Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • XAVC Intra and Long GOP Codecs
  • MPEG HD 422, AVCHD, & DV Codecs
  • G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom
  • Electronic Variable ND Filter
  • Dual SxS Memory Card Slots
  • 3G/HD-SDI & HDMI Output
  • MP4 Proxy Recording to SD Card
  • 0.5" OLED Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi Remote Control via Included Module
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Sony PXW-X180 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony PXW-X180 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors and a 25x Sony G zoom lens with 26mm wide angle. It records high-quality, 10-bit 1080p video using the XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD, and DV codecs to fit into a variety of broadcast and production workflows. Other key features include a 0.5" OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording to SD cards, and an electronically controlled variable ND filter. The camcorder can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet using the included wireless LAN module.

Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors
Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors with a total of about 2.07 million effective pixels (16:9) independently capture red, blue, and green light. This, combined with the camcorder's Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, high-sensitivity, and wide dynamic range, delivers vibrant images with accurate color rendition. Noise reduction and anti-shake is provided to assure high image quality in a variety on shooting conditions.
Sony G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom
The Sony G lens has a 25x zoom range with a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 26mm to 650mm. This makes the lens versatile enough to handle a wide range of shooting situations from wide-angle to telephoto. Independent manual, zoom, and focus rings with end-stop and iris control are provided, and a slide mechanism on the focus ring enables easy switching between auto and manual focusing. The focus indicator can be displayed even when focusing manually.
XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP Recording
XAVC technology is based on the efficient and high-quality H.264 standard. XAVC Intra using intra-frame compression, meaning that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames. This provides a better quality picture, but requires a higher bit-rate. With a Long GOP codec, only certain frames are encoded individually. This allows the codec to squeeze the video into a much smaller bitrate than Intra technology. XAVC Long GOP files require less storage space than XAVC Intra files. When recording in XAVC, it uses the MXF file format, efficiently compressing Full HD 1920x1080 resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50 Mbps, 35 Mbps or 25 Mbps. In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X180 records in MPEG HD 422 at 50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 at 35 Mbps, AVCHD, and DV.
Dual SxS Memory Card Slots
The PXW-X180 features two SxS memory card slots offering high read and write speeds. Optional adapters are available which allow recording to your existing XQD or SD memory cards. Simultaneous recording onto two memory cards is possible (in the same recording mode only). With two record buttons, the operator can choose which card to record to, letting you use one card for recording while the other card serves as a backup. Continuous relay recording is also possible from the card in the A slot to the card in the B slot.

Note: In AVCHD recording mode, simultaneous recording and relay recording between the two memory cards are not possible.
Proxy Recording on SD Card
The PXW-X180 can record proxy H.264 videos on an SD card. The resolution and bitrate of proxy video can be changed for a more flexible workflow. The proxy files are recorded in MP4 format for better compatibility with broadcast systems. The lightweight proxy video files are generated separately from the main line recording and recorded to SD cards for quick sharing of content over low-bandwidth mobile networks.
Variable ND Filter
The PXW-X180 is Sony's first professional camcorder to feature a variable ND filter. The new filter device has been developed to electronically control density and enable continuous setting adjustment from 1/4 to 1/128 ND using a simple dial. The variable ND filter lets you shoot with large apertures and/or slower shutter speeds when outside in daylight or in other bright environments.
The camcorder offers a variety of connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI, USB, composite output, timecode input/output, and genlock input. The 3G-SDI connector is able to output the 1080/59.94p or 50p signal. Down-conversion output from HD to SD is also possible. Simultaneous output from both SDI and HDMI is possible. The Rec Trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.
Wireless Functionality
The included wireless LAN module enables Wi-Fi control with NFC support. Simply download the Content Browser Mobile app to monitor footage and control camcorder settings via your smartphone or tablet. You can also transfer MP4 proxy recordings from the camcorder to your mobile device.
Multi-Interface Shoe
Accessories taking their power from the Multi-Interface Shoe can be switched on and off from the camcorder. Also, if an optional UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone receiver is connected, power supply and cable-free audio signal input is possible, minimizing the need for extra batteries and removing the need for additional cabling.
Additional Features
  • 0.5" OLED viewfinder with 1024 x 678 resolution
  • 2.5mm LANC remote control port (limited to record start/stop, zoom, and focus control only)
  • GPS enabled - GPS data is automatically recorded in two file locations
UPC: 027242884779
In the Box
Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder
  • Len Hood
  • EVF Large Eyecup
  • USB Cable
  • Audio Connecting Cable
  • IR Remote Commander
  • Lithium Battery (for IR Remote Commander)
  • AC Adapter
  • BC-U1 Battery Charger
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 2 x AC Cable
  • Cold Shoe Kit
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Wireless LAN Module
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • XQD Card Adapter
  • CD-ROM (Operating Instructions in PDF)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony PXW-X180 specs

    Image Sensor 3-Chip 1/3" CMOS Sensor
    Effective Sensor Resolution 1920 x 1080 (2.07 MP)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 60 dB
    Focal Length 3.7 to 92.5mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 26 to 650mm
    Optical Zoom Ratio 25x
    Maximum Aperture f/1 to 6
    Minimum Aperture f/11
    Minimum Focusing Distance Wide: 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Telephoto: 31.5" / 80.0 cm
    Filter Size 82 mm
    Image Stabilization Optical Image Stabilization
    Focus Control Autofocus
    Manual Focus
    Shutter Speed 1/1/32 to 1/1/2000 sec
    Built-In ND Filter 2 to 7 Stop Electronic ND Filter
    Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
    Recording Media 2 x SxS PRO+ Card Slots
    2 x SDXC Card Slots
    Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC, PAL
    Recording Modes XAVC-I:
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (89 to 112 Mb/s) 
    1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (112 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (25 to 50 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (35 to 50 Mb/s) 
    1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    MPEG2 4:2:2:
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    1280 x 720p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (24 to 28 Mb/s) 
    Audio Recording 2-Channel 
    Video Connectors 1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1 x BNC (Composite) Output
    1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Output
    2 x 3-Pin XLR Input
    Other I/O 1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control 
    1 x BNC Genlock Input
    1 x BNC Timecode Input/Output
    1 x USB Type-A 
    1 x USB Mini-B 
    Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi
    Global Positioning GPS
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Screen Resolution 960 x 540
    EVF Display Type OLED
    Screen Size .5"
    EVF Resolution 2,360,000 Dots
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    Power Consumption 19.9 W
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Accessory Mount 1 x Multi-Interface Shoe
    Dimensions 7.54 x 7.93 x 16.22" / 19.15 x 0.15 x 41.2 cm
    Weight 7.0 lb / 3.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 12.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.0 x 10.9 x 10.7"

    Sony PXW-X180 reviews

    PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Right combination at the right price. I am using the PXW-X180 on a college campus and so far it is the perfect balance of broadcast and cinima to meet our needs.With the addition of SD card adapter I can shoot high quality video of a long format events like concerts and plays for an aforable price, and then switch over to my SxS card for all the benefits of the high perfomrance memory module for promotional and creative projects. This camera has just the right mix of menu based anf fingertip based controls. The result is a very short familiarizing period before you can make it dance.The onboard XLRs result in superb sound capture quality.Like most cameras the quality of your end product will depend mostly on the skill of the opperator. But in the hands of any skilled user this camera will do a wonderfull job.
    Date published: 2014-11-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from fine but not awesome bought this camera as a replacement for my aging ex-1r. my advice for anyone in a similar position is to pay the extra $ and buy the pxw-x200. the larger chip size really does make a huge difference in the low-light ability. plus, you get hard stops on the lens (which the x180 lacks) and a consistent aperture throughout the entire zoom range. to me, those features are really worth the price...
    Date published: 2015-02-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Update... This is an update to my first review. Unfortunately I'm on my second camera, as the first one kept giving me error messages: E95-205.When this happens an alarm goes off, and the camera will not shut off, or it will take 30 seconds or better to shut down. Usually you have to pull the battery. I still love the lens on this. But the colors this camera outputs is way off.I've tried different Matrix presets, and even shut the Color Matrix off, but the colors are still way off. The white balance has some issues too. Sometimes it perfect, and other times its way off. Doing a manual white balance is also hit and miss as sometimes it nails it and other times its way off.I wish the camera didn't have these bugs, and maybe a future firmware update will correct them. I don't think that I've gotten two lemons in a row.For me, I back to the NX5, and will look at the XDCAM family again in the future.
    Date published: 2014-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Camera Outstanding camera. Great lens! The XQD media and Adapters work well in place of the SxS media cards. Really no need for SxS cards if they are out of your budget range. If you want to use SD cards, just bite the bullet and buy the Sony Adapters. The other, less expensive brands, really don't work in this camera. (I tried them)This camera will go through batteries quickly. The 30 will last an hour, the 60, two hours, and the 90, 4 hours. But beware, the 90 is HUGE. If you are familiar with the Sony NP-F970 batteries, think of the 90 as three of those...they really are that long! So you might want to stick with the 60,unless battery weight and size isn't an issue with you.This camera is replacing NX5's, which I also love. But this X-180 is a huge step-up in recording quality. It will record either 4:2:2 or 4:2:0, either 8-bit or 10--bit. And the HDMI and HD-SDI ports always output a 10-bit signal...which is great for external recorders / switchers.I only have 11 hours on this camera so far and much of that has been learning the menu functions and doing custom setups. But the recording quality is just wonderful.You will need a bit of patience with the menu selections because things execute slowly. Much more slowly than previous Sony cameras I've used. For instance, lets say you manually bump the gain up to +3. This happens immediately, but the display showing the change lags behind. Same with menu selections. I suspect that a future firmware upgrade might improve this. Regardless, once you get use to the behavior, its not an issue at all.I would buy this again and have plans to purchase more as I replace the NX5s that I have.
    Date published: 2014-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Images look great. We purchased this for the lens and that alone makes it worthwhile for our particular needs. Ordered it as soon as it came out, serial#29, sometimes that can be risky but everything is working as promised. It produces a great image and having the numerous codecs to chose from is handy for different types of jobs.Just a few years ago we would pay two to three times the price of this camera just for a decent lens for our D-30's.We have an NX-5 and a Z5, so we have been spoiled by the inexpensive and long lasting NP batteries compared to the BP line. So we will keep our NX5 for jobs that require being in remote areas for lengthy amounts of time.The menu structure is updated from the NX-5 and I find the x180 menu easier and quicker to navigate.The variable ND filter is really nice, that feature alone can make this a favorite camera to use.All in all, we have been happy with the camera. If we come up with any problems we will write an update.
    Date published: 2014-11-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great picture quality and the Wi-Fi remote control is a plus I bought this camera for my church to record and live stream our worship service. This camera is great as a stationary camera for events and concerts. You could use it as a handheld camera but I find it a little heavy for that and we use lighter Sony HXR-NX5U cameras for that purpose. One of the best things I like about this camera is the viewfinder. It's a large 3.5 high definition display with a clarify and depth of color like I've never seen before in a handheld camera. This model comes with a wireless LAN connection that is great for making adjustments to your shot when you are not at the camera or directly in front of it, since the IR remote only works from in front of the camera. However, I do wish the menu could be accessed either through the IR remote or the iPhone app. We don't the most ideal live setup and sometimes I need to make adjustments to the camera while streaming video and if I try to access the menu, it shakes the camera. The other thing that isn't so great is Sony's proprietary video formats and memory cards. This camera uses SxS memory cards which are very expensive. I'm sure they are superior to SD but we're on a budget so the SD is appealing as a more cost effective alternative. Using SD cards requires an aftermarket adapter. My last gripe is that the camera is not that easy to use and navigate through the menus. And there are two SD slots whose purpose still remain a mystery to me. I'm sure if I was a formally trained videographer I would have been taught what they are for but their usage is not intuitive to an amateur like myself.
    Date published: 2016-01-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good quality video The video quality is good using SXS memory cards. The enclosed XQD adapter does not work at all. Bought a 64GB card that would not format in the camcorder. The adapter is useless. But using the more expensive SXS cards are fine. Why Sony would enclose a useless adapter with camera is beyond me.
    Date published: 2016-09-24
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