhances image quality and can provide a more 'film-like' image. The camera can switch between standard (30 fps) and 24P modes. The 24P mode gives video the look and shutter of film, which is conventionally shot at 24 frames per second.
Loop Recording
Camera Operators often find themselves missing the first few seconds of action due to camera pre-roll. With the XDCAM this becomes a thing of the past! Simply set the camera to the Loop Recording mode and the camera will buffer 10 seconds of audio and video into the camera's memory. This capability can help prevent the loss of unexpected but important events occurring before the operator even has the chance to press the REC button.
Thumbnail Scene Selection
Blue Laser allows for quick and easy scene selection using Sony's attached LCD. Bringing up clips couldn't be any easier. Randomly access clips and review them seamlessly.
Seven Year "Powertrain" Warranty
Sony's commitment to XDCAM technology and their unwavering confidence in the equipment translates into an unprecedented seven year "Powertrain" warranty for the laser block.

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Image Device 2/3" Power HAD EX 3CCD, 16:9/4:3 Switchable
Lens Mount 2/3" 48 Bayonet Mount
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 65 dB
Resolution 988 Lines
Sensitivity f/11 @ 2000 Lux with 3200K
Minimum Illumination 0.13 Lux with F1.4, +48 dB Gain
Signal System NTSC
Vertical Smear -140 dB
Built-in Filters 1. 3200K
2. 5600K + 1/8 ND
3. 5600K
4. 5600L + 1/64 ND
LCD Monitor 2.5" (6.3 cm)
Speaker Yes
Viewfinder 2" Monochrome, quick start type
4:3 Mode: 600 TV Lines (at Screen Center)
16:9 Mode: 450 TV Lines (at Screen Center)
Microphone Yes
Scan Matching Yes
Memory Card Slot Yes, Memory Stick
Shutter Speed Scan Mode: I (interlaced)
1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (sec.)

Scan Mode: PsF (progressive)
1/40, 1/60, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (sec.)

Scan Mode: 24P
1/32, 1/48, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (sec.)
Gain Selection -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48 dB
Format DVCAM
Maximum Recording Time 85 min
Audio Dynamic Range 85 dB
Audio Signal Format 16 bits, 48 kHz
Audio Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, -1.0 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
Input and Output Connectors Audio In CH1/CH2- XLR, 3-pin, female
Time Code- BNC (x 1 input, 1 output)
Genlock- BNC (x 1 input)
Sync- BNC (x 1 output)
Mic Audio- XLR (x 2 input)
Line Audio- RCA (x 2 output)
Headphone- Mini Stereo (x 1)
DC Power- XLR, 4-pin, male (x1 input, x1 output Lens- 12-pin
Remote- 8-pin
Light- 2-pin
i.LINK- 6-pin
Power Requirements 12 VDC
Power Consumption 36 Watts
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F
0° to 40° C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 13.13 x 10.63 x 5"
33.2 x 26.9 x 12.4 cm
Weight 9.0 lbs
4.1 kg
Sony PDW-510 XDCAM Camcorder, 16:9/4:3 Switchable, DVCAM Format
  • Operation Manual
  • PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing Software
  • MXF Proxy Viewer Software
  • Viewfinder
  • Shoulder Belt
  • Monaural Microphone
  • 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
    7 Year "Powertrain" Warranty on Laser Block
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