Sony HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder

Sony HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder

Sony HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1/4" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 26.8mm Equivalent Wide-Angle Lens
  • Records SD in DV AVI File
  • OLED Viewfinder with 1.44 Million Dots
  • Flip-Up 3" LCD with 921k Dot Resolution
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Internal 32GB Flash Memory
  • Sony Multi-Interface Hot Shoe
  • BNC Connector on Composite Output
  • SDXC/Memory Stick Card Slot
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Sony HXR-MC2500 overview

  • 1Description

The HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder from Sony is designed for shooters looking for the inherent stability and professional feel a shoulder-mount form factor provides. It features a 1/4" Exmor R CMOS chip that can work with as little as 0.8 lux illumination when in SD mode, and low light performance is further augmented by a built-in LED light shinning 800 lumens at 1.6; distance. The camera records Full HD in the widely supported AVCHD format and can record SD in the DV codec with an AVI wrapper. Using DV rather than DVD-style MPEG-2 compression for SD means a higher quality thanks to lower compression and compatibility with more editing software. The camera is Wi-Fi enabled allowing you to control it from an app as well as monitor a low-latency live feed on a smartphone or tablet.

Along with two cold shoes, the HXR-MC2500 features one Sony Multi-Interface hot shoe, which allows the attachment of proprietary accessories such as lights and microphones. The hot shoe design means no separate cables will be required for audio accessories and lights will not require a separate battery or power source since they can draw off the camera battery. The two standard shoes provide mounting for third-party lights, field monitors, microphones, wireless receivers, and other on-camera accessories.

For live monitoring, there is an HDMI output, plus composite output which is on a locking BNC connector to ensure the cable doesn't get accidentally get yanked loose during a live broadcast. Video can be recorded internally to the 32GB flash memory, which stores about 170 minutes hours at the 24 Mbps (FX) quality setting, or a SDHC/SDXC or MemoryStick memory card.

Wide 26.8mm Angle Lens
With 12x zoom, the lens features a 26.8mm equivalent focal length when at its widest setting, helping to minimize the times a wide angle adapter or converter will be required
Exmor R CMOS sensor
The Exmor R CMOS has been redesigned from the previous model to deliver up to 0.8 lux sensitivity in SD mode. In part this sensitivity bump comes from the use of backside illumination, which moves much of the circuity to the back of the sensor enabling larger photosites which can capture more light
OLED Tru-Finder and 3" LCD Panel
The Tru-Finder viewfinder uses OLED technology for a better viewing angle and features a resolution of 1.44 million dots, adequate for critical manual focusing. There is also a 3" LCD panel for when the camera is not being used over the shoulder, which features a 0.92 million dot resolution. The LCD screen can be close or disabled when not in use to conserve battery
Low-Light Shooting
The HXR-MC2500 is capable of up to 0.8 lux minimum illumination when using manual settings with the shutter set to 1/15 second, the iris at f/1.8, and the gain at 33dB. Plus, there is a built-in LED video light that casts 800 lumens brightness when 1.6' from the subject
Wi-Fi Enabled with NFC Connectivity
Through Wi-Fi it is possible to operate a number of camera settings from a smartphone or tablet. You can also monitor a live feed, which is ideal for setups - such as a news conference - where the camera will be placed somewhere that people aren't allowed during the event. The NFC feature saves time, allowing you to pair the camera with NFC-enabled mobile devices simply by tapping the device to the camera. Functions you can access through the app include:
  • Record start/stop
  • Zoom
  • Iris
  • Touch Auto Focus
Hybrid Recording
The camera comes equipped with 32GB of built-in memory, offering approximately 170 minutes in the 24 Mbps (FX) quality setting. There is also a memory card slot that can accept SD, SDHC, SDXC, and Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo cards - all available separately - for even longer recording times. Simultaneous modes lets you record to both media at once, while Relay will roller over from one media to the other once the fist fills up. Relay makes indefinite recording possible, as long as the battery lasts or AC power is available
Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe
In addition to the two standard cold shoes, the proprietary Multi-Interface shoe allows the camera to talk directly to a range of accessories from Sony without requiring separate wiring. Compatible accessories include microphones, wireless receivers, and even flashes

Note: Multi-Interface shoe is not compatible with accessories that use the earlier Active Interface (AIS) shoe
DV Recording
In SD mode, the HXR-MC2500 records in DV codec - the same format used by MiniDV tape cameras - and puts the file in an AVI wrapper. This format is supported by most editing programs, and features less compression than the MPEG-2 SD mode found on many other cameras
Assignable Lens Ring
The lens ring can be set to manually control focus, exposure, white balance, iris, or shutter speed - giving you direct access without having to go through the camera's menu
Time Code
It is possible to set SMPTE timecode or user bit (UB) for multi camera productions or to make it easier to locate footage in post
BNC Composite Output
The composite output uses a BNC terminal, which is a locking connector that reduces the risk of accidentally yanking the cable out during a live broadcast
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
In addition to normal optical image stabilization, Active Mode provides compensation for the sway that occurs while waking
Quick AF System
Designed to improve auto focus accuracy even in low-light conditions
L Series Battery
Support for Sony's professional L Series battery line means up to 14 hours of battery life is possible when using the separately available NPF-970 battery
UPC: 027242884670
In the Box
Sony HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoe Cap
  • EVF Eyecup
  • Microphone
  • Wind Screen
  • Video Light Diffuser
  • USB Adapter Cable
  • NP-F570 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery (7.2v, 2200mAh)
  • AC-L100C AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony HXR-MC2500 specs

    Signal System 1080/60i
    NTSC 480/60i
    Image Device 1/4" Exmor R CMOS Sensor (back-illuminated)
    Pixels Total: 6,590,000
    Effective: 6,140,000 (16:9); 4,600,000 (4:3)
    Minimum Illumination 1.6 lux: MAN setting: SS 1/30 sec, Iris F1.8, Gain 33 dB
    0.8 lux: MAN setting: SS 1/15 sec, Iris F1.8, Gain 33 dB
    Lens
    Zoom Optical: 12x
    Clear Image Zoom: 24x
    Digital: 200x
    Zoom Control Servo/manual
    Focal Length f= 2.9 to 34.8 mm
    35mm Equivalent 16:9: f= 26.8 to 321.6 mm
    35mm Equivalent 4:3: f= 32.8 to 393.6 mm
    Iris f/1.8 to F3.4 -- auto/manual selectable
    Focusing Distance Wide: 0.4" / 10 mm to ∞
    Telephoto: 31.5" / 800 mm to ∞
    Focus Control Auto/manual selectable
    Image Stabilization ON (Standard/ACTIVE)/OFF selectable, shift lens
    Filter Diameter 37 mm
    Display
    LCD Monitor 3" LCD
    921,000 dots
    Viewfinder 0.39" OLED
    1.44 million dots
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed Range 1/8 to 1/10,000 (1/6 to 1/10,000 in 24p mode)
    White Balance Preset: Indoor, Outdoor
    Color Temperature Set Range: 2300 to 15000K
    One-push A, B, Auto selectable
    Gain 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 dB -- auto selectable
    Recording
    Video Formats HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
    SD: DV codec in AVI wrapper
    Recording Rate HD:
    PS (28 Mbps) 1920 x 1080: 60p
    FX (24 Mbps) 1920 x 1080: 60i, 30p, 24p; 1280 x 720: 60p
    FH (17 Mbps) 1920 x 1080: 60i, 30p, 24p, 16:9, 1280 x 720/60p, 16:9
    HQ (9 Mbps) 1280 x 720: 60p

    SD:
    DV (25 Mbps) 720 x 480: 60i
    Recording Media Internal: 32 GB
    Memory Card Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Maximum Recording Time Internal Memory / 32 GB SDHC Card:
    PS (LPCM): 145 minutes
    FX (LPCM): 170 minutes
    FH (LPCM): 225 minutes
    HG (LPCM): minutes
    DV (LPCM): 140 minutes
    Audio
    Audio Signal Format HD: Linear PCM 2-channel; 16-bit, 48 kHz / Dolby Digital 2-channel, 16-bit, 48 kHz
    SD: Linear PCM 2-channel; 16-bit, 48 kHz
    Built-In Microphone Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
    Connectivity
    Outputs 1 x HDMI
    1 x Composite on BNC female
    1 x Analog Audio on 2 x RCA female
    1 x Headphone on 3.5 mm mini-jack
    USB 1 x USB 2.0 on mini-AB connector -- for data transfer to a computer and connecting a USB mass storage device
    Remote 1 x LANC on 2.5 mm sub-mini
    Accessory Shoe 1 x Multi Interface Shoe
    2 x Cold shoe
    Built-In LED
    Luminous Intensity 3.3' / 1 m: 200 lux
    1.6' / 0.5 m: 800 lux
    Lighting Angle 30°
    Color Temperature 5,500K
    Wi-Fi
    Protocol IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    Frequency 2.4 GHz
    Security WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
    NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compliant
    General
    Power Requirements Battery Pack: 7.2 VDC
    AC Adapter: 8.4 VDC
    Power Consumption 3.3 W
    Battery Life Approximately 285 minutes with NP-F570 battery -- with video light off
    Approximately 135 minutes with NP-F570 battery -- with video light on
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 10.4 x 9.3 x 6.1" / 265 x 235 x 155 mm -- body only
    2.6 x 9.4 x 18.1" / 65 x 240 x 460 mm -- with lens hood, lens cap, microphone, and eyecup (excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
    Weight 6.2 lb / 2.8 kg (body only)
    6.8 lb / 3.1 kg (lens hood, lens cap, microphone, eyecup, shoe cap, and NP-F570 battery)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 13.0 x 12.5"

    Sony HXR-MC2500 reviews

    HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in class, for the price... Very impressed. Light weight but solidly built. NFC and wifi make it easy to setup and remotely operate. Good feature set. You're getting 90% of a much more expensive pro camera (think, TV studio ENG level snobbery) for at least half the cost. No XLR inputs, but, 3.5mm in matched with a DR60 Audio interface at a few hundred dollars gives you better quality than say, a Canon XA 10 or 20 like (built in) setup. Plus, with the the hotshoe interface you can add things like an Sony XLR interface directly to the camera. This is designed to get the job done and it's in a traditional ENG form factor to, mostly, impress others (like wedding, corporate and educational markets) where this camera is most likely to be used.
    Date published: 2015-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera This camera gets the job done, lightweight, but oh so versatile. It works great in tandem with my Sony HXR NX 30. The quality in both audio and video is great. This is one of those camera's that you have to keep going back to manual as you find out more of it's great features. I especially like being able to control the camera from my smartphone while manning a second camera. I would recommend this camera to anyone either beginner or seasoned pro. My only thought would be it would be nice if the lens was removable, but that has yet to be an issue, and the accessory lenses should be just fine.
    Date published: 2015-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am extremely impressed with this outstanding Camera . I would give it 5 stars but I have had some difficulty getting the focus perfected. Ordered Sony HXRMC2500 from B&H 6/1/16 and it arrived 6/3/16 . Videoed the 1st. A>M Church Service 6.5.16 & each Sunday thru yesterday & the completed video yesterday was Great. We've completed our videos for this month , We begin July with the knowledge that our Senior Shut-ins will not be disappointed when their DVD> arrives - and I film approx 60 feet from balcony to Pulpit , Choir ,etc. Thanks B&H = Great people to work with. . The color and audio could not be beat .
    Date published: 2016-06-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great form factor, grainy image. This shoulder mount camcorder has a great feel on the shoulder, but the image quality is less than desirable when I tried to match it with my Sony HXR-NX3. Too grainy and the colors don't match. If you are not used to a higher quality camera, the image is acceptable. The viewfinder and LCD screens are bright and clear. The on camera light is plus. Without a touch screen, menu items are troublesome to change using the small buttons under the fold-up viewfinder. The shotgun mic is very sensitive, but picks up too much handling noise from the camera. I can only wish that Sony would transform the Sony HXR-NX5R into the form factor of a shoulder mounted camera. This would be a winner for me. Holding any camcorder with just my forearms for an extended period of time is getting old.
    Date published: 2017-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this camera! We bought this camera to use at our church and it is amazing. We use it on the balcony and the zoom to the pulpit is excellent. Great quality. We're just starting to play around with the features but it's all going amazingly smooth. We immediately noticed the difference in picture when switching from our outdated SD camera. it looks professional and gives you that professional feel but at a great price! Will be buying another one soon!
    Date published: 2017-01-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great camera, But... The HXR-MC2500 is a great camera. I use it often, doing video production in church services, as well as weddings. The only flaw I've found with this camera, is that the Viewfinder has no expansion. I have to really press my cheek firmly against the camera in using the eyecup. After 15 minutes of recording, this becomes uncomfortable.
    Date published: 2015-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I recently bought this camera for personal use and practice. I used it this year for the 30a Songwriters festival for a tv company and the quality was amazing. Light weight and good stability. Battery lasts a while. The only probably I have seen is I don't like the way the internal memory is set up and how you have to download the footage. I would use SD cards but that's just me! Over all a fantastic camera. Thinking of getting other in the future.
    Date published: 2016-01-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera I have a JVC Camcorder similar to this one but this one is much better over all. Easy to use. Great Picture. Used recently at an outdoor wedding that went into the night. Picture stayed clear the whole time and the camera light is super bright. Over all, very happy with it and am looking to get another one.
    Date published: 2016-01-19
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