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Three 2/3-inch Power HAD FX CCD sensors XDCAM HD422 camcorder recording full HD (plus SD option). (Mfr # PMW-500)


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The PMW-500 is Sony Professional's first XDCAM HD422 Camcorder with solid state recording. It supports full-HD 422 50-Mbps MXF record and playback based on highly developed MPEG-2 Long GOP compression technology. Uniquely, it can also be switched to record in HD 420 35-Mbps MP4 format which makes for seamless integration when used alongside XDCAM EX models. Its 2/3-inch type three Power HAD FX CCD sensors deliver the same outstanding picture quality and low-light performance as the acclaimed PDW-700, however it records onto Solid State SxS media rather than optical Professional Disc.

The exceptionally ergonomic chassis is a development of the acclaimed PDW-700/F800, while already class-leading power consumption is further reduced along with weight for superb on-location usability.

Key Features

  • Three 2/3-inch type Full-HD Power HAD FX CCDs
  • SxS Memory Cards Combine High Transfer Speeds and High Reliability
  • HD 1920x1080 and 1280x720 Recording Using the MPEG HD 422 Codec
  • 24-bit Four-channel Audio Recording
  • Selectable Recording Modes and Video Formats
  • ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation)
  • Slow and Quick Motion Function
  • Optical ND Filters and Electrical CC Filters
  • Up-/Down- and Cross-conversion Capability
  • Easy-to-view 3.5-inch Colour LCD Monitor
  • Eight Assignable Switches


Weight 3.4 kg (7 lb 7 oz) (body only without lens)
Sensitivity F11 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode), F12 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Dimensions (WxHxD) 124 x 269 x 332 mm (5 x 10 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches) without projection (body)
Imaging Device 3-chip 2/3-inch type Power HAD FX CCD
Storage Temperature -20
Operating Temperature -5
Lens Fit & Mount 2/3-type SONY bayonet
Power consumption Approx. 33 W (with viewfinder, lens, and microphone while recording), Approx. 29 W (body while recording)
Audio Output XLR-type 5-pin
Video Output BNC (x1), Composite, HD-Y
Power requirement DC 12 V (11V - 17V)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 59 dB (Y) (typical)
Pixel Resolution 1920 x 1080 (H x V)
Recording Format(s) MPEG-2 Long GOP / HD422 mode: CBR, maximum bit rate: 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL / HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL / SP mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@H-14 / SD mode (when the optional CBK-MD01is installed): IMX, DVCAM
Recording Frame Rate HD 420 HQ Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR 1440 ? 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P 1280 ? 720/59.94P, 50P, 23.98P(PD)

Item Includes

• Standard Manufacturer's Warranty
• Shoulder Strap (x1)
• Cold Shoe Kit (x1)
• Operation Manual (x1)
• XDCAM Browser software (x1)
• SxS device driver software (x1)

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