The Sony PXW-X180 has both Intra and LongGOP as part of the XAVC codec. I have become a big fan of LongGOP with its 1080 50p 50MB/s stunning picture quality.
I decided to go down to the Kelpies at Grangemouth to film the enormous steel statues, this would give the camera a good run-through.
I love the ability to hook up the new hybrid radio mic system powering the receiver directly from the camera hot shoe.
Switching the input to MI SHOE gives you full control of the radio mics input making this camera very useful for press conference work.
The quality of the XAVC codec cannot be denied its one of the cleanest 1/3″ sensor camera’s on the market though at 9dBs you are starting to see noise but this has to be expected.
The ability to use SD adapters in this camera is a bold but welcome move for Sony although no one can deny the robustness of the SxS card its a step too far for some production companies who have a lot of long haul footage and want a cheaper alternative to the expensive SxS media.
Here is my 9m video review of the Sony PXW-X180…