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Sony PMW-350K XDCAM EX 2/3"-Type Shoulder-Mount Camcorder with 16x Zoom Lens,

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About the Sony PMW-350K

The Sony continues to expand and improve its XDCAM EX lineup with the PMW-350K Full HD Camcorder. Boasting three 2/3"-type full-HD CMOS sensors, solid state SxS workflow and an impressive set of advanced features, this professional shoulder-mount camera sets a new standard for high-end videography. With a chassis based on the XDCAM HD422, the PMW-350K also manages to be one of the lightest - and most well-balanced - camcorders in its class (even factoring in the interchangeable 16x Fujinon lens built specifically for this camera).

But comfort and portability are only the beginning. Pressing the Record button reveals what the PMW-350K 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. If needed, 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 (only 15W) means the PMW-350K can run on a single 90Wh battery for up to 5 hours - 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 mentioning, 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, to boot) make the shooter's job even easier. With the introduction of the PMW-350K, Sony reaffirms its XDCAM EX cameras as serious high-definition contenders.

Sony PMW-350K Features

  • Three 2/3"-type Exmor CMOS Sensors: The PMW-350K is equipped with three newly developed 2/3"-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-350K records 1920 x 1080 full HD images using the "MPEG-2 Long GOP" codec, which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression standard
  • New Selectable Recording Modes Including DVCAM Recording: The PMW-350K offers a choice of bit rates - either 35Mbs (HQ mode) or 25Mbs (SP mode) - depending on the desired picture quality and recording time
  • Fujinon Professional 2/3" HD Lens: The adoption of three 2/3" imagers and standard 2/3" bayonet lens interface means the PMW-350K is compatible with a wide variety of broadcast standard optional lenses, as well as being supplied with a 16x (optical) zoom HD lens
  • Unique Focus Operation - Professional Manual & Auto Focus: The supplied Fujinon lens for the PMW-350K adopts a unique focus ring mechanism, which offers two types of manual focus, plus an auto focus operation
  • Long Recording Time: Utilizing a mature and highly efficient compression format together with high performance SxS memory cards, the PMW-350K can record superb quality HD images for an exceptional 140 minutes* on a single 32GB SxS card
  • Multiple-format Recording: The PMW-350K 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-350K 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-350K 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
  • Immediate Recording Start and No Overwriting Footage: By virtue of recording on flash memory cards, the PMW-350K can start recording virtually the instant the camcorder is turned on
  • New 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
  • Three Independent Rings: In addition to its unique focus ring, the PMW-350K's supplied lens is equipped with independent rings for zoom and iris adjustment. These are located adjacent to the focus ring, in the same layout as is common on shoulder-type camcorders
  • AF Assist: The AF (Auto Focus) Assist function enables operators to manually change focus positions using the focus ring during AF mode. This means that AF reference focus positions can be shifted to manually changed positions
  • MF Assist: The MF (Manual Focus) Assist function helps to precisely focus on the target subject when shooting in MF mode. When the MF Assist is turned on, auto focus is momentarily activated and finely focuses on the subject closest to the focal point of the lens at that time
  • 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
  • Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation: This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens, which is active only with the PMW-350K's supplied lens and with certain third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data. Please check with your lens supplier for ALAC support
  • 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-350K 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
  • Slow Shutter Function: The PMW-350K 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
  • 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-350K 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
  • Shutter Angle Settings: In addition to the electronic shutter speed controls, the PMW-350K also has a "shutter angle" control - which is familiar to film users
  • Turbo Gain: The Turbo Gain function can boost the camera gain up to +42 dB, which helps reproduce images in very low-light environments
  • Depth-of-field Indicator: A Depth-of-field Indicator can be displayed on the viewfinder to help camera operators easily recognize the depth-of-field of a scene and thereby produce their desired images

Sony PMW-350K Specifications

Lens Mount 2/3"-type Sony bayonet
Zoom Ratio 16x (optical), servo/manual (AF lens for PMW-350K)
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, 30, 36, 42 dB
Horizontal Resolution 1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Imaging Device 3-chip 2/3-inch type Exmor Full HD CMOS
Minimum Illumination 0.003 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.9, +42 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation)
Optical System F1.4 prism system
S/N Ratio 59 dB (Y) (typical) (Noise Suppression mode ON)
Sensitivity F12 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode), F13 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode) (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
Shutter Speed (Time) 1/60 sec to 1/2,000 sec
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
Operating Temperature 0 deg.C to 40 deg.C (32 deg.F to 104 deg.F)
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 -20 deg.C to +60 deg.C (-4deg.F to +140 deg.F)
Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Output XLR-type 5-pin
Composite Output VIDEO OUT: BNC type
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 = 8 mm to 128 mm (equivalent to 31.5 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)
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