Sony PDW-700

With this camera Sony offer all the advantages of full High Definition aquisition without having to trust in laptops or other devices for transferring data on location. High profile shows that use this camera and the Sony PDW F800 are The Apprentice, X Factor, Dancing on Ice, Undercover Boss etc

Not ready to go fully tapeless?

This format is a top choice for long form documentary and entertainment shows. It allows the user to treat each shoot as if it is being shot on tape. Many productions like the fact that they can hit the eject button, hand over the ‘rushes’ and not have to deal with hard drives and laptops.


XDCAM discs can be used to re-record on around 10,000 times. The expected sheld lie of a used disc is around 50 years. As with traditional tape recordings such as HDCAM, Digi Beta or DVCAM these discs can be put into storage quite safely as a low cost archive.

  • Optical Disc system records as industry-standard MXF files
  • 50 GB disc records up to 95min of high-quality MPEG HD422 material
  • 2/3-inch-type Three HD Power HAD FX CCDs
  • HD & SD recording
  • 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, and 25P in 1920 x 1080
  • 59.94P and 50P in 1280 x 720
Mass: Approx. 4.3 kg (9 lb 8 oz) (w/o options)
Approx. 6.0 kg (w/VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery) (13 lb 4 oz)
Power requirements: DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power Consumption: Approx. 40 W (while recording, w/o options, colour LCD On)
Approx. 44 W (while recording, w/viewfinder, colour LCD On, manual lense, microphone)
Operating temperature: -5 to +40??C (+32 to 104??F)
Storage temperature: -20 to +60??C (-4 to +140??F)
Humidity: 10 to 90% (relative humidity)
Continuous operating time: Approx. 120 min. w/BP-GL95 battery
Recording format
Video: MPEG HD422 (CBR: 50 Mb/s)
-HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s)
-SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
-LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mb/s) (Playback only)
MPEG IMX(*2) (CBR, 50/40/30 Mb/s)
DVCAM(*2) (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
Proxy Video: MPEG-4
Audio: MPEG HD422: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz
MPEG HD(*1): 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
MPEG IMX(*2): 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz or 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
DVCAM(*2): 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
Proxy Audio: A-law (4ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
Recording/Playback time: MPEG HD422, 50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG HD(*1), 35 Mb/s: More than 145 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG HD(*1), 25 Mb/s: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG IMX(*2), 50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG IMX(*2), 40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG IMX(*2), 30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min. (PFD23A)
DVCAM(*2), 25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
Viewfinder: Optional
Built-in LCD monitor: 3.5-inch type colour LCD monitor
SDI (HD/SD switchable) (Option)(*3): BNC x 1
-HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
-SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
SD Composite (Option)(*4): BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75ohms, unbalanced
Genlock video: BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75ohms, unbalanced
Audio: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2, Line / Mic / Mic+48V / ASE/EBU selectable
Mic: XLR 5-pin (female, stereo) x 1
Time code: BNC x 1, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 ohms
SDI (HD/SD switchable): BNC x 2
-HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
-SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
(Ch-2 (character On/Off))
-HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
-SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
HD Y/SD Composite (switchable): BNC x 1
-SD Composite (character On/Off)
Audio: XLR 5-pin (male, stereo) x 1
Time code: BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75ohms
Earphone: Mini-jack x 2 (front: manaural, rear: stereo/monoral)
i.LINK: x 1, 6 pin, File Access Mode Ethernet RJ-45 x 1, 100Base-Tx: IEEE802.3u, 10Base-T:IEEE802.3
Lens: 12-pin
Remote: 8-pin
Light: 2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
DC input: XLR 4-pin (male) x 1, 11 to 17 V
DC output: 4-pin x 1, 0.5 A max (for wireless microphone receiver)
Memory Stick: x 1 (for camera setup files)
USB: x 1 (for version-up)
Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
Dynamic range: More than 93dB
Distortion: Less than 0.08% (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Crosstalk: Less than -70 dB (at 1kHz, reference level)
Wow & flutter: Below measurable limit
Headroom: -12/-16/-18/-20 dB (selectable)
Pickup device: 3-chip 2/3-inch type HD Power HAD FX CCDs
Total picture elements: 1920 x 1080
Optical system: F1.4 prism
Built-in optical filters: 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
Shutter speed: 59.94i: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000. 1/2000, ECS, SLS(*1)
50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS(*1)
25P: 1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS(*1)
Lens mount: 2/3-inch-type 48 bayonet mount
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance): 59.94i: F11
50i: F12
Minimum illumination: 0.016 lx (F1.4 lens: +42 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
Gain selection: +42, +36, +32, +24, +18, +12, +9, +6, +3, +0, -3, -6 dB(*5)
Smear level: -135 dB
S/N ratio: 59 dB (54 dB w/o Noise Suppression (NS) mode)
Modulation depth (center of view): 45% or more
Geometric distortion: Below measurable level (w/o lens)