Unveiled: Sony Announces PXW-X200 XDCAM Camcorder
Sony expands their line of XDCAM camcorders with the announcement of the PXW-X200. The camcorder is the successor to the venerable and ever-popular PMW-200, featuring a few key updates. Chief among the updates are three newly developed 1/2" type EXMOR CMOS sensors, providing higher sensitivity and improved signal-to-noise ratio, and the addition of Sony’s high-quality XAVC Intra and Long GOP codecs for up to 1080p60 video with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. To fit into existing workflows, MPEG HD422, HD420, and DV recording options are still available.
Physically, the PXW-X200 is virtually identical to the PMW-200, the biggest difference being the new 17x Fujinon HD zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.3-498.7mm, getting wider and provides more telephoto reach than the 14x lens on the PMW-200. The lens has independent focus, zoom, and iris control rings with hard stops, for full manual control. Some key features carried over from the PMW-200 include dual SxS memory card slots for simultaneous recordings, a cache recording feature, and slow and quick motion options. Footage can be monitored using the 0.45” EVF or the 3.5” QHD (960x540) resolution LCD panel.
The last major update is built-in wireless operation capability, with the attachment of the included wireless LAN module. The module offers remote control, file transfer, and monitoring via smartphones and tablets, with NFC (Near Field Communication) support for easy, one-touch linking to compatible devices. A future firmware update will also enable video streaming over Wi-Fi.
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