Sony PXW-X500 XAVC 60P 2/3" Camcorder Body

Sony PXW-X500 XAVC 60P 2/3" Camcorder Body

Sony PXW-X500 XAVC 60P 2/3" Camcorder Body

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Product Highlights

  • Three 2/3" CCD Sensors
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Up to 120 fps
  • 2 x SxS & 2 x SD Media Card Slots
  • 3G-SDI, HDMI Output, Composite Output
  • Genlock In, Timecode In & Out & GPS
  • Built-In Wireless Hardware
  • Built-In 3.5" LCD Info Screen
  • Slow & Quick Motion
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Sony PXW-X500 overview

  • 1Description

Sporting an ENG form factor and supporting a wide variety of HD and SD formats, the Sony PXW-X500 XAVC 60P 2/3" Camcorder Body features a 2/3" 3CCD sensor block and can capture full HD at up to 120 fps. This item is only the camcorder body only and does not include a lens, viewfinder, mic, or wireless receiver. It is ideal for owners who want to upgrade to a new camcorder body while retaining the other elements of their camera package, such as lens, viewfinder, and mic.

The camcorder supports XAVC, MPEG2, and MPEG4 codecs, recording to SxS or SD media cards. It features 3G-SDI, HDMI, and Composite video outputs, allowing you to incorporate the camcorder into most production pathways, and the camera's built-in wireless slot accepts your compatible wireless receiver. Built into the side of the camcorder is a flip-out LCD viewscreen that displays battery capacity, media capacity, audio levels, and you can check camera playback on the camera. The camera incorporates a variety of professional features including Sony's slow and quick motion, picture cache recording, built-in GPS, a digital extender, and HyperGamma.

The PXW-X500 features three 2/3" Power HAD FX IT CCDs that make up its sensor block.
Auto Lens Aberration Compensation
Expanded ALAC provides improved lateral chromatic aberration correction.
Featuring two integrated filter wheels for exposure and image control, the ND wheel holds four optical filters, a clear, an ND 1/4, ND 1/16, and an ND 1/64. The second wheel controls electronic CC filters allowing you to adjust the camera's white balance by spinning the wheel, as if it used optical filters. Electronic CC filter settings include 3200K, 4300K, 5600K, and 6300K.
Gamma Control
The camera includes Standard Gamma, as well as four different HyperGamma settings and a user selectable setting.
Slow Shutter Mode
The camera features a slow shutter mode, allowing you to accumulate frames to increase exposure. You can accumulate frames in groups of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 16 frames.
Worldwide Camera
The camera is capable of recording signals compatible with NTSC and PAL broadcast systems, so you can shoot and playback your footage in virtually any country.
Specialty Recording
You can access a variety of special recording modes:
  • Sony's Slow & Quick Motion, for off speed recording.
  • Interval record, for a timelapse like effect.
  • The Pool feed input allows you record a signal input via a BNC cable, which is useful in press conference type situations when there is one feed.


Media Card Slots
Dual SxS card slots allow simultaneous or relay recording, providing the same codec is being used.
On Board LCD Panel
It features a color LCD panel with 960 x 540 resolution that displays video, thumbnails, menu characters, audio level, and timecode display.
A GPS unit is integrated into the camera's handle, and the GPS information can be encoded into your HD footage.
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Sony PXW-X500 specs

Image Sensor 3-Chip 2/3" CCD Sensor
Sensor Resolution 1920 x 1080
Gain -6 to 42 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 60 dB
Minimum Illumination 0.016 lux
Lens Mount B4 Mount
Shutter Speed 1/1/60 to 1/1/2000 sec
Built-In ND Filter Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Built-In Microphone Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
Recording Media 2 x SxS 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) 
Gamma Curve Hyper Gamma, Standard
Video Connectors 1 x BNC (Composite) Output
2 x BNC (HD-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI Output
1 x BNC (HD-SDI) Output
Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 5-Pin XLR Input/Output
Other I/O 1 x 8-Pin Hirose Control 
1 x USB Type-A 
1 x USB Type-B 
1 x BNC Timecode 
1 x BNC Genlock 
1 x 12-Pin Lens Control 
1 x BNC Timecode Output
Display Type LCD
Screen Resolution 960 x 540
Power Connectors 1 x 4-Pin XLR Input
1 x 2-Pin Light Output
1 x 4-Pin Hirose (11 to 17 VDC up to1.8 A) Output
Operating Temperature 23 to 104°F / -5 to 40°C
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Dimensions 5.9 x 10.6 x 13" / 150 x 269 x 332 cm
Weight 8.4 lb / 3.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 12.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.5 x 14.0 x 10.0"

Sony PXW-X500 reviews

PXW-X500 XAVC 60P 2/3" Camcorder Body is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 60p ENG on market We've had this camera for about 5 months now, and just upgraded the firmware to v3. This upgrade vastly improved the record times/down times (It was pretty slow before). We purchased this camera for its 60p functionality, as we shoot sports, and post all of our content online. We also purchased the XAVC option so we could shoot 1080 up to 120fps, which is fantastic! The new XAVC codec also provides high quality with low file size and saves us a ton of space. As far as I'm concerned, this camera can stack up to any ENG on the market.
Date published: 2016-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not suitable for ENG work Every control, every button and every menu on this camera passes through onboard computer which is extremely slow. Forget instant feedback. There is none. Any change you make takes one to three seconds to register in the viewfinder. If you ever though using a slow computer would be a good way to shoot news, then this is the camera for you.
Date published: 2015-04-15
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