Sony PXW-X70 review.


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I am tempted to start by telling you this is a small camera, mostly because it is, but really it is a huge camera in a very small package.

Huge because it is XDCAM. When first introduced, an XDCAM camcorder used to have to sit on your shoulder. The X70 is palm sized, and records 4:2:2 10 bit at 50 Mbit per second. Broadcast quality.

There's also a (relatively) huge single sensor - 1.0 type Exmor™ R CMOS with a resolution of 20 megapixels - giving you good control over depth of field. The built-in switchable ND filters give you more options with depth of filed too. The sensor has good low light sensitivity. 



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It is also "4K ready". In 2014 you can record in XAVC or AVCHD using one or both of the two card slots. Use SDXC for XAVC. But in 2015 you'll be able to get a paid for upgrade to 4K. Not confirmed, but this might cost a couple of hundred £s.

The lens looks really good. It is a Carl Zeiss x12, with a switchable image stabiliser. You can take that to x24 with no loss of resolution, or to x48 if you need to. The large ring on the lens can be switched between controlling focus or zoom. You can also touch the LCD screen to help you to focus or to expose.


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There's both an HDSDI as well as a full size HDMI output.

Of course there's a vast array of features and functions to talk about, some of which you'll never use. But, to finish, how about this one: When operating hand held your thumb rests comfortably on a little stubby joystick which enables you to control the menu.

Oh, and here's another interesting small feature: it cost under £2000 (excluding vat)

Please also take a look at the first impressions and test shoot posted by Alister Chapman.


Mark Holmes