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Sony PDW-F355 XDCAM HD 1/2" 3CCD Camera with Viewfinder

Sony PDW-F355 XDCAM HD 1/2" 3CCD Camera with Viewfinder
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Sony PDW-F335 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Blue Laser Optical Drive Technology
  • 3Benefit of Dual Layering
  • 4Advanced Video Chip Technology
  • 5High Definition At Your Fingertips
  • 6DVCAM Downconvertion and iLINK
  • 7Progressive Recording
  • 8Loop Recording
  • 9Thumbnail Scene Selection
  • 10Selectable File Recording Modes

The Sony PDW-F355 XDCAM HD Camcorder provides the durability and reliability professionals have become accustomed to with their full line of ENG camcorders, while adding many new features. What sets the XDCAM HD line apart from other cameras is the ability to shoot high definition video at manageable bitrates, without sacrificing quality.

Equipped with three 1/2" HD CCDs, the PDW-F355 is capable of recording a 1080i stream at different frame rates and bit rates, giving the user increased versatility to choose between quality and run time. The camera can also under and over crank, between 4 and 60 frames, which can be used for fast and slow motion effects.

The XDCAM series takes recording to the next level, utilizing non-linear single and dual-layer optical Blue Laser technology. Less time logging, capturing and digitizing footage allows videographers to move seamlessly between acquisition and post-production. Increasing efficiency results in shorter production times leading to higher profitability.

This model does not include a lens. Body Only.

Blue Laser Optical Drive Technology

The XDCAM HD series is anchored by Blue Laser disc, which allows for storage capabilities large enough to record professional quality video. Optical discs gives operators more control of the footage they acquire. This can be useful in instances such as news gathering, where footage often goes direct-to-broadcast. The hassle of rolling through tape is eliminated. Optical recording provides users with the advantages of non-linear recording and playback combined with long record times that can often be vital in the field. Sony's dual-layered 50GB discs not only increase these run times but also provide an ideal archiving method not possible when using flash-based camcorders.

Benefit of Dual Layering

The PFD50DLA dual-layered disc for the XDCAM series of cameras provides a bevy of enhancements over previous models. Most notably is a newly developed servo mechanism that helps decrease access errors, even when the camera is in an unstable environment.

Advanced Video Chip Technology

The camera uses advanced CCD technology. The Power HAD HD (1440x1080) CCDs have specifications that approach the very highest quality FIT chips found in top-tier equipment such as those used in HDTV production. The camera has an amazing 54 dB signal to noise ratio and smear level of -120 dB. The dynamic range of the camera makes it possible to control critical details in both the very brightest and lowest lighted portions of a scene.

High Definition At Your Fingertips

The PDW-F355 has a wide array of high definition frame rates and bit-rates to choose from, using the MPEG HD codec, based on the commonly used MPEG compression technique. Choose between the highest 35 Mbps bit rate for highest possible quality, or use 25 and 18 Mbps when longer run times are needed. The camera can shoot up to 120 minutes of high definition footage to one 23GB Blue Laser Disc.

DVCAM Downconvertion and iLINK

Footage can be recorded in HD mode and then downconverted to DVCAM, and then output through iLINK to any non-linear editing system for high performance and compatibility.

Progressive Recording

The PDW-F355 has the ability to record in progressive mode, which enhances image quality and can provide a more 'film-like' image. The camera can switch between standard (30 fps) and 24P modes. The 24P mode gives video the look and shutter of film, which is conventionally shot at 24 frames per second. The camera also has the ability to shoot between 4 and 60 frames, commonly known as "overcranking" and "undercranking", which produces beautiful fast and slow motion effects.

Loop Recording

Camera Operators often find themselves missing the first few seconds of action due to camera preroll. With the XDCAM this becomes a thing of the past! Simply set the camera to the "Loop Recording" mode and the camera will buffer 10 seconds of audio and video into the camera's memory. This capability can help prevent the loss of unexpected but important events occurring before the operator even has the chance to press the REC button.

Thumbnail Scene Selection

Blue Laser disc technology allows for quick and easy scene selection using Sony's attached LCD. Bringing up clips couldn't be any easier. Randomly access clips and review them seamlessly. Retrieve and save meta-data which can be very useful for scene matching and archiving purposes.

Selectable File Recording Modes

The PDW-F355 has the ability to select the manner in which clips are recorded onto the disc. Users have the ability to toggle between making one long clip, like on a video tape, or separate clips like those found on a digital still camera.

Sony PDW-F335 Specs

Image Device1/2" Power HAD HD 3CCD, 16:9/4:3 Switchable
Lens MountSony 1/2" Bayonet Mount
Signal-to-Noise Ratio54 dB
Resolution1440 x 1080
Sensitivityf/9 @ 2000 Lux
Minimum Illumination0.004 Lux with F1.4, +48 dB Gain
Signal SystemDVCAM: NTSC/PAL Switchable
Vertical Smear-120 dB
Built-in FiltersND Filter
1: Clear
2: 1/4 ND
3: 1/16 ND
4: 1/64 ND
LCD Monitor3.5" (8.89 cm)
Viewfinder2.0" Monochrome, quick start type
Scan MatchingYes
Memory Card SlotYes, Memory Stick
Shutter SpeedScan Mode: 59.94i (interlaced)
1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS

Scan Mode: 29.97p (progressive)
1/40, 1/60, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS

Scan Mode: 23.98p
1/32, 1/48, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS

 Scan Mode: 50i
1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS

Scan Mode: 25p
1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS

Gain Selection-3, 0, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48 dB
Maximum Recording TimeDVCAM: 185 min (Dual-Layer)
MPEG IMX: 150/200/265 min (Dual-Layer; 35/25/18 Mbps)
Audio Dynamic Range>85 dB
Audio Signal FormatDVCAM: 16-bits, 48 kHz, 4 Channels
MPEG HD: 16/24-bits, 48 kHz, 4/2 Channels
Audio Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.0 dB
Signal to Noise RatioNot Specified By Manufacturer
Input and Output ConnectorsAudio In CH1/CH2: XLR, 3-pin, Female
Time Code: BNC (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Genlock: BNC (x1 Input)
Sync: BNC (x1 Output)
Mic Audio: XLR 5-pin
Line Audio: XLR 3-pin (x2)
Headphone: Mini Stereo (x1)
DC Power: XLR, 4-pin, Male (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Lens: 12-pin
Remote: 8-pin
Light: 2-pin
i.LINK: IEEE 1394, 6-pin
HD-SDI: BNC, SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio, HD mode only)
Power Requirements12 VDC
Power Consumption34W
Operating Temperature32-104°F (0-40°C)
DimensionsNot Specified By Manufacturer
Weight8.7 lb (3.9 kg)

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