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Sony PXW-X180

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Ideal for professional broadcast, documentary or live event video applications, the PXW-X180 XDCAM® HD422 camcorder offers a 25x HD zoom lens, three 1/3-inch type Exmor® CMOS sensors for high resolution, low noise and wide dynamic range, and a variable Neutral Density filter which provides more flexibility in density control and a broader range of shooting techniques.

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The Sony PXW-X180 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors and a 25x Sony G zoom lens with 26mm wide angle. It records high-quality, 10-bit 1080p video using the XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD, and DV codecs to fit into a variety of broadcast and production workflows. Other key features include a 0.5" OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording to SD cards, and an electronically controlled variable ND filter. The camcorder can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet using the included wireless LAN module.

Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors
Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors with a total of about 2.07 million effective pixels (16:9) independently capture red, blue, and green light. This, combined with the camcorder's Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, high-sensitivity, and wide dynamic range, delivers vibrant images with accurate color rendition. Noise reduction and anti-shake is provided to assure high image quality in a variety on shooting conditions.
Sony G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom
The Sony G lens has a 25x zoom range with a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 26mm to 650mm. This makes the lens versatile enough to handle a wide range of shooting situations from wide-angle to telephoto. Independent manual, zoom, and focus rings with end-stop and iris control are provided, and a slide mechanism on the focus ring enables easy switching between auto and manual focusing. The focus indicator can be displayed even when focusing manually.
XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP Recording
XAVC technology is based on the efficient and high-quality H.264 standard. XAVC Intra using intra-frame compression, meaning that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames. This provides a better quality picture, but requires a higher bit-rate. With a Long GOP codec, only certain frames are encoded individually. This allows the codec to squeeze the video into a much smaller bitrate than Intra technology. XAVC Long GOP files require less storage space than XAVC Intra files. When recording in XAVC, it uses the MXF file format, efficiently compressing Full HD 1920x1080 resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50 Mbps, 35 Mbps or 25 Mbps. In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X180 records in MPEG HD 422 at 50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 at 35 Mbps, AVCHD, and DV.
Dual SxS Memory Card Slots
The PXW-X180 features two SxS memory card slots offering high read and write speeds. Optional adapters are available which allow recording to your existing XQD or SD memory cards. Simultaneous recording onto two memory cards is possible (in the same recording mode only). With two record buttons, the operator can choose which card to record to, letting you use one card for recording while the other card serves as a backup. Continuous relay recording is also possible from the card in the A slot to the card in the B slot.

Note: In AVCHD recording mode, simultaneous recording and relay recording between the two memory cards are not possible.
Proxy Recording on SD Card
The PXW-X180 can record proxy H.264 videos on an SD card. The resolution and bitrate of proxy video can be changed for a more flexible workflow. The proxy files are recorded in MP4 format for better compatibility with broadcast systems. The lightweight proxy video files are generated separately from the main line recording and recorded to SD cards for quick sharing of content over low-bandwidth mobile networks.
Variable ND Filter
The PXW-X180 is Sony's first professional camcorder to feature a variable ND filter. The new filter device has been developed to electronically control density and enable continuous setting adjustment from 1/4 to 1/128 ND using a simple dial. The variable ND filter lets you shoot with large apertures and/or slower shutter speeds when outside in daylight or in other bright environments.
Connectivity
The camcorder offers a variety of connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI, USB, composite output, timecode input/output, and genlock input. The 3G-SDI connector is able to output the 1080/59.94p or 50p signal. Down-conversion output from HD to SD is also possible. Simultaneous output from both SDI and HDMI is possible. The Rec Trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.
Wireless Functionality
The included wireless LAN module enables Wi-Fi control with NFC support. Simply download the Content Browser Mobile app to monitor footage and control camcorder settings via your smartphone or tablet. You can also transfer MP4 proxy recordings from the camcorder to your mobile device.
Multi-Interface Shoe
Accessories taking their power from the Multi-Interface Shoe can be switched on and off from the camcorder. Also, if an optional UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone receiver is connected, power supply and cable-free audio signal input is possible, minimizing the need for extra batteries and removing the need for additional cabling.
Additional Features
  • 0.5" OLED viewfinder with 1024 x 678 resolution
  • 2.5mm LANC remote control port (limited to record start/stop, zoom, and focus control only)
  • GPS enabled - GPS data is automatically recorded in two file locations

Specs:

Camera
Imaging Device 3 x 1/3" type Exmor CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels (H x V) 1920 x 1080
Sensitivity F9 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode)
F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
S/N Ratio 60 dB (Y) (typical)
Shutter Speed 1/32 to 1/2000 sec
White Balance Present (3200K), A, B
GPS Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
NFC Yes
Built-In ND Filters Clear, 1/4 to 1/128 variable
Lens
Type Fixed
Zoom Ratio 25x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length 3.7 to 92.5 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 26 to 650 mm
Aperture f/1.6 to f/11, and closed
Focus Autofocus / manual focus selectable
Minimum Focus Distance Wide: 0.39" (10 mm)
Tele: 31.5" (800 mm)
Image Stabilizer ON/OFF/ACTIVE selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter 82 mm
Recording
Video Recording Format XAVC-Intra
1920x1080 59.94i: 111 Mbps max
1920x1080 50i: 112 Mbps max
1920x1080 29.97p: 111 Mbps max
1920x1080 25p: 112 Mbps max
1920x1080 23.98p: 89 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p: 111 Mbps max
1280x720 50p: 112 Mbps max

XAVC-Long
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i: 50/35/25 Mbps max
1920x1080 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50/35 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 50 Mbps max 

MPEG HD422
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50 Mbps max 

MPEG HD420
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 35Mbps max
1440x1080 59.94i, 50i: 35 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 35Mbps max

AVCHD
1920x1080 59.94p, 50p: 28 Mbps max 
1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 24 Mbps max
1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 24 Mbps max

DVCAM
720x480 59.94i: 25 Mbps
720x576 50i: 25 Mbps

Proxy
1280x720: 9 Mbps
640x360: 3 Mbps
480x270: 1 Mbps
480x270: 500 Kbps
Slow & Quick Motion Function 1920x1080p: Frame rate selectable 1 to 60p (depends on Recording Format)
1280x720: 1 to 120p (depends on Recording Format)
Angle of view becomes smaller over 60fps
Audio Recording Format LPCM, AC-3 (AVCHD): 2 channel
LPCM (XAVC/MPEG2/AVCHD/DVCAM), Dolby Digital (AVCHD): 2 channel
Interface
Input 2 x XLR 3-pin, female
Audio Output 1 x 3.5 mm
HDMI Output 1 x HDMI, Type A
SDI Output 1 x 3G-SDI, BNC connector
Composite Output / GENLOCK-IN 1 x BNC connector
USB 1 x USB 2.0, mini-B
1 x type A (for Wireless LAN module)
Timecode Input & Output 1 x BNC connector
Remote 1 x 2.5 mm
DC Input 1 x DC jack
Shoe Mounts 1 x Multi Interface shoe
Headphone Output 1 x 3.5 mm
Built-In Microphone Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
Monitoring
Viewfinder 0.5" (1.27 cm) color OLED
2.36 million dots
LCD 3.5" (8.89 cm) color LCD monitor
Aspect ratio: 16:9
1.56 million dots
Recording Media
Slots 2 x ExpressCard/34; supports SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 memory cards (for XAVC/MPEG2/AVCHD/DV)
1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for Proxy)
1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for Utility)
General
Power Requirements 19.5 VDC (AC Adaptor)
14.4 VDC (battery pack)
Power Consumption Approx. 19.9 W (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)
Battery Operating Time With battery pack BP-U90: approx. 4 hours (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)

With battery pack BP-U60: approx. 2 hours, 35 minutes (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)

With battery pack BP-U30: approx. 1 hours, 15 minutes (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.54 x 7.93 x 16.22" (19.15 x 00.15 x 41.20 cm); without protrusions
Weight Approx. 5.95 lb (2.7 kg); body only
Approx. 7.05 lb (3.2 kg); with lens hood, eyecup, battery pack BP-U30, SxS memory card

Additional Information

Items Included
  • Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder
  • Len Hood
  • EVF Large Eyecup
  • USB Cable
  • Audio Connecting Cable
  • IR Remote Commander
  • Lithium Battery (for IR Remote Commander)
  • AC Adapter
  • BC-U1 Battery Charger
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 2 x AC Cable
  • Cold Shoe Kit
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Wireless LAN Module
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • XQD Card Adapter
  • CD-ROM (Operating Instructions in PDF)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
Imaging Device

3-chip 1/3"-type Exmor Full HD CMOS

Dynamic Range

N/A

Effective Picture Elements 1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Built-in Optical Filters

Clear
1/4ND (2 stops)
1/16ND (4 stops)
1/64ND (6 stops)
Variable ND Filter: 1/4ND to 1/128ND continuous smooth control.

Optical System

F1.6 prism system

Gain

-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB, AGC

Sensitivity

F9 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode)
F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)

S/N Ratio

60 dB (Y) (typical)

Shutter Speed

1/32 to 1/2000 sec.

Slow Shutter

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 16-frames accumulation

Slow&Quick Motion Function

XAVC-I mode
- 1920x1080: 1 to 60 frames (29.97P, 25P, 23.98P)
- 1280x720: 1 to 60 frames (59.94P, 50P)

XAVC-L mode
- 1920x1080: 1 to 60 frames (59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P)
- 1280x720: 1 to 120 frames (59.94P, 50P)

HD422 mode
- 1920x1080: 1 to 30 frames (29.97P, 25P, 23.98P)
- 1280x720: 1 to 60 frames (59.94P, 50P,29.97P, 25P, 23.98P)

White Balance

Preset mode (3200K), Memory A mode, Memory B, ATW mode

Battery

approx. 4 hours 00min with BP-U90 ( while recording, LCD off, EVF on)
approx. 2 hours 35min with BP-U60 ( while recording, LCD off, EVF on)
approx. 1 hours 15min with BP-U30 ( while recording, LCD off, EVF on)

Built-in Microphone

Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone

Dimensions

approx. 7 5/8 x 8 x 16 1/4 in (191.5×201.5×412 mm)

Camera Weight

approx 5lb 15.2oz (2.7kg) camcorder body only
approx 7lb 0.9oz (3.2kg) with lens hood(1), eyepiece(1), battery pack BP-U30(1), and SxS memory card(1) :

Operating Temperature

32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)

Power Consumption

approx. 19.9W (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
approx. 20.8W (while recording with LCD On, EVF On when the external device connector is used.)

Power Requirements

DC 14.4V (battery pack)
DC 19.5V (AC adaptor)

Recording Format

XAVC Intra: XAVC-I mode
- CBR 112MBps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
- LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

XAVC Long: XAVC-L 50 mode
- VBR, maximum 50Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
- LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

XAVC Long: XAVC-L 35 mode
- VBR, maximum 35Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
- LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

XAVC Long: XAVC-L 25 mode
- VBR, maximum 25Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
- LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

MPEG-2 Long HD422
- CBR, 50Mbps, MPEG-2 422@HL
- LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

MPEG-2 Long HD420 HQ mode
- VBR, maximum 35Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
- LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

AVCHD
- VBR, maximum 28Mbps,m MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
- LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels
- Dolby Digital 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

DVCAM
- CBR 25Mbps
- LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 2 channels

Recording Frame Rate

XAVC Intra: XAVC-I mode
- 1920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
- 1280x720/59.94p, 50p

XALC Long: XAVC-L 50 mode
- 1920x1080/59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
- 1280x720/59.94p, 50p

XALC Long: XAVC-L 35 mode
- 1920x1080/59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p

XALC Long: XAVC-L 25 mode
- 1920x1080/59.94i, 50i

MPEG-2 Long HD422
- 1920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
- 1280x720/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p

MPEG-2 Long HD420 HQ mode
- 1920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
- 1440x1080/59.94i, 50i
- 1280x720/59.94p, 50p

AVCHD
- 1920x1080/59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
- 1280x720/59.94p, 50p

DVCAM
- 720x480/59.94i
- 720x576/50i

Recording Mode

N/A

Recording/Playback Time

XAVC Intra: XAVC-I mode
- approx. 120 min with SBP-128B(128GB)
- approx. 60 min with SBP-64B/SBS-64G1A(64GB)
- approx. 30 min with SBP-32G1A(32GB)

XAVC Long: XAVC-L 50 mode
- approx. 240 min with SBP-128B(128GB)
- approx. 120 min with SBP-64B/SBS-64G1A(64GB)
- approx. 60 min with SBP-32G1A(32GB)

XAVC Long: XAVC-L 35 mode
- approx. 340 min with SBP-128B(128GB)
- approx. 170 min with SBP-64B/SBS-64G1A(64GB)
- approx. 85 min with SBP-32G1A(32GB)

XAVC Long: XAVC-L 25 mode
- approx. 440 min with SBP-128B(128GB)
- approx. 220 min with SBP-64B/SBS-64G1A(64GB)
- approx. 110 min with SBP-32G1A(32GB)

MPEG-2 Long HD422
- approx. 240 min with SBP-128B(128GB)
- approx. 120 min with SBP-64B/SBS-64G1A(64GB)
- approx. 60 min with SBP-32G1A(32GB)

MPEG-2 Long HD420 HQ mode
- approx. 360 min with SBP-128B(128GB)
- approx. 180 min with SBP-64B/SBS-64G1A(64GB)
- approx. 90 min with SBP-32G1A(32GB)

AVCHD
- approx. 290 min with 64GB card
- approx. 145 min with 32GB card
- approx. 70 min with 16GB card

DVCAM
- approx. 440 min with SBP-128B(128GB)
- approx. 220 min with SBP-64B/SBS-64G1A(64GB)
- approx. 110 min with SBP-32G1A(32GB)

Storage Temperature

-4°F to +140°F (-20°C to +60°C)

Filter Diameter

M 82 mm (3 1/4 in.), pitch 0.75 mm

Focal Length

3.7 mm to 92.5 mm (5/32 to 3 3/4 in.) (equivalent to 26 mm to 650 mm (1 1/16 to 25 5/8 in.) on a 35 mm lens)

Iris

F1.6-3.2 
F1.6 to F11 and C (close) 
Auto/manual switchable

Lens Mount

FIXED LENS

Zoom Ratio

25x optical zoom

Audio Input

XLR type 3-pin (2), female, LINE/MIC/MIC+48V switchable 
- MIC: -50 dBu/3 kΩ 
- LINE: +4 dBu/10 kΩ 
(Reference input level 0 dBu=0.775Vrms)

Audio Output

Stereo minijack (Ø 3.5 mm) 
-10 dBu (Under 47 kΩ load, reference level)

Composite Output No
DC Input

DC jack (1)

DC Output

No

Genlock Input

BNC type (1), switchable with VIDEO OUT connector 
1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω

HDMI Output

HDMI connector - Type A (1)

Headphone Output

Stereo minijack (Ø 3.5 mm) -19 dBu (Reference level output under 16 Ω load)

Lens Remote No
MIC Omnidirectional stereo electret condenser microphone
Remote

Stereo mini-mini jack 2.5mm (1)

SDI Output

BNC type (1), switchable with 3G SDI/HD-SDI/SD-SDI
SMPTE292M/259M/424M/425M standards

Speaker Output

Monaural, 50 mW

Timecode Input

BNC type (1), switchable with TC OUT connector 
SMPTE 12M-2-2008 
0.5 V to 18 Vp-p, 3.3 kΩ

Timecode Output

BNC type (1), switchable with TC IN connector SMPTE 12M-2-2008 2.0 Vp-p, 50 Ω

USB

Mass storage: USB2.0 mini-B (1) 
Host: Type A USB3.0 (1) supported by future software upgrade. 
Host: Type-A USB2.0 (1) to use with supplied wireless LAN module

VF No
Video Output

BNC type (1), HD-Y/HDSYNC/composite signal, 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω
switchable with GENLOCK IN connector

Viewfinder 0.5"-type color OLED: 1024(H) x 3 (RGB) x 768(V), 4:3, 2.36 mega dots

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