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Sony Expands File Based Production With PMW-350 and PMW-320 XDCAM EX Shoulder Mount Camcorders (19/4/2010)

Shoulder-mount models now available with 1/2 –inch and 2/3 -inch Imagers to Address Specific Needs of Production Community

The expanding family of Sony’s XDCAM EX™ video products now includes two shoulder-mount camcorders that deliver new levels of creativity and flexibility for solid-state digital production. The products include Sony’s 2/3-inch Exmor CMOS file-based camcorder, the PMW-350, and now a new ?-inch version, the PMW-320.

“Since its introduction in Europe last year, the PMW-350 has gained a reputation for outstanding picture quality, ergonomics and workflow efficiency, building on the popularity and momentum of the EX1R and EX3 camcorders,” said Bill Drummond, Product Marketing Manager, Sony Europe. “The new PMW-320 brings all these great benefits along with DVCAM recording at a new affordable price point, offering our customers moving from tape and SD production to file-based SD/HD production the widest possible choice to meet the ever changing business environment.”

Both camcorders have three Exmor™ full HD 1920x1080 CMOS imagers, and are studio-configurable, with timecode in/out, genlock in, and HD-SDI and HDMI out. The PMW-350 camcorder features DVCAM recording and playback as an option; with both features offered as standard on the PMW-320.

Users can choose between the lens-packaged models, PMW-350K and PMW-320K, or versions without lenses, PMW-350L or PMW-320L. To enhance editing interoperability with Sony’s XDCAM HD camcorders, both the PMW-350 and PMW-320 camcorders feature 1440x1080 recording mode at 35Mbps.

Both camcorders can be used in studio configurations, using an HD camera adaptor, XDCA-55, and camera extension unit, XDCU-50. Sony is also delivering new solid-state memory choices to complement these new camcorders. An affordable series of Sony’s SxS™ memory cards, SxS-1™ (model SBS-32G1, 32GB) offers compact and high speed transfer and supports the full range of slow and quick motion recording modes.

The cameras are also available with an adapter, MEAD-MS01, for using Sony’s Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX Series media, which can be used as an “emergency” recording option. An adapter is also available for SDHC™ card use (MEAD-SD01).

A hard-disk recording unit, model PHU-120K, offers a recording capacity of 120 GB. The new PXU-MS240 mobile storage unit can be used to transfer data from SxS memory cards to the unit for nearly continuous back-up or off-load of video clips. The unit stores content on a removable hard disk drive (HDD) cartridge, model PXU-HC240, which can store up to 240 GB of data or up to 17 hours of content in SP mode.

The following is the planned availability for the new products:

* PMW-320K (with lens), available August
* PMW-320L (without lens), available August
* PMW-350K (with lens), available now
* PMW-350L (without lens), available now
* MEAD-MS01, available now
* MEAD-SD01, available now

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