Sony PDW-850 – USED


Experience Unparalleled Image Quality with the Sony PDW-850 XDCAM HD Camcorder

  • Sony PDW850
  • HDVF-20A


At Allied Broadcast Group, we understand the importance of having the right gear for your video production needs. That’s why we proudly offer the Sony PDW-850, an advanced multi-format XDCAM HD422 camcorder that delivers exceptional image quality and versatile recording options in a lightweight, ergonomic design.

With the PDW-850, you can capture incredible HD footage directly to affordable and ubiquitously supported optical discs. The camcorder records pristine 1920×1080 video at 50 Mb/s using Sony’s state-of-the-art MPEG HD422 codec. This allows you to attain the visual impact of HD with incredible detail, color depth, and a wide dynamic range optimized for post production.

Achieve 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.

Sony’s proprietary Optical Disc Drive technology facilitates recording onto inexpensive, high-capacity Professional Discs in both HD422 and SD recording formats. A single 50GB dual layer disc can hold up to 95 minutes of HD video, providing long continuous recording times. What’s more, discs are file-based just like memory cards, enabling direct access to content for faster, more flexible editing and archiving.

Dual SxS media slots offer additional recording possibilities through optional SxS PRO and SxS-1 memory cards. With the ability to hot-swap cards, the PDW-850 gives you uninterrupted back-to-back recording capacity. Media is easily inserted and removed through an ergonomic sliding operation door.

Designed for the demands of field production, the PDW-850 features a lightweight yet robust chassis and outstanding picture stabilization. At just over seven pounds, the camcorder provides exceptional handheld maneuverability. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode delivers powerful rock-steady shooting even while moving through challenging environments.

An enhanced viewfinder display offers incredible focus assist functionality. Features like Focus Magnification and Peaking provide the tools you need to acquire and maintain perfect focus on subjects. Zebra and marker indicators take the guesswork out of setting exposure. With the PDW-850’s precision focusing and exposure aids, you can consistently produce footage with superb image integrity.

The PDW-850 was engineered in collaboration with the world’s leading lens manufacturers, assuring optimal matching across a diverse array of lens models and brands. Whether your shots demand the wide angle of a VCL-412BWE or the extended zoom reach of a Fujinon HA23x7.6BERM-M58, you can be confident in lens compatibility for any production need.

Additional key features of the PDW-850 include:

  • Multi-codec recording versatility including XDCAM HD422 at 50 Mb/s, XDCAM EX, and DVCAM
  • Wide selection of 720P and 1080i/ 1080P capture formats
  • 12-axis independent color correction
  • Genlock and timecode input/output
  • GPS metadata geotagging
  • USB 2.0 interface for file transfer
  • 23.1mm x 6.8mm HDMI output
  • Three ND filter positions

When you choose the Sony PDW-850, you tap into the expertise of an industry leader with decades of innovation advancing camcorder technology. You get sophisticated optics, ergonomic control layouts, and robust construction that makes the rigors of field work much easier. From documentary filmmakers to corporate video crews, the PDW-850 delivers the uncompromising image quality, reliable performance, and multimedia flexibility demanded by professionals.

At Allied Broadcast Group, our goal is to match you with the right tools to bring your creative vision to life. If the PDW-850 sounds like a fit for your HD production needs, please get in touch with our video specialists. We’re here to provide personalized guidance on cameras, lenses, lighting, audio gear, and all the accessories to build a customized HD acquisition package. Our experts will take the time to understand your specific requirements and recommend options that make the most sense for your budget and goals.

Rent the Sony PDW-850 today and experience the incredible quality of XDCAM HD422 for yourself. We look forward to helping outfit you with the best HD gear for capturing brilliant footage on your upcoming projects.