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Three 1/3-inch Exmor ClearVid CMOS sensors 16:9/4:3 DVCAM camcorder
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The ergonomic layout of the zoom, focus and iris control rings makes operation of these three functions possible with just one hand.
The zoom function can be controlled by any of the following:
The DSR-PD175P boasts cutting-edge features including unique Exmor technology which maximises the potential of the camcorder's imaging system. This includes the same column-parallel A/D conversion and dual noise-cancelling method used in Sony's top-of-the-line camera models. Multiple A/D (analogue to digital) converters on each pixel row convert analogue signals to digital as soon as they are generated, unlike traditional technology that only has one A/D converter on each chip.
Exmor technology helps eliminate the influence of external noise, which can often enter the signal chain during transfer to the A/D converter. As a result, you get high-quality digital signals with extremely low noise.
By adopting this groundbreaking technology, the Exmor Sensor system enables the DSR-PD175P to achieve a low light sensitivity of just 1.5 lux (At 1/25 shutter, auto iris and auto gain).
The DSR-PD175P provides SD-quality 25p footage. The 25p image captured by the sensor system is recorded as an interlaced signal by dividing each frame into two fields. This enables compatibility with current editing and monitoring equipment that only accept interlaced signals, while maintaining the quality of the 25p image.
Progressive scan mode is suitable for feature films, documentaries and music videos, where the content is required to have the filmic look.
Up to six different picture set-ups, including gamma and colour settings, can be registered in the memory as a Picture Profile™. This labour-saving function allows operators to easily recall customised picture set-ups for various shooting conditions. It is also useful for matching footage shot at different times or for multi-camera operation.
The Smooth Slow Rec function of the DSR-PD175P enables smooth slow-motion playback by capturing images 4x faster than normal (200 fields/s). In this mode, quad-speed images are captured for six seconds, stored in the built-in buffer memory, and then recorded to tape (in either DVCAM or DV format) as slow-motion pictures lasting 24 seconds.
This quad-speed image capture is the fastest speed available on any compact handheld camcorder.
Smooth Slow Rec is ideal for sports or nature photography, where the action can be viewed more easily in slow motion, and opens up many creative possibilities.
The Shot Transition™ function allows for smooth automatic scene transitions. After you have programmed a shot's START and END point settings (e.g., for zoom, focus, iris, gain, shutter speed and white balance) and pressed the start button, a smooth picture transition takes place over the duration of the shot by automatically calculating the intermediate setting values.
Transition types can be selected from a choice of LINEAR, SOFT STOP and SOFT TRANS, and transition time can be set from 3 to 90 seconds.
The DSR-PD175P adopts the DVCAM format, which is the worldwide standard SD format for professional handheld camcorders.
If you require a longer recording time, the DSR-PD175P is also capable of recording and playing back DV format signals (SP mode only).
The DSR-PD175P provides up to seven ASSIGN buttons for quick access to frequently used functions suitable for variable shooting conditions. Some default functions are pre-assigned by name.
The assignable functions are AE Shift, Back Light, Colour Bars, Digital Extender, End Search, Expanded Focus, Fader, Focus Macro, Hyper Gain, Index Mark, Marker, Peaking, Photo, Picture Profile, Push Auto Iris, REC Review, Ring Rotate Direction, Shot Transition, Smooth Slow REC, Spot Light, Steady Shot, TC Reset and Zebra.
The DSR-PD175P is equipped with a 3.2-inch-type widescreen XtraFine™ LCD panel on the front of its handle. This has a high resolution of approximately 921,000 pixels, which allows for easier focus adjustments. It can also display virtually 100% of the recorded picture area at a colour temperature of approximately 6500K.
The 0.45-inch-type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View Finder) has approximately 1,227,000 pixels and three independent LEDs for red, green and blue colours. This technology allows users to monitor objects with remarkable colour reproduction accuracy and high resolution*.
The EVF has a choice of colour or black-and-white display modes. It also displays virtually 100% of the picture area at a colour temperature of approximately 6500K.
* When the camcorder is panned quickly, or when an object on the screen moves quickly, the R/G/B primary colours may be seen on the object in the EVF momentarily
The DSR-PD175P uses the same L series batteries as the DSR-PD170P, so you can use your existing chargers and batteries
The DSR-PD175P offers a versatile choice of audio inputs. It features a newly designed high-quality built-in stereo microphone, as well as two XLR audio input channels for connecting to either professional microphones or an external-line audio source. A 48V microphone power source can also be supplied.
By adjusting the INPUT ASSIGN switch located on the side panel of the DSR-PD175P, you can easily assign the two audio input channels to either the built-in stereo microphone or an external-line audio source, or dedicate one channel to each and record them separately or mixed.
When assigned to one channel, the built-in stereo microphone acts as a wide-directional monaural microphone.
In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom lever and a rec. start/stop button have been added to the carrying handle. The rec. start/stop button has a hold function to prevent accidental operation.
The three-position slide switch located on the side of the handle lets users select the zoom control type from FIX, VAR and OFF. In FIX mode, zoom speed is determined by the speed setting selected in the menu, where eight speeds are available. In VAR mode, zoom speed can be adjusted manually using the zoom lever.
The DSR-PD175P is ready for HYBRID DVCAM/DV operation, when connected to the optional HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit via an i.LINK connector. In HYBRID operation, you can simultaneously record video footage to both a tape and a standard CompactFlash (CF) card.
Three recording options:
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy to attach and remove the microphone for quick storage.
The Memory Photo function allows the camera to be switched to progressive scan mode for capturing still images. Files can be recorded on Memory Stick Duo™ media in a choice of two sizes: 1080x810 pixels (4:3) or 1440x810 pixels (16:9).