Sony HDW-790P HDCAM Camcorder

by Sony
Sony HDW-790P HDCAM Camcorder
HD camcorder, offering 2.2 million pixels per colour, HDCAM recording and is switchable between 50i and 25P scanning.

Superb High Definition pictures

The HDW-790P acquires pictures in 1080-line resolution, providing an unforgettable High Definition viewing experience for your audience.

Increased marketability of your programmes

HDCAM has achieved an enviable reputation for quality, and programmes shot in HDCAM are accepted by many of the world's most prestigious broadcasters. Shooting in HDCAM opens up new opportunities for international co-production and distribution.

Peace of mind for High Definition post production

Over 31,000 HDCAM VTRs and camcorders are in use worldwide, and the number of post houses equipped with HDCAM grows every day. You can relax in the knowledge that there is an HDCAM facility close by to add the finishing touches to your project.

Easy integration with Standard Definition

Today more and more programme makers are shooting HDCAM, with many of them using existing SD suites for post production. This approach provides many advantages. These include the lower cost associated with SD post production, and the benefit of retaining an exceptionally high quality HDCAM original recording for future distribution opportunities. And even when downconverted to SD, pictures from HDCAM camcorders will look noticeably better than those originated in SD.

Differentiation in a crowded market

The original HDW-750P has built an unrivalled reputation for the production of the very best in quality programming, helping establish HDCAM as the preferred High Definition format worldwide. In today's multi-channel world, shooting with the HDW-790P ensures that your pictures stand out to grab the attention of the viewers.

Ease-of-use for minimum re-training

The latest in a long line of digital camcorders from Sony, the HDW-790P retains the ergonomic design and familiar operation for which Sony camcorders have become renowned. With the HDW-790P, you avoid expensive operational retraining and can generate great pictures from day one.


The HDW-790P uses Power HAD sensor technology incorporating the latest FIT sensor and on-chip lens structure. Three 2/3-inch FIT CCDs each with 2.2 million-pixels provide excellent imaging quality acquiring pictures at 1920 x 1080 CIF (Common Interchange Format) resolution.
12 bit A/D conversion and advanced digital signal processing ensures excellent tonal reproduction, for the most demanding applications.
You can shoot pictures in either interlaced or progressive mode. 50i can be selected to acquire interlaced 'TV look' pictures, and 25P can be selected where a 'film look' is required.
TruEye virtually eliminates hue distortion, especially in extreme lighting conditions. TruEye processes video data in a similar way to the human eye - processing brightness, hue and saturation. This significantly improves the reproduction of natural skin tones.
Multi Matrix provides further in-camera creative control and can be used to match colourimetry during multiple camcorder shoots. It is also effective for manipulating the hue and saturation of specific selected colours within a scene. One example would be to adjust the hue and saturation of a flower petal without changing other colours within the picture.
Auto Trace White (ATW) is a feature that automatically adjusts the white balance as lighting conditions change. This is ideal when shooting in rapidly changing lighting conditions (for example, when moving from an indoor to an outdoor location). Conventional Auto White Balance is also available.
The HDW-790P records up to 48 minutes onto a small HDCAM cassette.
The HDW-790P is equipped with dual optical filter wheels. You can choose from the following Neutral Density (ND) settings: CLEAR, 1/4ND, 1/16ND and 1/64ND, and the following Colour Correction (CC) settings A:Cross, B:3200K, C:4300K and D:6300K.
The HKDW-702 HD to SD downconverter option can be used with the HDW-790P. SDI or analogue VBS can be output from the camcorder when this option is fitted.
The new HKDW-905R option can be installed into the HDW-790P to add slow shutter capability (up to 64 frames) and image inversion. The slow shutter feature can be used to either boost sensitivity or to enable motion blur to be used as a creative tool. Image inversion allows the camcorder to be used with a wider range of anamorphic and film lenses.
It's always annoying to miss a great shot, especially when shooting wildlife footage. Picture cache recording provides an additional chance to capture the action even if it occurred before the REC button was pressed. An optional HKDW-703 can be installed into the camcorder to provide this feature. This allows you to capture up to 8 seconds of material immediately before you press the record button.
The HKDW-703 also provides Time Lapse (Interval) Recording. In MANUAL mode, 1 to 8 frames are recorded each time the REC button is pressed. In AUTO mode, the overall recording time is set (e.g. 10 minutes) along with the playback time on tape (e.g. 10 seconds). Using the picture cache to achieve Time Lapse reduces the mechanical wear to the record mechanism.
The HDW-790P is equipped with two HD-SDI outputs as standard, allowing high definition pictures to be monitored directly on-site without the need for an additional adapter. One of these outputs can be switched to standard definition when the camcorder is fitted with an optional HKDW-702 or HKDW-902R board.
Four channels of digital audio can be input to the HDW-790P via two XLR inputs. Each XLR receives 2 channels of AES/EBU audio data at 20 bit resolution.
You can slot a Sony wireless receiver directly into the chassis of the HDW-790P. This adds wireless receiver functionality without compromising the compact ergonomic design of the camcorder. A Sony WRR-855B can be used.
The design of the HDW-790P is based on years of Sony experience in camera design and provides a high level of mobility and balance to minimise fatigue in all shooting conditions. Combined with the viewfinder, battery, cassette and microphone, the total weight is only 5.4 Kg.


Mass: 5.4 kg (11 lb 14 oz) with typical ENG lens, BCT-40HD cassette, viewfinder, microphone and BP-GL95 battery
Power requirement: DC 12 V (+5.0 V/-1.0 V)
Power consumption: Approx. 34 W (With 12 V power supply, REC mode)
Operating temperature: 0 oC to +40 oC (+32 oF to +104 oF)
Storage temperature: -20 oC to +60 oC (-4 oF to +140 oF)
Operating humidity: 25 % to 85 % (Relative humidity)
Continuous operating time : 110 min (With BP-GL95)

In the Box

Sony HDW-790P manual


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