Three 2/3-inch type Full-HD Power HAD FX CCDs:
The PMW-500 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type 2.2-megapixel full-HD progressive CCDs – the same sensors as used in Sony’s acclaimed PDW-F800/700 XDCAM Professional Disc HD 422 camcorders. Based on Sony’s Power HAD FX sensor technology and the latest on-chip lens structure, this type of CCD offers a high sensitivity of F12 at 50i (F11 at 59.94i).
SxS Memory Cards Combine High Transfer Speeds and High Reliability:
Both SxS PRO™ and SxS-1™ memory cards use the PCI Express interface to achieve an extremely high data-transfer speed of 800 Mbps, and can resist considerable shock (1500 G) and vibration (15 G). Also, a unique Salvage function serves to restore content damaged by power loss or memory disconnection during recording.
HD 1920×1080 and 1280×720 Recording Using the MPEG HD 422 Codec.
The PMW-500 records and plays back high-definition video with 1920×1080 and 1280×720 resolutions up to 50 Mbps using MPEG-2 4:2:2P HL compression technology.
24-bit Four-channel Audio Recording:
The PMW-500 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit audio in MPEG HD 422 mode or MPEG IMX mode. Each channel level can be adjusted independently by individual level controllers.
Selectable Recording Modes and Video Formats:
In addition to high-quality MPEG HD 422 50-Mbps mode, the PMW-500 can record and play back videos at different bit rates and in a variety of video formats. The PMW-500 supports both the broadcast-standard MXF file wrapper and IT-standard MP4 file wrapper. In UDF mode (MXF), which is compatible with the recording formats of the XDCAM™ Professional Disc Series, and in FAT mode (MP4/AVI), which is compatible with the XDCAM EX™ Series, the supplied XDCAM™ Browser, software can very rapidly convert files between formats, as no transcoding process is required.
Long Recording Time:
With highly efficient MPEG-2 Long GOP compression and a large-capacity SxS memory card, the PMW-500 can record high-quality HD 422 50-Mbps images for a long recording time of 110 minutes on a single 64-GB SxS memory card. The SxS memory card can be hot-swapped with two cards while shooting, without interrupting the recording.
Well-balanced Compact Body:
Designed to be very compact and ergonomically well balanced, the PMW-500 provides a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting situations. It inherits the design of Sony’s well regarded PMW-350/320 XDCAM EX™ camcorders. The main body weighs only 3.4 kg
Low power consumption:
The power consumption of the PMW-500 is only 29W.
With optional CBK-HD02 boards, the Digital Extender function of the PMW-500 enables images to be digitally doubled in size. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this doubling in size without any F-drop phenomenon (i.e., without loss of image sensitivity).
A magnified camera picture (x2) is available in the viewfinder, simplifying precise focus adjustment.
Auto Focus Assist Function:
The Auto Focus Assist function enables operators to change focus positions manually using the focus ring in AF mode.
ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation):
This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens. ALAC is activated only with some third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data. (Please check with lens manufacturers for ALAC support.)
Slow and Quick Motion Function:
The PMW-500 offers a powerful Slow and Quick Motion function that enables users to create elegant fast- and slow-motion footage. The PMW-500 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720p mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode, in increments of 1 fps. (With the PAL setting in UDF (MXF) mode, frame rates are selectable up to 50 fps in 720p mode and up to 25 fps in 1080p mode.)
A maximum of 64 frames can be accumulated using the Slow Shutter function.
Four types of HyperGamma curve – inherited from Sony’s CineAlta camcorders – are provided in addition to six standard gammas.
Interval Recording Function:
The Interval Recording function intermittently records one frame at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects with extremely rapid motion.
Frame Recording Function:
The Frame Recording function records images for pre-determined frames every time the Record button is pressed. This is particularly useful for clay animation shooting.
Optical ND Filters and Electrical CC Filters:
The PMW-500 camcorder comes equipped with optical ND filters and electrical CC filters. With electrical CC filters, users can easily select a colour temperature -3200K, 4300K, 5600K, or 6300K – by rotation using a camcorder-assignable switch.
ATW (Auto Tracing White Balance) and Hold:
The Auto Tracing White Balance function automatically adjusts the camera’s colour temperature according to changes in lighting conditions. If required, the user can hold auto tracing at a desired colour balance via an assignable switch.
Gain Control(-6 dB to +42 dB) and Turbo Gain (“Shockless gain control”) provide smooth transition in gain control.
IMX and DVCAM Recording and Playback:
IMX and DVCAM™ format recording and playback are also supported by the optional CBK-MD01 which can realize smooth migration from current SD operation to near-future HD operation.
Proxy Data Recording:
At the same time as recording high-resolution video and audio data, a low-resolution version of this AV data (called proxy data) can be recorded on SxS memory card. Proxy data enables amazingly high-speed file transfer and efficient batch editing workflow. (The Proxy Recording function works only in UDF (MXF) mode.)
Up-/Down- and Cross-conversion Capability:
The PMW-500 comes equipped with up- and cross-conversion systems for input signals, which provide operational flexibility. It also supports down-conversion from HD to SD in playback mode. (Down-conversion of input signals and up-/cross-conversion of output signals are not supported.)
This function superimposes a previously recorded image onto the viewfinder, making it easy to shoot in the same framework as a previous take. Please note this function works only in HD mode.
Clip Continuous REC:
This mode allows users to create a single, large clip with multiple starts and stops in recording. The benefit of this mode is a faster transport speed for single clips – there is no overhead for the file open/close process. Please note this function works only in UDF (MXF) mode.
Easy-to-view 3.5-inch Colour LCD Monitor:
The PMW-500 is equipped with a large, easy-to-view, 3.5-inch colour LCD monitor with a high resolution of approx. 921,000 effective pixels. This LCD monitor enables operators to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera’s set-up menus and view status indications.
Eight Assignable Switches:
Frequently used functions can be programmed onto eight assignable switches on the PMW-500, allowing operators to make rapid changes when working in the field, convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects with extremely rapid motion