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Sony reveals new camcorders, camera updates at IBC2014

At IBC today, Sony unveiled new camcorders and camera updates. One of their biggest announcements was the PXW-FS7 Super 35 camcorder, the newest addition to its large sensor line, delivering long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design.

The new PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camcorder combines the flexibility of native E-mount technology, the recording efficiency of the XAVC-L codec; the transfer speed and intelligence of XQD memory cards; and comfortable, handheld ergonomics, including a new “Smart Grip.” The new camcorder is designed for a range of long-form shooting and production applications, from “cinéma vérité”-style documentaries and reality TV to magazine shows, commercial and corporate applications.

They also made several updates to the 4K CineAlta camera line, including two 4K upgrade options for the F5; a shoulder-mount ENG/Documentary dock for F55 and F5; new codec options and Version 5.0 firmware upgrade for the F55/F5.

“We continue to offer powerful firmware updates along a consistent development timeline for the F5 and F55 cameras, helping professionals keep pace with the rapid advancement of 4K production,” says Peter Crithary, marketing manager for large sensor technologies at Sony. “To help ensure we protect our customers’ technology investments, Sony is offering upgrades to our existing cameras instead of introducing new versions in the CineAlta line.”

Sony also made a new addition to its XDCAM range of solid-state memory camcorders, the PXW-X200. It incorporates an improved ½-inch-type Exmor 3CMOS sensor, a new 17x zoom lens and XAVC Intra/Long GOP recording with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. The successor to Sony’s PMW-200, the new camcorder has a 1/2 inch-type 3CMOS sensor and MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps) recording capability. The PXW-X200 also includes new wireless/NFC (Near Field Communication) functions, live streaming audio and video, two SxS media card slots for Simultaneous Recording, a Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, and GPS data recording, all of which will become active through a firmware update early next year.

Finally, Sony’s newest SxS professional memory cards are ideal for use with Sony’s large sensor 4K camera technologies. Using the new cards, ultra-fast maximum read speeds of up to 3.5Gbps (440MB/s) and write speeds of up to 2.8Gbps (350MB/s) can be achieved.

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