Sony has launched the 4K-ready PXW-X70, their first ever compact XDCAM professional camcorder. The PXW-X70 features a 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS Sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The camcorder can record HD in XAVC Long GOP, enabling 422 10-bit sampling at 50 Mbit/s.
The PXW-X70 is also the first professional compact camcorder from Sony to include Wi-Fi-enabled control via Smart Phone or Tablet using the Content Browser Mobile application. An upcoming release will also provide customers with the ability to upgrade the PXW-X70 to record in 4K Ultra High Definition, with file transferring, and live video streaming capabilities. Probably arriving in late 2015.
The PXW-X70 weighs less than 1.4kg, including the XLR handle unit, battery (NP-FV70), lens hood and large eye-cup. It offers professional interfaces such as 3G-SDI and HDMI output connectors plus an XLR x 2 handle unit with zoom lever. Other professional features include a manual lens ring that can control zoom and focus, ergonomic palm grip with large zoom lever, two SD memory card slots for backup, simultaneous and relay recording, and a three-level switchable ND filter.
The camcorder should be available in late September for a UK price of £2,313 plus VAT.