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Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder CCD Black

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DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder
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Hand-held camcorders allow you to record your own video and make photoshots. You can always have such cameras with you to record the important moments of your life and share them with friends or family. You can even make your own movie!
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Long product name Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder CCD Black :
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DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder

Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder CCD Black:
The official marketing text of Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder CCD Black as supplied by the manufacturer
Effective communication requires sharp focus and uncompromising professionalism. The DSR-PD170P digital camcorder was developed for professional needs. From college campus to large-scale enterprises, the rush is on to leverage the power of the “new media" because there’s no time to lose.

The DSR-PD170P combines the latest technology: DVCAM record and playback, state-of-the-art 1/3-inch CCDs, PC-based editing, professional sound and built-in special effects. Add to that surprising ease of operation at an unexpectedly low cost and seamless compatibility with a host of other Sony products, and your multimedia, video-streaming or documentary-style messages are a lot closer to realisation than you would have thought possible.

Picture quality & reliability are two of the key features that helped make the DSR-PD150P such a phenominal success - widely regarded as the de-facto standard for professional 3CCD compact camcorders since its launch in 2000. The new DSR-PD170P builds on this success with improved video-audio performance, as well as a host of ergonomic and operational improvements - specially developed in response to customer requests.

1/3-inch 3CCD with high sensitivity and S/N ratio
The DSR-PD170P incorporates three 1/3-inch CCDs with 450,000 pixels (effective 400,000 pixels). The 1/3-inch size contributes to high sensitivity, improves the signal-to-noise ratio and reduces smear levels. The optical system supports a 58 mm lens with 12x zoom.

Professional 2ch audio input
The DSR-PD170P has two XLR audio input connectors which provide balanced connection to a range of professional microphones and other pro-audio signals. It also features independent control of two audio channels.

Hybrid 2.5-inch LCD colour monitor
The DSR-PD170P features a fold-out, tilting colour monitor that allows you to check recording quality, confirm playback on location, and conveniently set levels using the on-screen menu. A new precision Hybrid LCD panel (Transmissive and Reflective, 211,200 dots) has been adopted allowing clear viewing even in bright sunshine.

Precision Black & White viewfinder
The DSR-PD170P is equipped with an 180,000-dot LCD black-and-white viewfinder, which provides 500 lines of horizontal resolution - more than 20 percent higher than equivalent colour viewfinders. A larger size viewfinder and eye-cup are supplied as standard, and the window size of the magnifier has been enlarged allowing more comfortable use of the viewfinder than those of the previous model.

The LCD panel and viewfinder can be turned on simultaneously, allowing the user to control the focus on the viewfinder and set the camera angle on the LCD panel.

Optical Super SteadyShot
The DSR-PD170P employs the Super SteadyShot to detect the horizontal and vertical movements separately. The prism system located in the front of the lens adjusts and optically compensates for any unsteadiness.

Large carrying handle with zoom lever and Rec Start/Stop button
A zoom lever and a Rec Start/Stop button on the handle provides much easier zoom control and recording during low-angle shooting. Zoom speed can be selected by three position slide switch located on the side of the handle, from H (fast), L (slow) or Off.

The handle which is 10 mm higher than that of the previous model helps a better and easier grip.

DVCAM & DV recording
The DSR-PD170P adopts DVCAM format to offer professional video and audio quality as well as high reliability. It is also capable of recording and playing back DV format (SP only).

Manual functions
In addition to the auto functions, the DSR-PD170P has various for manual adjustment for professional use.
- Zoom
- Focus
- Iris
- Shutter speed
- Gain
- AE (Auto Exposure) Shift
- White Balance
- Custom Preset (Colour Level, Sharpness, White Balance Shift, AGC Limit)
- ND Filters (1/4 and 1/32)
- Spotlight
- Backlight
- Digital Effects (Still, Flash Motion, Luminance Key, Trail, Auto Movie)
- Audio Recording Level (CH1/CH2 separate or linked)
- Zebra Patterns (100% or 70%)
- Guide Frame

Time code preset
A unique feature of time-code settings on the DSR-PD170P is that they can be used to uniquely identify tapes. Time-code mode can be set to “record runEor “free runE

Memory Stick and protection features
A 4MB Memory Stick lets you store up to 60 VGA images (with progressive scan mode) and use them to create various special effects. Because these functions are password-protected, Memory Stick works as a key to camcorder operation and therefore protects against theft.

Supplied wide conversion lens and new lens hood
The popular wide conversion lens VCL-HG0758 and new lens hood LSF-S58 are bundled with the DSR-PD170P. The lens hood can be used with the wide conversion lens, or without lens.

Supplied hood with built-in lens cap
Another new hood with a built-in lens cap is also bundled. By using the lever on the side of the hood, the lens cap can be opened or closed.

i.LINK cable strap
This small plastic plate straps and protects the supplied i.LINK cable. It is useful for avoiding mishaps when an external hard drive (for example DSR-DU1) is being used for recording.
Short summary description Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder CCD Black:
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Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder, CCD, 25.4 / 3 mm (1 / 3"), 450000 pixels, 12x, 48x, 6 - 72 mm
Long summary description Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder CCD Black :

Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder. Sensor type: CCD, Optical sensor size: 25.4 / 3 mm (1 / 3"), Optical sensor resolution: 450000 pixels. Optical zoom: 12x, Digital zoom: 48x, Focal length range (f-f): 6 - 72 mm. Camcorder tape type: Mini-DV. Camera shutter speed: 1/3 - 1/10000. Display diagonal: 6.35 cm (2.5"), Display: LCD, Display resolution: 960 x 220 pixels

This is an auto-generated long summary of Sony DSR-PD170P Professional Camcorder CCD Black based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Image sensor
Sensor type *
A sensor is a convertor than measures a physical quality (light, temperature etc.) and displays this electronically on a device.
Optical sensor size
Optical sensors are electronic detectors that convert light, or a change in light, into an electronic signal. They are used in many industrial and consumer applications e.g. lamps that turn on automatically in response to darkness. Optical sensors come in many sizes.
25.4 / 3 mm (1 / 3")
Optical sensor resolution
450000 pixels
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Indicates the optical zoom capacity, which is the number of times that the picture can be enlarged with the optics of the camera.
Digital zoom *
Indicates the digital zoom capacity, the number of times that the picture is enlarged thanks to digital technology.
Focal length range (f-f)
Measure of how strongly the system converges or diverges light. For an optical system in air, it is the distance over which initially collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length; that is, it bends the rays more strongly, bringing them to a focus in a shorter distance.For an optical system in air, the effective focal length (f and f′) gives the distance from the front and rear principal planes (H and H′) to the corresponding focal points (F and F′).
6 - 72 mm
Filter size
A filter is a screen, plate, or layer of a substance which absorbs light or other radiation or selectively absorbs some of its components e.g. a UV filter to reduce UV light. Filters come in various sizes.
5.8 cm
Camcorder tape type *
The type of tape used to record images from a camcorder, e.g. VHS, Video8.
White balance
Outdoor white balance
Indoor white balance
Onepush white balance
Camera shutter speed
Determines the length of time the shutter lets light pass through the lens to the CCD. Shutter speed and aperture together determine exposure.
1/3 - 1/10000
Display diagonal *
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
6.35 cm (2.5")
The description of display that can includes display type, resolution, size etc.
Display resolution
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
960 x 220 pixels
Minimum illumination
Also known as light sensitivity, this is the smallest amount of light needed for the camera to produce an image of useable quality.
1 lx
Progressive scan
Also referred to as noninterlaced scanning, this is a way of displaying, storing, or transmitting moving images in which all the lines of each frame are drawn in sequence. This is in contrast to interlaced video used in traditional analog television systems where only the odd lines, then the even lines of each frame (each image called a video field) are drawn alternately.Progressive scan is used for DVDs and HDTV (high defintion television).
Colour of product *
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
Analog signal format system
The supported protocols for exchanging analog signals.
Built-in speaker(s)
The device contains speaker(s) to produce sound.
Ports & interfaces
S-Video out *
The port (socket) where the output for the S-Video is connected.
DV port
Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.
DC-in jack
The socket/plug where the DC electricity supply connects to the device.
Microphone in
The socket where a microphone is connected to the device.
S-Video in
Battery technology *
The type of battery in the device, e.g. nickel–cadmium (NiCd).
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Weight & dimensions
Width *
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
136 mm
Depth *
The distance from the front to the back of something.
180 mm
Height *
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
456 mm
Weight *
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
1.5 kg
Other features
Lens system
Type of lens in this product, expressed as its characteristics including lens, zoom capability, focal length, 35 mm equivalent focal length, and aperture range.
Auto focus
Device focusing a camera or other piece of equipment automatically.
Power consumption (typical)
Amount of power consumed by this model, often expressed in watts (W). Typical values that manufacturers give are power consumption when off, standby/suspended mode, typical use, maximum usage.
4 W
Audio recording formats
48KHz/16-bit, 32KHz/12-bit
Manual focus
I/O ports
An interface on a device to which you can connect another device.
1 x Video IN/OUT (RCA pin) 2 x Audio IN/OUT (RCA pin) 2 x Audio IN: XLR 3-pin female 1 x LANC: Stereo mini-mini jack(0.25mm)
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Like its ground-breaking predecessors, the VX1000/2000 and the PD170P, this is a truly professional camera at a remarkable price. Totally reliable and with a raft of useful professional presets and full manual control of focus, zoom and aperture, the c...
Good Image quality, intuitive buttons and manual controls, excellent ergonomic design.
Bad Perpetual focus and zoom rings. Some menu-buried features such as colour bars. Mic noise unless onboard mic shock-mounted or external mic used.
Bottom line Like its ground-breaking predecessors, the VX1000/2000 and the PD170P, this is a truly professional camera at a remarkable price. Totally reliable and with a raft of useful professional presets and full manual control of focus, zoom and aperture, the c...