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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sony PMW-500

BP #: SO-PMW-500  |  MFR #: PMW500

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Quick Overview

The PMW-500 is the first Sony 2/3" PowerHAD FX CCD-based shoulder mount camera which records our high quality 50Mbs MPEG HD422 video as MXF files on SxS memory cards.


The PMW-500 is the first Sony 2/3" PowerHAD FX CCD based shoulder mount memory which records our high quality 50 MPEG HD422 video as MXF files on SxS memory cards. These field proven CCD sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 (H) x 1080 (V), give the camcorder an excellent sensitivity of F11 and a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of 59 dB. Additionally, the large 2/3 inch–type sensors can capture images with a shallower depth of field, giving users more freedom of creative expression. The PMW-500 is studio-configurable, with timecode in/out, genlock in, HD/SD SDI, and also features a SD recording and playback option. Designed to be compact and ergonomically well-balanced, the PMW-500, with a main body weight of just over seven pounds, provides a high level of mobility and comfort in a wide variety of shooting situations. In addition, it has a low center of gravity, ensuring outstanding stability on the shoulder; and the PMW-500 has a long operating time of approximately 170 minutes on a BP-GL95 battery thanks to its low power consumption of just 33 watts (while recording with HDVF-20A viewfinder, LCD on, lens, shotgun mic and one (1) SxS card). The PMW-500 rounds out Sony's XDCAM memory camcorder line-up and provides the photographer with stunning HD picture quality, choice of imaging technologies and workflow styles with a product ready to adapt to any type of HD video production. Note: Pricing is for the camera body only. Does not include viewfinder, microphone, or lens.

  • Three 2/3-inch PowerHAD FX CCDs
  • 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 recording as MXF files (UDF mode only)
  • SD Recording and Playback with optional hardware key CBK-MD01
  • Two ExpressCard SxS Memory Card Slots
  • Record up to 4 hours 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 in camcorder using two 64 GB SxS-1A memory cards (must be purchased separately)
  • UDF (Professional Disc compatible) or FAT (XDCAM EX compatible) file format mode shooting to match files and workflows with existing Professional Disc and XDCAM EX camcorders
  • Optical ND Filters and Electrical CC Filters
  • Low power consumption
  • Compact and lightweight at 7 lb 8 oz
  • Side Panel Color LCD
  • Slow & Quick motion
  • Focus Magnification for focus assistance
  • Slow Shutter Function
  • Interval Recording Function
  • ATW (Auto Tracing White Balance) & Hold
  • Shutter Angle Settings
  • Turbo Gain
  • Picture Cache Recording
  • ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation) with compatible lenses
  • High-quality four-channel audio recording
  • HD/SD-SDI output and composite/HD-Y output
  • USB interface for connecting camcorder as card reader
  • Six Standard Gamma settings and Four HyperGama Settings
  • Matrix and Multi-Matrix Settings
  • 20-pin viewfinder connector (for HDVF type viewfinders) and 26-pin HD viewfinder connector
  • 50-pin rear panel interface option for XDCA-55 camera extension adapter with CBK-HD02 option board
  • 50-pin rear panel interface option for HDCA-702 MPEG TS adapter (End of March 2011)
  • Pool-feed input (HD/SD-SDI and composite) option (End of March 2011)
  • Digital Extender optional (End of March 2011)


Mass 3.4 kg (7 lb 7 oz) (body only without lens)
Power Requirements DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power Consumption Approx. 33 W (with viewfinder, lens, and microphone while recording)
Approx. 29 W (body while recording)
Operating Temperature -5 to +40 °C (+23 to +104 °F)
Storage Temperature -20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)
Humidity 10 to 90% (relative humidity)
Continuous Operating Time Approx. 170 minutes
Video Recording Format MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL):
Proxy Video MPEG-4 (UDF Mode Only)
Audio Recording MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL):
Audio Proxy A-law (2 ch/4 ch, 8 bit, 8 kHz)
Recording Media SBP-8/16/32, (GB) SxS Express 34 Cards
Recording Frame Rate (NTSC Area and PAL Area Settings) MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL):
Recording/Playback time 50 Mb/s MPEG HD422 (MPEG-2 422P@HL):



Genlock In BNC x1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
TC IN BNC x1, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
SDI IN (Option) BNC (x1), HD-SDI/SD-SDI selectable
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Audio In XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2): line, mic, mic +48 V selectable
MIC In XLR 5-pin (female, stereo) x 1
SDI Out 1 (HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Composite Video Out BNC (x1), Composite, HD-Y
Audio Out Ch-1/Ch-2 or Ch-3/Ch-4: XLR 5-pin (male, stereo) x1
TC Out BNC x 1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Earphone Mini-jack x 2 (front: monaural, rear: stereo/monaural)
Monitor Speaker YES
DC In XLR 4-pin (male) x 1, 11 to 17 V
DC Out 4-pin (Female) (for wireless microphone receiver), 11 to 17 V DC, MAX. 500 mA
Lens Conector 12-pin
Remote 8-pin
Light 2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
Camera Adaptor 50-pin (with CBK-HD02 option)
i.Link i.LINK (IEEE1394), 6-pin, S400
(*4) HDV/DV stream input/output are available only in FAT mode. DVCAM stream input is only for monitoring use on view finder.
10/100 Base-T Ethernet NA
USB USB device Type B connector (x1), USB host Type A connector (x1)


Audio Performance

Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5/-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 & Flutter Below measurable limit
Headroom 20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)


Camera Section

Pickup Device 3-chip 2/3-inch type HD Power HAD FX CCDs
Effective Picture Elements 1920(H) x 1080(V)
Optical System F1.4 prism
Built-In Optical Filters 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
Shutter Speed (Time) 1/60 sec to 1/2,000 sec + ECS(*3)
(*3) Slow Shutter setting frames vary according to the system frequency.
Slow Shutter 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 16-frame accumulation
Extended Clear Scan (ECS) - 1080 modes 59.94i: 60-3800 Hz
29.97p: 29.99-4100 Hz
23.98p: 23.99-3700 Hz
50i: 50.00-3500 Hz
25p: 25.0-3900 Hz
Extended Clear Scan (ECS) - 720 modes 59.94p: 60.07-4100 Hz
29.97p: 29.99-4100 Hz
23.98p: 23.99-3700 Hz
50p: 50.03-3900 Hz
25p: 25.0-3900 Hz
Slow and Quick Support - 1080 S&Q Frame Settings 29.97p: 1-30 frames (UDF) / 1-30 frames (FAT)
23.98p: 1-30 frames (UDF) / 1-30 frames (FAT)
25p: 1-25 frames (UDF) / 1-30 frames (FAT)
Slow and Quick Support - 720 S&Q Frame Settings 29.97p: 1-60 frames (UDF) / 1-60 frames (FAT)
23.98p: 1-60 frames (UDF) / 1-60 frames (FAT)
25p: 1-50 frames (UDF) / 1-50 frames (FAT)
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) F11 @ 59.94i, F12 @ 50i (typical)
Minimum Illumination Approx. 0.016 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB, with 16-frame accumulation)
Gain Selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB
Smear Level -135 dB (Y-typical)
S/N Ratio 59 dB (54 dB w/o Noise Suppressor)
Horizontal Resolution 1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)
Registration Less than 0.02%
Modulation Depth 45% or more at 27.5MHz (typical)



Viewfinder 20-pin interface for HDVF-type viewfinders
26-pin interface for CBK-VF01 viewfinder
Built-In LCD Monitor 3.5-inch(*2) type color LCD monitor: approx. 921,000 effective pixels, 640 (H) x 3 (RGB) x 480 (V), 16:9, hybrid type
(*2) Viewable area measured diagonally.



Lens Mount 2/3-inch type bayonet mount


Built-In Microphone SpecificationsDetail:
Capsule Type NA


Media Specifications

Type ExpressCard/34 slot x 2