Sony has just announced the latest addition to its HD range of camcorders – the HXR-MC2500.
Sony are marketing the new camcorder to event videographers (such as wedding videographers).
The new model has several enhancements over its existing HXR-MC1500 camera model, including an improved Exmor R CMOS sensor and new features such as a built-in LED light, OLED viewfinder, Wi-Fi functionality, DV memory recording and a Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe.
“The HXR-MC2500 is a prime example of how we’ve combined advanced imaging technologies with a host of operational features that the market demands today,” said Nick Buchner, Senior Product Manager for Content Creation at Sony Australia and New Zealand. “Our customers can now enjoy a more comprehensive product offering from Sony, with this model providing additional practical functions that professionals need, such as wireless connectivity and longer recording time.”
Below are the specs and features for the new camcorder, reproduced directly from the press release.
Exmor R CMOS sensor and built-in LED light.
The HXR-MC2500 is capable of shooting clearly in low-light or indoor environments. Its Exmor R CMOS sensor adopts a back-illuminated technology that enables the image sensor to use existing light efficiently (minimum illumination of 0.7 lux for PAL, on manual setting mode: Shutter Speed 1/12 sec (PAL), F1.8, Gain 33dB), helping videographers to continue shooting when moving indoors or at night time. Additionally, the HXR-MC2500 is also equipped with a built-in LED light.
Wide angle view, high contrast 1.44 million pixel OLED viewfinder and 0.92 million pixel 3” wide LCD panel for easy subject framing
The new camera is equipped with an OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder, offering a resolution of approximately 1.44 million pixels. Sony’s proprietary viewfinder technologies allow for better tonal reproduction and more detailed picture information of the subject being framed. In addition, there is also the built-in 3” wide high resolution LCD panel (approximately 0.92 million pixels) for crisp and clear viewing.
WiFi/NFC functions for seamless connection to smartphones
The HXR-MC2500 can connect to mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets via a Wi-Fi connection, enabling monitoring and remote control functions such as recording start/stop, zoom control, iris control and touch auto focus. Furthermore, it is also NFC-capable (Near Field Communications) to allow easy, one-touch wireless connection to compatible mobile devices.
Ideal for long event shooting, with built-in 32GB internal flash memory and low power consumption
A 32GB internal flash memory storage system on board of the HXR-MC2500 enables longer duration recording of more than 150 minutes. In addition, by using a combination of the internal flash memory and a memory card in the MS/SD slot, recording functions such as “Relay” and “Simultaneous” for backup can be available. When Sony’s largest capacity L-Series InfoLithium NP-F970 battery (optional) is used, the HXR-MC2500 is capable of a long continuous recording time up to 14 hours. This is a critical feature for important occasions where operators may not have the luxury to stop the camera, such as during the filming of wedding ceremonies or other live events.
More professional features for event shooting
- 26.8mm Wide-Angle Lens – one of the widest angle lenses in this class of camera, which enables wide-angle shooting even in tight places
- DV Memory – in addition to AVCHD Full HD format support, SD format support includes DV format
- Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe – expands options to use accessories without cables, such as the UWP-D11 wireless microphone receiver and XLR audio input adapter
- BNC Composite Terminal – enables the use of BNC cables which provide a secure cable connection, important for critical shooting occasions such as live recording
- TC/UB Implementation – Time Code and User Bits are included for situations such as multi-camera shoots
- Made In Japan
Pricing and Availability
The HXR-MC2500 (PAL version) will be available from October 2014, from Sony authorised Content Creation dealers across Australia and New Zealand.
Excerpts from Press Release