The Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors and a 25x Sony G zoom lens with 26mm wide angle. It records high-quality, 10-bit 1080p video using the XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD and DV codecs to fit into a variety of broadcast and production workflows. Other key features include a 0.5" OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording to SD cards and an electronically controlled variable ND filter. The camcorder can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet using the included wireless LAN module.
Newly developed 25x optical zoom G Lens with 26 mm wide angle
This new lens delivers uncompromised Sony G Lens quality and a 26 mm angle of view at the wide end of its 25x zoom range (35 mm equivalent: 26 mm to 650 mm). That's more than enough range for a wide variety of shooting situations. Independent manual zoom and focus rings with end-stop and iris control are provided and a slide mechanism on the focus ring enables easy switching between auto and manual focusing.
Compatible with XAVC and a range of other recording formats
In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X180 can record in MPEG2, AVCHD and DV format. The MXF file format is used for XAVC recording, efficiently compressing full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps, or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50/35/25 Mbps.
Innovative Sony image sensor, image processor and lens achieve outstanding image quality
Sony's Exmor 3CMOS Sensor system provides independent 1/3-type CMOS image sensors for the red, blue and green color channels, each with 2.07 effective megapixels (16:9). The result is high resolution and sensitivity that contribute to superior color reproduction. An advanced image processor that features sophisticated noise reduction and distortion compensation is instrumental in delivering superb detail and texture reproduction, with image quality settings rivaling high-end broadcast camcorders.
Support for SxS, XQD and SD memory cards plus Memory Stick
To provide compatibility with a variety of workflows, the PXW-X180 feature two SxS memory card slots for high-speed read/write capability. An XQD card adaptor allows recording to XQD memory cards and an SD card adaptor enables recording to SD memory cards for maximum economy when shooting for extended periods.
Variable ND filter
The PXW-X180 is the first professional Sony camcorders to feature a continuously variable ND filter. A new filter device that electronically controls density enables continuous adjustment from 1/4 ND to 1/128 ND via a simple dial operation. In conjunction with iris setting that controls depth of field and brightness, this advanced filter facilitates shooting techniques such as the use of slow shutter in daylight and other bright conditions. For operators who prefer the conventional ND selector interface, the PXW-X180 features a dual ND filter control mechanism that provides both continuous electronic control and the standard four-position switch.
3.5-type LCD panel and 0.5-type OLED viewfinder
The PXW-X180 is equipped with a 3.5-type QHD LCD panel (960 x 540 xRGB, 16:9) that provides easy viewing in a wide range of lighting conditions. Both models also feature a 0.5-type OLED viewfinder (1024 x 768 xRGB, 4:3). High resolution makes precise manual focus easy. Compared to LCOS devices, there is no color breakup and viewing comfort is significantly improved.
Wireless functions for file transmission and remote control
Near Field Communication (NFC) functions allow easy, one-touch wireless LAN connection to a smartphone or tablet. The Content Browser Mobile application enables confirmation of the angle of the shot before shooting, monitor recording and remote operation of the camcorder (field angle/white balance/iris, etc.). The use of mobile routers (sold separately) and other mobile devices also allows transmission of files after shooting. In addition, lightweight proxy video files can be generated separately from the main line recording and recorded to SD cards for quick sharing of content over low-bandwidth mobile networks.
Compatible accessories attached to the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe can be controlled from the PXW-X180. The HVL-LBPC video light, for example, can be switched on and off from the camcorder. Power and audio connections for a UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone receiver are made via the MI Shoe, minimizing the need for extra batteries and additional cabling.