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Sony DSR-450WSL 2/3" 3-CCD Professional DVCAM Camcorder, 16:9/4:3 Aspect, 24/30 Frame Record Options, with LCD Monitor, Tripod Plate and Viewfinder

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Sony DSR-450WS Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Viewfinder and LCD Monitor
  • 3Memory Scene Files
  • 4Full DSP Functions
  • 5Interval Record Feature

The Sony DSR-450WSL is probably the ultimate DVCAM camcorder. In addition to its widescreen shooting capability it also can be switched from conventional NTSC 30 frame recording to the 24 frame "digital cinema" recording format. The unit has a built-in 2.5" LCD monitor, a Memory Stick slot for scene file storage, an 8-pin remote control port for using camera control boxes like the RM-B150 and the crucial battery-remaining display function. Optional boards exist for SDI output and Composite Video input.

Viewfinder and LCD Monitor

The DSR-450WSL has both an LCD screen and a conventional 1.5" black and white ENG style viewfinder. The viewfinder has a small light just to illuminate the focus and iris ring on the lens. (This feature can be switched off.) The tally light viewable in the viewfinder is also switchable from high to low and to off. The 2.5" LCD panel allows the operator to view the scene in color.

Memory Scene Files

The DSR-450WSL has a slot for accepting Memory Stick data storage medium. The settings of the camcorder including the menu system can be stored and shared with other camcorders thus matching picture looks and functions. The data can also be transmitted via network or even E-mail. Service and software updates can be facilitated in this manner as well.

Full DSP Functions

The DSR-450WSL has an advanced 30-bit DSP for the most stable and precise images possible. The digital signal processor allows the user to customize picture looks for specific shooting requirements. The TruEye feature keeps contrast levels looking natural even in extreme lighting conditions. Skin Tone Detail can check color and contrast in three parameters for special shooting requirements. The Black Stretch/Compress feature lets the user dial in special high or low contrast looks.

Interval Record Feature

The DSR-450WSL finally integrates a intervalometer for time lapse photography. The interval record feature allows you to compress long time periods into short video clips. Anyone who has ever seen a flower sprout, grow and bloom in a minute or the entire construction of a house in a very truncated period knows the beauty of the intervalometer.

Sony DSR-450WS Specs

Signal SystemNTSC
Image Device3-CCD, 2/3", Power HAD EX Interline Transfer Type
Signal-to-Noise Ratio65 dB
Horizontal Resolution850 Lines in 4:3 Mode
800 Lines in 16:9 Mode
Sensitivityf/11 @ 2000 Lux with 3200K
Minimum Illumination0.5 Lux with f/1.4 plus Gain Up
Vertical Smear-140 dB
Built-in FiltersClear
1/4 N.D. (1.5 Stops)
1/16 N.D. (4 Stops)
1/64 N.D. (6 Stops)
Tungsten/Daylight Filter Switch
LCD Monitor2.5" TFT Color
ViewfinderDXF-801 1.5" Black and White
Scan MatchingYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Shutter Speed Range1/100 to 1/2000 seconds
Gain Selection-3 dB, 0 dB, 3 dB, 6 dB, 9 dB,
12 dB, 18 dB, 24 dB, 30 dB, 36 dB
Tape FormatDVCAM, DV
Tape SpeedDVCAM: 28.193 mm/s
DV: 18.8 mm/s
Signal-to-Noise Ratio>63 dB
Maximum Recording TimeDVCAM: 3 hours
DV: 4.5 hours
Audio Dynamic RangeNot Specified by Manufacturer
Audio Signal Format16 bit / 48kHz (2 channel)
12 bit / 32kHz (4 channel)
Audio Frequency Response20Hz to 20kHz (48kHz mode)
20Hz to 14.5kHz (32 kHz mode)
Signal to Noise RatioNot Specified by Manufacturer
Input and Output ConnectorsSDI Video- Optional with CBKSD01  provides BNC (x 1 output)
Firewire- 6-Pin (x 1 input and output both)
Composite Video Output- BNC (x 2 output)
Composite Video Input- Optional with CBKSC01 provides BNC (x 1 input)
Time Code- BNC (x 1 input, 1 output)
Genlock- BNC (x 1 input)
Sync- BNC (x 1 output)
Mic Audio- XLR (x 2 input)
Line Audio- RCA (x 2 output)
Headphone- Mini Stereo (x 1)
DC Power-2-Pin PowerTap (x 1 output)
DC Power- 7-Pin (x 1 output for wireless audio receiver)
DC Power- 4-Pin XLR (x 1 input)
Power Requirements12 VDC
Power Consumption17W
Operating Temperature32° to 104° F
0° to 40° C
Dimensions5.75 x 10.675 x 13.0" (14.6 x 26.8 x 32.8cm)
Weight8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)

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