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Sony Introduces Two 2/3-Inch High-End Camcorders With 14-Bit A/D Conversion (22/2/2005)

MSW-970 MPEG IMX and DVW-970 Digital Betacam Models Offer 24P Options for Standard Definition Acquisition

Sony is introducing two new high end professional camcorders designed for high-quality standard definition acquisition in an array of applications.

The MSW-970 records in the MPEG IMX(r) format and the DVW-970 records in the Digital Betacam(r) format. The new models add greater levels of image quality and production flexibility to their respective camcorder families, especially with the new capability of 24PsF, 25PsF (PAL versions) and 30PsF image capture.

Both camcorders are based on 2/3-inch Power HAD(tm) EX CCD imaging sensors, and feature 14-bit A/D converters for superb picture quality. The camcorders are also based on a common chassis, software and feature set.

"Our professional camcorders are acknowledged as the acquisitions tools of choice for every type of shooting application," said Alec Shapiro, senior vice president in Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Production Systems Division. "The Digital Betacam and MPEG IMX formats are widely used in program production, and the enhancements we've added to these camcorders-both from an ergonomic and performance perspective-will keep our customers' current infrastructures up-to-date and able to meet their needs well into the future."

The new camcorders also share common form factors with their counterparts in other Sony camcorder product lines, with many having common operating systems, software and similar feature sets and option cards.

Both camcorders feature a slow shutter feature up, to 16 frames, enabling unique effects and extreme low-light shooting, as well as time lapse capture and picture cache recording capabilities.

Providing signal-to-noise ratio of 65dB (NTSC) and 63dB (PAL) with -145 dB of vertical smear, the new camcorders also offer several option boards for even greater functionality.

The CBK-SD01 option board enables SDI output when using the camcorder with external VTRs; the MSDW-904 enables analog composite inputs (for the MSW-970 only), useful for pool feed operation; and the CBK-FC01 enables 24P image capture. The option boards are also common with Sony's XDCAM(tm) series of camcorders.

As with all Sony formats, the MPEG IMX and Digital Betacam lines of professional camcorders are complemented by professional recording media, co-engineered and designed to work together as a total system for optimum performance.

The MSW-970 is planned to be available in April at a suggested list price of $39,500, with the 24P option; and the DVW-970 is planned to be available in July at suggested list price of $48,500, with the 24P option.

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