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Sony PMW-500 camcorder with HDVF-20A Viewfinder, 1310 hrs, used

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  • 2/3"-Type Power HAD CCDs
  • XDCAM HD (MPEG-2 4:2:2 @50Mbps)
  • Captures to SxS Memory Card
  • Records in UDF & FAT Formats
  • MXF or MP4 File Wrappers
  • Slow & Quick Motion
  • Hypergamma

Sony PMW-500 camcorder with HDVF-20A Viewfinder, 1310 hrs, used

Very Good condition

3 months warranty

Sony's PMW-500 Solid State Memory Camcorder is a 2/3" shoulder-mount camera that combines the 4:2:2 color space and high 50Mbps bitrate of the PDW-F800 with the SxS media recording of the PMW-350--introducing a lightweight, low power-consumption HD powerhouse to the world of professional broadcasting. What makes the higher bitrate and wider color space such an advantage? In a word: elasticity. A straight comparison of 35Mbps/4:2:0 to 50Mbps/4:2:2 footage may reveal few differences to the naked eye, but in post-production--where video images can be subjected to a wide degree of processing, color correction, compression and other digital abuse--it's the more robust PMW-500 images that will come out the other side (i.e., on your TV screen) with their original sparkle intact.

Those original images, of course, will match Sony's highest broadcast standards, having been captured on the same 2/3" 2.2MP full-HD progressive 3CCDs as used in the PDW-F800. Whether recording in 1080i or 720p, HD or SD (optional), undercranked or overcranked, in the studio or in the field, you'll have a bevy of picture and format options to choose from. Add to that the solid-state simplicity of recording to SxS Memory Cards, which can be formatted to record in either UDF or FAT format (using MXF or MP4 file wrappers)--plus all the high-end features you've come to expect in a CineAlta camera--and the PMW-500 is ready to take its place among the ranks of Sony's top video capture devices.

Three 2/3"-type Full-HD Power HAD FX CCDs

The PMW-500 is equipped with three 2/3"-type 2.2-megapixel full-HD progressive CCDs--the same sensors as used in Sony's well-proven PDW-F800/700 XDCAM Professional Disc HD422 camcorders. Based on Sony Power HAD FX sensor technology and the latest on-chip lens structure, this type of CCD offers a high sensitivity of F11 at 59.94i (F12 at 50i) and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 59dB.

SxS Memory Cards: High Transfer Speeds & High Reliability

Both SxS PRO and SxS-1 memory cards use the PCI Express interface to achieve an extremely high data-transfer speed of 1.2 Gbps with SBS-64G1A/32G1A and 800 Mbps with the other SxS memory cards. They can resist considerable shock (1500 G) and vibration (15 G). Also, a unique Salvage function serves to restore content damaged by power loss or memory disconnection during recording. In addition, with an optional MEAD-MS01 or MEAD-SD01 Media Adaptor, a high-speed Memory Stick or SD memory card can be used as emergency recording media.

HD 1080/720 Recording Using the MPEG HD422 Codec

The PMW-500 records and plays back high-definition video with 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions up to 50Mbps using MPEG-2 4:2:2P@HL compression technology. Also, the PMW-500 can record high-quality 24-bit four-channel audio.

Selectable Recording Modes and Video Formats

In addition to high-quality MPEG HD422 50Mbps mode, the PMW-500 can record and play back videos at different bit rates and in a variety of video formats. The PDW-500 supports both the broadcast-standard MXF file wrapper and IT-standard MP4 file wrapper. In UDF mode (MXF), which is compatible with the recording formats of the XDCAM Professional Disc Series, and in FAT mode (MP4/AVI)--which is compatible with the XDCAM EX Series--XDCAM Browser (supplied software) can very rapidly convert files between formats, as no transcoding process is required.

Long Recording Time

With highly efficient MPEG-2 Long GOP compression and a large-capacity SxS memory card, the PMW-500 can record high-quality HD422 50Mbps images for a long recording time of 120 minutes on a single 64GB SxS memory card. The SxS memory card can be hot-swapped with two cards while shooting, without interrupting the recording.

Well-balanced Compact Body & Low Power Consumption

Designed to be very compact and ergonomically well balanced, the PMW-500 provides a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting situations. The main body weighs only 7.9 lbs (3.4 kg) and its power consumption is only 29W.

Digital Extender

With optional CBK-HD02 boards, the Digital Extender function* of the PMW-500 enables images to be digitally doubled in size. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this doubling in size without any F-drop phenomenon (i.e., without loss of image sensitivity).

Focus Magnification

A magnified camera picture (x2) is available in the viewfinder, simplifying precise focus adjustment.

ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation)

This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens. ALAC is activated only with some third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data. (Please check with lens manufacturers for ALAC support.)

Slow & Quick Motion Function

The PMW-500 offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function that enables users to create elegant fast- and slow-motion footage. The PMW-500 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720p mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode (NTSC settings), in increments of 1 fps.

Slow Shutter

A maximum of 16 frames can be accumulated using the Slow Shutter function.


Four types of HyperGamma curve--inherited from Sony's CineAlta camcorders--are provided in addition to six standard gammas.

Interval Recording Function

The Interval Recording function intermittently records one frame at predetermined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects with extremely rapid motion.

Frame Recording Function

The Frame Recording function records images for pre-determined frames every time the Record button is pressed. This is particularly useful for clay animation shooting.

Optical ND Filters and Electrical CC Filters

The PMW-500 camcorder comes equipped with optical ND filters and electrical CC filters. With electrical CC filters, users can easily select a color temperature-3200K, 4300K, 5600K, or 6300K--by rotation using a camcorder-assignable switch.

ATW (Auto Tracing White Balance) & Hold

The Auto Tracing White Balance function automatically adjusts the camera's color temperature according to changes in lighting conditions. If required, the user can hold auto tracing at a desired color balance via an assignable switch.

Gain Control and Turbo Gain (-6 dB to +42 dB)

"Shockless gain control" provides smooth transition in gain control.

MPEG IMX and DVCAM Recording and Playback

MPEG IMX and DVCAM format recording and playback are also supported by the optional CBK-MD01, which can realize smooth migration from current SD operation to near-future HD operation.

Proxy Data Recording

At the same time as recording high-resolution video and audio data, a low-resolution version of this AV data (called proxy data) can be recorded on the SxS memory card. Proxy data enables amazingly high-speed file transfer and efficient batch editing workflow.

Picture Cache Recording

Up to 15 seconds of audio and video signals are buffered even before the Record button is pressed.

Pool-feed Operation

For pool-feed operation, optional CBK-HD02 boards provide HD- and SD-SDI inputs and Analog Composite input.*

Up-/Down- and Cross-conversion Capability

The PMW-500 comes equipped with up- and cross-conversion systems for input signals, which provide operational flexibility. It also supports down-conversion from HD to SD in playback mode. (Down-conversion of input signals and up-/cross-conversion of output signals are not supported.)

Freeze Mix

This function superimposes a previously recorded image onto the viewfinder, making it easy to shoot in the same framework as a previous take. (This function works only in HD mode.)

Clip Continuous REC

This mode allows users to create a single, large clip with multiple starts and stops in recording. The benefit of this mode is a faster transfer speed for single clips (there is no overhead for the file open/close process).

Live & Play Function

The Live & Play function allows users to simultaneously check both playback signals and incoming camera signals, and sequentially output them without any switching noise. This allows users to frame the next shot, adjust the exposure, and then focus the lens while the camcorder is playing back pre-recordings from the disc.*

High-quality 24-bit Four-channel Audio Recording

The PMW-500 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit audio in MPEG HD422 mode or MPEG IMX mode. Each channel level can be adjusted independently by individual level controllers.

Scene File System

The Scene File feature allows camera operators to easily call up customized picture-tonal settings to suit particular shooting conditions, and also user files*, reference files, all files, and lens files. Each scene file can be stored on and loaded from an SxS memory card.

Easy-to-view 3.5" Color LCD Monitor

The PMW-500 is equipped with a large, easy-to-view, 3.5" color LCD monitor with a high resolution of approx. 921,000 effective pixels. This LCD monitor enables operators to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera's set-up menus and view status indications.

Eight Assignable Switches

Frequently used functions can be programmed onto eight assignable buttons on the PMW-500, allowing operators to make rapid changes when working in the field.


Slot for Digital Wireless Receiver

The PMW-500 is equipped with a slot to accommodate a DWR-S01D digital wireless microphone receiver which provides two-channel audio with stable and secure transmission and also analog wireless receivers can be attached.

Camera Adapter for Multi-camera Operation

The optional CBK-HD02 enables the XDCA-55 Camera Adapter to mount directly onto the camcorder, expanding its potential for multicamera operation.

Affordable MPEG TS Option for Field & Satellite Transmission

The optional HDCA-702 MPEG TS Adapter, which can be directly docked onto the PMW-500, transmits an MPEG transport stream (TS) via DVB-ASI output with an optional CBK-HD02 50-pin interface.*

Planning Metadata Import via a Wi-Fi Adapter


To realize Sony's innovative XMPilot metadata workflow, the PMW-500 is designed to support planning metadata. Before shooting starts, users can import the metadata to be used. This type of metadata is called planning metadata. It diminishes the time and effort of inputting metadata at a location, thus achieving a smooth interface with post-production and archiving. With an optional CBK-WA01 Wi-Fi Adapter, users can achieve a wireless workflow using mobile devices.*

Image Device 2/3"-type 3CCD

Signal-to-Noise Ratio 59dB (Y)

Picture Elements 1920 x 1080 (Effective)

Horizontal Resolution 1,000 TV lines or more

Sensitivity 2000 lux, 3200K, 89.9% Reflectance:

F11 (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode)

F12 (1920 x 1080/50i mode)

Minimum Illumination 0.016 lux (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.4, +42 dB gain, with 16-frame accumulation)

Optical System F1.4 Prism System

Signal System NTSC / PAL

Built-in Filters Neutral Density: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64

Electrical Color Correction: 3200K, 4300K, 5600K, 6300K

LCD Monitor 3.5" Hybrid-type 16:9 Color LCD Monitor

Approx. 921,000 effective pixels, 640(H) x 3(RGB) x 480(V)

Speaker Mono

Viewfinder Supplied Interfaces (20-pin IF for HDVF, 26-pin IF for CBK-VF01)

Shutter Speed 1/60 sec to 1/2,000 sec + ECS

Slow Shutter (SLS): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 16-frame accumulation


Gain Selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB

Memory Card Slot ExpressCard/34 (x2)

Recording Format MPEG-2 Long GOP

HD422 mode: CBR, maximum bit rate: 50 Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL

HQ mode: VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL

SP mode: CBR, 25 Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@H-14

SD mode (with optional CBK-MD01): IMX, DVCAM

Frame Rates UDF Mode

HD422 50 Mode: MPEG-2 422P@HL, 50 Mbps/CBR

1920 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P

1280 × 720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P, 23.98P


HD 420 HQ Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR

1440 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P

1280 × 720/59.94P, 50P, 23.98P(PD)


SD IMX Mode (with optional CBK-MD01):

720 × 486/59.94i, 29.97PsF

720 × 576/50i, 25PsF


SD DVCAM Mode (with optional CBK-MD01):

720 × 480/59.94i, 29.97PsF

720 × 576/50i, 25PsF

FAT Mode

HD HQ 1920 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR

1920 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P


HD HQ 1440 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR

1440 × 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P


HD HQ 1280 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@HL, 35 Mbps/VBR

1280 × 720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 25P,23.98P


HD SP 1440 Mode: MPEG-2 MP@H-14, 25 Mbps/CBR

1440 × 1080 /59.94i, 50i

(23.98P is converted to 59.94i in 2-3 pulldown processing)


SD DVCAM Mode (with optional CBK-MD01):

720 × 480/59.94i, 29.97PsF

720 × 576/50i, 25PsF


Slow & Quick Motion Function

720p: Selectable from 1-60 fps (1-50 fps in PAL UDF Mode)

1080p: Selectable from 1-30 fps (1-25 fps in PAL UDF Mode)


Recording/Playback Time UDF Mode (w/64GB Memory Card)

HD422 50/SD IMX Mode: Approx. 120 mins

HD 420 HQ Mode: Approx. 180 mins

SD DVCAM Mode (Option): Approx. 220 mins


FAT mode (w/64GB Memory Card)

HD HQ Mode: Approx. 200 mins

HD SP Mode: Approx. 280 mins

SD DVCAM Mode (Option): Approx. 260 mins

Audio Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer

Audio Signal Format UDF Mode

HD422 50 Mode: LPCM 24 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels

HD 420 HQ Mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels

SD IMX Mode (with optional CBK-MD01): LPCM 16/24 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels

SD DVCAM Mode (with optional CBK-MD01): LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels


FAT Mode

HD Mode: LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz 4 channels

SD DVCAM Mode (with optional CBK-MD01): LPCM 16 bits, 48 kHz 2 channels

Audio Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer

Signal to Noise Ratio Not specified by manufacturer

Input and Output Connectors HD/SD-SDI: BNC (x1 Output)

Composite, HD-Y: BNC (x1 Output)

FireWire: IEEE 1394 6-pin (x1 Input/Output)

Line/Mic: 3-pin XLR (x2 Input)

Audio: 5-pin XLR (x1 Output)

Timecode: BNC (x1 Input, x1 Output)

Genlock: BNC (x1 Input)

USB: Type B/A (x1)

Headphone: 3.5mm Stereo Mini (x1 Output)

Remote: 8-pin

Lens: 12-pin MIC: 5-pin XLR

Power Requirements 12VDC (11-17V)

Power Consumption 33W

Operating Temperature 23 to 104°F (-5 to 40°C)

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5 x 10.6 x 13.1" (12.4 x 26.9 x 33.2 cm) (body only)

Weight 7.5 lbs (3.4kg) (body only)

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