Sony PDW-F800 (XDCAM HD)

The Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM HD422 CineAlta camcorder is the number one choice for long form High Definition programme making and XDCAM hire in the UK. Many top rated shows such as The Apprentice, X Factor, Dancing on Ice, Undercover Boss etc are shot on this camera.

Media costs

The F800 uses the Sony XDCAM HD disc system which can record up to 95 minutes for a purchase cost of around £30. This model also offers 50 frames slow motion recording (the PDW700 does not).

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. Many productions chose XDCAM hire over any other format.


  • Three 2/3-inch type CCDs
  • 24P format for HD422/420(1080i) and SD formats (DVCAM, MPEG IMX) are supported as standard
  • Slow & Quick motion
  • High-quality four-channel audio recording
  • Compact and lightweight at 9 lb 4 oz
  • Dual HD/SD-SDI outputs and composite/HD-Y output
  • 1080i / 720P support for HD 422 and 420
  • Image Inverter
Mass Approx. 4.3 kg (9 lb 8 oz) (body)
Approx. 6.0 kg (13 lb 4 oz) (w/ VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery)
Power requirements DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power consumption Approx. 40 W (while recording, w/o options, color LCD On)
Approx. 44 W (while recording, w/viewfinder, color LCD On, manual lens, microphone)
Operating temperature -5 to +40C (+32 to 104F)
Storage temperature -20 to +60C (-4 to +140F)
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 (CBR, 50/40/30 Mb/s)
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
Proxy Video: MPEG-4
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
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: 35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG IMX: 50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min. (PFD23A)
40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min. (PFD23A)
30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min. (PFD23A)
DVCAM: 25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
GENLOCK IN BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75ohms
TC IN BNC x1, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10ohms
(Composite input (option: CBK-SC02) shares the same connector)
SDI IN BNC x 1 (Option: CBK-HD01)
(HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
AUDIO IN CH-1/CH-2: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2, Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable
MIC IN XLR 5-pin (female, stereo) x 1
HD Y/SD composite
SD composite (character On/Off)
1 (HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
2 (HD/SD switchable, character On/Off)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
AUDIO OUT CH-1/CH-2: XLR 5-pin (male, stereo) x 1
TC OUT BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
EARPHONE Mini-jack x 2 (front: manaural, rear: stereo/monoral)
DC IN XLR 4-pin (male) x 1, 11 to 17 V
DC OUT 4-pin x 1 (for wireless microphone receiver), 11 to 17 V DC (MAX 0.5 A)
LENS 12-pin
REMOTE 8-pin
LIGHT 2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
i.LINK IEEE 1394*, 6 pin x 1, File Access Mode
*AV/C (DV) interface is not supported.
MEMORY STICK x 1 (for camera setup files)
Ethernet RJ-45 x 1, 100Base-Tx: IEEE802.3u, 10Base-T: IEEE802.3
USB x 1 (for version-up)
Audio Performance
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 20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
Camera Section
Pickup device 3-chip 2/3-inch type HD Power HAD FX CCDs
Effective picture elements 1920(H) x 1080(V)
Optical system F1.4 prism
Built-in optical filters CC: A: Cross, B: 3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K
ND: 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
Shutter speed Time
59.94i: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000. 1/2000, ECS, SLS
50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
29.97P: 1/40, 1/60, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
25p: 1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
23.98P: 1/32, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
720/23.98P (Pull-down): 23.98P: 1/32, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
Slow shutter (SLS) 1- to 8-, 16-frame accumulation*
*Only even number of frame setting is available in 720 mode.
Slow Shutter can not function with the Digital Extender.
Slow & Quick Motion function (MPEG HD mode only)
23.98p: Selectable from 1 to 48 frame/sec as recording frame rate
25p: Selectable from 1 to 50 frame/sec as recording frame rate
29.97p: Selectable from 1 to 59.94 frame/sec as recording frame rate
Lens mount 2/3-inch type 48 bayonet mount
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) 59.94i: F11, 50i: F12 (typical)
Minimum illumination Approx. 0.016 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
Gain selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
Smear level -135 dB (typical)
S/N ratio 59 dB (54 dB w/o NS)
Horizontal resolution 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Registration Less than 0.02%
Viewfinder Option
Built-in LCD Monitor 3.5-inch* type color LCD monitor
*Viewable area measured diagonally.