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Sony PDW-680 (PDW680) Three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS Sensor XDCAM HD Shoulder Camcorder recording Full HD / SD

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Overview
Please Note: Lens not included.
Professional camcorder for recording interlaced HD and SD images.
The PDW-680 XDCAM HD422 camcorder is amid-range Professional Disc camcorder with many of the same features as the more advanced PDW-700. The PDW-680 has three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors for recording 1080/50i or 1080/60i HD images or MPEG IMX and DVCAM SD, as standard. Progressive mode is available only for playback. 
More IT based operation.
The PDW-680 is designed to enable a smooth migration from tape camcorder use to PC-based operation to improve workflow efficiency with MXF/MPEG interoperability and metadata functions.
Summary
Camera Type: Professional Camcorder
CODEC: MPEG HD422
Form Factor: Shoulder Mount
HDMI Output: No
Lens/Mount: 2/3 Bayonet
Maximum Video Resolution (recorded): 1920x1080
Recording Media: SxS Card
SDI Output: Yes
Sensor Size: 2/3 inch
Sensor Type: EXMOR CMOS
Type: Video
Variable Frame Rate: Yes
Video Resolution: HD 1080
Weight: 5+kg
XLR Audio Input: Yes
Included in box
  • 1x Sony PDW-680 - Body
  • 1x Stereo Microphone
  • 1x Shoulder strap 
  • 1x Operation Guide (Countries) 
  • 1x CD-ROM manual
  • 1x Application software CD-ROM

About the Sony PDW-680 Camcorder

Please Note: Lens not included.

Professional camcorder for recording interlaced HD and SD images.
The PDW-680 XDCAM HD422 camcorder is amid-range Professional Disc camcorder with many of the same features as the more advanced PDW-700. The PDW-680 has three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors for recording 1080/50i or 1080/60i HD images or MPEG IMX and DVCAM SD, as standard. Progressive mode is available only for playback. 

More IT based operation.
The PDW-680 is designed to enable a smooth migration from tape camcorder use to PC-based operation to improve workflow efficiency with MXF/MPEG interoperability and metadata functions.

MassApprox. 4.3 kg (body)
Approx. 9 lb 8 oz (body)
Approx. 6.0 kg (with VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery)
Approx. 13 lb 4 oz (with VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery)
Dimensions (W x H x D)*1124 x 269 x 332 mm (excluding protrusions, body only)
5 x 10 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches (excluding protrusions, body only)
Power RequirementsDC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power ConsumptionApprox. 35 W (while recording, without options, color LCD on)
Approx. 39 W (while recording, with viewfinder, color LCD on, manual lens, microphone)
Operating Temperature-5C to +40C
23F to 104F
Storage Temperature-20C to +60C
-4F to +140F
Humidity10% to 90% (relative humidity)
Continuous Operating TimeApprox. 135 min with BP-GL95 battery
Recording Format (Video)MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps)
MPEG HD:
- HQ mode (35 Mbps max.)
- SP mode (25 Mbps),
- LP mode (18 Mbps max.) (playback only)
MPEG IMX (50/40/30 Mbps)
DVCAM (25 Mbps)
Recording Format (Proxy Video)MPEG-4
Recording Format (Proxy Audio)A-law (4 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD422)50 Mbps: Approx. 95 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD)35 Mbps, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min (PFD23A)
35 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min (PFD23A)
25 Mbps, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A)
25 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min (PFD23A)
18 Mbps, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min (PFD23A)
18 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG IMX)50 Mbps: Approx. 100 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min (PFD23A)
40 Mbps: Approx. 120 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min (PFD23A)
30 Mbps: Approx. 150 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (DVCAM)
25 Mbps: Approx. 185 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A)
Recording Frame RateHD 422 50 Mode: MPEG-2 422P@HL, 50 Mbps
- 1920 x 1080/ 59.94i, 50i
HD 420 HQ Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps
- 1440 x 1080/ 59.94i, 50i
SD: MPEG IMX /DVCAM Mode
- 720 x 486/ 59.94i
- 720 x 576/ 50i
Lens
Lens Mount2/3-inch type 48 bayonet mount
Input/Output
Genlock InputBNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω*2
Composite Input with CBK-SC02
Timecode InputBNC (x1), 0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
SDI InputWith CBK-HD01, BNC (x1)
HD/SD switchable;
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Audio InputCH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable
Mic InputXLR-type 5-pin (female, stereo) (x1)
Test OutputBNC (x1), switchable;
HD: Y
SD: composite (character on/off)
SDI OutputBNC (x2)
1 (HD/SD switchable);
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (with embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (with embedded audio)
2 (HD/SD switchable, character on/off);
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (with embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (with embedded audio)
Audio OutputCH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 5-pin (male, stereo) (x1)
Timecode OutputBNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Earphone OutputMini-jack (x2); front: monaural, rear: stereo/monaural
Speaker OutputMonaural
DC InputXLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1), 11 V to 17 V
DC Output4-pin (x1) (for wireless microphone receiver), 11 V to 17 V DC (MAX 0.5 A)
Lens12-pin
Remote8-pin
Light2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
i.LINKIEEE 1394, 6-pin (x1), File Access Mode*3
Memory Stick(x1) for camera setup files
EthernetRJ-45 (x1), 100BASE-TX: IEEE 802.3u, 10BASE-T: IEEE 802.3
USB(x1) for Wi-Fi Adapter, USB Memory, USB Keyboard
Audio Performance
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
Dynamic RangeMore than 93 dB
DistortionLess than 0.08% (at 1 kHz, reference level)
CrosstalkLess than -70 dB (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Wow and FlutterBelow measurable limit
Headroom12/16/18/20 dB (selectable)
Camera Section
Imager3-chip 2/3-type Exmor Full HD CMOS
Effective Picture Elements1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Optical SystemF1.4 prism system
Built-in Optical Filters1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
Shutter Speed (Time)59.94i: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000. 1/2000, ECS*4 , SLS*5
50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS*4 , SLS*5
Shutter Speed (Slow Shutter (SLS))2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16-frame accumulation*6
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)59.94i: F12 (typical)
50i: F13 (typical)
Minimum IlluminationApprox. 0.014 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
White BalancePreset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Gain Selection-6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
S/N Ratio59 dB
Horizontal Resolution1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
RegistrationLess than 0.02%
Modulation Depth45% or more at 27.5 MHz (typical)
Viewfinder
ViewfinderOption
Other Equipment
Built-in LCD Monitor3.5-inch type color LCD monitor*7
Built-in Speaker(x1)
Supplied Accessories
Supplied AccessoriesStereo Microphone (1)
Shoulder strap (1)
Operation Guide (Countries ) (1)
CD-ROM manual (1)
Application software CD-ROM (1)
*1 The values for dimensions are approximate.
*2 Recording/ Playback time may vary the according to the encoding or memory.
*3 The genlock output connector is used for composite output when the optional CBK-SC02 is used.
*4 AVC(DV) interface is not supported.
*5 HDV/ DV stream input/ output are available only FAT mode. DVCAM stream input is only for monitoring use on viewfinder.
*6 ECS: Extended Clear Scan
*7 SLS: Slow Shutter
*8 Slow shutter setting frames vary according to the system frequency.
*9 Only even number of frame setting is available in 720p mode. Slow shutter can not function with the digital extender.
*10 Viewable area measured diagonally.

Professional Disc Technology
Very affordable and robust media, ideal for recording many hours of rushes (long form).
Useful for archive and delivery (i.e. production to broadcaster)
Ease of use. Consistent time-saving workflow. Security and peace of mind, while still maintaining good image and sound quality.

3x 2/3 inch CMOS Exmor sensors and B4 lens mount.
Good picture quality in low light using industry
Shoot in a greater selection of scenarios with a huge selection of lenses from different manufacturers.

SD as standard.
Easy to switch from SD to HD on the same camcorder.
Flexibility. Cost and time saving.

XMPilot Metadata, proxy & MXF workflow.
Mature professional disc workflow and interoperability.
Consistent metadata management through post-production.
Consistency. Time saving with fast production workflow, Searchable material and efficient archive.

Three 2/3-inch type Exmor CMOS sensors with high sensitivity
The PMW-680 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type Exmor™ CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 (H) x 1080 (V). These deliver superior picture performance with full HD resolution. This 2/3-inch-type image sensor allows the camcorder to provide an excellent sensitivity of F12 in 60Hz mode and F13 in 50Hz, a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of 59 dB, and a high horizontal resolution of 1000 TV lines at 60i.

Lower power consumption for longer battery life
The Exmor CMOS sensor is a unique design that deploys an A/D converter to each column of pixels, resulting in a much lower clock speed than conventional CMOS sensors. This makes it possible to greatly reduce power consumption of the camcorder. So while the PDW-680 is the same size and weight as the PDW-700, it has a power consumption of approximately 5W less than the PDW-700, enabling longer battery life.

Choice of SD or HD operation
The PDW-680 has flexible, multi-format recording capabilities. Users can select an HD recording format (MPEG HD422, MPEG HD) or SD recording format (MPEG IMX 50/40/30 and DVCAM) in 59.94i and 50i. Progressive mode is available only for playback. Having a built-in up/down convertor between HD and SD, the PDW-680 can be integrated into an existing SD production system or can be used for HD operation.

Maximum x4 Digital Extender function for magnification without loss of image sensitivity
The PDW-680 features a Digital Extender function to enable images to be digitally zoomed four times in size. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender performs this function without loss of image sensitivity. Combining Digital Extender with Focus Magnification, the image will expand up to eight times, allowing for more precise focusing.

Optional analogue composite and HD/SD SDI input boards for pool-feed operation
The PDW-680 allows for both the optional CBK-SC02 analogue composite input board and CBK-HD01 HD/SD SDI input board to be installed at the same time. The option boards enables the camcorder to record video and audio output from an external deck or camcorder.

Wide choice of microphone systems
The PDW-680 is equipped with the same high quality stereo microphone as the PMW-350 camcorder. It is also compatible with a wide variety of microphones via the VF interface, allowing it to work with shotgun-type microphones such as the ECM-680S, ECM-678 and ECM674*. There is also a slot to accommodate the DWR-S01D/S02D digital wireless microphone receiver, which provides stable and secure two-channel audio. The WRR-855 series analogue microphone receiver can also be used. 
*For the ECM-678 and ECM-674, the 3pin -5pin conversion cable EC-0.5X3F5M is not supplied.

14-bit A/D conversion
The PDW-680 incorporates a high-performance 14-bit A/D converter that enables images captured by the high-performance CCDs to be processed with maximum precision. In particular, this high-resolution A/D conversion allows the gradation in mid-to-dark-tone areas of the picture to be faithfully reproduced. Thanks to the 14-bit A/D converter, pre-knee signal compression in highlighted areas can be eliminated, and the camera can clearly reproduce a high-luminance subject at a 600% dynamic range.

State-of-the-art DSP LSI
The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) LSI is the heart of the image-processing device for the PDW-680 camcorder. In conjunction with the 14-bit A/D converter, it reproduces images captured by the CCD at maximum quality. In addition, white balance, white shading, and flare are digitally corrected, allowing for stable image correction. In addition, the PDW-680 provides a NS (Noise Suppression) mode to reduce high-frequency noise elements in a video signal using Sony's advanced digital processing technology.

High-quality 4-channel 24-bit audio recording
The PDW-680 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit audio. It is also equipped with a range of audio interfaces.

Well-balanced compact body
The PDW-680 is designed to be very compact and ergonomically well balanced, providing a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting situations. It weighs only 6.0 kg (13 lb 4 oz) including the HDVF-20A viewfinder, the ECM-680S microphone, the PFD50DLA disc and the BP-GL95 battery pack.

Shock and dust-resistant disc drive
To minimize errors caused by shock or dust entering the disc drive, the PDW-680 has several unique ways of providing operational resistance to such factors. The disc drive entrance is concealed by two lids, helping to prevent any dust from entering the drive. In addition, four rubber dampers are used to hold the disc drive block in place and to absorb shocks that would otherwise go into the disc drive.

Optional viewfinders available
Two types of optional viewfinders are available for users: the HDVF-20A and HDVF-200 2.0-inch* monochrome viewfinders and the HDVF-C35W 3.5-inch* colour viewfinder. 
*Viewable area measured diagonally.

3.5-inch* LCD
A large, easy-to-view, colour LCD screen on the PDW-680 camcorder's side panel enables operators to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera's set-up menus and view status indications such as four-channel audio meters, and the remaining time available on the disc and battery. It also enables advanced operations such as Thumbnail Search and Scene Selection. 
*Viewable area, measured diagonally.

Slow Shutter speeds for increased creativity
The shutter speed of the PDW-680 is selectable down to a 16-frame period (in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 16-frame periods). During such a long frame period, electrical charges accumulate on the CCDs, which dramatically increase sensitivity. This helps camera operators to shoot in extremely dark environments. The Slow Shutter function also allows operators to use shutter speeds longer than the frame rate and to intentionally blur images when shooting a moving object, for increased shooting creativity.

Interval Recording function
The PDW-680 offers an Interval Recording function, which intermittently records signals at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating pictures with special effects of extremely quick motion.
Picture Cache Recording functionThe PDW-680 offers a Picture Cache Recording function that is especially useful during ENG applications. Up to 30 seconds of audio and video signals are buffered into the camcorder's memory before the Rec start button is even pressed (when in Standby mode). This means that everything that happened 30 seconds before the Rec start button was pressed will still be recorded onto the disc. This function works even before the disc is inserted in the drive - thereby helping to prevent the loss of any unexpected, yet important events. The caching period can be adjusted by menu setting. This camcorder cache memory also allows users to exchange the discs while recording. By removing a disc from the drive and inserting a new disc within 30 seconds, video, audio, and time code can be recorded seamlessly onto the new disc.

DVB-ASI video stream for field and satellite transmission
The PDW-680 with the HDCA-702* MPEG TS Adaptor provides a MPEG Transport Stream output capability via a DVB-ASI connector. The HDCA-702 encodes signals to MPEG TS and output via its DVB-ASI connector, concurrently with the PDW-680 recording onto disc. The bit rate is selectable from 17.5 Mb/s to 43 Mb/s, which is suitable for material transmissions using microwave and satellite modulators.

Smooth gain control
A wide choice of gain and its easy-to-use control system is one remarkable feature of the PDW-680 camcorder. By setting the gain to the assignable switches, the user can easily access the desired gain. And the transition to each gain value is extremely smooth thus eliminating undesirable abrupt changes to the overall image.

Optical ND filters and electrical CC filters
The PDW-680 camcorder comes equipped with optical ND (Neutral Density) filters and electrical CC (Colour Correction) filters. The optical ND filter is controlled via a built-in ND filter wheel -- Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND/, and 1/64ND. And with the electrical CC filter, the user can easily obtain the desired colour temperature by setting the mode - 3200K/4300K/5600K/6300K - on a camcorder-assignable switch. The user can select the four values cyclically or choose one preset value. Another usage of the CC filter function is the colour temperature setting which can be instantly set to the required level with an absolute value 3200K, 4300K, 5600K, or 6300K. This is also available via an assignable switch. This is useful when a sudden change happens in the shooting environment and a quick and direct setting is required.

Trigger REC Function
The PDW-680 camcorder has the Trigger REC function that enables synchronized recording with PDW-HD1500 or portable flash memory recorders connected via the HD-SDI 10bits HD422 interface - a convenient feature for backup recording.

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