NEW…Sony PXW-X160 with 25x Optical zoom

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Main features of the PXW-X160Newly developed 25x optical zoom G Lens with 26 mm wide angle

This new lens delivers uncompromised Sony G Lens quality and a 26 mm angle of view at the wide end of its 25x zoom range (35 mm equivalent: 26 mm to 650 mm). That’s more than enough range for a wide variety of shooting situations. Independent manual zoom and focus rings with end-stop and iris control are provided, and a slide mechanism on the focus ring enables easy switching between auto and manual focusing.

Innovative Sony image sensor, image processor, and lens achieve outstanding image quality

Sony’s  Exmor™ 3CMOS Sensor system provides independent 1/3” CMOS image sensors for the red, blue, and green colour channels, each with 2.07 effective megapixels (16:9). The result is high resolution and sensitivity that contribute to superior colour reproduction.  An advanced image processor that features sophisticated noise reduction and distortion compensation is instrumental in delivering superb detail and texture reproduction, with image quality settings rivalling high-end broadcast camcorders.

Compatible with XAVC and a range of other recording formats

In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X160 can record in MPEG2, AVCHD, and DV format. The MXF file format is used for XAVC recording, efficiently compressing full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps, or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50/35/25 Mbps.

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Support for SxS, XQD, and SD memory cards plus Memory Stick

To provide compatibility with a variety of workflows, the PXW-X160 features two SxS memory card slots for high-speed read/write capability. An XQD card adaptor allows recording to XQD memory cards, and an SD card adaptor enables recording to SD memory cards for maximum economy when shooting for extended periods.

Variable ND filter

The PXW-X160 is the first professional Sony camcorders to feature a continuously variable ND filter. A new system that electronically controls density enables continuous adjustment from 1/4 ND to 1/128 ND via a simple dial operation. In conjunction with iris and shutter speed settings that control depth of field and brightness, this advanced filter facilitates shooting techniques such as the use of slow shutter in daylight and other bright conditions. For operators who prefer the conventional ND selector interface, the camcorder features  a dual ND filter control mechanism that provides both continuous electronic control and the standard four-position switch.

3.5 type LCD panel and 0.5 type OLED viewfinder

The PXW-X160 is equipped with a 3.5 type QHD LCD panel (960 x 540 x RGB, 16:9) that provides easy viewing in a wide range of lighting conditions. Both models also feature a 0.5 type OLED viewfinder (1024 x 768 x RGB, 3:4). High resolution makes precise manual focus easy. Compared to LCOS devices, there is no colour breakup and viewing comfort is significantly improved.

Multi-Interface Shoe

Compatible accessories attached to the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe can be controlled from the PXW-X160. The HVL-LBPC video light, for example, can be switched on and off from the camcorder. Power and audio connections for a UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone receiver are made via the MI Shoe, minimizing the need for extra batteries and additional cabling.

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4 comments on this post

  1. Frank says:

    Have two questions.
    1/ Price?
    2/ SDI output?

  2. Igor Ivankov says:

    Hi Philip,

    Panasonic AJ-PX 270 or Sony PXW Z 160 thats the question now? What do you think? You have the PX 270 already. And where is the PXW Z 180?
    Best regards,
    Igor

  3. Hi Philip,
    This looks interesting, especially as I’m sat on the fence with trying to decide my next upgrade from my trusty SD Sony450. Have you any idea on price yet?
    Regards,
    Gwynne

  4. Mase says:

    SDI out? – Yes
    Price? – Less than $5,500 USD street 🙂

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