The PMW-500 is the first Sony 2/3″ PowerHAD FX CCD based shoulder mount memory which records our high quality 50 MPEG HD422 video as MXF files on SxS memory cards. These field proven CCD sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 (H) x 1080 (V), give the camcorder an excellent sensitivity of F11 and a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of 59 dB. Additionally, the large 2/3 inch–type sensors can capture images with a shallower depth of field, giving users more freedom of creative expression. The PMW-500 is studio-configurable, with timecode in/out, genlock in, HD/SD SDI, and also features a SD recording and playback option. Designed to be compact and ergonomically well-balanced, the PMW-500, with a main body weight of just over seven pounds, provides a high level of mobility and comfort in a wide variety of shooting situations. In addition, it has a low center of gravity, ensuring outstanding stability on the shoulder; and the PMW-500 has a long operating time of approximately 170 minutes on a BP-GL95 battery thanks to its low power consumption of just 33 watts (while recording with HDVF-20A viewfinder, LCD on, lens, shotgun mic and one (1) SxS card). The PMW-500 rounds out Sony’s XDCAM memory camcorder line-up and provides the photographer with stunning HD picture quality, choice of imaging technologies and workflow styles with a product ready to adapt to any type of HD video production. Note: Pricing is for the camera body only. Does not include viewfinder, microphone, or lens.