Sony PDW F800 XDCAM Camcorder

Rent for $475.00 per day

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The PDW-F800 camcorder is the newest member of the XDCAM family. It offers multi-format recording flexibility as standard – including SD recording and a frame rate of 23.98P in 1080 mode. It is equipped with three 2/3-inch type CCDs and a “Power HAD FX” progressive CCD with 1920 x 1080 effective pixels. Stunning-quality HD images can be captured by this high-resolution CCD and advanced digital signal. On top of the exceptional technology, the PDW-F800 offers very high quality HD recording at a data rate of up to 50Mbps using the MPEG-2 4:2:2P@HL compression.

It also provides multi-format recording flexibility including 1080i, 720P and SD, which comes with HD/SD conversion and cross conversion between 1080i and 720P. With features such as Slow & Quick Motion (over-crank and under-crank recording) make the PDW-F800 ideal for cinema and TV drama productions, as wel as ENG applications. The Sony XDCAM HD422 series of Optical Disc products have 7 years “Powertrain” Warranty for its laser block. This “Powertrain” Warranty is unprecedented for Sony and demonstrates the confidence Sony has in its XDCAM products.


• LCD: 2/3” full HD Progressive CCD (Power HAD FX) 2.2M pixels (1920 x 1080) RGB 3 CCD Sensors Supports both 1080 and 720

• Recording Bit Rates: MPEG-2 422p@HL format Bit rate is 50Mbps for both 1080 and 720 Audio Format 24bit x 8ch (PDW-800 can record up to 4ch Audio at the same time)

• 23.98P Format Support: 23.98P format for 1080i 420 and 422 as standard.

• Multi-Format & Legacy Format Support: Legacy formats (DVCAM, MPEG IMX® 30/40/50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 18*/25/35Mbps) are supported for both recording and playback as standard. (* 18Mbps is playback only)

• Record Time: Longer recording time with the Dual Layer Professional Disc Media. The single layer disc is also supported. Single layer (23.3GB) Dual layer (50GB) MPEG HD 422 (50Mbps) Approx. 43 min. Approx. 95 min. MPEG HD 420 (35Mbps) Approx. 60 min. Approx. 145 min MPEG HD 420 (25Mbps)Approx. 90 min. Approx. 190 min. MPEG IMX (50Mbps) Approx. 45 min. Approx. 100 min. DVCAM Approx. 85 min. Approx. 185 min.

• Slow & Quick motion: Over crankling speed is up to x2.0 and shooting speed can be set at every single frame between 1p to 48P/50P/60P.

• Well-balanced Compact Body: The PDW-F800 is designed to be very compact and ergonomically well balanced, providing a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting situations.

• Optical ND Filters and CC Filters: Neutral Density (ND) optical filter and CC filter are controlled via a built-in filter wheels.

• Gain Control: Gain Control (-6db to +42dB) and Turbo Gain “Shockless gain control” provides a smooth transition in gain control

• 3.5-inch* Widescreen: An easy-to-view color LCD screen provided on the camcorder side panel enables advanced operations such as Thumbnail Search and Scene Selection. Status indicators such as four-channel audio meters, and disc and battery remaining time can also be displayed. Camera set-up menus can be displayed, too. *Viewable area measured diagonally.

• Slow shutter: A maximum of 64 frames can be accumulated using the slow shutter function. In low light levels this allows clear video to be shot, and provides a fantasy video effect with ghost image. – 1-8, 16, 32 and 64 frame accumulation – Turbo Gain allows the camera gain to be boosted up to +48 dB.

• Interval Recording: The 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.

• Freeze Mix: Superimposes a previously recorded image on the viewfinder. This allows the operator to quickly and easily frame or reposition a subject when a shot must be taken from the same position or in the same framework as a previous take.

• Picture Cache Recording: Maximum duration is 30sec. This picture cache mode can be ON even in EJECT operation and consequently sequential recording is possible during disc replacement.

• Memory Stick® media: “All file”, “Scene file”, “Lens file” and “User file” are provided to store the setting parameters to the internal memory and Memory Stick media.

• Digital Extender: The Digital Extender function of the PDW-F800 enables images to be digitally doubled in size. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this capability without any loss of image sensitivity, which is often referred to as the F-drop phenomenon.

• Focus magnification: X2 magnified camera picture is available in the viewfinder which can help precise focus adjustment

• Assignable switch: PDW-F800 provides a total of 6 assignable switches (ASSIGN 1 to 4, COLOR TEMP, LENS RET)

• Pool-feed Operation: For pool-feed operations, the optional CBK-HD01* and CBK-SC02* boards provide HD and SD-SDI inputs, and SD composite input respectively. *Planned to be available in fall 2008.

• Trigger REC Function: The PDW-F800 camcorder has the Trigger REC function that enables synchronized recording with PDW-HD1500 and PDW-F75 XDCAM decks or HDCAM® portable decks connected via the HD-SDI interface – a convenient feature for backup recording.

• Clip Continuous REC: This mode allows users to create a single, large clip with multiple rec. start & stop. The Rec. start Essence Mark (EM) is recorded to every rec. start frame. The benefits of using this mode are: Capable of having more than 300 “takes” on a disc Faster transfer speed by sending a single clip. (No over-head for file open/close process)

• Built-in Multi Format Converter: The following conversion is possible in Playback mode: Downconversion from HD to SD, Upconversion from SD to HD, Cross conversion between 1080 and 720

• Focus Assist: Forus assist function is available by an indicator Bar on the edge of view finder.

• Image Inverter: In the attachment with 2/3" cinema lens adaptor for ultra prime lens and anamorphic lens, the shot image can be inverted.

• User Gamma: The gamma curve can be changed by using CVP Editor Ver.4.0 in addition to the current 4 types of Hyper Gamma settings.

• Aspect Ratio Control: The following conversion is possible in recording mode: Upconversion from SD to HD In the downconversion process from HD to SD, Squeeze / Edge Crop / Letter Box are available. In the upconversion process from SD to HD Squeeze / Edge Crop / Letter Box are available


Mass: Approx. 4.3 kg (9 lb 8 oz) (body)
Approx.: 6.0 kg (13 lb 4 oz) (w/ VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery)
Power Requirements: DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power Consumption: Approx. 40 W (while recording, w/o options, color LCD On)
Approx.: 44 W (while recording, w/viewfinder, color LCD On, manual lense, microphone)
Operating Temperature: -5 to +40 °C (+23 to +104 °F)
Storage Temperature: -20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)
Humidity: 10 to 90% (relative humidity)
Continuous Operating Time: Approx. 120 min. w/BP-GL95 battery
Video Recording Format: MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL) (CBR: 50 Mb/s)
HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s)
SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mb/s) – playback only
MPEG IMX (MPEG-2 422P@ML) (50/40/30 Mb/s)
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
Proxy Video: MPEG-4
Audio Recording: MPEG HD422: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz
MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
MPEG IMX: (4ch, 16-bit or 24-bit, 48 kHz)
DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
Audio Proxy: A-law (2 ch/4 ch, 8 bit, 8 kHz)
Recording Media: 23GB Optical Disc model PFD23A
50GB Optical Disc model: PFD50DLA
Recording Frame Rate NTSC model MPEG HD422 mode:
1920 x 1080/59.94i/29.97P/23.98P
1280 x 720/59.94P
MPEG HD mode:
1920 x 1080/59.94i/29.97P/23.98P
1280 x 720/59.94P
MPEG IMX: 59.94i
DVCAM: 59.94i
Recording Frame Rate PAL model: MPEG HD422:
1920 x 1080/50i, 25P
1280 x 720/50P
1920 x 1080/50i, 25P
1280 x 720/50P
DVCAM: 50i
Recording/Playback time: MPEG HD422:
50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio: More than 265 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min. (PFD23A)
MPEG IMX (Option: CBKZ-MD01):
50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min. (PFD23A)
40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min. (PFD23A)
30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min. (PFD23A)
DVCAM (Option: CBKZ-MD01):
25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
Inputs/Outputs Specifications
Genlock In: BNC x1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
TC IN: BNC x1, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
(HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Audio In: CH-1/CH-2: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2, line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
AES/EBU Input: CH-1/CH-2: XLR 3-pin (female) x 2, AES/EBU selectable
MIC In XLR 5-pin (female, stereo) x 1
Test Out: BNC x 1
HD Y/SD composite
SD composite (character On/Off)
SDI Out: BNC x 2
1 (HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
2 (HD/SD switchable, character On/Off)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Audio Out: CH-1/CH-2: XLR 5-pin (male, stereo) x 1
TC Out BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Earphone: Mini-jack x 2 (front: monaural, rear: stereo/monaural)
Monitor Speaker: YES
DC In: XLR 4-pin (male) x 1, 11 to 17 V
DC Out: 4-pin (Female) (for wireless microphone receiver), 11 to 17 V DC, MAX. 500 mA
Lens Conector: 12-pin
Remote: 8-pin
Light: 2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
Camera Adaptor: 50-pin
i.Link: IEEE 1394, 6 pin x 1, File Access Mode
Memory Stick: x 1 (for camera setup files)
Gigabit Ethernet: RJ-45 x 1, 100Base-Tx: IEEE802.3u, 10Base-T: IEEE802.3
USB: x 1 (for version-up)
Audio Performance Specifications
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-1.0 dB
Dynamic Range: More than 93 dB
Distortion: Less than 0.08% (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Crosstalk: Less than -70 dB (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Wow & Flutter: Below measurable limit
Headroom: 20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
Camera Section Specifications
Pickup Device: 3-chip 2/3-inch type HD Power HAD FX CCDs
Effective Picture Elements: 1920(H) x 1080(V)
Optical System: F1.4 prism
Built-In Optical Filters: 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
A: CROSS, B: 3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K
Shutter Speed (Time): 59.94i: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 ,1/1000, 1/2000
50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
25p: 1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000
Slow Shutter 1- to 8- and 16-frame accumulation
Slow & Quick Motion Function: 23.98p/30p
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance): F11 @ 59.94i, F12 @ 50i (typical)
Minimum Illumination: Approx. 0.016 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
Gain Selection: -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
Smear Level: -135 dB (Y-typical)
S/N Ratio: 59 dB (54 dB w/o Noise Suppressor)
Horizontal Resolution: 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Registration: Less than 0.02%
Modulation Depth: 45% or more at 27.5MHz (typical)
Monitoring Specifications
Viewfinder: Option
Built-In LCD Monitor: 3.5-inch type color LCD monitor
Lens Specifications
Lens Mount: 2/3-inch type bayonet mount
Included Lens Specifications
Zoom Ratio Selectable: depends on optional lens used
Focal Length: depends on optional lens used
Iris: depends on optional lens used
Maximum Relative Aperture: depends on optional lens used
Focus: depends on optional lens used
Image Stabilizer: depends on optional lens used
Filter Thread: depends on optional lens used


• Camera Body
• View Finder
• Eye Cup
• Microphone With Windscreen
• B4 Port Cavity Cap
• Memory Stick
• 15mm Rod Support
• 2x15mm Aluminum Rods
• AC Power Supply & Cable
• VCT 14 Plate
• Manual

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