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Sony HVR-S270U 1080i HDV Camcorder

Item # SNHVRS270U (Part # SNHVRS270U)
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Sony HVR-S270U 1080i HDV Camcorder

Sony's commitment to the HDV world brings a remarkable evolution in next-generation products. The HVR-S270U shoulder-mount camcorder delivers the enhanced functionality professionals have been waiting for: an interchangeable lens system, native progressive recording, and solid-state memory recording and supports standard-size cassettes for extended recording times. A streamlined nonlinear editing workflow can be achieved using the supplied Memory Recording Unit (HVR-MRC1), which provides HDV/DVCAM/DV file recording on a widely available CompactFlash solid-state memory card. This groundbreaking camcorder features 1080/24p/30p HDV native progressive recording modes and also has HDMI or HD/SD-SDI output.

Standard-size Cassette Compatibility
A standard-size cassette tape provides approximately 4.5 hours of HDV/DV recording or approximately 3 hours of DVCAM recording. Of course, recording on a miniDV tape is still an option.

HD/SD-SDI & Other Output Connectors
An HD/SD-SDI output connector provides embedded audio and TC data and can, for example, be linked up to an XDCAM HD deck. BNC connectors provide secure cabling connections.

Four-channel Audio Input
Four-channel audio recording is realized in HDV and DVCAM thanks to four XLR audio input connectors - two at the front, and two at the back.

"Dual Finder" New LCD Position on EVF Unit
The new LCD position on the EVF (Electric View Finder) unit is currently only available on Sony's professional HDV
shoulder-mount camcorders. The HVR-S270U camcorder features a new configuration of a 3.2-inch (viewable area, measured diagnally) type XtraFine LCD monitor (approximately 921,000 dots) and an XtraFine EVF (approximately 1,227,000 dots, 852x3[RGB]x480). The LCD is located on the EVF unit. This
unique layout enables the camera operator to perform both traditional EVF monitoring and LCD monitoring,while the camcorder is held on the shoulder. The 180-degree tilt mechanism allows for LCD monitoring when the camcorder is held in a high or low-angle position, and the 270-degree swivel mechanism will allow LCD monitoring from the front, right, or even left of the camcorder so that a reporter or a director can monitor what is being captured by the camcorder.

BP Series Battery Compatible
V-lock professional BP batteries are another great feature in common with broadcast camcorders.

Smooth Slow Rec
As with the HVR-Z7U, the HVR-S270U camcorder enables slow-motion playback by capturing images four times faster than the normal field rate (240 fields/s).


  • Interchangeable lens, full shoulder-mount HDV camcorder
  • Hybrid recording on tape and CompactFlash Memory
  • Three 1/3-inch ClearVid CMOS Sensor with EXMOR technology -great low light sensitivity
  • 4.5 hrs. of HDV recording with large size cassette
  • HD/SD-SDI output
  • Audio 4-channel recording capability                        


Camera section
Supplied Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, 12x (optical),
f = 4.4 to 52.8 mm,
f = 32.0 to 384 mm* at 16:9 mode
f = 39.5 to 474 mm* at 4:3 mode, filter diameter: 72 mm
Built-in filter Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Imaging system 1/3-inch, progressive 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system with technology of Exmor
Picture elements Approx. 1,037,000 pixels (effective), approx. 1,120,000 pixels (total)
Focus Auto,manual (focus ring/one push auto/infinity/AF assist/ focus macro)
White balance Auto, one-push auto (A/B positions), indoor (3200 K), outdoor (selectable level -7 to +7, approx. 500K/step),
manual WB Temp (selectable 2300K to 15000K, 100K/step)
Manual shutter speed Auto 1/60 - 1/2000
Manual 60i/30p: 1/4 - 1/10000 24p: 1/3 - 1/10000
Gain -6, -3, 0 , 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 dB
Minimum illumination 1.5 lux (auto gain, auto iris, 1/30 shutter)
VTR section
Recording format HDV1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, DVCAM, DV SP 480/60i (NTSC)
Play out/Down conversion format HDV1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, DVCAM, DV SP 480/60i (NTSC)
Playback/Recording time HDV/DV SP Max. 276min with PHDV-276DM Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
DVCAM Max. 184min with PHDV-276DM Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Input/Output conectors
Audio/Video output Composite video (BNCx1)
Unbalanced auido (pin x2ch)
Component video output BNC x3
HDV/DV input/output i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 6-pin)
XLR audio input XLR 3pin female x 4ch
Headphone Stereo mini jack (?3.5 mm)
LANC Stereo mini-mini jack (?2.5 mm)
Digital video output HD/SD-SDI BNC x1
Built-in output devices
LCD view finder 0.45-inch type (Viewable area measured diagonally), approx. 1,226,880 dots (852x3[RGB]x480), 16:9 aspect ratio
LCD monitor 3.2-inch type (Viewable area measured diagonally), XtraFine LCD, approx. 921,600 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio
Weight Approx. 13 lb 15 oz (6.3 kg) (w/ the supplied lens,w/o tape, BP-GL95battery)
Dimension (W x H x D) Apprpx, 12 1/8 x 10 5/8 x 20 inch (305 x 267 x 505 mm) (With lens hood.)
Power requirements DC 12 V (battery pack), DC 14.4 V (AC adaptor)
Power consumption HDV Approx. 12.5 W (with ECM-XM1 / EVF ON)
DVCAM/DV Approx. 11.9 W (with ECM-XM1 / EVF ON)
Battery operating time(recording mode) HDV VF=ON 470min(BP-L95)
DVCAM/DV VF=ON 485min(BP-L95)
Operating temperature 32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
Storage temperature -4 to 140 F (-20 to +60 C)
Supplied accessories lens hood with lens cover, large size eye-cup,
additional normal shoe kit, ECM-XM1 monaural electolet condenser
microphone, Shoulder Belt, Operating instructions (CD-ROM), Printed
operationg instructions, HVR-MRC1 memory recording unit kit
Supplied memory recording unit (HVR-MRC1)
Recording media CompactFlash card (2GB or bigger, 133x or faster)
File system FAT32
File format HDV .M2T
DVCAM/DV .AVI (DV-AVI, type 1) or .DV (Raw-DV)
Connectors special hot shoe
i.LINK-6pin (on the supplied cradle)
DC power input (on the supplied cradle)
infoLITHIUM L series battery slot (on the supplied cradle)


HVR-S270U Camcorder
HVR-MRC1 memory recording unit
ECM-XM1 monoaural electret condenser microphone
CR2025 lithium battery
Lens hood with lens cover
Large size eye-cup
Additional normal shoe kit
Shoulder belt
Operating Instructions (printed manual and CD-ROM)
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