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Code PDW-850

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The PDW-850 is equipped with the latest Power HAD FX CCD sensors and records HD and SD formats including MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps on to ready-to-archive and robust Professional Disc media with a high sensitivity of F12 at 50i and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 62dB. The PDW-850 features a high quality colour QHD 960 x 540 LCD side monitor, while also providing an HDVF interface to allow the latest optional colour and monochrome viewfinders to be attached. The ergonomically well balanced camcorder now fully supports the CBK-WA100 wireless adapter, enabling proxy recording and proxy/high resolution content transfer via Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE, as well as Planning Metadata management (with a future upgrade). Ethernet, USB interfaces and GPS are included. The camcorder weighs only 4.2 kg (body only), lighter than the PDW-700, and has lower power consumption compared to its predecessors. The PDW-850 can also be configured in a live production system by docking the CA-FB70 fibre adapter or CA-TX70 digital triax adapter CA-TX70 to the standard 50-pin interface.

High picture quality with three 2/3-inch-type Power HAD FX CCDs recording at MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps

The CCDs offer the world’s top-end picture quality, with high sensitivity (F12 at 50i), wider dynamic range and the elimination of motion artefacts. On top of this, the PDW-850 offers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 62dB. It records the most popular broadcast MXF formats: MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps and 25 Mbps, MPEG IMX 50 Mbps and DVCAM.

Lighter and well-balanced body with lower power consumption

Weighs only 4.2 kg (body only) and offers lower power consumption than predecessor models PDW-680, PDW-700 and PDW-F800 of only 37W in normal operating conditions.

Full live production integration in HSC/HDC camera environment

Full integration with Camera Control Units (CCUs) via the CA-FB70 optical fibre adapter and CA-TX70 digital triax adapter The PDW-850 shares the same CCD and Digital Signal Processing as the HSC and HDC system cameras, allowing you to perfectly match the picture output.

Ideal for field acquisition

Features CBK-WA100 wireless adapter support with USB connector and GPS included for synchronised proxy recording, low latency tablet/smartphone monitoring and proxy/high resolution content transfer over Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE, and better planning metadata management.

High quality LCD side monitor and optional HDVF viewfinder interface

Large, easy-to-focus, high quality colour Quarter Full HD 960 x 540 LCD monitor, plus an HDVF interface to allow the latest optional colour and monochrome eyepiece or studio viewfinders to be attached.



3-Chip 2/3" CCD Sensor


Effective Sensor Resolution


1920 x 1080 (2.07 MP)


Signal-to-Noise Ratio


62 dB


Minimum Illumination


0.3 lux




Max Digital Zoom






Lens Mount




Shutter Speed


1/32 to 1/2000 sec


Built-In ND Filter


Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters


Recording Media


1 x XDCAM Disc Card Slot


Recording Modes


MPEG2 4:2:2:
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (50 Mb/s) 
1280 x 720p at 59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 
MPEG2 4:2:0:
1440 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (25 to 35 Mb/s) 
1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (25 to 35 Mb/s) 


Audio Recording


4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz


Video Connectors


2 x BNC (HD-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (Composite) Monitor Output
1 x BNC (HD-SDI) Input


Audio Connectors


1 x 5-Pin XLR Input/Output
1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 5-Pin XLR Input


Other I/O


1 x 8-Pin Hirose Control
1 x 12-Pin Lens Control
1 x RJ45 LAN
1 x 50-Pin Camera Interface
1 x BNC Genlock Input
1 x BNC Timecode Input
1 x BNC Timecode Output




3.5" LCD


Power Connectors


1 x 4-Pin XLR (12 VDC) Input
1 x 4-Pin XLR (11 to 17 VDC up to1 A) Output
1 x D-Tap (12 VDC) Output




5 x 10.6 x 13.2" / 124 x 269 x 332 mm


Weight 13 lb / 5.9 kg