Sony DSR-PD170 3-CCD Mini DVCAM Camcorder

Sony DSR-PD170 3-CCD Mini DVCAM Camcorder with Wide Angle Adapter Included

Sony DSR-PD170 3-CCD Mini DVCAM Camcorder with Wide Angle Adapter Included

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Sony DSR-PD170 overview

  • 1Description

When video capture quality, format continuity, and equipment reliability are critical to your production, Sony's DSR-PD170 is probably on your list of considerations. The PD170 offers high quality video capture in excess of 500 lines of resolution, balanced audio inputs that are line/mic level switchable, a professional format that integrates SMPTE compatible time code, and excellent low-light shooting capability. The camera weighs about 5 pounds with tape and battery. A plethora of accessories and options makes this Sony 3-chip camera easy to work with in virtually any shooting scenario.

DVCAM Format for Professional Shooting Environments
DVCAM is Sony's professional version of the ubiquitous DV format. The camera comes equipped with iLink for fast ingest into almost any non-linear editing system. DVCAM runs the tape at a higher speed than standard MiniDV, creating a more robust video signal and ensuring little or no dropouts.
Advanced CCDs and Upgraded DSP
The DSR-PD170 offers both outstanding video and still image capture. The 3-CCDs have 380,000 pixels each that deliver over 500 lines of resolution. In video mode, the digital signal processor (DSP) outputs a 480 line interlaced signal resulting in over 500 lines of high quality video. In still-capture mode, the DSP outputs 480 lines progressively. With recent technical improvements, the DSP now works more efficiently, the camera is more sensitive, and less light is required for great images.
Optical Image Stabilization
A digital circuit could effectively stop the subtle hand shaking while holding the camera. But that would degrade the picture in the long run. The DSR-PD170 has a system of motors that correct the angle of the lens hundreds of times per second eliminating minute variances caused by your hand. This system works prior to image capture thus does not affect the quality of your video.
Analog to Digital Converter Pass-Through
The PD170 can pass through an analog video signal and output a digital one and visa versa. Simply put, this eliminates the need for an outboard A-D/D-A converter box if the digital signal you need is Firewire (iLink) and the analog signal is composite or S-video.
Settable Time Code
Like its broadcast brothers, the DSR-PD170 can be set to start timecode at any time from hours to seconds. This allows you to effectively name your cassettes based upon the sequence you shoot them. Your first tape can start at hour 1, -second tape hour 2 and so on.
XLR Audio with Phantom Power
You will find 2 XLR inputs for industry standard professional microphones. Phantom power, a 48-volt power supply, can be supplied to special microphones that require such power. The XLRs can also input line level audio from, as examples, an audio cassette deck or VCR.
Time and Date Window Burn
Useful in legal and security environments, the PD170 will, with a menu selection, burn time- down to seconds- and date onto the tape in a window over the image.
Features New to the DSR-PD170
  • Larger magnifier for viewfinder monitor
  • Zoom rocker and record button on top handle
  • Iris control increased from 12 to 24 increments
  • Viewfinder and LCD monitor work simultaneously
  • Lens hood integrates lens cap
  • iLink cable strap makes it harder to accidentally pull loose digital cable
  • Wide angle adapter and its own lens hood included with camera
  • LCD monitor brighter for ease of use in bright light conditions
In the Box
Sony DSR-PD170 3-CCD Mini DVCAM Camcorder with Wide Angle Adapter Included
  • DSR-PD170 3-CCD Mini DVCAM Camcorder
  • VCL-HG0758 Wide Angle Adapter
  • ECM-NV1 Directional Microphone
  • NP-F330 Lithium Ion Battery
  • RMT-811 IR Remote Control
  • Composite Video/Stereo Audio Cable
  • Lens Hood with Integral Lens Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Hood for Wide Angle Lens
  • AC-L15 AC Adapter/On-Camera Battery Charger
  • Viewfinder Eye Cup
  • Camera Warranty
    1 Year Parts Warranty except:
    2 Years Parts Warranty on CCD Prism Assembly
    90 Days Parts Warranty on VTR Drum Assembly
    1 Year Labor Warranty
  • Camera Accessory Warranty
    1 Year Parts and 90 Days Labor Warranty
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    Sony DSR-PD170 specs

    Signal System NTSC
    Image Device 3-CCD, 1/3"
    Interline Transfer-type
    380,000 Pixels Each
    Lens 6mm-72mm
    12x Optical Zoom, 48x Digital Zoom Available
    58mm Filter Diameter
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Horizontal Resolution 530 TV Lines
    Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Minimum Illumination 1 Lux
    Vertical Smear Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Built-in Filters 1/4 ND (1.5 stops)
    1/32 ND (5 stops)
    LCD Monitor 2.5"
    Viewfinder Black and White
    Scan Matching No
    Memory Card Slot Yes
    Shutter Speed 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/90, 1/100, 1/125,
    1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/725, 1/1000,
    1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/6000, 1/10,000 seconds
    Gain Selection 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB
    Tape Format DVCAM / DV
    Tape Speed DVCAM: 28.2 mm/s
    DV: 18.8 mm/s
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Maximum Recording Time DVCAM: 40 min
    DV: 60 min
    Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Audio Signal Format Recording
    12-bit/32 kHz
    Audio Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors Composite Video: RCA (x1 Input, x1 Output)
    S-Video: 4-Pin (x1 Input, x1 Output)
    Firewire/iLINK: 4-Pin (x1 Input, x1 Output)
    Mic Audio: XLR (x2 Input)
    Line Audio: RCA (x2 Input, x2 Output)
    Headphone: Stereo Mini (x1 Output)
    Control L: Stereo Mini (x1 Input)
    Control 1: LANC
    Power: Coaxial (x1 Input)
    Power Requirements 7.2 VDC
    8.4 VAC
    Power Consumption 4.7W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 7.1 x 15.9" (12.5 x 18 x 40.5 cm)
    Weight 3.3 lb (1.5 kg)

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