Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder

Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder with 4K Upgrade License

Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder with 4K Upgrade License

Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder with 4K Upgrade License

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Product Highlights

  • Includes 4K Upgrade License Key
  • 1" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • HD Recording
  • Built-In SD Media Card Slots
  • Viewfinder & Flip-Out LCD Screen
  • XAVC, AVCHD, DV File-Based Recording
  • Slow & Quick Motion
  • 3G-SDI & HDMI Output
  • XLR Audio Inputs
  • Wireless LAN Control
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Sony PXW-X70 overview

  • 1Description

This B&H Kit provides you a Sony PXW-X70 camcorder with the 4K license upgrade. This provides you with a camera that features a 1"-type sensor and the capability to capture footage in multiple formats including DV, HD, and 4K (UHD). Don't let the compact size fool you, the features and functionality packed into this kit make it suitable for use as an A camera, and not just a glorified B camera. And, this is before you activate the 4K upgrade.

The camera features Slow and Quick motion, which allows you to capture footage shot at a variety of frame rates in camera, as opposed to interpolating frames in post. The 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs allow the camera to be at home in both a professional infrastructure as well as a more consumer-oriented production. The XLR audio inputs support line, mic, and mic plus 48, allowing you to work with professional mics. Wireless LAN control is supported from select mobile devices.

  • Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder

    Sony's PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder is about the same size as a conventional 1/3" professional compact camcorder, but it features a 1" type sensor, which is larger than a super-16 sized 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 back-side 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 Mb/second, 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 both a 3G-SDI and an HDMI output. The camera supports control via Wi-Fi using smartphones or tablets and the optional Content Browser Mobile application. Planned upgrades will allow the camera to record in 4K UHD as well as add file transfer and streaming via Wi-Fi.

    4K Upgrade
    An optional upgrade via a license key (Sony part # CBKZ-X70FX) allows the camera to record 4K.
    The 1" type sensor features 14.2 million effective pixels on a sensor that is more than 8 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 back-side 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 is a compact camcorder that weighs less than 3 pounds including the XLR handle unit, battery (NP-FV70), lens hood and large eye-cup. 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. Its records video to two SD memory card slots that can be used for simultaneous and relay recording and to backup 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 allows you to zoom up to 48x.
    Multiple recording choices are available depending on 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 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.
    UPC: 027242884649
  • Sony 4K Upgrade License Key for Sony PXW-X70

    The 4K Upgrade License Key for Sony PXW-X70 provides support for QFHD shooting at 30/25/24p. This upgrade expands the shooting capabilities of your PXW-X70, allowing you to shoot with the same camera you are used to, but now in 4K as well as Full HD. This upgrade is only compatible with PXW-X70 cameras that are purchased from authorized dealers in the USA.

    4K Capture
    This firmware allows your camera to capture images at 4K resolution, as well as the Full HD video your camera was originally capable of shooting.
    Firmware version 2.0 is required for use of the Upgrade License.
    This upgrade is only compatible with PXW-X70 cameras that are purchased from authorized dealers in the USA and are for the USA market; it does not work with non-USA cameras.
    UPC: 027242892026
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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Sony PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder
    Image Sensor 1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
    Sensor Resolution 20 x
    Effective Sensor Resolution 14.2 MP
    Gain -3 to 33 dB
    White Balance Range 2300 to 15,000K
    Focal Length 9.3 to 111.6mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29 to 348mm
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8 to 4.5
    Filter Size 62 mm
    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 SD (Unspecified Type) Card Slots
    Max Digital Zoom 48x
    Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC, PAL
    Recording Modes XAVC-L:
    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) 
    Video Connectors 1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic Level Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Input
    Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi
    EVF Display Type OLED
    Screen Size .39"
    EVF Resolution 1,440,000 Dots
    Power Consumption 5.8 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 4.8 x 4.1 x 10.8" / 120.7 x 103.5 x 274.3 mm
    Weight 3.0 lb / 1.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 9.6 x 6.0"
  • Sony 4K Upgrade License Key for Sony PXW-X70
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 3.1 x 0.6"

Sony PXW-X70 reviews

PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder with 4K Upgrade License is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Undependable - Works great until it doesn't Because I had been shooting only short video segments, I didn't realize that there was a problem until I started using this as a static camera for shooting live stage shows. Then, it started randomly shutting down after 10 mins, 15 mins, etc. When I sent it back (under a SquareTrade warranty), I was told that they couldn't replicate the problem, so they were returning the unit to me. I am now stuck with a useless camcorder because I can't depend on it to stay running for even a 45-min set. And, from researching this on the Internet, it is apparent that Sony is aware of the issue but refuses o accept any responsibility. It doesn't matter how good a camcorder is if you can't depend on it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small camera but great quality I have this camera about two weeks ago and I could verify that it is small but it has everything from a high cost professional camera. The images and sound excellent and above all the size I love because you can take it wherever you want. Perform my first live broadcast by Ustream and the truth both the quality of video and great satifacion audo. The wireless connection to my router in my home the transmission was a success. If you are looking for depth of field, sensor 1 ', XRL connection, HDMI and SDI outputs, professional images and sounds, ease of transport, this is the camera you should buy.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like it so much, I might buy a 2nd! I've had mine since July 2015 and I've been using it for documentaries, training videos, recording live stage shows... and the only thing that seems to be wrong is that I don't have more of these. I'm seriously considering buying a second to give me 2-camera capabilities when shooting live shows. I'm using GoPros now, but they just don't have what the X70 offers in quality and control. Note: The twin SD cards has saved me twice when one card had a minor glitch... and I recovered all of the data from the 2nd card. If you buy one of these cameras, be sure to record in simultaneous mode so that your video files will automatically go onto both SD cards.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Workhorse I've been shooting with my PXW-X70 for about a year and a half now. I love the controls, its light weight, the sharp, brilliant images, the two card slots and the flexibility for audio connections. I have been having one problem for a couple of months, though: A small percentage of the time when I power it on, no image appears, or a half-muted image. Powering it off and on again usually corrects the problem. Have any users out there been having this difficulty?
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Great image quality , a lot of customization options , good auto mode when in a hurry. Auto focus not all that good , but ok
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good choice I use Sony Camcorder since the year 1996 am a video producer and usually I work with a Cameraman to do the shooting, but Three years ago I started doing that by my self and using the Sony camera is easier for non professional cameraman, this camera is amazing in many things as quality and weight... but I had small problem I don't know if it's me or the camera, Wille shooting if am doing pan to the left or the right, I got some jerck in the shot .. and this is hope some one can help me with that .. am using 4k format and am seeing that in some other videos sometimes .. but if I can fix that it will be great .
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camera for the price! Very sharp and clear. Colors are great and controls are user friendly. When it is taken out of the package, you can feel it is built like a little tank! Also love the SDI and HDMI option as well. The 10-bit color that comes out of the SDI is fantastic if you are broadcasting. Highly recommend if you need a travel size camera. Just make sure you have a computer that can edit the 4k 100mbs files. It's a doozy.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Low light performance could be better. This is a solid camera as everyone has made quite clear. Nothing I have found with actual use appears to contract what everyone tells you. The only real sticking point I have is the low-light performance, I'd say it's on par with an AC90 or so when wide open. Yes you can turn the gain up to around 12db without really taking a hit on the image but wide-open this thing is definitely dark. It's unfortunate considering all the other great qualities. Also, the XDCam 422 50mpbs recording license is not yet widely publicized so it's difficult to find.
Date published: 2016-12-11
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