Sony DSR-PD170 DVCAM camera

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Sony DSR-PD170 DVCAM camera

The new DSR-PD170 DVCAM compact camcorder provides high quality acquisition in the DVCAM component digital format, as well as in DV, allowing up to 40 minutes recording on one tape Mini DVCAM tape, or 60 minutes on the same tape in the DV mode. This compact camcorder features three Advanced HAD 1/3 inch CCDs that allow two scanning modes: 480 progressive (for still) and interlaced (for video). These Advanced HAD™ CCDs also provide high quality acquisition with increased resolution and sensitivity at reduced noise and vertical smear. The new enhancements to the CCDs have enabled the minimum illumination to be improved to an incredible 1 lux. The DSR-PD170 also features a built-in slot for MemoryStick®. Up to 988 JPEG pictures can be stored on one 64 MB MemoryStick®. In addition, the stored images can be mixed or keyed to the live image allowing logo insertion and/or mix effects. The built-in high MTF quality 12X electronic zoom lens features Auto focus and SuperSteadyShot™ with manual Zoom, Focus and Iris control capability. Other enhancements from the DSR-PD150 include a larger high-resolution B&W viewfinder and a newly developed color swing out Hybrid LCD with greater brightness to increase monitoring capability in bright light conditions. The DSR-PD170 now has a larger handle with start/stop functions as well as zoom control on the handle for easy access and enhanced shooting capabilities.

High quality digital component video and audio recording using DVCAM format
High quality digital component video and audio recording using DV format
Advanced HAD 380K pixels 1/3 CCDs
SuperSteadyShot and Autofocus
12X optical zoom, 48X digital zoom
530 TV lines of horizontal resolution
1 lux minimum illumination
Auto or manual exposure
Start/Stop button and zoom control on the handle
Built-in speaker
480p VGA quality 640×480 progressive scan still image capturing
Tape photo mode-enables still images to be recorded on the tape
Memory still mode-Up to 988 images can be recorded on the optional 64 MB flash memory
Directional shotgun (mono) microphone
Two independen XLR audio inputs with independent audio levels, gain and phantom power
16:9/4:3 aspect ratio switchable. 4:3 aspect ratio native
16 bit/12 bit PCM audio for two or four channel audio modes
Audio dubbing capable
i.Link® (IEEE 1394 based) input and output built in interface
Analog input using the S-Video connector
Professional 500 lines horizontal resolution B&W viewfinder
Hybrid Color 2.5 (viewable area, measured diagonally) swing out reversible 211,200 dot LCD panel display
Internal digital video effects electronic titling capability
Chroma-key capability for title, image or logo insertion from the memory stick
Variable high-speed shutter
Slow shutter mode
Digital program editing using i.Link. Up to 20 programs can be preset for auto edit
Custom AE (auto exposure) mode
Time code with preset and user bits capability
70% and 100% Zebra indicator
Spotlight and backlight exposure functions
Guide frame for image alignment
Time/Date stamp with seconds readout on video
Manual settings and functions: shutter speeds, Independent audio recording levels, white balance, AE shift, iris, zoom, focus
Wireless remote, battery, ac adapter/on camera charger and shoulder strap included

Minimum illumination
Improved from 2 to 1lx (Advanced HAD CCDs)
Audio S/N ratio in manual mode
Improved by 6db
Wide conversion lens included as standard

New lens hood.
Wide conversion lens can be attached or removed without removing the hood Additional lens hood is provided with built-in lens cap. Open/Close modes can be operated by a side lever.
On-handle zoom lever and Rec Start/Stop button
Easy for low angle shooting
Larger handle and viewfinder
Improved grip and monitoring
Hybrid LCD panel
Enhanced viewing in direct sunlight
Increased adjustment steps on Iris control
Steps quantity doubled from 12 to 24 steps for smoother Iris control
Simultaneous operation of both LCD panel and viewfinder
Enables the use of the LCD paneel for camera angle checking and viewfinder for focusing at the same time
i.LINK cable strap
Aids in preventing incidental cable disconnection to the DSR-DU1 disk recording unit

Image device
prism mounted 3-chip 1/3 inch, Interline-Transfer (IT) 380,000 pixel CCDs

12X variable speed zoom. F6.0 to 72.0mm, F1.6 at 2.4mm. filter diameter 58mm

Picture elements
360,000 pixels effective. 380,000 pixels total

2 built-in filters
ND1: 1/4 and ND2: 1/32

Video Signal System
NTSC color system

Scanning system
2:1 interlaced, 525 lines, 60 fields/sec. for video. 480p for still images

Horizontal frequency
15.734 kHz

Vertical frequency
59.94 Hz

Sync system

Shutter speed
1/4 to 1/10000 sec

S-Video, A/V, Audio In, i.LINK, LANC, headphone stereo mini

Minimum illumination
1 lux

auto, manual

180,000 dot B and W

rec. 48KHz/16 bit, 32KHz 12 bit

Provided microphone
Directional electret

built in dynamic

LCD panel
Hybrid 2.5 type 211,200 dots

DV/DVCAM recording, DVCAM/DV playback

Memory card slot
Recording time

Max. 40 minutes with DVCAM or 60 minutes in DV

1.5Kg approx


Power consumption
4.7 watts REC with viewfinder ON only

Operating temperature
0 deg C to +40 deg C