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Sony PDW-680//U Camcorder

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Sony PDW-680//U (PDW680//U, PDW/680//U, pdw-680//u) Camcorder

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.


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.


Mass    Approx. 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)*1    124 x 269 x 332 mm (excluding protrusions, body only)
5 x 10 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches (excluding protrusions, body only)
Power Requirements    DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power Consumption    Approx. 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
Humidity    10% to 90% (relative humidity)
Continuous Operating Time    Approx. 135 min with BP-GL95 battery
Recording Format (Video)    MPEG HD422 (50 Mbps)
- 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 Rate    HD 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
- 720 x 486/ 59.94i
- 720 x 576/ 50i
Lens Mount    2/3-inch type 48 bayonet mount
Genlock Input    BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 *2
Composite Input with CBK-SC02
Timecode Input    BNC (x1), 0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p, 10 k
SDI Input    With CBK-HD01, BNC (x1)
HD/SD switchable;
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Audio Input    CH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), Line/Mic/Mic +48V/AES/EBU selectable
Mic Input    XLR-type 5-pin (female, stereo) (x1)
Test Output    BNC (x1), switchable;
SD: composite (character on/off)
SDI Output    BNC (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 Output    CH-1/CH-2: XLR-type 5-pin (male, stereo) (x1)
Timecode Output    BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75
Earphone Output    Mini-jack (x2); front: monaural, rear: stereo/monaural
Speaker Output    Monaural
DC Input    XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1), 11 V to 17 V
DC Output    4-pin (x1) (for wireless microphone receiver), 11 V to 17 V DC (MAX 0.5 A)
Lens    12-pin
Remote    8-pin
Light    2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
i.LINK    IEEE 1394, 6-pin (x1), File Access Mode*3
Memory Stick    (x1) for camera setup files
Ethernet    RJ-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 Response    20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
Dynamic Range    More than 93 dB
Distortion    Less than 0.08% (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Crosstalk    Less than -70 dB (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Wow and Flutter    Below measurable limit
Headroom    12/16/18/20 dB (selectable)
Camera Section
Imager    3-chip 2/3-type Exmor Full HD CMOS
Effective Picture Elements    1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Optical System    F1.4 prism system
Built-in Optical Filters    1: 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 Illumination    Approx. 0.014 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
White Balance    Preset (3200K), Memory A, Memory B/ATW
Gain Selection    -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
S/N Ratio    59 dB
Horizontal Resolution    1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Registration    Less than 0.02%
Modulation Depth    45% or more at 27.5 MHz (typical)
Viewfinder    Option
Other Equipment
Built-in LCD Monitor    3.5-inch type color LCD monitor*7
Built-in Speaker    (x1)
Supplied Accessories
Supplied Accessories    Stereo 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.

Includes in the box:

  • Shoulder strap
  • Operation Manual
  • CD ROM manual
  • Stereo  Microphone
  • 5pin
  • Application  software
  • CD ROM

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Capital Cost: £10,000

Rental: 1 + 35 Monthly Payments of £320.00

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Standard UK Mainland Delivery    

We offer a standard mainland UK Delivery charge of £6.25 plus VAT on all orders (unless otherwise specified)

Items are estimated to arrive between 1-2 working days, subject to stock availability.

We also offer a Next Day Delivery £7.50 + vat and a Saturday Delivery option £25.00 + vat

Next day delivery - Option available if you order before 2.00pm 

European Delivery Service

DigiBroadcast can ship any item within Europe. Delivery charges will apply and are dependent on the size, weight and destination of the products you have ordered, and the area zone it is allocated to. 

All European deliveries are estimated to arrive between 1-3 working days, subject to stock availability, and prices are dependent on the European zone your country is allocated to.


Offshore & Overseas Delivery Service                                        

DigiBroadcast can ship any item worldwide. Delivery charges will apply and are dependent on the size, weight and destination of the products you have ordered, and the area zone it is allocated to.

All International deliveries are estimated to arrive between 2-5 working days, subject to stock availability,and shipping prices are dependent on the International zone your country is allocated to.

You will be responsible for any customs or import duties levied once the goods reach your country.   


IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING VAT AND EU VAT                                      

If you are an EU registered business, with a valid VAT number, then you do not have to pay VAT.

You can enter your VAT registration number on the check out page, after you have selected your payment method.

Returns Policy                                               

This web site is intended for professional users. Customers must satisfy themselves that a product is suitable before making a purchase. Items sold online are sold on a firm sale basis and are not returnable. Items sold as new that within one year of the date of sale exhibit problems which can be attributed to manufacturing faults will be repaired or replaced. The decision to repair or replace will be at the discretion of Digibroadcast Co Ltd.                                                                                        

As part of our policy, items must be returned as new within 7 working days of delivery and with all the original packaging intact and product tags attached.                                            

Please notify us of your intention to return in writing at within 7 days of receiving your delivery.         

Returns Policy  for USED products                                                                               

Problems that can be attributed to fair wear and tear, misuse, exposure to contaminants including water or impact damage will be chargeable repairs.

"You" the customer within 7 days must notify us if you wish to return your purchased products to be able to asses, verify and fix any disputes with the purchase.                                           

Customers wishing to return items to Digibroadcast Co Ltd. must contact us to obtain a returned material number (RMA) before shipping the item. When contacting us please say that you want to make a return and have your invoice number ready to quote.                                           

Items returned to Digibroadcast Co Ltd without prior agreement will be returned to the customer. Digibroadcast Co Ltd accepts no liability for financial losses incurred by customers who have submitted unauthorised returns.                                

For some products the manufacturer offers the facility to register the product and obtain an enhanced warranty. Customers are strongly urged to register such products immediately. Digibroadcast co ltd regret that unregistered customers will not be able to benefit from the additional benefits.                                           


Unwanted Product Returns within 14 days                                        

"You" the customer within 7 days must notify us if you wish to return your purchased products. After 7 days, unwanted goods will only be accepted at Digibroadcast Co Ltd discretion and will be subject to a 25% restocking charge.                                           

The unwanted product must be returned in its original and undamaged packaging with all the accessories. Returns must be made within a reasonable period - maximum of 28 days from the day you receive the product.                                      

If the product is not returned in its original packaging, is damaged or has any accessories missing, we reserve the right to refuse a refund or charge for the missing accessories.                                       

We will not refund the delivery charge and you will be liable for the delivery charge when returning the product. Follow our Return Procedure to return the product.                                               

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If the issuer of your payment card refuses to, or does not for any reason, authorise payment then you will be notified.

We may also use your information for the purposes of the prevention and detection of fraud. One of the purposes for which we may disclose your address and postcode details is to check against the IMRG Security Alert or any other Credit Reference Agency or Fraud Prevention Scheme.

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