Sony PXW-X200 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

Sony PXW-X200 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

Sony PXW-X200 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • Three 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • Resolutions up to 1080p at 60 fps
  • 10-Bit 4:2:2 XAVC Intra/Long Codecs
  • MPEG HD422, HD420, IMX, & DV Codecs
  • 17x Zoom Lens
  • 29.3-499mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Dual SxS Memory Card Slots
  • 3G-SDI Output
  • Genlock In, Time Code In/Out
  • Wi-Fi Remote Control via Included Module
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Sony PXW-X200 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony PXW-X200 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder is the successor to Sony's PMW-200, featuring three 1/2" Exmor CMOS sensors with higher sensitivity and improved signal-to-noise ratio. It records up to 1080p60 video using the efficient XAVC Intra and Long GOP codecs with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. To fit into existing workflows, MPEG HD422, HD420, and DV recording options are available. The camcorder is equipped with a 17x Fujinon zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.3-498.7mm. The lens has independent focus, zoom, and iris control rings with hard stops, offering full manual control.

Physically, the PXW-X200 is nearly identical to the PMW-200, featuring the same compact handheld form factor. Dual SxS media card slots support exFAT, FAT, and UDF file format modes, and supports simultaneous recording to two cards, for instant data redundancy and backup. The camcorder provides four-channel audio recording, as well as 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs for video monitoring. Additional features include a Multi-Interface (MI) shoe, a cache recording feature, and slow and quick motion options from 1 to 60 fps. Footage can be monitored using the 0.45" EVF or the 3.5" QHD (960x540) resolution LCD panel.

Included with the camcorder is a wireless LAN module. Once attached, the module allows you to connect via Wi-Fi with your mobile device for remote control, file transfer, and monitoring. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported for easy, one-touch linking to compatible devices.

Three 1/2" Exmor CMOS Sensors
The PXW-X200 incorporates three 1/2" type Exmor CMOS sensors that produce Full HD resolution (1920×1080) without pixel interpolation. Each image sensor boasts 2.07 million effective pixels, and, combined with Sony's digital signal processing, achieve a wide dynamic range, low noise (S/N ratio of 58dB), and high sensitivity of F12 at 1080/59.94i and F13 at 1080/50i.
17x Zoom Lens with Manual Control Rings
The 17x zoom lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 29.3mm to 499mm. 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.
Multi-Format Recording
The camcorder offers multi-format support to fit into different shooting applications and workflows. It efficiently compresses Full HD (1920×1080) resolution images using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and records XAVC using 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. In XAVC, the user can select Intra-frame compression at a maximum of 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long GOP compression at 50/35/25 Mbps. In addition to XAVC, the PXW-X200 also records in MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps), MPEG HD420 (35/25 Mbps), MPEG IMX (50 Mbps), and DV (25 Mbps) formats, for fitting into existing workflows. Four channels of 24-bit 48 kHz LPCM audio are recorded in XAVC and MPEG HD422, while four channels of 16-bit 48 kHz LPCM are recorded in MPEG HD420.
Slow & Quick Motion
The recording frame rate can be selected from 1 fps up to 60 fps in both 1080p and 720p format to create slow or quick motion images.
3.5" Type QHD (960x540) LCD Panel
The camcorder features a large, easy-to-read 3.5" type QHD color LCD panel which helps you frame and focus your shots. The LCD panel also displays a range of information and camera settings, in addition to menu navigation.
Recording Media
The PXW-X200 features dual SxS memory card slots compatible with SxS PRO+, SxS PRO, and SxS-1 cards. These SxS memory cards boast high-speed data transfer, which accelerates the video production workflow. By combining the PXW-X200 with SxS memory cards, users can access a salvage function to restore content if a file is damaged by power loss or memory card disconnection during recording. You can also use XQD cards, Memory Sticks, and SDHC cards when used with optional adapters. An SD/SDHC card slot is provided for Proxy file recording.
Simultaneous Recording
With two SxS memory cards, you can activate the Simultaneous Recording function to record content onto both cards for immediate backup copies.
Continuous Recording
By activating the Continuous Recording function, multiple clips can be recorded as a single clip, which makes it easy to ingest the file to your editing system.
Cache Recording
Once Cache Recording is activated, the PXW-X200 continuously streams audio and video into its internal memory. When the REC start/stop button is pressed, content buffered in the camcorder's memory is recorded onto the memory card at the start of the recording clip. The caching period can be set at up to 15 seconds. This feature is especially useful in news gathering situations, when capturing spontaneous moments is crucial.
SDI, HDMI, and i.Link
The SDI connector lets you interface with professional video equipment. It is switchable from SD, HD, and 3G-SDI signals, outputting 1080p 59.94/50, 1080i 59.94/50, 720p 59.94/50, or SD resolutions. A 1080i 59.94/50 signal can be output for monitoring while the camcorder is set to 1080p 59.94/50. The PXW-X200 can also be connected via HDMI to HD displays for monitoring. An i.LINK connector is also provided which can be used for HDV when SP 1440 (FAT) made is selected and for DV when DVCAM (FAT) mode is selected.
Wireless Streaming and File Transfer
The PXW-X200 comes equipped with wireless functions including one-touch NFC capability. By attaching the included IFU-WLM3 wireless module, remote control and monitoring functions can be performed from a tablet or smartphone using the Content Browser app. By connecting with internet routers, proxy or high-resolution files can be transferred to a cloud server to begin the editing process even while the location shoot is still in progress. The camcorder will also have streaming capabilities through a future firmware upgrade and the use of an optional LTE USB module.
Additional Features
  • Multi-Interface shoe for compatibility with optional accessories
  • GPS data recording as metadata (via future firmware upgrade)
  • Picture Profile function (Gamma, Matrix, etc.)
  • Genlock In, Time Code In/Out for multi-camera shoots
  • Focus Assist functions (Color Peaking, MF Assist, One-push AF, Focus Magnification)
UPC: 027242886490
In the Box
Sony PXW-X200 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • EVF Large Eyecup
  • Infrared Remote Commander with CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • Wireless LAN USB Module (IFU-WLM3) for Sony VPL-E200 Series Projectors byrbfxcvqbqeaeexadxuwyex
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BC-U1 Battery Charger
  • Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Audio Connecting Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CR2032 Lithium Battery for Data Backup (Pre-Installed in Camcorder)
  • CR-ROM with Operating Instructions
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony PXW-X200 specs

    Camera
    Imaging Device 3 x 1/2" type Exmor CMOS sensor
    Effective Pixels 1920x1080 (2.07 million pixels), per sensor
    Sensitivity F12 (typical, 1080/59.94i mode)
    F13 (typical, 1080/50i mode)
    S/N Ratio 58 dB, typical
    Shutter Speed 1/32 to 1/2,000 sec
    White Balance Preset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
    Lens
    Type Fixed
    Zoom Ratio 17x (optical), servo/manual
    Focal Length 5.6 to 95.2 mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29.3 to 499 mm
    Aperture f/1.9 to f/16 and close, auto/manual selectable
    Focus Distance 31.5" (800 mm) to infinity (Macro Off)
    2.0" (50 mm) to infinity (Macro On, Wide)
    31.5" (800 mm) to infinity (Macro On, Tele)
    AF/MF/Full MF selectable
    Image Stabilizer On/Off selectable, shift lens
    Filter Diameter 77 mm, pitch 0.75 mm
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    Video Recording Format exFAT

    XAVC-Intra mode: CBG, max. 112 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
    1920x1080p 23.98/25/29.97
    1920x1080i 50/59.94
    1280x720p 50/59.94

    XAVC-Long 50 mode: FBR, max. 50 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
    1920x1080p 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94
    1920x1080i 50/59.94
    1280x720p 50/59.94

    XAVC-Long 35 mode: VBR, max. 35 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
    1920x1080p 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94
    1920x1080i 50/59.94
    XAVC-Long 25 mode: VBR, max. 35 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
    1920x1080i 50/59.94

    MPEG HD422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL
    1920x1080p 29.98/25/29.97
    1920x1080i 50/59.94
    1280x720p 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94

    MPEG HD420 HQ mode: VBR, max. 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
    1920x1080p 23.98/25/29.97
    1920x1080i 50/59.94
    1440x1080p 23.98/25/29.97
    1440x1080i 50/59.94
    1280x720p 23.98(2-3 Pull Down)/50/59.94

    DVCAM mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, DVCAM
    720x480i 59.94
    720x480PsF 29.97
    720x576i 50
    720x576PsF 25

    UDF

    MPEG HD422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL
    1920x1080p 29.98/25/29.97
    1920x1080i 50/59.94
    1280x720p 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94

    MPEG HD420 HQ mode: VBR, max. 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
    1920x1080p 23.98/25/29.97
    1920x1080i 50/59.94
    1440x1080p 23.98/25/29.97
    1440x1080i 50/59.94
    1280x720p 23.98(2-3 Pull Down)/50/59.94

    MPEG IMX50 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@ML Intra
    720x486i 59.94
    720x486PsF 29.97
    720x576i 50
    720x576PsF 25

    DVCAM mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, DVCAM
    720x480i 59.94
    720x480PsF 29.97
    720x576i 50
    720x576PsF 25

    FAT

    MPEG HD420 HQ mode: VBR, max. 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
    1920x1080p 23.98/25/29.97
    1920x1080i 50/59.94
    1440x1080p 23.98/25/29.97
    1440x1080i 50/59.94
    1280x720p 23.98(2-3 Pull Down)/50/59.94

    MPEG HD420 SP mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@H-14
    1440x1080p 23.98(2-3 Pull Down)
    1440x1080i 50/59.94

    DVCAM mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, DVCAM
    720x480i 59.94
    720x480PsF 29.97
    720x576i 50
    720x576PsF 25
    Audio Recording Format exFAT
    XAVC-Intra mode: LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    XAVC-Long mode: LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    MPEG HD422 mode: LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    MPEG HD420 HQ mode: LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    DVCAM mode: LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel

    UDF
    MPEG HD422 mode: LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    MPEG HD420 HQ mode: LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    IMX50 mode: LPCM 24/16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    DVCAM mode: LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel

    FAT
    MPEG HD420 HQ mode: LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    MPEG HD420 SP mode: LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channel
    DVCAM mode: LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 2 channel
    Proxy: AAC-LC, 48 kHz, 128 kbps, 2 channel
    Slow & Quick Motion Function XAVC Intra/Long mode:
    1080p: 1-30 and 60 fps in NTSC setting; 1-25 and 50 fps in PAL setting
    720p: 1-60 fps in NTSC setting; 1-50 fps in PAL setting

    MPEG HD422 mode:
    1080p: 1-30 fps in NTSC setting; 1-25 fps in PAL setting
    720p: 1-60 fps on NTSC settings; 1-50 fps in PAL setting

    MPEG HD420 HQ mode:
    1080p: 1-30 fps
    720p: 1-60 fps
    Interface
    Video Output 1 x SD/HD/3G-SDI, BNC connector
    1 x HDMI, Type A
    Composite Output / GENLOCK-IN 1 x BNC
    Audio Input 2 x XLR 3-pin (female)
    Audio Output 1 x A/V multi-connector
    TC Input / Output 1 x BNC
    Lens Remote Control Connector 1 x 8-pin, round
    DC Input 1 x DC jack
    USB 1 x USB mini-B connector
    Shoe Mounts 1 x Multi-Interface
    Headphone Output 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
    IEEE-1394 (FireWire/DV/iLink) 1 x 4-pin, Type A
    Monitoring
    LCD 3.5" (8.89 cm) type
    960 x 540 x 3 (RGB)
    16:9
    Viewfinder 0.45" (1.14 cm) type
    960 x 540 x 3 (RGB)
    16:9
    Recording Media
    Slots 2 x ExpressCard/34; supports SxS cards (for XAVC/MPEG/IMX/DV)
    1 x SD/SDHC (for Proxy)
    General
    Built-In Microphone Omni-direction stereo electret condenser microphone
    Wi-Fi Yes (with included IFU-WLM3 wireless module)
    NFC Yes
    Power Requirements 12 VDC
    Power Consumption Approx. 18 W (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On, I/O Select Off, and wireless function Off)
    Approx. 23 W (while recording with LCD On, EVF Off, HD-SDI output, and wireless function On)
    Battery Operating Time BP-U90: approx. 4.5 hours
    BP-U60: approx. 3 hours
    BP-U30: approx. 1.5 hours

    (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On, I/O Select Off, and wireless function Off)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C)
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140° F (-20 to 60° C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.61 x 6.34 x 13.03" (16.8 x 16.1 x 33.1 cm) (without protrusions)
    Weight Approx. 5.29 lb (2.4 kg) (body only)
    Approx. 6.17 lb (2.8 kg) (with lens hood, eyecup, BP-U30 battery, and SxS memory card)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.843 x 11.496 x 9.213"

    Sony PXW-X200 reviews

    PXW-X200 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great step-up to replace aging HDV gear Our production company has 4 HVR-Z7u's that are showing their age, so we've spec'd these as their replacements. We love the efficiency of h.264-based AVCHD codec. The 1/2 sensors give a BEAUTIFUL picture right out of the box! A MAJOR upgrade from our older 1/3 chips. The 17x lens really reaches our from back of an auditorium to the podium without a problem. For my guys, the controls are intuitive since they know the Sony standard. Nothing in weird places or odd advanced menus like the Panasonic we tested at this level. While it can't yet simulatenously record to both SxS slots (we adapt them to SD cards), it CAN record a great 720p 9Mbps Mp4 proxy file to the dedicated SDHC slot. This is great if you need a quick web file. Overall, we are so happy that we have TWO of these cameras. We will be purchasing two more in short order if that tells you how much we like them!
    Date published: 2015-01-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Way too expensive for what it is I do not understand why this camera is so expensive. If it was around a third of the price, it might be justifiable but then ONLY if it can record to the highest settings using just SD Cards. Oh that's right, you wouldn't know it by looking, but unless you purchase really expensive SxS cards, this thing is crippled at 35Mbps 4:2:0. We used these at a news station and I would bring in my PXW-X70, shoot 1080p 422 XDCAM, and SMOKE the X200. I feel like some folks just can't let go of the EX-1 sensor tech and have to have this model. You can by 3 PXW-X70 cameras for the price of one of these and have the option to upgrade to 4K. Don't buy this model for this amount of money- you're being robbed.
    Date published: 2016-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome camera! Great in lowlight! If you are a toy DSLR shooter then move along, this is not for you. If you are a professional on the go and demand the best from your gear and expect the highest quality then this might be a great camera for you. We have used the pmw-200 for several years now and loved it's quality and 422 50 Mbps bitrate for broadcast. The new 17x lens is great and added xavc 100 Mbps is such an improvement.
    Date published: 2016-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera & Great Service by B&H Huy Everyone I am a professional videographer.I used this camera to shoot a wedding, Documentries and other events. I like this camera because it works great in Low light, Light in weight & Full HD format with new XAVC codec. I recommend people to buy this product. B&H is a great website for navigation and for their reviews/tech specs on products to learn and research. I find myself coming to this site to lookup and narrow down a product I may wish to have in the future.
    Date published: 2015-02-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good, but not good enough The picture quality is great, some great ideas like the focus ring: push and it goes full auto or electronic manual; pull and you have full mecanical manual control like the big lenses on big cameras. The built quality is good, but not constant. Many problems with zoom out where the speed is not stable on many camera (I work for a TV station). One camera was returned because of poor ajustments on white balance with a dominant green color. The worse thing is the viewfinder: very difficult to focus manually, always have the impression that the picture is soft in the viewfinder and the peaking is not really helping,, no matter what level of peaking you choose. In low light, 18db can be very noisy at the point where the producer ask me, during a live weather broadcast , in a park, on the evening if I had switched the camera to SD. Personnaly, I own a Sony HDR-CX900 wich is much better, even at 33db. I'm plannig to get the pro version, the PXW-X70 wich has the same R-CMOS sensor, basically the same electronics inside, more or less for a fraction of the price. From my humble point of view, the X200 is outdated. There are some good ideas in it, but for the same price or less, the Sony PXW-Z150 is far superior in many aspects, first with the latest 1 inch RS-CMOS sensor with better performance in low and very low light conditions and a viewfinder that is as good as the PXW-X70 wich is the best electronic color viewfinder I had to work with .
    Date published: 2017-02-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Close, but two major problems to consider. I bought this camera, then after having it for 28 days, I returned it back to B&H. I really wanted to keep this camera, but I could not overcome 2 main issues with it. The camera was designed & put out in the market for sale without having an IR cut filter built into it. Which means this, anytime my clients were wearing black clothing, the camera produced red images instead of black. Black suits & shirts were no longer black but brownish red. And I don't mean a bit red, very red. I called Sony support several times & talked with several techs how to overcome this. 1st I tried changing & tweaking the picture profile, that did'nt help. Another tech from Sony, told me, this was due to not having an IR cut filter being built & installed into the camera. The tech told me that this camera was designed for shows like Ghost Hunters, in other words, designed to shoot in the dark, which the camera did great at. The tech said, you need to buy an IR cut filter, so I did. Once I got the IR cut filter, per Sony's sugestion, my redish clothing was now black, HOWEVER, everything else was green, it was worse then before, totaly unusable. One other major problem with this camera was having the picture profile set to on while filming LED colored up lights. This is very hard to explain, but the LED up lights became so distorted, it actually looked like splatered paint on the wall. As soon as my client saw this, they were very un-happy. The next gig I did had LED up lights as well, same exact look & problem as before, I had to film the event with the picture profile set to off, now the LED lights were exceptable, however I had no real color control & I still had everyone's black clothing turning out red. With these 2 problems that neither I nor Sony could resolve, I had no other choice but to return the camera. After owning it for 28 days I was worried if B&H would give me a full refund ? they did, thank you B&H! In conclusion, if you don't mind your black cloths turning out red, & your not going to be filming much with colored LED lighting, like filming weddings, this camera is very good. For me, if I'm filming black clothing, I want it to look black. Sorry Sony, close but no cigar.
    Date published: 2015-09-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Camera like Vhs old school Its not at cheap camera, for less money you can buy for example a fs100 or fs700, dont have 60p for slow motion in Hd, the camera need too much energy (normal battery is not enough)/ postproduction it's more difficult in a .mxf format than .mts in certain cases. Many people wants to decide between a fast easy to use video camera vrs photographic style with different lenses but this camera its not appropriate for Professional use or for Students or little production companies, o news. In certain cases (with 0 db of gain) have noise in the background in daylight.
    Date published: 2015-08-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Half the way I preorder this camera without seeing it, because I seriously needed to change my camera... with the hope that it will beat the CanonXF300 that I had been using. But what it gains in captor and format, il totally looses in the quality of the lens, the ND filters and the management of the focus. I am sorry that I bough it. After two years, ans reluctant use, I'm not even sure I can resell it.
    Date published: 2017-05-18
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