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Sony PXW-X180 Camcorder with 25x Zoom Lens

code: PXW-X180
  • £4,284.00
  • RRP: £4,916.00
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  • Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • XAVC Intra and Long GOP Codecs
  • MPEG HD 422, AVCHD, & DV Codecs
  • G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom
  • Electronic Variable ND Filter
  • Dual SxS Memory Card Slots
  • 3G/HD-SDI & HDMI Output
  • MP4 Proxy Recording to SD Card
  • 0.5" OLED Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi Remote Control via Included Module

Sony PXW-X180 (PXWX180, PXW X180, PXW/X180, pxw-x180) Camcorder with 25x Zoom Lens

The Sony PXW-X180 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder features three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors and a 25x Sony G zoom lens with 26mm wide angle. It records high-quality, 10-bit 1080p video using the XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD, and DV codecs to fit into a variety of broadcast and production workflows. Other key features include a 0.5" OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, proxy recording to SD cards, and an electronically controlled variable ND filter. The camcorder can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet using the included wireless LAN module.

Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors

  • Three 1/3" Exmor CMOS sensors with a total of about 2.07 million effective pixels (16:9) independently capture red, blue, and green light. This, combined with the camcorder's Full HD 1920x1080 resolution, high-sensitivity, and wide dynamic range, delivers vibrant images with accurate color rendition. Noise reduction and anti-shake is provided to assure high image quality in a variety on shooting conditions.

Sony G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom

  • The Sony G lens has a 25x zoom range with a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 26mm to 650mm. This makes the lens versatile enough to handle a wide range of shooting situations from wide-angle to telephoto. Independent manual, zoom, and focus rings with end-stop and iris control are provided, and a slide mechanism on the focus ring enables easy switching between auto and manual focusing. The focus indicator can be displayed even when focusing manually.

XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP Recording

  • XAVC technology is based on the efficient and high-quality H.264 standard. XAVC Intra using intra-frame compression, meaning that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames. This provides a better quality picture, but requires a higher bit-rate. 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. XAVC Long GOP files require less storage space than XAVC Intra files. When recording in XAVC, it uses the MXF file format, efficiently compressing Full HD 1920x1080 resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50 Mbps, 35 Mbps or 25 Mbps. In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X180 records in MPEG HD 422 at 50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 at 35 Mbps, AVCHD, and DV.

Dual SxS Memory Card Slots

  • The PXW-X180 features two SxS memory card slots offering high read and write speeds. Optional adapters are available which allow recording to your existing XQD or SD memory cards. Simultaneous recording onto two memory cards is possible (in the same recording mode only). With two record buttons, the operator can choose which card to record to, letting you use one card for recording while the other card serves as a backup. Continuous relay recording is also possible from the card in the A slot to the card in the B slot.

Note: In AVCHD recording mode, simultaneous recording and relay recording between the two memory cards are not possible.

Proxy Recording on SD Card

  • The PXW-X180 can record proxy H.264 videos on an SD card. The resolution and bitrate of proxy video can be changed for a more flexible workflow. The proxy files are recorded in MP4 format for better compatibility with broadcast systems. The lightweight proxy video files are generated separately from the main line recording and recorded to SD cards for quick sharing of content over low-bandwidth mobile networks.

Variable ND Filter

  • The PXW-X180 is Sony's first professional camcorder to feature a variable ND filter. The new filter device has been developed to electronically control density and enable continuous setting adjustment from 1/4 to 1/128 ND using a simple dial. The variable ND filter lets you shoot with large apertures and/or slower shutter speeds when outside in daylight or in other bright environments.


  • The camcorder offers a variety of connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI, USB, composite output, timecode input/output, and genlock input. The 3G-SDI connector is able to output the 1080/59.94p or 50p signal. Down-conversion output from HD to SD is also possible. Simultaneous output from both SDI and HDMI is possible. The Rec Trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.

Wireless Functionality

  • The included wireless LAN module enables Wi-Fi control with NFC support. Simply download the Content Browser Mobile app to monitor footage and control camcorder settings via your smartphone or tablet. You can also transfer MP4 proxy recordings from the camcorder to your mobile device.

Multi-Interface Shoe


  • Accessories taking their power from the Multi-Interface Shoe can be switched on and off from the camcorder. Also, if an optional UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone receiver is connected, power supply and cable-free audio signal input is possible, minimizing the need for extra batteries and removing the need for additional cabling.



  • Imaging Device: 3 x 1/3" type Exmor CMOS sensor
  • Effective Pixels (H x V): 1920 x 1080
  • Sensitivity: F9 (typical) (1920 x 1080/59.94i mode),F10 (typical) (1920 x 1080/50i mode)
  • S/N Ratio: 60 dB (Y) (typical)
  • Shutter Speed: 1/32 to 1/2000 sec
  • White Balance: Present (3200K), A, B
  • GPS: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • NFC: Yes
  • Built-In ND Filters: Clear, 1/4 to 1/128 variable


  • Type: Fixed
  • Zoom Ratio: 25x (optical), servo/manual
  • Focal Length: 3.7 to 92.5 mm
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 26 to 650 mm
  • Aperture: f/1.6 to f/11, and closed
  • Focus: Autofocus / manual focus selectable
  • Minimum Focus Distance: Wide: 0.39" (10 mm),Tele: 31.5" (800 mm)
  • Image Stabilizer: ON/OFF/ACTIVE selectable, shift lens
  • Filter Diameter : 82 mm


  • Video Recording Format : XAVC-Intra,1920x1080 59.94i: 111 Mbps max,1920x1080 50i: 112 Mbps max,1920x1080 29.97p: 111 Mbps max,1920x1080 25p: 112 Mbps max,1920x1080 23.98p: 89 Mbps max,1280x720 59.94p: 111 Mbps max,1280x720 50p: 112 Mbps max
  • XAVC-Long: 1920x1080 59.94i, 50i: 50/35/25 Mbps max,1920x1080 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50/35 Mbps max,1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 50 Mbps max
  • MPEG HD422: 1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50 Mbps max,1280x720 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 50 Mbps max 
  • MPEG HD420: 1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 35Mbps max,1440x1080 59.94i, 50i: 35 Mbps max,1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 35Mbps max
  • AVCHD:  1920x1080 59.94p, 50p: 28 Mbps max ,1920x1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p: 24 Mbps max,1280x720 59.94p, 50p: 24 Mbps max
  • DVCAM: 720x480 59.94i: 25 Mbps, 720x576 50i: 25 Mbps,
  • Proxy: 1280x720: 9 Mbps, 640x360: 3 Mbps, 480x270: 1 Mbps, 480x270: 500 Kbps
  • Slow & Quick Motion Function: 1920x1080p: Frame rate selectable 1 to 60p (depends on Recording Format),1280x720: 1 to 120p (depends on Recording Format),Angle of view becomes smaller over 60fps
  • Audio Recording Format: LPCM, AC-3 (AVCHD): 2 channel, LPCM (XAVC/MPEG2/AVCHD/DVCAM), Dolby Digital (AVCHD): 2 channel


  • Input: 2 x XLR 3-pin, female
  • Audio Output: 1 x 3.5 mm
  • HDMI Output: 1 x HDMI, Type A
  • SDI Output: 1 x 3G-SDI, BNC connector
  • Composite Output / GENLOCK-IN: 1 x BNC connector
  • USB: 1 x USB 2.0, mini-B, 1 x type A (for Wireless LAN module)
  • Timecode Input & Output: 1 x BNC connector
  • Remote: 1 x 2.5 mm
  • DC Input: 1 x DC jack
  • Shoe Mounts: 1 x Multi Interface shoe
  • Headphone Output: 1 x 3.5 mm
  • Built-In Microphone: Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone


  • Viewfinder: 0.5" (1.27 cm) color OLED,2.36 million dots
  • LCD: 3.5" (8.89 cm) color LCD monitor,Aspect ratio: 16:9,1.56 million dots

Recording Media

  • Slots: 2 x ExpressCard/34; supports SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 memory cards (for XAVC/MPEG2/AVCHD/DV),1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for Proxy),1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for Utility)


  • Power Requirements: 19.5 VDC (AC Adaptor),14.4 VDC (battery pack)
  • Power Consumption: Approx. 19.9 W (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)
  • Battery Operating Time : With battery pack BP-U90: approx. 4 hours (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used),With battery pack BP-U60: approx. 2 hours, 35 minutes (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used),With battery pack BP-U30: approx. 1 hours, 15 minutes (While recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used)
  • Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 7.54 x 7.93 x 16.22" (19.15 x 00.15 x 41.20 cm); without protrusions
  • Weight : Approx. 5.95 lb (2.7 kg); body only,Approx. 7.05 lb (3.2 kg); with lens hood, eyecup, battery pack BP-U30, SxS memory card

In the box

  • Sony PXW-X180 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder
  • Len Hood
  • EVF Large Eyecup
  • USB Cable
  • Audio Connecting Cable
  • IR Remote Commander
  • Lithium Battery (for IR Remote Commander)
  • AC Adapter
  • BC-U1 Battery Charger
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 2 x AC Cable
  • Cold Shoe Kit
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Wireless LAN Module
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • XQD Card Adapter
  • CD-ROM (Operating Instructions in PDF)
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