The highly respected HDW-F900 camcorder has been refined into the next-generation HDW-F900R, offering a variety of further enhanced functionalities. The HDW-F900R camcorder records images in accordance with the CIF (Common Image Format) standard, which specifies a sampling structure of 1920 x 1080 active pixels (horizontal x vertical). The HDW-F900R camcorder is switchable to record at 24P, 25P, 29.97P progressive scan, and also at 50 or 59.94 Hz interlaced scan.
The camcorder also provides a comprehensive range of features for creative shooting such as enhanced gamma features and colorimetry controls. Plus, the design of the HDW-F900R is highly compact and lightweight, giving users higher levels of mobility and comfort when shooting. To further enhance the creative and operational versatility of the camcorder, a wide range of optional accessories are available. These include a picture cache board, a 2-3 Pull-down and down converter board, and a slow-shutter board.
In combination with its renowned 24P capability and attractive cost efficiency, all of these great functionalities make the HDW-F900R the perfect solution for shooting television series, documentaries, commercials, as well as motion pictures.
HAD sensor technology
The HDW-F900R uses Hyper 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 ADSP
12 bit A/D conversion and advanced digital signal processing ensures excellent tonal reproduction, for the most demanding applications.
Choice of Multiple frame rates
You can select from a number of frame rates to match the required look for each production. 50i and 59.94i can be selected to acquire interlaced "TV look" pictures, with 23.98P, 24P, 25P and 29.97P also available for "film look" (progressive) images. Please note that 30P and 60i modes are not supported.
TruEye virtually eliminates hue distortion, especially in extreme lighting conditions. TruEye processes videa 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
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.
Creative control with User Gamma
The CvpFileEditor can be used with the HDW-F900R for creation of custom gamma curves. Existing gamma curves, generated for use with the original HDW-F900 can also be applied.
Long record duration onto HDCAM cassettes
The HDW-F900R records up to 50 minutes onto a small HDCAM tape when shooting in 24P mode. Maximum record durations at 50i and 59.94i are 48 minutes and 40 minutes.
Dual optical filter wheel
The HDW-F900R 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:5600K, B:3200K, C:4300K and D:6300K.
Optional HD to SD down conversion
The HKDW-702 HD to SD downconverter option used with the HDW-730S and HDW-750P HDCAM camcorders can be used with the HDW-F900R. SDI or analogue VBS can be output from the camcorder when this option is fitted. Alternatively, the new HKDW-902R board can be installed. In addition to downconvertion, 2-3 pulldown is supported which allows NTSC monitoring at 59.94i when the camcorder is running at 23.98PsF.
Slow Shutter and Image Inversion
The new HKDW-905R option can be installed into the HDW-F900R 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.
Picture Cache Recording
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.
More choices for signal output
The HDW-F900R 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.
Same optical axis as the original HDW-F900
The HDW-F900R uses the same optical axis as the original HDW-F900. The lens accessories developed for the HDW-F900 can be used without modification.
Great audio performance
Four channels of digital audio can be input to the HDW-F900R via two XLR inputs. Each XLR receives 2 channels of AES/EBU audio data at 20 bits resolution.
Slot-in wireless receiver
You can slot a Sony wireless receiver directly into the chassis of the HDW-750P. This adds wireless receiver functionality without compromising the compact ergonomic design of the camcorder. A Sony WRR-855A/B can be used.
Rugged and ergonomic design
The design of the HDW-F900R 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.
Power Requirements: DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Power Consumption: Approx. 38 W (with 12 V power supply, REC mode, with HDVF-20A)
Mass: Approx. 5.4 kg (with typical ENG lens, cassette and BP-GL95)
Approx.: 11 lb. 14 oz (with typical ENG lens, cassette and BP-GL95)
Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F
0°C to 40°C
Storage Temperature: -4°F to 140°F
-20°C to +60°C
Operating Humidity: 25% to 85% (relative humidity)
Continuous Operating Time: Approx. 110 min with BP-GL95 battery (When using an optional HDVF-20A and operating at the normal temperature of 25°C (77°F).)
Dimensions (W x H x D) *: 5 x 8 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches
127 x 269 x 308 mm
Pickup Device: 3-chip 2/3-type FIT CCD
Effective Picture Elements: 1920 x 1080 (H x V)
Optical System: F1.4 prism system
Lens Mount: Special bayonet mount
Built-in Filters	A: 5600K B: 3200K C: 4300K D: 6300K
1: Clear 2: 1/4 ND 3: 1/16 ND 4: 1/64 ND
Sensitivity (2,000 lx, 89.9% reflectance): F10, at 24 fps, with a 1/48-second shutter speed (equivalent to a 180° film camera shutter setting), the exposure index is approximately equivalent to 300 ISO.
Minimum Illumination: 0.0024 lx (F1.4 lens, +42 dB gain, with 64-frame accumulation)
Smear Level: -135 dB (typical)
Video S/N Ratio: 54 dB (typical)
Geometric Distortion	None identified (excluding distortion due to lens)
Horizontal Resolution: 1,000 TV Lines
Recording Format: HDCAM 59.94i/50i/29.97PsF/25PsF/24PsF/23.98PsF
Tape Speed: Approx. 77.4 mm/s (24p mode)
Recording/Playback Time: 50 min (24PsF, 23.98PsF) with BCT-40HD
48 min (50i, 25PsF) with BCT-40HD
40 min (59.94i, 29.97p) with BCT-40HD
Fast Forward/Rewind Time: Approx. 5 min with BCT-40HD
Recommended Tapes	: HDCAM cassette (S) BCT-6HD/12HD/22HD/32HD/40HD
Sampling Frequency	Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125 MHz
Quantization: 12 bits/sample (8 bits sample for compression processing)
Error Correction: Reed-Solomon code
Error Concealment: Adaptive three dimensional
Genlock: Input BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p 75 Ω
Timecode: Input BNC (x1), 0.5 V to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
Audio Input: (CH1/CH2): XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x1), -60 dBu/-50 dBu /-40 dBu/+4 dBu/AES/EBU
Mic Input: XLR-type 5-pin type (female) (x1), -60 dBu/-50 dBu /-40 dBu LPF 14 kHz: -8 dB
Test Output: BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, unbalanced
HD-SDI Output: BNC (x2), 0.8 Vp-p, unbalanced
AUDIO Output: XLR-type 5-pin (male) (x1), 0 dBm
TC Output: BNC (x1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Earphone Output: Mini jack (x1), 8 Ω, -∝ dBs to -18 dBs variable
DC Input: XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1), DC 11 V to 17 V
DC Output: DC 11 V to 17 V, Max. 100 mA
Lens: 12-pin (x1)
Remote: 8-pin (x1)
Light: 2-pin (x1)