Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder (PAL)

Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder (PAL)

Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder (PAL)

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Sony PXW-X70 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder (PAL) is about the same size as a conventional 1/3" professional compact camcorder, but it features a 1" sensor, which is larger than a super-16 sensor and more than eight times the size of a 1/3" sensor. The larger Exmor R sensor size provides for more cinematic-appearing depth of field than a 1/3" sensor is capable of, and features a backside illuminated design for improved low-light performance. It features an integrated 12x optical zoom lens with a manual lens ring for zoom/focus control, and a three-level switchable ND filter. The top handle incorporates two 3-pin XLR inputs for recording audio from XLR microphones.

The camera records HD video using the XAVC Long-GOP codec with 4:2:2, 10-bit color sampling at 50 Mbps, providing footage with a high data rate that is suitable for broadcast applications. Sony's Slow & Quick Motion is built into the camera. The camera features two SD card slots, allowing simultaneous and relay recording, and offers both a 3G-SDI and an HDMI output. The camera supports control via Wi-Fi using smartphones, tablets, and the optional Content Browser Mobile application. Optional upgrades allow the PXW-X70 to record in 4K UHD (Sony CBKZ-X70FX, sold separately), as well as add file transfer and streaming via Wi-Fi.

4K Upgrade
An optional upgrade via a license key (Sony# CBKZ-X70FX) allows the camera to record 4K.
The 1" sensor features 14.2 million effective pixels on a sensor that is more than eight times larger than a 1/3" type sensor. The larger size of the pixels allows them to gather more light compared to a 1/3" sensor. The Exmor R designation indicates the sensor features a backside illuminated design, which allows more light to reach the sensor's photosites for increased light sensitivity and less noise in low-light conditions.
The PXW-X70 weighs approximately three pounds (including the XLR handle unit, NP-FV70 battery, lens hood, and large eyecup). It features professional interfaces including 3G-SDI and HDMI output connectors, an XLR handle unit with zoom lever, a manual lens ring that can control zoom and focus, and an ergonomic palm grip with large zoom lever. It records video to two SD memory card slots that can be used for simultaneous or relay recording, and to back up files.
The camera is capable of using Sony's Slow & Quick Motion recording, which allows you to shoot at selectable frame rates (1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60 / 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 25, 50).
The integrated 12x optical zoom lens incorporates a three-level switchable ND filter, with 24x Clear Image Zoom technology that retains the quality of the HD image, and a digital extender that allows you to zoom up to 48x.
Multiple recording choices are available depending on the application, including XAVC, AVCHD, and DV file-based recording. The PXW-X70 records in XAVC using the MXF file format, which efficiently compresses Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Color sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with high-efficiency, Long-GOP compression at 50 Mbps, 35 Mbps, or 25 Mbps for broadcast quality images.
Supporting Near Field Communication (NFC) functions, the camera allows easy, one-touch wireless LAN connection to a smartphone or tablet, while the Content Browser mobile application allows confirmation of shot angles and operation of the camcorder by remote, including spot focus and iris adjustment.
In the Box
Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder (PAL)
  • XLR Handle Unit with Microphone Holder
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Eyecup
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • USB Cable
  • NP-FV70 V-Series Rechargeable Battery Pack (1960mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
  • AC Adapter AC-L200D
  • AC Power Cord
  • Wireless Remote Commander (RMT-845)
  • CR2025 Battery
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony PXW-X70 specs

    Sensor 1" Exmor R CMOS
    20 MP Sensor
    14.2 MP Effective pixels
    Lens 12x Optical zoom
    24x Clear Image Zoom
    48x With digital extender
    Aperture: f/2.8 - f/4.5
    Focal Length: 9.3 to 111.6mm (Equivalent to 29 to 348mm on 16:9 35mm lens)
    Filter Built-In Optical
    1: Clear
    2: 1/4 ND
    3: 1/16 ND
    4: 1/64 ND
    Filter Size Accepts 62 mm screw-in filters
    Video Sampling 4:2:2 10-bit
    Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 dB, AGC
    White Balance Preset (Indoor: 3200K / Outdoor: 5600K±7 steps / Color Temperature Set Range: 2300-15000K)
    One-push A, B, Auto selectable
    Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Viewfinder Built-In LCD: 3.5"-type LCD (approx. 1.56 M dots)
    Viewfinder: 0.39"-type OLED (approx. 1.44 M dots)
    Recording Format XAVC Long
    XAVC-L 50: VBR, maximum 50 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC- LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, two channels
    XAVC-L 35: VBR, maximum 35 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC- LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, two channels
    XAVC-L 25: VBR, maximum 25 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC- LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, two channels

    VBR: Maximum 28 Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
    LPCM: 24-bit, 48 kHz, two channels

    CBR: 25 Mbps
    LPCM: 16-bit, 48 kHz, two channels
    Recording Frame Rate XAVC-L 50
    1920 x 1080p: 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98
    1920 x 1080i: 59.94/50
    1280 x 720p: 59.94/50

    XAVC-L 35
    1920 x 1080p: 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98
    1920 x 1080i: 59.94/50

    XAVC-L 25
    1920 x 1080i: 59.94/50

    1920 x 1080p: 59.94/50/29.97/23.98/25
    1920 x 1080i: 59.94/50
    1280 x 720p: 59.94/50

    720x576i: 50
    720x480i: 59.94
    Recording/Playback Time XAVC-L
    LPCM 2ch 50 Mbps: approx. 120 minutes with 64 GB memory card
    LPCM 2ch 35 Mbps: approx. 170 minutes with 64 GB memory card
    LPCM 2ch 25 Mbps: approx. 220 minutes with 64 GB memory card

    LPCM 2ch PS Mode: approx. 290 minutes with 64 GB memory card; 145 minutes with 32 GB memory card
    LPCM 2ch FX Mode: approx. 340 minutes with 64 GB memory card; 170 minutes with 32 GB memory card
    LPCM 2ch FH Mode: approx. 450 minutes with 64 GB memory card; 225 minutes with 32 GB memory card

    Approx. 280 minutes with 64 GB memory card; 140 minutes with 32 GB memory card
    Outputs 1 x 3G-SDI
    1 x HDMI
    1 x Multi/Micro USB (Requires optional breakout cable)
    Mic Input 2 x XLR 3-pin, female
    1 x 3.5 mm Stereo mini jack with plug-in power
    Accessory Shoe 1 x Multi Interface Shoe
    Media Card Slots 2 x SDXC
    Wireless NFC
    Wireless LAN
    Power Consumption Approx. 5.5 W (While recording with viewfinder at 50 Mbps, XAVC HD 1080i60)
    Approx. 5.8 W (While recording with LCD at 50 Mbps, XAVC HD 1080i60)
    Battery Operating Time Approx. 120 minutes (Using NP-FV70 battery, recording with LCD, XAVC 1080i60, 50 Mbps)
    Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C

    -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C

    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x / 4.1 x 10.8" / 120.7 x 103.5 x 274.3 mm (With lens hood and eyecup)
    Weight 3.1 lb / 1.4 kg (Including camera body, XLR handle unit, NP-FV70 battery, lens hood, and large eyecup)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 9.5 x 6.0"

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