The Sony DSR-450WSL is probably the ultimate DVCAM camcorder. In addition to its widescreen shooting capability it also can be switched from conventional NTSC 30 frame recording to the 24 frame "digital cinema" recording format. The unit has a built-in 2.5" LCD monitor, a Memory Stick slot for scene file storage, an 8-pin remote control port for using camera control boxes like the RM-B150 and the crucial battery-remaining display function. Optional boards exist for SDI output and Composite Video input.
- Viewfinder and LCD Monitor
- The DSR-450WSL has both an LCD screen and a conventional 1.5" black and white ENG style viewfinder. The viewfinder has a small light just to illuminate the focus and iris ring on the lens. (This feature can be switched off.) The tally light viewable in the viewfinder is also switchable from high to low and to off. The 2.5" LCD panel allows the operator to view the scene in color.
- Memory Scene Files
- The DSR-450WSL has a slot for accepting Memory Stick data storage medium. The settings of the camcorder including the menu system can be stored and shared with other camcorders thus matching picture looks and functions. The data can also be transmitted via network or even E-mail. Service and software updates can be facilitated in this manner as well.
- Full DSP Functions
- The DSR-450WSL has an advanced 30-bit DSP for the most stable and precise images possible. The digital signal processor allows the user to customize picture looks for specific shooting requirements. The TruEye feature keeps contrast levels looking natural even in extreme lighting conditions. Skin Tone Detail can check color and contrast in three parameters for special shooting requirements. The Black Stretch/Compress feature lets the user dial in special high or low contrast looks.
- Interval Record Feature
- The DSR-450WSL finally integrates a intervalometer for time lapse photography. The interval record feature allows you to compress long time periods into short video clips. Anyone who has ever seen a flower sprout, grow and bloom in a minute or the entire construction of a house in a very truncated period knows the beauty of the intervalometer.