Sony Week @ Vistek – Presenting the PMW-400

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Sony Innovates Once Again with the PMW-400

Last week, the good folks at Sony came to Vistek’s Toronto store to show off many of their upcoming product releases. We’re dedicating this week to sharing just some of the most exciting items they brought on the blog. We were happy to snap some shots of the event (courtesy of our own Gary Goldberg) – equipped with the Sony A99V and the Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

To get started, we’ve got the crown jewel of Sony’s pro video offerings – The PMW-400.

For Pro Video enthusiasts, this is a camera like no other. Perfect for national and local broadcast, The PMW-400L is Sony’s new, affordable 3x 2/3-inch CMOS high quality sensor broadcast camcorder that, like the PMW-500, supports all SD / HD 422 broadcast workflows using .MXF and XDCAM EX workflows using .MP4 and .AVI. It is also future-proofed to support XAVC 10-bit HD422 recordings.

the PMW-400L features a 2/3-inch lens mount, high resolution LCD viewfinder, 3DNR noise reduction processing and internal flash band reducer for news operations, as standard. The camcorder also features built-in WiFi remote and 2x SD/HD-SDI parallel outputs. An optional CBK-CE01 50-pin interface converts the shoulder camcorder to a system camera, with compatibility with digital triax and fibre adapters.


Here are a few reasons why the PMW-400 is the clear winner over DSLR video:

  • It has an opening/closing iris
  • Comes with a 16x zoom lens/power zoom
  • It’s actually equipped for live video/documentary shooting right out of the box.

Higher Picture Quality with HD422 Codec

Capable of MPEG HD422 50Mbps recording, the PMW-400 is unique among the field of 2/3-type camcorders thanks to its noise reduction capabilities and rich selection of formats that it can handle. Its 3 Dimensional Noise Reducer (3DNR) accurately detects and processes images to reduce noise, achieving a Signal-to-Noise (S/N) ratio of 60dB which is outstanding among
2/3-type camcorders. A wide variety of formats are supported by the PMW-400, including MPEG2 HD422@50Mbps, HD420@35Mbps/25Mbps, MPEG IMX@50Mbps, and DVCAM. The PMW-400 will also offer future XAVC support for HD2
so users can be well-placed to meet the ever-increasing demands for high quality image capture.