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PXW-X500 2/3-inch B4 mount Professional XDCAM Camcorder


Offers the latest XAVC Intra and Long GOP recording implementation, while still offering legacy codecs such as MPEG IMX, DVCAM and MPEG HD 422
  • Three 2/3-inch type Full HD CCD sensors
  • High sensitivity and low noise image
  • Slow & Quick Motionup to 30 fps for MPEG HD 422
  • Picture cache recording
  • Wireless operation

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Exc VAT Price £18,387.86
Inc VAT Price £22,065.43
Cat no. PXW-X500//U

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Latest Firmware Update v5.00 - December 28, 2016 Download from Sony here.

New in Firmware v5.00 Details
  • Copying clips to external USB storage media
  • Transferring parts of original files recorded on the camcorder to FTP or Cloud
  • Adds 1920 x 1080i proxy recording formats (HD Auto 9Mbps / 6Mbps)
  • Add slow bit rate proxy formats for BGAN streaming (0.3 Mbps and 0.2 Mbps)
  • Extend menu items which can be added to the User menu
The PXW-X500 is the successor to the very successful PMW-500 XDCAM. Much like its predecessor, the new PXW-X500 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type Full HD CCD sensors employing the latest CCD technology providing a high sensitivity of F12 at 50i (F11 at 60i) and improved S/N ratio of 60 dB (with NS on). The camcorder also offers minimum illumination of 0.003 lx (typical) in 1080/59.94i mode +42 dB gain, with 16-frame accumulation.

The PXW-X500 offers the latest XAVC Intra and Long GOP recording implementation, while still offering legacy codecs such as MPEG IMX, DVCAM and MPEG HD 422. The PXW-X500 is the preferred choice for the working broadcast camera professional thanks to the flexibility of modern codec choices that ensure that your investment is futureproof for the forseable future.

Records a wide variety of HD and SD formats, including XAVC
XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, MPEG SStP 422 Lite (HDCAM SR), MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420, as well as MPEG IMX and DVCAM.

Direct compatibility with NLEs
Options allow the camcorder to record directly in Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes.

Slow & Quick Motion options
Up to 30 fps for MPEG HD 422 (as standard) and up to 120 fps for XAVC (as an option).

Professional features
Includes wireless operation, picture cache recording, built-in GPS, Digital Extender, variable ND filter control, HyperGamma, and more.

High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Log GOP recordings
The PXW-X500 supports not only MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps in MXF (Material eXchange Format), which is widely accepted by major broadcasters worldwide, but also XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. XAVC technology is based on the H.264 standard, which provides an exceptional performance compression technology. XAVC Intra (frame) compression means that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames – providing a better quality picture, without compromises. With a Long GOP codec, only certain frames are encoded individually.

This allows the codec to squeeze the video into a much smaller bitrate than Intra technology. The main benefit is faster ingest and editing. XAVC Long GOP files also require less storage space than XAVC Intra files, providing budget savings on recording media. The XAVC codec adopts 10 bit sampling for high definition recording with rich tonal expression. The bite rate of XAVC recording is 111 or 112 Mbps at 1080/59.94i or 50i and 89, or 112 Mbps at 1080/23.98P or 25p. The high bit rate gives a better quality picture.

Switchable recordings for greater flexibility

As well as shooting at XAVC HD, MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps and MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, the camcorder also supports MPEG SStP 422 Lit


MassApprox. 3.8 kg (body only without lens, VF, Mic)
Dimensions (W x H x D)150 x 269 x 332 mm (excluding protrusions, body only)
Power RequirementsDC 12 V (11 V~17.0 V)
Power ConsumptionApprox. 35W (while XAVC recording, colour LCD on)
MPEG4 SStP (SR-Lite 4:2:2)1920x1080/59.94i,50i,29.97P,23.98P,25P
XAVC Intra1920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
1280x720/59.94P, 50P
XAVC Long 50/35/25 mBPS1920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
1280x720/59.94P, 50P
MPEG HD4221920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
1280x720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
MPEG HD4201920x1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P
1440x1080/59.94i, 50i
1280x720/59.94P, 50P
MPEG IMX720x480/59.94i(50M)
HD Codecs (Audio)LPCM 24 bits, 48kHz, 4 channels
MPEG IMX (Audio)LPCM 16/24 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
DVCAM (Audio)LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz, 4 channels
XAVC Proxy (Audio)AVC/H.264 Main Profile 4:2:0 Long GOP, VBR, 9/3/1/0.5Mbps
Lens MountSony 2/3-inch type bayonet mount
Imaging Device (Type)3-chip 2/3-type Full HD CCD, PowerHAD FX
Effective Picture Elements1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Optical SystemF1.4 prism system
Built-in FiltersND Filter (Optical filter) 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
CC Filter (Electrical filter) A: 4300K, B: 4300K, C:5600K, D: 6300K
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)F12 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
Minimum Illumination0.016 lx (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.4, +42 dB gain, with 16-frame accumulation)
S/N Ratio60 dB(NS: ON)
Horizontal Resolution1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Audio InputXLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48 V selectable
Video OutputBNC (x1) HD-Y or Analaog composite
Audio OutputXLR-type 5-pin
SDI OutputBNC (x2), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable
Timecode InputBNC (x1)
Timecode OutputBNC (x1)
Genlock InputBNC (x1)
USB (Type-A: Hose 3.0/2.0)for Dubbing to HDD/SSD
USB (Type-A: Host 2.0)for Wi-Fi module (IFU-WML3), and LTE Dongle
USB (Type-B: Device 2.0)for PC connection as mass storage mode
Headphone OutputStereo mini jack (x1)
DC InputXLR-type 4-pin
HDMI OutputHDMI connector (Type A)
ViewfinderOption HDVF-20A, HDVF-200, CBK-VF02
Built-in LCD Monitor3.5 type Approx. 1.56M dots, 16:9
TypeSxS Card slot (x2)
XQD Card and SDHC Card can be used with an adaptor
MI ShoeNo

* Please note that these specifications are subject to change

Additional Information
  • DWA-01D requires A-8278-057-B Mount Bracket
  • ECM-678, ECM-673 or ECM0VG1 requires Cable ECM-0.5X345M
  • DWA-01D new mount bracket for larger batteries: A-1999-908-B (wider than above A-8278-057-B)
  • Microphone holder bracket for the HDVF-C30WR viewfinder: A-8279-919-A
  • VF slide assembly (LB) for the HDVF-C30WR viewfinder: A-8279-413-G
  • Optional Magnifying glasses for HDVF Viewfinders (HDVF-20A/200):
    A-7612-389-C -3.8D to +0.3D (Standard eyepiece of HDVF-20),
    A-8262-537-A -2.8D to +2.0D (Farsighted),
    A-8262-538-A -3.6D to -0.8D (Low magnification),
    A-8267-737-A -3.6D to +0.4D (Standard magnification with special compensation for aberrations).

    Note: For the "Farsighted" one, it is also recommended to use ordinary available close-up lens for HDVF-200. It can be combined with the replaced loupe from the repair part 1-788-774-11 for HDVF-20A as well.
  • 1 x Shoulder Belt
  • 1 x Cold Shoe Kit
  • 1 x Lens Mount Cap
  • 1 x USB wireless LAN module (IFU-WLM3)
  • 1 x Operation Guide
  • 1 x Operation Mnaual (CD-ROM)
  • 2 x Protective Cap
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