Sony (PDW-850) XDCAM HD422 Professional Disc Camcorder



Three 2/3-inch Power HAD FX CCD sensors XDCAM HD422 camcorder with outstanding picture quality and easy-to-share and archive media. (Mfr # PDW-850)


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The Sony PDW-850 three 2/3-inch CCD XDCAM HD422 camcorder provides outstanding picture quality with high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range it also includes a large high-resolution color LCD viewfinder and GPS.

The PDW-850 inherits excellent, versatile features from the PDW-F800 and PDW-700 XDCAM™ camcorders, but weighs less and consumes less power. Using an optional wireless adapter, the CBK-WA100, proxy files can be immediately transmitted to the broadcasting station. Also, an optional camera adapter with a CCU solution makes it studio-ready. The PDW-850 is an ideal choice for many different camera professionals, from those engaged in news gathering, when speed is the key concern, to those who produce TV programs and documentaries, when quality is crucial.

Key Features:

High Picture Quality

The PDW-850 incorporates three newly designed 2/3-inch-type HD Power HAD™ FX CCDs to achieve high resolution, wide dynamic range, high sensitivity of F11 (60i) and F12 (50i), and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 62 dB. It provides greater freedom of expression for creative shooting, even when shooting under severe lighting conditions. In addition to improving picture quality, Sony has been able to reduce the weight of the camera body to 4.2 kg (9.2 lbs) and its power consumption to 37 W.

Lighter and well-balanced body with lower power consumption

Weighs only 4.2 kg (body only) and offers lower power consumption than predecessor models PDW-680, PDW-700 and PDW-F800 of only 37W in normal operating conditions.

Full live production integration in HSC/HDC camera environment

Full integration with Camera Control Units (CCUs) via the CA-FB70 optical fibre adapter and CA-TX70 digital triax adapter The PDW-850 shares the same CCD and Digital Signal Processing as the HSC and HDC system cameras, allowing you to perfectly match the picture output.

Ideal for field acquisition

Features CBK-WA100 wireless adapter support with USB connector and GPS included for synchronised proxy recording, low latency tablet/smartphone monitoring and proxy/high resolution content transfer over Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE, and better planning metadata management.

High quality LCD side monitor and optional HDVF viewfinder interface

Large, easy-to-focus, high quality colour Quarter Full HD 960 x 540 LCD monitor, plus an HDVF interface to allow the latest optional colour and monochrome eyepiece or studio viewfinders to be attached.

Additional Features:

  • High sensitivity with three 2/3-inch-type Power HAD FX CCDs
  • Lighter and well balanced body with lower power consumption
  • Full live production integration with CA-FB70 and CA-TX70 adapters
  • Full CBK-WA100 wireless adapter support via SDI and USB, plus GPS included
  • Improved slow shutter speeds and Slow and Quick at 1080p 50 Mbps
  • HD/SD-SDI and composite inputs
  • High-quality 24-bit audio recording
  • Supported recording formats: HD/SD and interlace/progressive
  • Optional HDVF viewfinders
  • Wide choice of optional microphones
  • High quality LCD side monitor
  • State-of-the-art DSP LSI
  • Interval Recording function
  • Picture Cache Recording function
  • Smooth gain control
  • Optical ND and CC Filters
  • 4x Digital Extender function


Sensitivity 1080/59.94i: F11 (typical), 1080/50i: F12 (typical)
Audio Input CH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable
Humidity 10% to 90% (relative humidity)
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
Operating Temperature -5°C to +40°C (23°F to 104°F)
Operating time Approx. 115 min with BP-L80S battery, Approx. 135 min with BP-GL95 battery
Dimensions 124 x 269 x 332 mm (5 x 10 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches) (excluding protrusions, body only)
HD-SDI Input BNC (x1) HD/SD switchable; HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Video Recording Format MPEG HD422 (CBR: 50 Mbps), MPEG HD: - HQ mode (VBR, 35 Mbps max.) - SP mode (CBR, 25 Mbps), - LP mode (VBR, 18 Mbps max.) (playback only), MPEG IMX (CBR, 50 Mbps), DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)
Power consumption Approx. 37 W (while recording, color LCD on), Approx. 41 W (while recording, with viewfinder, color LCD on, manual lens, microphone)
Power requirement DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
HD-SDI Output BNC (x2) 1 (HD/SD switchable); HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (with embedded audio), SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (with embedded audio), 2 (HD/SD switchable, character on/off); HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (with embedded audio), SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (with embedded audio)
Recording Format(s) Audio: MPEG HD422: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz, MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz, MPEG IMX: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz, or 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz, DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
Mass Approx. 4.2 kg (body), Approx. 9 lb 4 oz (body), Approx. 6.2 kg (13 lb 7 oz) (with VF, Mic, Disc, BP-L80S battery) Approx. 5.9kg (13 lb 0 oz) ((with VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery)
Imager 3-chip 2/3-type HD PowerHAD FX CCDs

Item Includes

  • Shoulder Strap
  • Microphone Cable
  • Microphone Spacer
  • Standard Manufacturer's Warranty.

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