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Sony HDW-650

SONY / HDW-650
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Model Description:
Three 2/3-inch Power HAD CCD sensors HDCAM camcorder

Model Details

HDCAM has become the format of choice around the world for high quality HD programming across a wide range of production genres. Since launch over 43,000 HDCAM camcorders and VTRs have been purchased, and year-by-year Sony has continued to strengthen the line-up to offer new creative opportunities to the user.

For 2008, Sony has added a new camcorder to the HDCAM family, the HDW-650P.

The HDW-650P incorporates the latest developments in acquisition technology to capture breathtaking HD images. It can record pictures in 1080/50i and 59.94i interlace mode, as well as in 1080/25P where a natural 'film look' is required.

The camcorder features three newly developed 2/3-inch type Power HAD FX CCDs, a 14-bit A/D converter, and a state-of-the-art DSP LSI signal processing. This provides extremely wide tonal reproduction, as well as a high sensitivity of F12 at 50 Hz. A signal-to-noise ratio of up to 59dB is realised using a newly developed noise-suppression function.

The HDW-650P is equipped with many useful features as standard - including a 3.5-inch colour LCD screen located on the inside panel - all packaged into a well-balanced, reliable chassis.

Other benefits include two HD-SDI outputs, a down-converted SD output, selectable gamma characteristics (HyperGamma), interval recording, picture cache recording, and a slow shutter function - all provided as standard. Addition of an optional colour or monochrome viewfinder and an optional ECM series microphone completes the feature set.

Superb High Definition pictures
The HDW-650P acquires pictures in 1080-line resolution, providing an unforgettable High Definition viewing experience for your audience.

Increased marketability of your programmes
HDCAM has achieved an enviable reputation for quality, and programmes shot in HDCAM are accepted by many of the world's most prestigious broadcasters. Shooting in HDCAM opens up new opportunities for international co-production and distribution.

Peace of mind for High Definition post production
Over 43,000 HDCAM VTRs and camcorders are in use worldwide, and the number of post houses equipped with HDCAM grows every day. You can relax in the knowledge that there is an HDCAM facility close by to add the finishing touches to your project.

Easy integration with Standard Definition
Today more and more programme makers are shooting HDCAM, with many of them using existing SD suites for post production. This approach provides many advantages. These include the lower cost associated with SD post production, and the benefit of retaining an exceptionally high quality HDCAM original recording for future distribution opportunities. And even when downconverted to SD, pictures from HDCAM camcorders will look noticeably better than those originated in SD.

Differentiation in a crowded market
HDCAM camcorders have built an unrivalled reputation for the production of the very best in quality programming, helping establish HDCAM as the preferred High Definition format worldwide. In today's multi-channel world, shooting with the HDW-650P ensures that your pictures stand out to grab the attention of your viewers.

Ease-of-use for minimum re-training
The latest in a long line of digital camcorders from Sony, the HDW-650P retains the ergonomic design and familiar operation for which Sony camcorders have become renowned. With the HDW-650P, you avoid expensive operational retraining and can generate great pictures from day one.


  • 1080P RGB 4:4:4 image capture and signal processing.
  • Intuitive film work-style architecture. Controls, indicators and menus follow cinematography conventions.
  • Variable Frame-rate in 1fps increments over and under cranking
    - 1fps to 30fps @ 4:4:4 mode.
    - 1fps to 60fps @ 4:2:2 mode.
    - Interval recording (with ramp control).
    - Shutter angle can be varied from 3.9 to 360 degrees.
  • High precision 14-bit AD conversion and high bit order digital signal processing for high latitude (dynamic range), and a accurate color reproduction.
  • Five preset plus custom gamma curves.
    - One preset 10-bit "S-Log" gamma for ultra wide latitude
    - Four preset hyper gamma curves.
    - Cinematographers can create custom gamma curves.
  • High precision, reinforced B4 Lens Mount.
  • Compact and flexible design, the camera can be mounted in confined spaces and operated from any side.
    - Top or rear, direct docking to the SRW-1.
    - Dual link for tethered applications.
  • Included "Assistant's Control Panel" duplicates all the camera controls and indicators on the camera body.
  • Compatible with SR Motion; interval recording, select FPS, slow shutter and digital accelerating, decelerating and linear speed ramps.
  • Directly compatible with ARRI cinematography accessories.
  • 12V and 24V DC accessory power outputs.
  • Camera setup can be saved to Memory Stick® media.

  • Specifications:


    Power RequirementsDC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
    Power ConsumptionApprox. 35 W (with 12 V DC supply, when recording, LCD monitor off)
    MassApprox. 9 lb 4 oz (without options)
    Approx. 5.9 kg (with VF, Mic, BCT-40HD, BP-GL95)
    Approx. 4.2 kg (without options)
    Approx. 13 lb (with VF, Mic, BCT-40HD, BP-GL95)
    Operating Temperature32°F to 104°F
    0°C to 40°C
    Storage Temperature-4°F to 140°F
    -20°C to +60°C
    Operating Humidity25% to 85% (relative humidity)
    Continuous Operating TimeApprox. 120 min with BP-GL95 battery (When using an optional HDVF-20A and operating at the normal temperature of 25°C (77°F).)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) *[1]5 x 10 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches
    124 x 269 x 332 mm

    Camera Section

    Pickup Device3-chip 2/3-inch type IT CCD
    Effective Picture Elements1920 x 1080 (H x V)
    Optical SystemF1.4 prism system
    Lens Mount2/3-inch 48 bayonet mount
    Built-in FiltersA: Cross, B: 3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K
    1: Clear, 2: 1/4 ND, 3: 1/16 ND, 4: 1/64 ND
    Sensitivity (2,000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)F11 (59.94i), F12 (50i) (typical)
    Minimum Illumination0.08 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB gain, 32-frame accumulation)
    Smear Level-135 dB (typical)
    Video S/N Ratio64 dB (Noise suppressor max.)
    54 dB (Noise suppressor off)
    Modulation Depth45% or more (at 27.5 MHz)
    Registration0.02% or less (excluding distortion due to lens)
    Geometric DistortionNone identified (excluding distortion due to lens)
    Horizontal Resolution1,000 TV Lines
    Shutter Speed1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec (50i)
    1/33, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec (25PsF)
    1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec (59.94i)
    Clear Scan60 Hz to 4300 Hz (59.94i)
    50 Hz to 4700 Hz (50i)
    25 Hz to 2300 Hz (25PsF)
    Programmable Gain-6 dB/-3 dB/0 dB/3 dB/6 dB/9 dB/12 dB/18 dB/24 dB/30 dB/36 dB/42 dB
    LCD PanelPixel resolution: 250,880 pixels
    3.5 inches

    VTR Section

    Recording FormatHDCAM 59.94i/50i/25PsF
    Tape SpeedApprox. 96.7 mm/s (59.94i)
    Approx. 80.7 mm/s (50i/25PsF)
    Recording/Playback Time48 min (50i/25PsF) with BC-40HD
    40 min (59.94i) with BC-40HD
    Approx. 5 min with BCT-40HD
    Recommended TapesHDCAM cassette (S) BCT-6HD/12HD/22HD/32HD/40HD
    Sampling FrequencyY: 74.176 MHz (59.94i), 74.25 MHz (50i), Pb/Pr: 37.088 MHz (59.94i), 37.125 MHz (50i)
    Quantization10 bits/sample (8 bits sample for compression processing)
    Channel CodingS-NRZI PR-IV
    CompressionCoefficient recording system
    Error CorrectionReed-Solomon code
    Error ConcealmentAdaptive three dimensional


    Genlock InputBNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ?, unbalanced
    Timecode InputBNC (x1), 0.5 V to 18 Vp-p, 10 k?
    Audio Input (CH1/CH2)XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), -60 dBu/+4 dBu/AES/EBU (0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms)
    Mic InputXLR-type 5-pin (female) (x1), -50 dBu (LPF ON)
    Test OutputBNC (x1), VBS/Y (component): 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ?, unbalanced
    HD-SDI OutputBNC (x1), 0.8 Vp-p, unbalanced
    HD/SD-SDI OutputBNC (x1), 0.8 Vp-p, unbalanced
    AUDIO OutputXLR-type 5-pin (male) (x1), 0 dBm
    TC OutputBNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ?
    Earphone OutputMini jack (x2), 8 ?, -? dBs to -18 dBs variable
    DC InputXLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1), DC 11 V to 17 V
    DC Output4-pin (x1), DC 11 V to 17 V, Max. 0.5 A
    Lens12-pin (x1), DC 11 V to 17 V, Max. 0.7 A
    Remote8-pin (x1)
    Light2-pin (x1)

    Supplied Accessories

    Supplied AccessoriesShoulder strap (1)
    Operation manual CD-ROM (1)
    Operation manual (1)


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    Additional Information

    HDW-650F operation manual.pdf

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