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Sony PDWF800

Sony PDWF800
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XDCAM HD 422 Cinealta Camcorder
The PDWF800 camcorder builds on the features of the PDW700 camcorder. Enhanced functions, such as Slow & Quick Motion (over-crank and under-crank recording), make the PDWF800 ideal for cinema and TV drama productions, as well as ENG applications.
  • HD 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 recording using the MPEG HD422 mode (MPEG-2 4:2:2P@HL compression technology)
  • Three 2/3-inch-type Power HAD FX CCDs, each with 1920 x 1080 effective pixels
  • High-quality four-channel 24-bit audio recording(*1)
  • Wide choice of recording modes: including 23.98P format recording and playback as standard
  • Supports a choice of HD (MPEG HD(*2)) and SD (MPEG IMX/DVCAM) recording modes as standard
  • Slow & Quick Motion function (over-cranking and under-cranking shooting)
  • Image Inverter for use with cinema lens adaptors
  • User Gamma :users can set their desired gamma curve(*3)
  • Optical CC filters and ND filters
  • Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation(*4)
  • Focus Assist bar graph display on viewfinder
  • Output markers such as SkinG, Safety, Aspect, and Center on HD-SDI OUTPUT 2
  • Builds on the features of the well-proven PDW-700 camcorder


(*1): Audio specifications vary according to recording mode (up to four channels).
(*2): 18 Mb/s mode is playback only.
(*3): Using the CVP File Editor Software, available to download from the Sony website. User Gamma files can be imported to the PDW-F800 by Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO/Memory Stick PRO Duo.
(*4): Does not support all applicable lenses. Please contact lens manufacturers for details.
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Mass Approx. 4.3 kg (body), Approx. 6.0 kg (w/ VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery)
Power requirements DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power Consumption Approx. 40 W (while recording, w/o options, colour LCD On)
Approx. 44 W (while recording, w/viewfinder, colour LCD On, manual lens, microphone)
Operating temperature -5 to +40 degrees
Storage temperature -20 to +60 degrees
Humidity 10 to 90% (relative humidity)
Continuous operating Approx. 120 min. w/BP-GL95 battery

Recording Format

Video MPEG HD422 (CBR: 50 Mb/s)
-HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s)
-SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
-LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mb/s) (Playback only)
MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30 Mb/s)
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
Proxy Video MPEG-4
Audio MPEG HD422: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz
MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
MPEG IMX: (4ch, 16-bit or 24-bit, 48 kHz)
DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
Audio Proxy A-law (2 ch/4 ch, 8 bit, 8 kHz)
Recording/Playback time MPEG HD422:
50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio: More than 265 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG IMX (Option: CBKZ-MD01):
50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min. (PFD23A)
40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min. (PFD23A)
30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min. (PFD23A)
DVCAM (Option: CBKZ-MD01):
25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)

Signal Inputs

Genlock in BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75ohms
TC in BNC x1, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 ohms
(Composite input (option: CBK-SC02) shares the same connector)
SDI in BNC x 1 (Option: CBK-HD01)
(HD/SD SWITchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Audio in CH-1/CH-2: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2, Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable
MIC in XLR 5-pin (female, stereo) x 1

Signal Outputs

Test out BNC x 1
HD Y/SD composite
SD composite (character On/Off)
SDI out BNC x 2
1 (HD/SD SWITchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
2 (HD/SD SWITchable, character On/Off)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio),
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Audio out CH-1/CH-2: XLR 5-pin (male, stereo) x 1
Time code BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75ohms

Other Inputs/Outputs

Earphone Mini-jack x 2 (front: manaural, rear: stereo/monoral)
i.LINK IEEE 1394*, 6 pin x 1, File Access Mode
*AV/C (DV) interface is not supported.
Ethernet RJ-45 x 1, 100Base-Tx: IEEE802.3u, 10Base-T: IEEE802.3
Lens 12-pin
Remote 8-pin
Light 2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
DC input XLR 4-pin (male) x 1, 11 to 17 V
DC output 4-pin x 1 (for wireless microphone receiver), 11 to 17 V DC (MAX 0.5 A)
Camera adaptor 50-pin
Memory Stick x 1 (for camera setup files)
USB x 1 (for version-up)

Audio Performance

Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
Dynamic range More than 93dB
Distortion Less than 0.08% (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Crosstalk Less than -70 dB (at 1kHz, reference level)
Wow & flutter Below measurable limit
Headroom 12/16/18/20 dB (selectable)


Pickup device 3-chip 2/3-inch type HD Power HAD FX CCDs
Total picture elements 1920(H) x 1080(V)
Optical system F1.4 prism
Built-in optical filters CC: A: Cross, B: 3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K
ND: 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
Shutter speed 59.94i: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000. 1/2000, ECS, SLS
50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS 25P: 1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
Slow & Quick Motion function (MPEG HD mode only)
23.98p: Selectable from 1 to 48 frame/sec as recording frame rate
25p: Selectable from 1 to 50 frame/sec as recording frame rate
29.97p: Selectable from 1 to 59.94 frame/sec as recording frame rate
Lens mount 2/3-inch type 48 bayonet mount
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) 59.94i: F11, 50i: F12 (typical)
Minimum illumination Approx. 0.016 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
Gain selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
Smear level -135 dB (typical)
S/N ratio 59 dB (54 dB w/o Noise Suppression (NS) mode)
Horizontal resolution 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Registration Less than 0.02%
Viewfinder Option
Built-in LCD monitor 3.5-inch* type color LCD monitor
*Viewable area measured diagonally

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