The Sony PDW-F800 offers multi-format recording flexibility as standard – including SD recording and a frame rate of 23.98P in 1080 mode. The Sony PDW-F800 camcorder builds on the features of the PDW-F800 camcorder. Enhanced functions, such as Slow & Quick Motion (over-crank and under-crank recording), make the Sony PDW-F800 ideal for cinema and TV drama productions, natural history, documentary, sport as well as ENG applications.
2/3-inch-type Three HD Power HAD FX CCDs
The Sony PDW-F800 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type 2.2-megapixel HD CCDs, which are also used in the well-proven HDC-1500 Sony Multi-format HD Camera. Based on Sony Power HAD FX sensor technology and the latest on-chip lens structure, this CCD offers a high sensitivity of F12 at 50Hz and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 59dB with NS.
In addition to this performance, a wide variety of capturing modes including 1080/50i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/25P and 1080/29.97P are available.
14-bit A/D Conversion
The Sony PDW-F800 incorporates a high-performance 14-bit A/D converter that enables images captured by the high-performance CCDs to be processed with maximum precision. In particular, this high-resolution A/D conversion allows the gradation in mid-to-dark-tone areas of the picture to be faithfully reproduced. Thanks to the 14-bit A/D converter, pre-knee signal compression in highlighted areas can be eliminated, and the camera can clearly reproduce a high-luminance subject at a 600% dynamic range.
State-of-the-art DSP LSI
The newly developed DSP (Digital Signal Processing) LSI is the heart of the image-processing device for the Sony PDW-F800 camcorder. In conjunction with the 14-bit A/D converter, it reproduces images captured by the CCD at maximum quality. In addition, white balance, white shading, and flare are digitally corrected, allowing for stable image correction. What’s more, the PDW-F800 provides a NS (Noise Suppression) mode to reduce high-frequency noise elements in a video signal using SonyÕs advanced digital processing technology.
High-quality 24-bit Audio Recording
The Sony PDW-F800 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit audio. It is also equipped with a range of audio interfaces.
Supported Recording Formats Ð HD/SD and Interlace/Progressive
One of the big appeals of the Sony PDW-F800 is its highly flexible multi-format recording capability. Users can select a recording format from HD (MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD) and SD (MPEG IMX and DVCAM), 59.94i/50i interlace mode, or 29.97P*/25P progressive mode.
Well-balanced Compact Body
The Sony PDW-F800 is designed to be very compact and ergonomically well balanced, providing a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting situations. It weighs only 6.0 kg (13 lb 4 oz) including the HDVF-20A viewfinder, the ECM-680S microphone, the PFD50DLA disc and the BP-GL95 battery pack.
With the optional HVBK-1520 Format Converter Board installed, the HVR-1500A has a cross-conversion capability that allows 1080i recordings to be converted to 720P signals, as well as 720/30P (29.97 frames/s) recordings to be converted to 1080/60i (59.94 fields/s) signals.
These signals are output* from the HD-SDI interface. This allows source footage and assets in different HDV formats to be integrated into the same HD editing system.
* There may be a delay of one frame in outputting cross-converted signals from the HD-SDI interface.
Two types of optional viewfinders are available for users: the HDVF-20A and HDVF-200 2.0-inch monochrome viewfinders and the HDVF-C30WR 3.5-inch colour viewfinder.
Wide Choice of Optional Microphones
The Sony PDW-F800 is compatible with a variety of microphones. It is equipped with a slot to accommodate the DWR-S01D digital wireless microphone receiver, which provides two-channel audio with stable and secure transmission tolerant to interference waves. The WRR-855 series microphone receiver can also be used within this slot. Shotgun-type microphones, ECM680S/678/674, are also available as options.
A large, easy-to-view, color LCD screen on the PDW-F800 camcorderÕs side panel enables operators to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the cameraÕs set-up menus and view status indications such as four-channel audio meters, and the remaining time available on the disc and battery. It also enables advanced operations such as Thumbnail Search and Scene Selection.
*Viewable area, measured diagonally.
The shutter speed of the Sony PDW-F800 is selectable down to a 16-frame period (in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 16-frame periods). During such a long frame period, electrical charges accumulate on the CCDs which dramatically increases sensitivity. This helps camera operators to shoot in extremely dark environments. The Slow Shutter function also allows operators to use shutter speeds longer than the frame rate and to intentionally blur images when shooting a moving object, for increased shooting creativity.
The Sony PDW-F800 offers an Interval Recording function which intermittently records signals at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating pictures with special effects of extremely quick motion.
Picture Cache Recording
The Sony PDW-F800 offers a Picture Cache Recording function that is especially useful during ENG applications. Up to 30 seconds of audio and video signals are buffered into the camcorderÕs memory before the Rec button is even pressed (when in Standby mode). This means that everything that happened 30 seconds before the Rec button was pressed will still be recorded onto the disc. What’s more, this function works even before the disc is inserted in the drive Ð thereby helping to prevent the loss of any unexpected, yet important events.