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Sony PMW-320K XDCAM EX 1/2"-Type Shoulder-Mount Camcorder with 16x Zoom Lens, 1920x1080 Resolution, 23.98P Native Recording

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Product Highlights

  • Three 1/2-type Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • 1920 x 1080 HD Recording w MPEG-2 Long GOP Codec
  • Selectable Recording Modes Including DVCAM Recording
  • Fujinon 16x 1/2 HD Lens
  • Long Recording Time
  • Multiple-format Recording
  • 4-Channel Audio
  • Wide Choice of Optional Microphones
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About Sony PMW-320K

The Sony XDCAM EX lineup continues to expand and improve with the PMW-320K Full HD Camcorder. Nearly identical to the larger-sensor PMW-350L, this professional shoulder-mount camera boasts three 1/2"-type full-HD CMOS sensors, solid state SxS workflow and an impressive set of advanced features, setting new standards for high-end videography. With a chassis based on the XDCAM HD422, the PMW-320K also manages to be one of the lightest - and most well-balanced - camcorders in its class (even factoring in the included 16x interchangeable Fujinon lens).

But comfort and portability are only the beginning. Pressing the Record button reveals what the PMW-320K is really about: topnotch image quality. And this camcorder comes by it honestly, whether in its High Quality 35Mbs HD setting or using the optional 25Mbs DVCAM recording mode. Either way, your images are captured quietly and efficiently to SxS PRO or the new, lower-cost SxS-1 memory cards - storing up to 280 minutes of MPEG-2 HD video on two 32GB cards. You can even record uncompressed 4:2:2 video by capturing to an external recorder via the camera's HD-SDI output.

Exceptionally low power consumption (down to 15W) means the PMW-320K can run on a single 90Wh battery for up to 5 hours, which is not only good for the environment, but fewer batteries mean less weight (and lower costs) on long-distance shoots. Other features - some passed down from Sony's higher-end F900R and PDW-700 - are also worth highlighting, including scene file settings, adjustable gamma and Matrix settings that can be stored on memory cards. Four channels of audio and a viewfinder that incorporates the EX1/EX3's entire high-resolution LCD screen (and adds image flip) make the shooter's job even easier. With the introduction of the PMW-320K, Sony reaffirms its XDCAM EX cameras as serious high-definition contenders.

Sony PMW-320K Features

  • Three 1/2"-type Exmor CMOS Sensors: The PMW-320K is equipped with three newly developed 1/2"-type Exmor CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 (H) x 1080 (V). These deliver superior picture performance with full-HD resolution
  • 1920 x 1080 HD Recording Using the "MPEG-2 Long GOP" Codec: The PMW-320K records 1920 x 1080 full HD images using the "MPEG-2 Long GOP" codec, which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression standard
  • Selectable Recording Modes Including DVCAM Recording: The PMW-320K offers a choice of bit rates - either 35Mbs (HQ mode) or 25Mbs (SP mode) - depending on the desired picture quality and recording time. The HQ mode supports 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions
  • Fujinon 16x 1/2" HD Lens: The PMW-320K comes equipped with a Fujinon HD lens with 16x zoom. And since the camera offers a standard 1/2" bayonet lens interface, the user can also choose from a wide variety of optional lenses in the existing 1/2" HD lens line-up
  • Long Recording Time: Utilizing a mature and highly efficient compression format together with high performance SxS memory cards, the PMW-320K can record superb quality HD images for an exceptional 140 minutes on a single 32GB SxS card
  • Multiple-format Recording: The PMW-320K offers a wide array of recording formats for multiple content creation applications. In HD mode, scanning is switchable between 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 and 1440 x 1080 resolutions
  • 4-Channel Audio: The PMW-320K is the first XDCAM EX camcorder to record four channels of 16-bit, 48-kHz, linear PCM uncompressed audio. Each channel level can be controlled by an independent individual level controller
  • Wide Choice of Optional Microphones: Although the PMW-320K is equipped with a shotgun microphone, three optional microphones - the ECM-680S, ECM-678 and ECM-673-are also available. As well as the supplied microphone, the ECM-680S can operate in either stereo or monaural (uni-directional) mode
  • IT Friendly: With the XDCAM EX series, recordings are made as data files in the "MP4" format, which is widely used in a number of recent electronic portable devices and has been standardized by ISO
  • Immediate Recording Start and No Overwriting Footage: By virtue of recording on flash memory cards, the PMW-320K can start recording virtually the instant the camcorder is turned on
  • Instant-access Thumbnail Search with "Expand" Function: Each time a recording is started and stopped on the PMW-320K camcorder, the video and audio signals are recorded as one clip
  • One-push Auto Iris: A One-push Auto Iris button allows the user to go into Auto Iris mode only when this button is pushed
  • Expanded Focus: At the touch of a button, the center of the screen on the viewfinder can be magnified to about twice normal size, making it easier to confirm focus settings during manual focusing. When the switch is released, the center of the screen goes back to normal size
  • Selectable Peaking: The Peaking function can help operators adjust the camera's focus more accurately by altering the way pictures are displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can enhance the outline of the image, which the camera focuses on most and change its color to make it more visible
  • ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation): This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens, which is active only with the PMW-320K's supplied lens and with certain third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data. Please check with your lens supplier for ALAC support
  • Optical ND Filters and Electrical CC Filters: The PMW-320K comes equipped with optical ND (Neutral Density) filters and electrical CC (Color Correction) filters. The optical ND filters are controlled via a built-in ND filter wheel--Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND and 1/64ND
  • 23.98P Native Recording: All XDCAM EX camcorders are part of the legendary Sony CineAlta family and offer native 23.98P* recording which, in combination with advanced creative features such as selectable gamma curves, makes this camcorder ideal for cinema production
  • Slow & Quick Motion Function: The PMW-320K offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function - commonly known as 'over-cranking' and 'under-cranking' in film shooting - that enables users to create unique 'looks' or special effects with slow- and fast-motion images
  • Image Inversion Function: When a cine-style lens or a stills camera lens is attached to the camcorder with a DOF (Depth of Field) adapter, the image is usually rotated by 180deg
  • Slow Shutter Function: The PMW-320K offers a Slow Shutter function for capturing clear images in low-light environments. This allows the shutter speed to be extended to a maximum of 64 frames
  • Selectable Gamma Curves: The PMW-320K camcorder offers a wide variety of gamma curves to flexibly handle contrast and give a specific 'look' to an image
  • Cache Recording Function: Once enabled, Cache Recording continuously streams audio and video through the camcorder's internal memory. Once the Record button is pushed, the content buffered in the camcorder's memory is recorded onto the memory media at the start of the recording clip
  • Interval Recording Function: The PMW-320K offers an Interval Recording function that records signals at predetermined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time and also when creating pictures with special effects of extremely quick motion
  • Frame Recording Function: Frame Recording is a special feature of the PMW-320K camcorder that is especially useful for stop-motion/clay animation shooting. Using this function, images for predetermined frames are recorded every time the Record button is pressed
  • Total Level Control System (TLCS): By activating TLCS, the correct exposure is automatically set for normal, dark and very bright shooting environments by controlling the lens iris, electronic shutter and Auto Gain Control

Sony PMW-320K Specifications

Lens Mount
1/2"-type Sony bayonet
Zoom Ratio
16x (optical), servo/manual (AF lens for PMW-320L)
Built-in Optical Filters
1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
Effective Picture Elements
1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Gain
-3, 0, 3,6, 9, 12, 18, 24 dB
Horizontal Resolution
1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Imaging Device
3-chip 1/2-inch type Exmor Full HD CMOS
Minimum Illumination
0.05 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.6, +24 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation)
Optical System
F1.6 prism system
S/N Ratio
54dB (Y) (typical)
Sensitivity
F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode), F11 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode) (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
Shutter Speed (Time)
1/60 sec to 1/2,000 sec + ECS
Slow & Quick Motion Function
720p:
Selectable from 1 fps to 60 fps as recording frame rate
1080p:
Selectable from 1 fps to 30 fps as recording frame rate
Slow Shutter
2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 16-, 32- and 64-frame accumulation
White Balance
Preset (3,200 K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 310 min with BP-GL95A battery
Power Consumption
Approx. 18 W (with LCD VF, AF lens, mic, while recording in 1080/59.94i)
Approx. 15 W (body while recording in 1080/59.94i)
Power Requirements
DC 12 V
Recording Format
Video:
MPEG-2 Long GOP
HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@HL
SP mode: CBR, 25 Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H14
SD mode: DVCAM
Audio:
Linear PCM (2ch, 16-bit, 48-kHz)
Recording Frame Rate
NTSC area:
HQ mode: 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 29.97p, 23.98p, 1280 x 720/59.94p, 29.97p, 23.98p
SP mode: 1440 x 1080/59.94i
SD mode: 720 x 480/59.94i, 29.97p
Recording/Playback Time
HQ Mode:
Approx. 100 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 50 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
Approx. 25 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card
SP Mode:
Approx. 140 min with SBP-32 (32 GB) memory card
Approx. 70 min with SBP-16 (16 GB) memory card
Approx. 35 min with SBP-8 (8 GB) memory card
Storage Temperature
IEEE 1394, 6-pin (x1), HDV (HDV 1080i)/DVCAM stream input/output, S400
Audio Input
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Output
XLR-type 5-pin
Composite Output
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
DC Input
XLR-type 4-pin
DC Output
4-pin
EXT 50-pin
50-pin
Genlock Input
BNC (x1)
HDMI Output
A-type (x1)
Headphone Output
Stereo mini-jack (x1)
Lens Remote
12-pin
MIC
XLR-type 5-pin
Remote
8-pin
SDI Output
BNC (x1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable
Speaker Output
Monaural
Timecode Input
BNC (x1)
Timecode Output
BNC (x1)
USB
Device Type B (x1), Host Type A (x1) (Option)
VF
26-pin (LCD VF), 20-pin (DXF)
Wireless Receiver IN
D-Sub 15-pin
i.LINK
IEEE 1394, 6-pin (x1), HDV (HDV 1080i)/DVCAM stream input/output, S400
Filter Diameter
M82 mm, pitch 0.75 mm (on lens)
Focal Length
f = 5.8 mm to 93 mm (equivalent to 31.4 mm to 503 mm on 35 mm lens)
Focus
AF/MF/Full MF selectable, 800 mm to infinity (MACRO OFF), 50 mm to infinity (MACRO ON)
Iris
F1.9 to F16 and Close, auto/manual selectable
Built-in LCD Monitor
Black & white LCD(Audio level, TC, battery and media remaining capacity)
Viewfinder
3.5-inch type color LCD monitor: approx. 921,000 effective pixels, 640 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9, hybrid type
Dimensions (W x H x D)
124 x 269 x 332 mm (4.88 x 10.5 x 13.07")
Weight
3.2 kg (7 lbs 1 oz) (body)
6.3 kg (13 lbs 14 oz) (with LCD VF, AF lens, Mic, BP-GL95)
Mfr #
PMW320K
SKU
SOPMW320K

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Excellent ENG Camera for the Cost

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In this world of small "handy cam" type cameras, it's easy to lose sighto of the MANY advantages of a full-size shoulder mount camera. This is a great option for professinal shooters who need to the advantages of an ENG-style camera at much lower cost.

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