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Sony PDW-850 XDCAM HD422 Ultimate Professional Disc Camcorder

code: PDW-850
  • £22,964.00
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  • High sensitivity with three 2/3-inch-type Power HAD FX CCDs
  • Lighter and well balanced body with lower power consumption
  • Full CBK-WA100 wireless adapter support via SDI and USB, plus GPS included
  • HD/SD-SDI and composite inputs
  • High-quality 24-bit audio recording
  • Supported recording formats: HD/SD and interlace/progressive
  • Optional HDVF viewfinders
  • Wide choice of optional microphones
  • High quality LCD side monitor
  • State-of-the-art DSP LSI
  • Interval Recording function
  • Picture Cache Recording function
  • Smooth gain control
  • 4x Digital Extender function

Sony PDW-850 (PDW850, PDW/850, PD-W8-50, pwd-850) XDCAM HD422 Ultimate Professional Disc Camcorder

Successor to both the PDW-700 and PDW-F800, the PDW-850 combines the best of both these models into one model featuring lighter mass and lower power consumption. The latest triple PowerHAD FX CCD sensors have been included and the camera will record in both HD and SD formats including  MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps onto ready-to-archive and robust Professional Disc media.

Sensitivity is high at F12 at 50i and there is an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 62dB. The PDW-850 features a high quality colour QHD 960 x 540 LCD side monitor, while also providing an HDVF interface to allow the latest optional colour and monochrome viewfinders to be attached. The ergonomically well balanced camcorder now fully supports the CBK-WA100 wireless adapter, enabling proxy recording and proxy/high resolution content transfer via Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE, as well as Planning Metadata management (with a future upgrade). Ethernet, USB interfaces and GPS are included. The camcorder weighs only 4.2 kg (body only), lighter than the PDW-700, and has lower power consumption compared to its predecessors. The PDW-850 can also be configured in a live production system by docking the CA-FB70 fibre adapter or CA-TX70 digital triax adapter CA-TX70 to the standard 50-pin interface.

Superb Image Quality

  • The CCDs offer the world’s top-end picture quality, with high sensitivity (F12 at 50i), wider dynamic range and the elimination of motion artefacts. On top of this, the PDW-850 offers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 62dB. It records the most popular broadcast MXF formats: MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps and 25 Mbps, MPEG IMX 50 Mbps and DVCAM.

Lighter and more Ergonomic

  • Weighs only 4.2 kg (body only) and offers lower power consumption than predecessor models PDW-680, PDW-700 and PDW-F800 of only 37W in normal operating conditions.

Full Live Production Integration in HSC/HDC Camera Environment

  • Full integration with Camera Control Units (CCUs) via the CA-FB70 optical fibre adapter and CA-TX70 digital triax adapter The PDW-850 shares the same CCD and Digital Signal Processing as the HSC and HDC system cameras, allowing you to perfectly match the picture output.

Ideal for Field Acquisition

  • Features CBK-WA100 wireless adapter support with USB connector and GPS included for synchronised proxy recording, low latency tablet/smartphone monitoring and proxy/high resolution content transfer over Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE, and better planning metadata management.

High Quality LCD Side Monitor and Optional HDVF Viewfinder Interface

  • Large, easy-to-focus, high quality colour Quarter Full HD 960 x 540 LCD monitor, plus an HDVF interface to allow the latest optional colour and monochrome eyepiece or studio viewfinders to be attached.



  • Mass (approx): 4.2kg (9lb 4oz) – Body Only, 6.2kg (13lb 7oz) with VF, Mic, Disc, BP-L80S battery, 5.9kg (13lb) with VF, Mic, Disc, BP-GL95 battery
  • Dimensions (*1) (WxDxH): 124 x 269 x 332mm (5” x 10 5/8” x 13 1/8”) – Body Only excl protrusions
  • Power Requirements: DC 12V +5.0V / -1.0V
  • Power Consumption: Approx 37W recording with LCD on, Approx 41W while recording with viewfinder, colour LCD on, manual lens, microphone
  • Operating Temperature: -5 to +40 Celsuis (23 to 104 Fahrenheit)
  • Storage Temperature: -20 to +60 Celsius (-4 to +140 Fahrenheit)
  • Humidity: 10% to 90% relative humidity
  • Continuous Operating Time: Approx 115min with BP-L80S battery, Approx 135min with BP-GL95 battery
  • Video Recording Format: MPEG HD422 (CBR: 50 Mbps), MPEG HD: HQ mode (VBR, 35 Mbps max.), SP mode (CBR, 25 Mbps), LP mode (VBR, 18 Mbps max.) (playback only), MPEG IMX (CBR, 50 Mbps), DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)
  • Audio Recording Format: MPEG HD422: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz, MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz, MPEG IMX: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz or 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz, DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
  • Proxy Video Recording Format: MPEG-4
  • Proxy Audio Recording Format: 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 (playback only): Approx. 120 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min (PFD23A), 30 Mbps (playback only): 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: MPEG HD422 50Mbps: 1920x1080 @59.94i, 29.97p, 50i, 25p, 23.98p 1280x720 @59.94p, 50p, MPEG HD420 (HQ 35Mbps, SP 25Mbps): 1440x1080 @59.94i, 29.97p, 50i, 25p, 23.98p 1280x720 @59.94p, 50p, MPEG HD420 (LP 18Mbps): (Playback only for 1440x1080 @59.94i, 29.97p, 50i, 25p, 23.98p), MPEG IMX 50Mbps/DVCAM Mode: - 720 x 486 @59.94i/29.97p - 720 x 576 @50i/25p), MPEG IMX 40Mbps/30Mbps: (Playback only for - 720 x 486 @59.94i/29.97p - 720 x 576 @50i/25p)


  • Lens Mount: 2/3-inch type 48 bayonet mount

Input / Output

  • Genlock Input: BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
  • Timecode Input: BNC (x1), 0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
  • SDI Input: 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; HD: Y, 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 1A)
  • Lens: 12-pin
  • Remote: 8-pin
  • Light: 2-pin, DC12V, max 50W
  • Camera Adaptor: 50-pin (x1)
  • Ethernet: RJ-45 (x1), 100BASE-TX: IEEE 802.3u, 10BASE-T: IEEE 802.3
  • USB: (x1) for Proxy Recording on USB Memory, and Firmware Version-up

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 HD PowerHAD FX CCDs
  • Effective Picture Elements: 1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
  • Built-in Optical Filters: CC; A: Cross, B: 3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K,ND; 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
  • Shutter Speed (Time): 1080/59.94i: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000. 1/2000, ECS*2, SLS*3, 1080/50i: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS*2, SLS*3, 1080/29.97p: 1/40, 1/60, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS*2, SLS*3, 1080/25p: 1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS*2, SLS*3, 1080/23.98p: 1/32, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS*2, SLS*3, 720/23.98p (Pull-down): 23.98p: 1/32, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS*2, SLS*3
  • Shutter Speed (Slow Shutter (SLS)): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16 frame accumulation
  • Slow & Quick Motion Function: (MPEG HD422 50M@1080 mode only), 23.98p: Selectable from 1 to 48 frame/sec as recording frame rate, 25p: Selectable from 1 to 50 frame/sec as recording frame rate, 29.97p: Selectable from 1 to 59.94 frame/sec as recording frame rate
  • Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance): 1080/59.94i: F11 (typical)
  • 1080/50i: F12 (typical)
  • Minimum Illumination: Approx. 0.3 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB, with slow shutter: Off)
  • 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: 62 dB (58 dB w/o Noise Suppressor)
  • Horizontal Resolution: 1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
  • Registration: 0.02% or less for entire screen area (excluding distortion due to lens)
  • Modulation Depth: 45% or more at 27.5 MHz (typical)
  • Digital Extender: x2, x3, x4

Other Equipment

  • Viewfinder: Optional
  • LCD Monitor: Built-in, 3.5-inch type colour LCD monitor 960 x 540*4
  • Built-in Speaker: Yes (x1)


In the box

  • 1x PDW-850 Camera
  • 1x Shoulder strap
  • 1x Microphone cable
  • 1x Microphone spacer
  • Operation manual CD-ROM (Japanese, English, French, Germany, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese) (1)
  • Operation guide (Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Kazakhstan) (1)


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