Multi-sensor camera - PXW-X180
The Sony PXW-X180 is a three-1/3-inch type ExmoR CMOS Full HD sensor XDCAM camcorder with 25x zoom
lens and wireless operations, including XAVC recordings. Full
HD XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP recordings and MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps
offer budget savings and workflow flexibility for broadcast and
The PXW-X180 camcorder records Full HD XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, as
well as MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, AVCHD and DV, making
it ideal for a wide range of applications from education/videography to
news and broadcast production.
As the successor to the HVR-Z7E, HXR-NX5E
and PMW-150, the PXW-X180 has a lot of attractive features, including
dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording on SD card, a G Series fixed
25x HD zoom lens with 26mm wide angle and variable ND filter, that
provides four conventional mechanical 4 ND filter positions or a linear
switch dial for more control in changing light conditions. The camcorder
also has wireless functions and NFC (Near Field Communication)
Key features of the PXW-X180
- Three 1/3-inch type Exmor™ CMOS Full HD sensors
resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range for
enhanced shooting under severe lighting conditions and more creative
- G Series fixed 25x professional HD zoom lens, with 26mm wide angle zoom and three independent rings with end-stop and large focal length.
- High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP recordings on SxS memory cards
XAVC Intra and Long GOP codecs, as well as MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps, the
widely-accepted broadcast standard compliant with the latest EBU
- Also records in MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, AVCHD
and DV, offering flexibility and budget savings on recording media.
- Dual ND filter control mechanism for more flexibility
- Comes equipped with a variable ND Filter function. Users can
chose either four conventional mechanical ND filter positions or the
linear control dial, allowing you to quickly and smoothly adapt to
different conditions of shooting.
- Wi-Fi/NFC (Near Field
Communication) with Content Browser Mobile Offers remote control via a
smartphone or tablet computer using a Wi-Fi connection, and recorded
video files can be transferred from the camcorder to smartphone in MP4
format.* One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones that
offer NFC connectivity.
* Wi-Fi operation cannot be guaranteed with all smartphones and tablet computers.
Three 1/3-inch type Exmor™ CMOS Full HD sensors for a wide range of shooting conditions
PXW-X180 incorporates three 1/3-inch type Full-HD Exmor™ CMOS sensors
to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide
dynamic range. The sensor has 2 million effective pixels and achieves
full HD 1920 x 1080 shooting without pixel interpolation, enhancing
shooting under severe lighting conditions and providing more freedom of
25x professional HD zoom lens with three independent rings with end-stop and large focal length
PXW-X180 is equipped with a G Series fixed 25x zoom lens with 26mm
wide-angle. Due to a quick electric zoom function, the change of
shooting from wide-angle to tele-angle can be made quickly. The lens has
three independent control rings with end-stop, which means focus, zoom
and iris can be manually controlled, making for better and faster
High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Log GOP recordings
PXW-X180 supports not only MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps in MXF (Material
eXchange Format), which is widely accepted by major broadcasters
worldwide, but also XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. XAVC technology
is based on the H.264 standard, which provides an exceptional
performance compression technology. XAVC Intra (frame) compression means
that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames – providing
a better quality picture, without compromises. 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. The
main benefit is faster ingest and editing. XAVC Long GOP files also
require less storage space than XAVC Intra files, providing budget
savings on recording media. The XAVC codec adopts 10 bit sampling for
high definition recording with rich tonal expression. The bite rate of
XAVC recording is 111 or 112 Mbps at 1080/59.94i or 50i and 89, or 112
Mbps at 1080/23.98P or 25p. The high bit rate gives a better quality
Switchable recordings for greater flexibility
well as shooting at XAVC HD, MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps and MPEG HD 420 35
Mbps, the camcorder also supports DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format
and AVCHD in MTS file format, which is compatible with NXCAM camcorders.
MPEG HD 422 gives a high quality image with more detailed colour
reproduction, as well as being ideal for chromakeying. It is also
compatible with other XDCAM HD 422 and NXCAM camcorders, including the
PMW-500, the PMW-200, HXR-NX3/VG1 and many others, which streamlines
workflow and reduces time in the edit. High-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps
is fully compliant with the latest EBU recommendations for long-form
broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and
production houses. This recording capability makes the PXW-X180 ideal
for a wide range of different applications, including newsgathering and
Wi-Fi/NFC (Near Field Communication) with Content Browser Mobile
attaching the supplied dongle IFU-WLM3, the PXW-X180 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, and recorded video
files can be transferred from camcorder to smartphone in MP4 format.*
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.
recording on SD cardThe PXW-X180 can record proxy video H.264 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
Dual SxS media slots, “Simul” or “Relay” recording, and independent record control
PXW-X180/X160 is equipped with two SxS memory card slots. The camcorder
is compatible with SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 memory cards, XQD, SDXC and SDHC
cards can be also used with an appropriate card adaptor. 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-X180, 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.
Variable dual ND filter control mechanism
PXW-X180 is equipped with a variable ND Filter function, allowing you
to choose either four conventional mechanical ND filter positions or the
linear control dial. The optical filter changes the density
electrically, allowing the light amount to be reduced more conveniently.
The density can be changed gradually and fluidly. Different from
conventional optical ND filters, the ND filter on the PXW-X180 can be
controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly. By choosing the density value
properly, the iris control has more flexibility.
Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) for flexible connection without XLR cable
PXW-X180 is equipped with a Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) that has an
electric interface in its mechanical attachment allowing the camcorder
to communicate with an attached accessory. Accessories attached to the
MI Shoe can be controlled by the camcorder. Using an MI Shoe connection,
the audio signal from a UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone package
can be input from the wireless microphone receiver to the PXW-X180
without an XLR cable. The power can be supplied from the PXW-X180 to the
receiver and a battery is not required for the receiver operation. So,
for example, if the HVL-LBPC video light is attached to the MI Shoe,
video light power can be switched on and off from the camcorder.
Viewfinder includes amazing OLED technology
0.5-inch OLED viewfinder has the incredible clarity of 1024 x 768 High
Definition, plus superb OLED brightness, contrast and response. The high
resolution of the viewfinder allows better precision of manual focus
operations and eliminates any colour-breaking phenomenon.
Wide choice of connections
camcorder offers numerous 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
Lens Remote (LANC)
PXW-X180 has a LANC interface. Using a LANC remote controller such as
the RM-1BP and the VCT-PG11RMB, the focus, zoom, rec start/stop and rec
review can be controlled remotely.
The PXW-X180 is equipped with a GPS device. The GPS data is automatically recorded in two file locations.
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