The PMW-400K is an affordable 3x 2/3-inch CMOS high quality sensor broadcast camcorder that, like the PMW-500, supports all SD / HD 422 broadcast workflows using MXF or XDCAM EX workflows using MP4 and AVI files. It also supports XAVC 10-bit HD 4:2:2 MXF file recordings.
The PMW-400 Series incorporate three 2/3-inch-type Full-HD Exmor CMOS sensors (1920 x 1080) to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity (F12 at 60 Hz / F13 at 50 Hz), low noise (60 dB), and a wide dynamic range to give more freedom of expression for creative shooting.
In addition to existing noise reduction features, the PMW-400 Series also includes a three-dimensional noise reducer. This not only detects vertical and horizontal direction in a frame picture but also noise components in a time axis, utilizing correlation characteristics between video frames.
Using this feature, the S/N ratio is improved to 60 dB which is the highest level of noise reduction in a 2/3-inch-type Full-HD shoulder camcorder.
The PMW-400 Series provide a wide variety of codec operation points. Users can record Full-HD video (1920 x 1080) at up to 50 Mbps using MPEG HD422 as well as MPEG HD at 35 Mbps*2 / 25 Mbps, MPEG IMX at 50 Mbps, and DVCAM at 25 Mbps in an MXF file, as standard supported formats. These camcorders also incorporate XAVC*3 in the HD domain at
a 100-Mbps data rate, enabling the creation of rich content with 10-bit quality.
*2 Requires firmware upgrade, planned in October, 2013.
*3 Requires firmware upgrade, planned in 2014. 4K not supported.
With a large, easy-to-read 3.5-inch QHD color LCD viewfinder as a standard accessory, the PMW-400 Series offer outstanding resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, strongly supporting critical focus control during HD shooting. The viewfinder cover can be flipped up to enhance visibility when the camera is set on a tripod.
The PMW-400 Series are designed to support wireless operation using an optional wireless adapter, the CBK-WA101*4. Using this adapter, the user can stream out pictures to a mobile tablet, enabling crews to check shooting images live in the field. After shooting, proxy files created on the CBK-WA101 can be immediately transmitted to the broadcasting station. The adapter also provides remote control of the PMW-400 with mobile application software.
*4 Requires firmware upgrade, planned in October, 2013.
Incorporating a newly developed algorithm, the PMW-400 Series detects and processes flash banding inside its hardware before recording begins*5. This provides greater flexibility in reducing flash banding across different shooting environments. This feature can be disabled from the menu if the users wants to use Content Browser for flash band reduction after shooting. The user is free to choose when to reduce the flash band, either before or after shooting according to varying circumstances.
*5 Requires firmware upgrade, planned in October, 2013
The PMW-400 Series offers two lines of SDI output connection enabling, for example, the director and
camera operator to concurrently check shot content via two separate monitors. Also, for monitoring purposes these
camcorders can be connected via HDMI to professional displays as well as domestic-use TVs with an HDMI connector. The i.LINK connector can be used for HDV when SP 1440 (FAT) mode is selected, and for DV when DVCAM (FAT) mode is selected, for both input and output signal flows.