Sony HDW-F900R CineAlta 24P HDCAM Package

Sony HDW-F900R CineAlta 24P HDCAM Package

Sony HDW-F900R CineAlta 24P HDCAM Package


Product Highlights

  • 2/3" 2.2MP FIT CCD
  • 1920 x 1080 Active Pixels
  • 3.5" LCD Color Viewfinder
  • Tripod Adapter
  • 24P, 25P, 29.97P, 50/59.94Hz Interlace
  • 4:2:2 RGB Color Space
  • Cinema-Quality Imagery
  • 320 ISO Equivalent
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Sony HDW-F900R Overview

  • 1Description

In an era when even the least expensive prosumer camcorder touts the latest flavor of high-definition 24p, it's easy to forget that as recently as 2000, aspiring to--much less achieving--the cinema-like imagery of 24 frames per second on HD video was the exclusive domain of George Lucas, busy pushing the envelope on his Star Wars prequels. The camera he used, the first of its kind, was Sony's CineAlta HDW-F900, and the number of prestigious widescreen and television productions it went on to shoot ultimately won it a 2004 Primetime Emmy for Engineering. If you wanted to achieve the rich look of 35mm film on video, at dramatically reduced costs, shooting HDCAM on the HDW-F900 was the only game in town.

HDCAM's reputation as the go-to HD production format for top quality programming was built on the shoulders of the HDW-F900. And now Sony's HDW-F900R (the 'R' stands for "refined") continues that tradition. It's a smaller, lighter, more versatile version of the workhorse F900, incorporating such refinements as two built-in HD-SDI outputs, hyper gamma capability, reduced power consumption, and (with optional boards): image inversion, slow shutter, picture cache, interval recording, and downconversion with 2-3 pulldown.

On top of the F900's original, industry-standard features and large 2/3" sensors, these refinements provide the greater flexibility and creative control that professional shooters have been asking for. And in terms of image quality and accessories, the F900R remains fully compatible with its predecessor--no modifications are needed for existing third-party items.

The HDW-F900R, like the F900, continues to excel at what it does best: capturing high-end, film-like imagery that meets the most rigorous broadcast standards. And it does so with the ease and control of shooting 35mm--without film's higher cost. That's something the most tricked-out prosumer minicam can only dream about.

HAD Sensor Technology
The HDW-F900R uses Hyper HAD sensor technology incorporating the latest FIT sensor and on-chip lens structure. Three 2/3" FIT CCDs each with 2.2 million-pixels provide excellent imaging quality, acquiring pictures at 1920 x 1080 CIF (Common Interchange Format) resolution.
12-bit ADSP
12 bit A/D conversion and advanced digital signal processing ensures excellent tonal reproduction, for the most demanding applications.
Choice of Multiple Frame Rates
You can select from a number of frame rates to match the required look for each production. 50i and 59.94i can be selected to acquire interlaced "TV look" pictures, with 23.98P, 24P, 25P and 29.97P also available for "film look" (progressive) images. (Please note that 30P and 60i modes are not supported.)
TruEye Processing
TruEye virtually eliminates hue distortion, especially in extreme lighting conditions. TruEye processes video data in a similar way to the human eye--processing brightness, hue and saturation. This significantly improves the reproduction of natural skin tones.
Multi Matrix
Multi Matrix provides further in-camera creative control and can be used to match colorimetry during multiple camcorder shoots. It is also effective for manipulating the hue and saturation of specific selected colors within a scene. One example would be to adjust the hue and saturation of a flower petal without changing other colors within the picture.
Auto Trace White
Auto Trace White (ATW) is a feature that automatically adjusts the white balance as lighting conditions change. This is ideal when shooting in rapidly changing lighting conditions (for example, when moving from an indoor to an outdoor location). Conventional Auto White Balance is also available.
Creative Control with User Gamma
The CvpFileEditor can be used with the HDW-F900R for creation of custom gamma curves. Existing gamma curves, generated for use with the original HDW-F900, can also be applied.
HD Color LCD Viewfinder
The HDVF-C35W, 3.5" HD LCD color viewfinder provides crisp, clear images from its full color TFT-LCD display. By using a uniquely designed detachable eyepiece, camera operators can clearly view images from various positions and angles. In addition, the LCD display provides a wide viewing angle, so that a number of people can view the same picture at the same time. The viewfinder features an aspherical lens in the eyepiece, to reduce aberration at each corner of the viewfinder image for more precise focusing.
Long Record Duration onto HDCAM Cassettes
The HDW-F900R records up to 50 minutes onto a small HDCAM tape when shooting in 24P mode. Maximum record durations at 50i and 59.94i are 48 minutes and 40 minutes.
Dual Optical Filter Wheel
The HDW-F900R is equipped with dual optical filter wheels. You can choose from the following Neutral Density (ND) settings: CLEAR, 1/4ND, 1/16ND and 1/64ND, and the following Color Correction (CC) settings A:5600K, B:3200K, C:4300K and D:6300K.
Optional HD to SD Downconversion
The HKDW-702 HD to SD downconverter option used with the HDW-730S and HDW-750P HDCAM camcorders can be used with the HDW-F900R. SDI or analog VBS can be output from the camcorder when this option is fitted. Alternatively, the new HKDW-902R board can be installed. In addition to downconversion, 2-3 pulldown is supported which allows NTSC monitoring at 59.94i when the camcorder is running at 23.98PsF.
Slow Shutter and Image Inversion
The new HKDW-905R option can be installed into the HDW-F900R to add slow shutter capability (up to 64 frames) and image inversion. The slow shutter feature can be used to either boost sensitivity or to enable motion blur to be used as a creative tool. Image inversion allows the camcorder to be used with a wider range of anamorphic and film lenses.
Picture Cache Recording
It's always annoying to miss a great shot, especially when shooting wildlife footage. Picture cache recording provides an additional chance to capture the action even if it occurred before the REC button was pressed. An optional HKDW-703 can be installed into the camcorder to provide this feature. This allows you to capture up to 8 seconds of material immediately before you press the record button.
Time Lapse
The optional HKDW-703 also provides Time Lapse (Interval) Recording. In MANUAL mode, 1 to 8 frames are recorded each time the REC button is pressed. In AUTO mode, the overall recording time is set (e.g., 10 minutes) along with the playback time on tape (e.g., 10 seconds). Using the picture cache to achieve Time Lapse reduces the mechanical wear to the record mechanism.
More Choices for Signal Output
The HDW-F900R is equipped with two HD-SDI outputs as standard, allowing high definition pictures to be monitored directly on-site without the need for an additional adapter. One of these outputs can be switched to standard definition when the camcorder is fitted with an optional HKDW-702 or HKDW-902R board.
Same Optical Axis as the Original HDW-F900
The HDW-F900R uses the same optical axis as the original HDW-F900. That means the lens accessories developed for the HDW-F900 can be used without modification.
Great Audio Performance
Four channels of digital audio can be input to the HDW-F900R via two XLR inputs. Each XLR receives 2 channels of AES/EBU audio data at 20 bits resolution.
Slot-in Wireless Receiver
You can slot a Sony wireless receiver directly into the chassis of the HDW-750P. This adds wireless receiver functionality without compromising the compact ergonomic design of the camcorder. A Sony WRR-855A/B can be used.
Rugged and Ergonomic Design
The design of the HDW-F900R is based on years of Sony experience in camera design and provides a high level of mobility and balance to minimize fatigue in all shooting conditions. Combined with the viewfinder, battery, cassette and microphone, the total weight is only 11.9 lbs (5.4 kg).
In the Box
Sony HDW-F900R CineAlta 24P HDCAM Package
  • Super Cardioid Microphone
  • 3.5" HD Color LCD Viewfinder
  • VCT-14 Quick Release Tripod Adapter
  • External Power Supply
  • XLR Connector Cover
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Operating Manual (print and CD-ROM)
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    Sony HDW-F900R Specs

    Image Device 3-Chip 2/3" Type FIT CCD
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 54dB
    Horizontal Resolution 1080 TV Lines
    Sensitivity 2000 lux, 89.9% Reflectance
    24fps, 1/48 shutter: F10
    Minimum Illumination Not specified by manufacturer
    Vertical Smear -135dB (Y-typical)
    Signal System HDCAM
    Built-in Filters ND
    1: Clear
    2: 1/4
    3: 1/16
    4: 1/64

    A: 5600K
    B: 3200K
    C: 4300K
    D: 6300K
    LCD Monitor None
    Speaker Yes
    Viewfinder 3.5" LCD display
    Microphone Super cardioid directional
    Scan Matching 24-7000Hz

    Min. setting depends on frame rate selected.

    Memory Card Slot Memory Stick
    Shutter Speed 1080/24P mode: 1/32, 1/48, 1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000(s)
    Gain Selection Turbo Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42dB
    Tape Format HDCAM
    Tape Speed 24P mode: 77.4 mm/s
    Maximum Recording Time 59.94i, 29.97P: 40 min
    50i, 25P: 48 min
    24P, 23.98P: 50 min
    Audio Dynamic Range >85 dB
    Audio Signal Format HDCAM
    Audio Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-0.8 dB
    Signal to Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors Genlock Video: BNC (x1 Input)
    Timecode: BNC (x1 Input, Output)
    Audio CH1/CH2: XLR 3-pin (x2 Input, Female)
    Microphone (Stereo): XLR 5-pin (x1 Input, Female)
    Test: BNC (x1 Output)
    SD/HD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
    HD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)
    Audio Output: XLR 5-pin (Male)
    Earphone: Mini Jack
    Lens Connector: 12-pin
    Remote: 8-pin
    Light: 2-pin
    DC Input: XLR 4-pin (Male)
    DC Output: 4-pin (for wireless microphone receiver)
    Power Requirements 12VDC, +5V/-1V
    Power Consumption 38W
    Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Weight Camera: 11 lbs, 14 oz (5.4kg)
    Viewfinder: 1 lb, 14 oz (0.85kg)

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