Sony has launched the PXW-X160, the latest addition to its XDCAM Series of professional camcorders. The PXW-X160 is a follow-up to the Sony HXR-NX5E and PMW-150, and differs from the previously announced PXW-X180 in the omission of features such as wireless functionality, NFC, and GPS, lowering the price point.
The PXW-X160 features three 1/3² Full HD Exmor CMOS sensors and a newly-developed 25x optical zoom G-Lens that extends from a 26mm wide angle. It can record in XAVC Intra and Long GOP, enabling 10-bit sampling for high-definition recordings, as well as MPEG HD422 at 50Mbps. It can also record in MPEG HD420 at 35Mbps, AVCHD and DV formats.
“Our XDCAM Line-up just keeps getting better: this latest addition brings all the latest key Sony features at an affordable price to users around the world,” commented Bill Drummond, strategic marketing manager, Entry Level Production at Sony.
The new XDCAM has an advanced image processor that features noise reduction and distortion compensation, designed to deliver superb detail and texture reproduction, with image quality settings rivalling high-end broadcast camcorders, the company claims. Additional features include support for SxS, XQD, and SD memory cards plus memory stick; a variable ND filter that electronically controls density and enables continuous adjustment from 1/4 ND to 1/128 ND via a simple dial operation; a 3.5 type QHD LCD panel (960x540xRGB, 16:9), designed to provide easy viewing in a wide range of lighting conditions; and compatible accessories attached to the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe which can be controlled from the PXW-X160.