Sony’s XDCAM PXW-X70 Video Camera Brings Wi-Fi, NFC and 4K Recording (Eventually)

August 1, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

Sony Japan has posted details about a new XDCAM pro video camera to its site. 

The XDCAM PXW-X70 features a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and a fixed 29-348mm (35mm equivalent) f2.8 Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens. 

Out of the box, the PXW-X70 records HD video at 1080p/60 with a maximum bit rate of 50Mbps when recording in the XAVC format. Additional formats, such AVCHD, Long GOP and DVCAM are also supported in a range of frame rates and bit rates. Sony is also promising a firmware upgrade in the first half of 2015 to enable 4K recording.

The video camera also offers built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology for wirelessly controlling camera features such as touch focus and iris or remotely monitoring live footage from a mobile device. A future firmware upgrade will enable wireless file transfers and streaming, Sony said.

The X70 packs both HDMI and 3G-SDI connections, dual SD memory card slots, a removable XLR handle unit, two XLR inputs and the ability to supply phantom power to condensor mics. It weighs in at 1.4 pounds fully equipped. No word yet on pricing or ship date.