Introducing the New Sony PXW-X70 XDCAM, a 4K-Ready Compact Camcorder

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Sony PXW-X70 XDCAM

Featuring a compact camcorder size and shape, a first for Sony’s XDCAM line of cameras, the new PXW-X70 features a 1” type sensor which is eight times larger than the 1/3” size usually found in this kind of camera. Although the sensor is not as large as a 35mm sensor, it is larger than a Super-16 , which helps you achieve a more cinematic image with shallow depth of field. Common to the XDCAM line, the PXW-X70 features a Back Side Illuminated Exmor R sensor. The design of the sensor moves the photodiodes above the control circuitry, providing better low-light performance with noticeably less noise.

However, the large 1” sensor and small form factor are not the only features worth noting. The camera, which records broadcast quality 1920 x 1080 HD video using a variety of codecs, at 4:2:2 10-bit, is planned for an upgrade that allows it to shoot UHD 4K, so you get a compact HD camcorder now, that can be upgraded to 4K in the future without having to buy a new camera, something to consider as 4K production becomes more and more common. Two SD Media Card slots allow you to record either simultaneously or in relay mode, so you need never actually stop recording, except to change batteries, as you can swap a full card for an empty card while the camera records to the second card.

"...you get a compact HD camcorder now, that can be upgraded to 4K in the future without having to buy a new camera..."

The camera is Wi-Fi enabled and uses NFC (Near Field Communication) to enable wireless LAN connections. What this means to you, is that you can control the camera via smartphone or tablet with the Content Browser Mobile Application, which enables you to adjust focus and iris, as well as confirm your shot angles. Future planned upgrades will allow you to stream live from the camera and transfer files wirelessly as well.

Though small in size, the camera does not skimp on features that professionals expect. Two 3-pin XLR inputs in the top handle allow you to work with professional microphones and cables, just as you would with a full-sized camcorder. Suitable for tripod work and hand holding, the camera features an ergonomic palm grip with a large zoom lever, and an eyepiece viewfinder with a large eye-cup. The built-in 12x optical zoom lens incorporates three selectable ND filter settings, and Clear Image Zoom extends the 12x optical zoom to 24x while maintaining HD quality.

If you're looking for an HD camera that combines file recording to commonly available recording media, a compact form factor, wireless control via smartphone or tablet, a built-in lens with manual focus/iris ring, and a future upgrade to 4K, the Sony PXW-X70 camera is well worth taking the time to check out.

Sensor   1" Exmor R CMOS
20MP sensor
14.2MP effective pixels
Lens 12x optical zoom
24x Clear Image Zoom
48x with digital extender
Video Sampling 4:2:2 10-bit
Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Long-GOP
50
35
25
Recording Format   XAVC
AVCHD
DV
Outputs 1 x 3G-SDI
1 x HDMI
Audio 2 x 3-pin XLR female
Media Card Slots 2 x SD
Wireless NFC
Wireless LAN 
Weight Less than 3 lb / 1.4 kg (includes camera body, XLR handle unit, NP-FV70 battery, lens hood, and large eye-cup)

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Y el precio ? ??

Hola Pedro -

Pricing for the Sony's PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder is not yet available.

Por favor mandenos un e-mail a spanish@bhphotovideo.com si tiene mas preguntas.

Cual es el precio en pesos MX.  Tiene garantia? En cuanto tiempo se entrega? Le quedan las baterias de la DCR-SX45?

Hola Alejandro -

This information for the Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder is not yet available.   As soon as SONY updates us, we will have this up on the camcorder’s page on our web-site.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

send price please

Unfortunately, Sony has yet to provide us with pricing or availability of the PXW-X70.  As soon as they do, we will have this up on the camcorder’s page on our site.

Looking for overall physical demensions of this XDCAM; Interested in comparing it to my ( recently-purchased) FDR-AX100B...

Unfortunately, this isn’t a specification Sony has provided us with yet, nor am I finding it listed on their site.  As soon as they provide more information about the camcorder, we will have it listed on the camcorder’s page on our site.

Looks great in specification and not bad looking either ....Lets Hope does both PAL/NTSC and  Price is affordable too...!!!

Anyone know if 4K upgrade will support 60fps/60p?  Does X70 have LANC(or other wired interface) to enable remote controlled zoom?

Hello!

I am from Norway, and have a Sony HDR-CX900 camcorder.  It has a very good viewfinder, but I'm missing a very important part on it, a LARGE EYECUP !!

I can't find it here in Norway.  But, on pictures of the brand new Sony PXW-X70 I have noticed one!

As the two cameras seems to have identical(?) viewfinders I will now ask you if I could buy this large eyecup for the PXW-X70 from you, and put it on my CX-900

I hope the best, but let me hear from you.

Øyvind Myklebust

Gammelbakkan 8

NO-7224 MELHUS

Norway

ojohm@hotmail.no

Unfortunately we do not carry the eye cup by itself. You would need to purchase the replacement directly from Sony.

Looks like a sweet camera, if you're looking for something small with a bigger sensor, but not looking for an HDSLR replacement. As this camera doesn't have an interchangeable lens. 
If you want to get HDSLR results in a video form factor for less than the cost of a 5d MKiii body, check out the un heralded sony EA50. With an interchangeable 18-200 lens and a sensor the same size as the sensor in a 35mm movie camera, it's about US$3200 and may even have a rebate available.

We have one at Seattle Film Institute, and since we got it, our Canon 60d has been gathering a lot of dust.

How much?

Unfortunately, Sony has yet to inform us of the price for the Sony PXW-X70 XDCAM.  As soon as we receive this information from Sony, we will update the product’s page on our site.

OLA PESSOAL ESSA  Sony PXW-X70 SERA UM BOA ALTERNATIVA PARA QUEM TRABALHA COM EVENTOS SOCIAIS principalmente QUANDO SE FALA DO desempenho COM POUCA LUZ.  SERA QUÉ VAI DA PARA  COMPARA COM AIS   DSLR

Ola Antonio -

Essa câmera é nova e não tivemos oportunidade de verificar o desempenho ainda, mas ela tem um sensor de 1" e se tiver a qualidade como o sensor de 1" que a Sony colocou nas câmeras RX100 então voce vai ter qualidade com pouca luz como tem uma Canon T5i DSLR. A vantagem dessa Sony X70 é que ela tem conexão para microphone profissional XLR, melhor qualidade de video em 4:2:2 10-bit, e também conexão para monitores ou outros accessories 3G-SDI, coisa que uma DSLR não oferece.

Por favor nos contate no email vendas@bhphoto.com se tiver perguntas adicionais.

We have a little band and like to make videos of our gigs and personal stuff.  I would like to see a sony camcorder comparable to the Canon CAHFG20 or 30 camcorder, no more than $1000.  Most of our gigs are free and for rest homes, retirement homes, churches, charitable org. etc.

VFR? If this thing can do 120fps, I'll ditch my fs700 in a heart beat. My clients will get used to a "smaller" looking platform.

Also email to sdephil@aol.com

THIS IS LOVELY,WE WILL  LOVE TO GET ONE.THANKS FOR THIS 4K SONY PXW-X70

availability and pricing for 3 of these

Hi Ronald -

Pricing for the Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder is not yet available.  Unfortunately, Sony has yet to provide us with pricing or availability of the PXW-X70.  As soon as they do, we will have this up on the camcorder’s page on our site.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Most important info is missing - the lens. 12x zoom means nothing, what's the range, what f-stop? A lot of cams say 20-25x zoom, but it is mostly on the long end. How often do you shoot with 500mm(35mm equiv.)? Ninety eight percent of news and documentary work is done in 17-150mm range. That will be real deal breaker. Please post info when available. Thanks, BKS.

Hi   -

This information for the Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder is not yet available.   As soon as SONY updates us, we will have this up on the camcorder’s page on our site.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Could you please let me know the price and terms & conditions.

Unfortunately, the price for the Sony PXW-X70 is not available yet.  As soon as Sony releases this information, we will post it on our site.  As for terms and conditions, what information are you looking for specifically?  askbh@bandh.com

  I want to know the price of " Sony PXW-70

Hi Salvador -

Pricing at B&H has not yet been determined. We should be updating our own website for the Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder to reflect the B&H selling price shortly.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

FYI, It looks like sony has put this up on their Pro Sony video page with a list price for those that are interested.

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-broadcastcameras/cat-xdcam/product-PXWX70/

Has Sony provided any info as to when this might be available for purchase?  I was about to purhcase a Canon XA20, but I think this camera might be a better choice for me.  I'm really needing my a camera by mid September, but I can probably get by w. my SLT-A57 until this one becomes available.  I'd love to see a review/Comparison between this X70 and the Canon XA20 as soon as you have one available :)

Hi Stephen -

Thank you for this information Stephen.  Pricing at B&H has not yet been determined. We should be updating our own website for the Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder to reflect the B&H selling price shortly.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

I can't find information on whether this camcorder got any cache recording?

Hi Han -

The Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder has no embedded memory. As far as we know, Sony has not included a "pre-record" function on this camera.  We will learn more once the camera is shipped and we have some "hand-on" time with it.

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-broadcastcameras/cat-xdcam/product-PXWX70/

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Favor cotizar una camara Sony profesional EX3, condiciones de envio y pago en Colombia.  Gracias

Hola Pilar - 

Nosotros le podemos ayudar con su orden por medio de E-Mail.  Por favor mandenos un e-mail a spanish@bhphotovideo.com  Nosotros le mandaremos una cotizacion, use el numero de la cotizacion cuando mande su pago.  Para empezar, necesitamos lo siguiente:  1- La lista y cantidad de los productos que quiere comprar. Por favor, denos el codigo de B&H localizado en la pagina web del producto o fabricante/modelo. No mande la direccion del internet porque no siempre trabaja.  2- Su nombre/direccion/telefono de quien se factura/paga y nombre/direccion/telefono donde quiere que se envie.  Por favor espere por su numero de cotizacion antes de mandar el pago. Cuando reciba la cotizacion revise que toda la informacion sea correcta.  
Albert Newman: 

Por favor mandenos un e-mail a spanish@bhphotovideo.com si tiene mas preguntas.

Y se sabe cuando estaría disponible para la venta?

Hola Isabel -

Sony's PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder

Por favor mandenos un e-mail a spanish@bhphotovideo.com si tiene mas preguntas.

Interested.

Thanks

Does the X70 has the function to capture high-quality still images such as the AX100?

Hi Naas -

The Sony's PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder does not appear to have this feature as it is considered a pro-level camera.  A high quality frame grab can always be used from shot footage of course.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hi, from to mexico.

it interests to me to make the investment of this camera, to know how the price to me to have it when it is the launching.

Buy my first camera hd

Tank

Hi Salvador -

The current price for the Sony's PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder is now posted on our B&H webpage.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hi

is it PAL&NTSC Recordable?

Hi Sunil -

Hi Salvador -

The NTSC and PAL recording frame rates for the Sony PXW-X70 are:

[60i] 1080p: Frame rate selectable [1.2.4.8.15.30,60 fps]
[50i] 1080p: Frame rate selectable [1.2.3.6.12.25,50 fps]

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

I have a few questions regarding this:

Is it possible to remove the XLR Mixer carrying handle? (I have a Zoom H5 recorder and have no need for an XLR unit)

If so, is it possible to have an option without it or can we sell or return the carrying handle in exchange for cash/credit or have a carrying handle minus the XLR unit?

Is the 4K upgrade in the form of a firmware update or a physical extension?

Is it possible that this will shoot 4K 60P when the upgrade is availiable? I believe the technology is sufficient enough by the upgrade. I understand if there is insufficient information as of now.

Thanks

The XLR handle is removable. It is not sold without it nor do we purchase it back unfortunately.

The details of the 4K upgrade are not yet available. 

I have a question on the connector or the SDI signal is 10 bit 4:2:2 ? Or only when record in XAVC?

Best regards

The 3G-SDI output will also be 10bit 4:2:2.

boa tarde colega, tenho 2 filmadoras FDR AX100, gostaria de saber sobre a gravação em 4K, dessa nova filmadora, PXW-X70, não entendi bem, sobre esse detalhe dessa nova câmara, atenciosamente.

Ola Alfredo -

Essa câmera não grava em 4K no momento. A Sony esta avisando que ela vai lançar um upgrade para essa câmera no futuro onde voce vai poder atulizar ela e dai gravar em 4k. A Sony ainda não avisou como vai ser essa atualização, se vai ser apenas via software ou se vai ter que comprar algum hardware, portanto se voce esta no Brasil eu não sugiro comprar a câmera até a Sony lançar a atualização no mercado para ter certeza que vai funcionar com a atualização sem ter que comprar nenhuma outro hardware.

Por favor nos contate no email vendas@bhphoto.com se tiver perguntas adicionais.