PXW-X400 (PXWX400)

Three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors XDCAM weight-balanced advanced shoulder camcorder with improved network connectivity and low power consumption

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Overview

User-oriented advanced shoulder camcorder ideal for Full HD broadcast operations
The PXW-X400 is an advanced shoulder camcorder that records a variety of professional broadcast quality formats including XAVC-L at 50p and 59.94p. The camcorder offers exceptional weight balance and low power consumption alongside excellent networking features and high picture quality. The reengineered design dramatically reduces the load on the operator’s right-arm. It supports Sony viewfinders including the QHD LCD CBK-VF02 and optionally available Full HD OLED HDVF-EL30 and HDVF-EL20. The camcorder also offers improved network connectivity, with built-in wireless module, embedded RJ-45 Ethernet 100B-T connector and Near Field Communication (NFC) function** for easy Wi-Fi setup and operation via a mobile or tablet with Sony’s Content Browser Mobile™ application. SD or HD-SDI (up to 1.5G) input supports pool feed recording.

* The NFC function is available as of July, 2016.
Shooting in Full HD plus 4K options
The PXW-X400 supports a variety of formats including HD XAVC Intra 1080 59.94p/50p and XAVC Long GOP at 59.94p/50p. With the optional CBK-Z450UK upgrade kit, the camcorder also supports 4K QFHD as XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP at 50p/59.94p.
Professional features
Includes proxy data recording functions*, user menu lock*, flashband correction function*, wireless operation, picture cache recording*, built-in GPS, Digital Extender, HyperGamma, and more in addition to the variety of interfaces. The latest firmware update also gives the camera improved start-up performance and operation response.
* Requires firmware version 2.0. 1080 60i/50i proxy recording, 256Kbps streaming and hi-res file trim and transfer functions require firmware version 3.0 planned for release early 2017.
Low power and ergonomic design
Designed to minimise power consumption, while lighter lens grip reduces front weight and helps reduce the load on the right-arm.
Improves network connectivity
Connectivity features include built-in wireless module, RJ-45 Ethernet 100B-T connection and NFC function for easy Wi-Fi setup. The camcorder’s SDI input allows SD-SDI or HD-SDI pool feed recording up to 1.5Gbps.
PXW-X400KC - 20X Manual Focus Lens Kit Model
Three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors XDCAM weight-balanced advanced shoulder camcorder with improved network connectivity and low power consumption, plus 20x manual focus zoom lens kit.

The PMW-X400KC camcorder kit is supplied with a 20x manual focus zoom lens kit that includes the 3.5-inch LCD viewfinder plus short gun stereo microphone.
PXW-X400KF - 16X Auto Focus Lens Kit Model
Three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors XDCAM weight-balanced advanced shoulder camcorder with improved network connectivity and low power consumption, plus 16x auto focus zoom lens kit*.
The camcorder is supplied with a 16x auto focus zoom lens kit that includes a 3.5-inch LCD viewfinder, plus shot gun stereo microphone.

* Requires firmware version 2.0.
PXW-X400 – customizable model
Three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors XDCAM weight-balanced advanced shoulder camcorder with improved network connectivity and low power consumption.

This camcorder is supplied without Zoom lens , without viewfinder and microphone, allowing full customization of the camcorder.

With a selection of broadcast 2/3’’ Zoom lenses , Stereo or Mono Microphones and the new HDVF-EL20 or HDVF-EL30 OLED / LCD viewfinders to match the production requirements.

Features

4K upgrade kit gives PXW-X400 4K QFHD recording options
The optional CBK-Z450UK 4K upgrade kit for the PXW-X400 supports a variety of 4K and HD formats, including 4K QFHD (3840x2160) at 50p/59.94p, using the XVAC Intra and XAVC Long GOP workflow standards.
High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP recordings at 50p and 59.94p operations
The PXW-X400 supports a variety of codecs from SD to HD, including 1080 XAVC Intra frame 59.94p*, 50p*, 59.94i, 50i, 23.97p, 25p and 23.98p, as well as 1080 XAVC Long GOP 59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 29.97p, 25p and 23.98p. XAVC technology is based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 standard, which provides an exceptional performance compression technology. XAVC provides higher picture quality and bit-depth, thus offers extended grading possibilities. The camera also records MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps in MXF (Material eXchange Format), which is widely accepted by major broadcasters worldwide.
* Requires firmware version 2.0.
High sensitivity image making
The camcorder’s three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors provide superb image quality with sensitivity of F12/F13 and a signal to noise ratio of 62dB. The camcorder’s digital extender offers x2, x3 or x4 operation.
Improved ergonomic design for best-in-class weight-balance
The camcorder has been redesigned to improve the weight and handling capabilities compared to predecessor models. The lighter lens grip resolves any front-heavy issues and dramatically reduces the load on the right-arm. This makes it easier to shoot for long periods and offers more stable images.
Supports Full HD OLED viewfinders*
The camcorder supports Sony viewfinders including the Full HD OLED HDVF-EL30 and HDVF-EL20, as well as the QHD LCD CBK-VF02.

* HDVF-EL30 and HDVF-EL20 are optionally available from December 2015.
Embedded RJ-45 connector
An embedded RJ-45 Ethernet 100B-T connector on the right side of the camcorder provides a robust and fast network connection that can be utilised for file transfer, live streaming and camera control from a web browser.
Near Field Communication* (NFC) function
A Near Field Communication (NFC) function allows easy, one-touch wireless LAN connection to a smartphone or tablet device without manual setting of the network parameters.
* NFC allows close-range wireless communication between the PXW-X400 and an NFC-equipped smartphone or tablet device.
* Requires firmware version 2.0.
Built-in wireless module with Content Browser Mobile™
The camcorder’s built-in wireless module gives you more mobility with no cable needed, enabling proxy recording and file transfer or live streaming. In file transfer mode, high-resolution files and XAVC Proxy files can be transferred over wireless connection to cloud or FTP server thanks to Content Browser Mobile* (CBM) application. In “Push” mode, the CBM application enables users to monitor the currently shot video and to wirelessly control camcorder settings such as focus, zoom, iris, white balance, REC START/STOP, and more. With Content Browser Mobile V2.0 proxy trim, proxy partial clip upload, and logging are available. “In streaming” mode, high quality live streaming is provided by the advanced Sony QoS technology embedded in the camcorder and in the PWS-100RX1 network RX station .Non QoS live streaming is also possible with a third-party receiver or VLC player.

*The CBM application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.
Customisable menu with lock function*
This feature allows you to pick and organize frequently used menu items – similar to the bookmark feature of a web browser. By using this feature, you can save a lot of time with no need to repeatedly search for specific menu items. In addition, the user menu can be locked with a 4-digit passcode to ensure there are no unnecessary changes.
* Requires firmware version 2.0.
Dedicated ONLINE button for easy network connection
A dedicated button gives simple on-off control of Network Client Mode, Auto Upload (Proxy) and Live Streaming.
Pool feed (SDI input)
An SD or HD-SDI (up to 1.5G) signal can be recorded by the camcorder, a useful function to record an external feed from another camera.
Lower power consumption
By optimising the design of the hardware, the lightweight PXW-X400 has a low power consumption of 22W (when the wireless function if off, without lens and viewfinder). This enables continuous recording operation for approximately 240 minutes with Sony’s BP-GL95A optional standard-type battery.
Simultaneous Recording on two SxS cards
The PXW-X400 offers a simultaneous recording function for peace-of-mind production. Recording is available on two SxS cards simultaneously as a backup measure within the same codec and operating point* when using the following recording formats; XAVC-Intra, XAVC-Long, MPEG HD422, or MPEG HD420.

* Simultaneous recording with proxy file is supported in all combinations with the above formats an SD card.
Flexible camera system operation
The CA-FB70 Optical Fiber Camera Adaptor or the CA-TX70 Digital Triax Camera Adaptor can be attached to the PXW-X400 for live camera operation. The CA-FB70 enables the PXW-X400 to transmit signals via an optical fibre cable up to 250 m between the CA-FB70 and HXCU-FB70 Optical Fibre Camera Control Unit (CCU) with power and signal transmission. The CA-TX70 transmits signals via triax cable up to 600 m* between the CA-TX70 and HXCU-TX70 Digital Triax Camera Control Unit.

* When ø 8.5 mm cable is utilized.