PXW-X70 (PXWX70)

1.0 type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor compact XDCAM camcorder with 12x zoom lens recording XAVC, AVCHD and DV

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Overview

Ultimate palm-sized camcorder with XAVC 4K (QFHD)* and MPEG HD**
The popular PXW-X70 palm-sized camcorder continues to evolve with the addition of XAVC 4K (QFHD) 100Mbps* recordings at 30p/25p/24p, plus MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD420**, providing even more recording choices. It is possible to select an output from HDMI, SDI, and composite while recording QFHD, plus a salvage function for XAVC file is available***. The camcorder also records XAVC HD, AVCHD and DV with advanced network functions such as QoS Streaming in Network Client Mode and Ustream® direct streaming added via firmware version 3.0. The PXW-X70 gives users the ultimate balance between picture quality, advanced functionality and compact size.

* XAVC 4K (QFHD) 100Mbps recording requires Version 3.0 firmware plus optional CBKZ-X70FX software key.
**MPEG HD recording requires Version 3.0 firmware plus optional CBKZ-SLMP upgrade.
*** Requires Version 3.0 firmware or higher.
Network functions including Ustream and QoS Streaming*
The PXW-X70 is packed with all the latest network functions, from QoS Streaming for high quality of transmission when streaming to the PWS-100RX1 in Network Client Mode, to direct streaming using Ustream, with no need for a separate PC setup when using version 3.0 or higher firmware. The camcorder also provides Wi-Fi/NFC (Near Field Communication) with Content Browser Mobile™ software.

* Requires Version 3.0 firmware or higher.
1.0 type Exmor R CMOS Sensor for stunning picture quality
High sensitivity and fantastic resolution with 14.2 million effective pixels delivers striking detail and colors, even in low light conditions.
Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens
The lens offers a 12x optical zoom, which can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom while retaining full resolution thanks to Super Resolution Technology. Zoom performance can be doubled at any point with a Digital Extender by up to 48x.
Compact, lightweight XDCAM camcorder packed with adaptable professional functions
The PXW-X70 weighs less than 1.4kg, including the XLR handle unit, battery (NP-FV70), lens hood and large eye-cup. It offers professional interfaces such as 3G-SDI and HDMI output connectors plus an XLR x2 handle unit with zoom lever. Other professional features include a manual lens ring that can intuitively control zoom and focus, ergonomic palm grip with large zoom lever, two SD memory card slots for backup, simultaneous and relay recording, and a three-level switchable ND filter.

Features

1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor for a wide range of shooting conditions
The PXW-X70 incorporates a 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor, which is approximately the same size as a Super 16mm film frame, to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range. The sensor has 14.2 million effective pixels enhancing shooting under severe lighting conditions and providing more freedom of creative expression.
High sensitivity and high resolution
The PXW-X70 has higher resolution than any other camcorder in its price range. The 1.0 sensor is brighter and offers more bokeh with a shallow depth of field than 1/3-inch or 1/4.7-inch sensors.
Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine
An evolved BIONZ engine achieves more lifelike images, and enables the addition of new features that take advantage of faster processing.
Compact body
The palm-sized PXW-X70 is ergonomically designed to provide a lightweight and easy-to-use experience.
QoS Streaming*
This feature allows images to be streamed live from the camcorder for viewing at a remote location. Data transfer rate, specified by two image quality menu settings (1280x720p and 640x360p), can be selected to suit the network environment being used. HD recording on internal media is available at XAVC HD 422/10-bit, AVCHD and MPEG HD*. There is no need for separate PC set-up, everything can be set on the camcorder’s menu.

* Requires Version 3.0 or higher firmware.
Direct streaming via Ustream*
The PXW-X70 is capable of direct streaming in real time using Ustream®. Ideal for small events that do not require multi-camera switcher operation, it is possible to share scenes as they happen with high quality picture and sound. Two resolution modes are available: 1280x720 (29.97p, 25p, 23.98p) or 640x360 (29.97p, 25p, 23.98p).

* Requires Version 3.0 or higher firmware.
FTP Transfer*
This feature supports FTP file transfers on the PXW-X70, allowing content files recorded with the XAVC Proxy Recording feature and other content files shot in XAVC (4K/HD), MPEG HD and AVCHD formats to be sent over the Internet for remote storage on an FTP server.

* Requires Version 2.0 or higher firmware.
Wired LAN Connection*
This feature allows the PXW- X70 to be connected to the Internet over a wired connection via separately available USB adapter cable “VMC-UAM2” and Network adaptor kit “CBK-NA1”, allowing files to be streamed or transferred by FTP.

* Requires Version 2.0 or higher firmware.
Wi-Fi/NFC (Near Field Communication) with Content Browser Mobile™
The PXW-X70 can be remotely controlled from a smartphone or tablet computer (iOS 4.3 through 7.0 or Android 2.3 through 4.3) via a Wi-Fi connection. One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones that offer NFC connectivity*. The required Content Browser Mobile™ mobile smartphone application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.


* Wi-Fi operation cannot be guaranteed with all smartphones and tablet computers.
Multi-format recording capabilities including XAVC QFHD 4K* and MPEG HD**
The PXW-X70 records XAVC QFHD 4K 100Mbps (3840x2160) at 30p/25p/24p, plus MPEG HD422 50Mbps (1920x1080) at 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p and (1280x720) at 60p/50p, as well as MPEG HD420 35Mbps (1920x1080) at 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p, (1440x1080) at 60i/50i and (1280x720) at 60p/50p. other recording options include: XAVC Long GOP 422 10-bit 50Mbps (1920x1080) at 50p/60p/50i/60i/ 30p/25p/24p, 25Mbps (1920x1080) at 50i/60i, as well as 50Mbps (1280x720) at 50p/60p. It is also possible to record AVCHD (1920x1080) and (1280x720), plus DV.

* XAVC QFHD recording requires Version 3.0 or higher firmware plus optional CBKZ-X70FX upgrade.

** MPEG HD recording requires Version 3.0 or higher firmware plus optional CBKZ-SLMP upgrade.
XAVC Proxy Recording* and XAVC Salvage**
Proxy recording makes use of a low-bit-rate video file with the same time code as the XAVC format, high-bit-rate file. The small size of the proxy file makes it easy to quickly transfer over low-bandwidth networks, allowing preview and even editing of content with proxy content being swapped out the high bit-rate file when available. XAVC salvage function for XAVC files is also available.

* Requires Version 2.0 or higher firmware.

** Requires Version 3.0 or higher firmware.
Dual media slots, Simul or Relay recording, and independent record control

The PXW-X70 is equipped with two memory card slots. The camcorder is compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, as well as SDXC and SDHC cards. Two media slots can record in either Simul or Relay mode. Simul mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, while Relay mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full. The user can set up the two Start/Stop buttons on the PXW-X70, one on the grip and one on the camcorder body, to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.
ND filter control mechanism
The PXW-X70 is equipped with a variable ND Filter function, allowing you to choose four conventional mechanical ND filter positions from 1/4ND, 1/16 to 1/64ND.
Superb night shooting

In addition to having a sensitive Exmor R CMOS Sensor, the PXW-X70 has a NightShot mode that bypasses the camera’s IR filter and includes a switchable infra-red light, so you can shoot in total darkness.
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens
The PXW-X70 is supplied with a fixed 29 mm wide-angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens. Ideal for capturing grand landscapes, it also provides up to 12x optical zoom.
Clear Image Zoom
The 12x optical zoom can be doubled to 24x with Clear Image Zoom, maintaining full resolution using Super Resolution Technology. In addition, Digital Extender can double this range again, up to 48x zoom. Super Resolution Technology is a Sony original intelligent interpolation which analyzes the input image and increases the resolution of the image.
Lens ring
The lens ring enables smooth, natural adjustment of focusing or zooming, depending on which mode is selected.
Manual controls

The manual dial and buttons on the side of the body allow swift and easy adjustment of IRIS (aperture), GAIN/ISO and shutter speed.
Slow & Quick Motion
Smooth slow or quick motion with full HD quality is available without any extra processing. 2x slow motion can be easily achieved by setting the recording format to 25p and the frame rate to 50 fps. The frame rate can also be set to 1 fps for 50x quick motion. In order to go into the S&Q Motion mode, the camera needs to be in XAVC & AVCHD mode (Not DV mode) and Manual mode.
Picture Profile
You can fine-tune the look of movies before shooting by adjusting gradation (black level, gamma and black gamma), adjustment (mode, intensity, tone and depth), basic (gamma and mode) and more. Adjusted parameters can be saved along with other settings as a profile, and up to seven profiles can be stored for later recall.
99 Camera Profiles
It is possible to save up to 99 camera settings under different profile numbers. User can copy the settings from one PXW-X70 to another PXW-X70 so that user can shoot with multiple cameras in the same settings (only works with same model camcorders). Also, users can save camera settings for each scene, so that it is possible to recall proper settings for the scene immediately.
Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) for flexible connection without XLR cable
The MI Shoe* on top of the PXW-X70 has several possibilities to be used to attach the supplied handle, which will allow Rec Start/Stop, Zoom & Audio Control. Using the MI Shoe connection and the optional adapter SMAD-P3, the audio signal from a UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone package can be input from the wireless microphone receiver to the PXW-X70 without an XLR cable. The power can be supplied from the PXW-X70 to the receiver and a battery is not required for the receiver operation.



* It is not recommended to use the HVL-LBPC light with the MI Shoe as the battery requirement is too high. When the handle is attached to the MI Shoe, it is not possible to use the MI Shoe to control the DWZ-D receiver.
Viewfinder includes amazing OLED technology

This 0.39-inch OLED viewfinder offers superb OLED brightness, contrast and response. The high resolution (1,440K dot) of the viewfinder allows better precision of manual focus operations and eliminates any colour-breaking phenomenon.
High resolution LCD
The PXW-X70 incorporates a 3.5-inch 1,555K dot LCD, offering high resolution and flexible composition options.
Wide choice of connections with output during QFHD recording*
The camcorder offers numerous connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI®, USB and composite output. The Rec Trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device. HDMI/SDI/composite output is possible during QFHD recording.

* Requires Version 3.0 or higher firmware.

Specifications

General
Mass
Approx. 900 g (1 lb 15 oz) (body)
Approx. 1400 g (3lb 1oz) (with lens hood, XLR handle unit, eyecup, NP-FV70 battery)
Dimensions (W x H x D)*1
120.7 x 103.5 x 274.3 mm (4 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 10 7/8 inches) (With the accessories (lens hood, large eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
130.3 x 180.9 x 287 mm (5 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches) (With the accessories (lens hood, large eyecup, XLR handle unit) , excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
Power Requirements
DC In: 8.4 V, Battery: 6.8 V / 7.2 V
Power Consumption
Approx. 5.5 W (while recording with viewfinder and XAVC HD 1080/60i 50Mbps)
Approx. 5.8 W (while recording with LCD and XAVC HD 1080/60i 50Mbps)
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature
-20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 120 min. with NP-FV70 battery (while recording with LCD, XAVC 1080/60i, 50Mbps)
Approx. 200 min. with NP-FV70 battery (while playing with LCD, XAVC 1080/60i, 50Mbps)
Recording Format (Video)
XAVC QFHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile
XAVC HD : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:2 Long profile
XAVC Proxy: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile
AVCHD : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible
DV
Recording Format (Audio)
XAVC QFHD : Linear PCM 2ch, 24bit, 48kHz
XAVC HD : Linear PCM 2ch, 24-bit, 48 kHz
XAVC Proxy : AAC-LC 2ch, 16bit,48kHz
AVCHD : Linear PCM 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
DV : Linear PCM 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
Recording Frame Rate
XAVC QFHD (3840 x 2160)@29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 60Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080)@59.94p, 50p, 50 Mbps/35 Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080)@59.94i, 50i, 50 Mbps/35 Mbps/25 Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080)@29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 50 Mbps/35 Mbps
XAVC HD (1280 x 720)@59.94p, 50p,50 Mbps
XAVC Proxy (1280 x 720)@59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 9Mbps
XAVC Proxy (640 x 360)@59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 3Mbps
Recording Frame Rate
AVCHD (1920 x 1080)@59.94p, 50p, PS mode (28 Mbps)
AVCHD (1920 x 1080)@59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p, FX mode (24 Mbps), FH mode(17 Mbps)
AVCHD (1280 x 720)@59.94p, 50p, FX mode (24 Mbps), FH mode (17 Mbps), HQ mode (9 Mbps)
DV (720 x 480) @59.94i, 25 Mbps
DV (720 x 576) @50i, 25 Mbps
Recording/Playback Time
XAVC QFHD@LPCM 2ch@29.97p 60 Mbps
Approx. 100 min with 64 GB memory card
XAVC QFHD@LPCM 2ch@25p 60 Mbps
Approx. 100 min with 64 GB memory card
XAVC QFHD@LPCM 2ch@23.98p 60 Mbps
Approx. 100 min with 64 GB memory card
XAVC HD@LPCM 2ch 50 Mbps
Approx. 120 min with 64 GB memory card
XAVC HD@LPCM 2ch 35 Mbps
Approx. 170 min with 64 GB memory card
Recording/Playback Time
XAVC HD@LPCM 2ch 25 Mbps
Approx. 220 min with 64 GB memory card
AVCHD@LPCM 2ch PS Mode
Approx. 290 min with 64 GB memory card
Approx. 145 min with 32 GB memory card
AVCHD@LPCM 2ch FX Mode
Approx. 340 min with 64 GB memory card
Approx. 170 min with 32 GB memory card
AVCHD@LPCM 2ch FH Mode
Approx. 450 min with 64 GB memory card
Approx. 225 min with 32 GB memory card
DV
Approx. 280 min with 64 GB memory card
Approx. 140 min with 32 GB memory card
Lens
Lens Mount
Fixed
Zoom Ratio
12x (optical), servo
Focal Length
f=9.3 - 111.6 mm
equivalent to f=29.0 - 348.0 mm on 35 mm lens (16:9)
equivalent to f=35.5 - 426.0 mm on 35 mm lens (4:3)
Iris
F2.8 - F4.5 auto/manual selectable
Focus
AF/MF selectable, 10 mm to ∞ (Wide), 1000 mm to ∞ (Tele)
Image Stabilizer
ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter
M62 mm
Camera Section
Imaging Device (Type)
1.0-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
Effective Picture Elements
Approx.14.2M pixels (16:9)/Approx.10.6M pixels (4:3)
Built-in Optical Filters
OFF: Clear, 1: 1/4ND, 2: 1/16ND, 3: 1/64ND
Minimum Illumination
[60i]*2 3lux (1/60 Shutter Speed, iris/gain AUTO [50i]*3 3lux (1/50 Shutter Speed, iris/gain AUTO)
[60i]*2 1.7lux (1/30 Shutter Speed, iris/gain AUTO) [50i]*3 1.7lux (1/25 Shutter Speed, iris/gain AUTO)
Shutter Speed
[60i]*2 : 1/8 - 1/10,000 (1/6 - 1/10,000 when shooting with 24p)
[50i]*3 : 1/6 -1/10,000
Slow & Quick Motion Function
[60i]*2 :1080p: Frame rate selectable 1.2.4.8.15.30, 60 fps
[50i]*3 : 1080p: Frame rate selectable 1.2.3.6.12.25, 50 fps
White Balance
Preset (Indoor:3200K, Outdoor:5600K±7 steps, Color temparature set range: 2300-15000K)
Onepush A, B, Auto selectable
Gain
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12,15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve
Selectable
Input/Output
Audio Input
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Video Output
Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack (×1), Composite 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω
Audio Output
Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack
SDI Output
BNC (x1), 3G/HD/SD
SMPTE 424M/292M/259M standards
USB
Multi/Micro USB jack (x1)
Headphone Output
Stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker Output
Monaural
DC Input
DC jack
Remote
Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack
HDMI Output
Type A (x1)
Monitoring
Viewfinder
1.0 cm (0.39 type) OLED Approx. 1.44M dots
LCD
8.8 cm (3.5 type) Approx. 1.56M dots.
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Microphone
Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone.
Media
Type
Memory Stick Pro Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible x1, SD/SDHC/SDXC x1
Wi-Fi/NFC
Supported format
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Frequency band
2.4 GHz bandwidth
Security
WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
NFC
NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compliant
Streaming
MPEG-2 TS/UDP
FTP
FTP, FTPS
Supplied Accessoies
Supplied Accessoies
XLR handle unit (1), Lens hood (1), Lens cap (1), Large eyecup (1), Accessory shoe kit (1), USB cable (1)
Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV70) (1), AC Adaptor (AC-L200D) (1), Power cord (mains lead) (1)
Wireless Remote Commander (RMT-845) (1), Lithium battery (CR2025 for the Wireless Remote Commander (1),
Pre-installed to the Wireless Remote Commander,
Operating Guide (2), CD-ROM “Manuals for Solid-State Memory Camcorder” (1), Warranty (1)
Notes
*1
The values for dimensions are approximate.
*2
[60i] : when [60i/50i SEL] is set to 60i
*3
[50i] : when [60i/50i SEL] is set to 50i