The XDCAM production system was first introduced in 2003, offering revolutionary file-based acquisition onto optical Professional Disc. In 2005, XDCAM HD was launched with camcorders and decks recording high definition pictures at up to 35 Mb/s onto the same 23 GB Professional Discs.
At IBC 2007, Sony demonstrated the latest development of products to expand of the XDCAM HD line up - the PDW-700 camcorder and the PDW-HD1500 deck.
The PDW-700 will take XDCAM HD performance to a new level. It will record stunning quality HD images at up to 50 Mb/s onto 50GB Dual Layer Professional Discs. The PDW-700 will use three 2/3-inch progressive CCD sensors each with full 1920 x 1080 resolution. 14 bit A/D conversion, 4:2:2 sampling and recording, and advanced digital signal processing will ensure superb picture quality. The PDW-700 will also support recording in both 1080 and 720-line formats.
The PDW-700 has been designed to increase the appeal of XDCAM HD for high-end applications such as drama, documentary and natural history and for mainstream entertainment programmes that required a prestige quality look.
File-based acquisition onto Professional Disc, with thumbnail and proxy operation will also make the PDW-700 ideal for applications where speed of production is a critical.