Sony launches new entry-level shouldermount MC2500

Camcorders

HRX MC2500 from Sony
Event shooter: the shoulder mount HRX MC2500 from Sony.
Sony has updated its entry-level shouldermount camcorder line with a new model, the HXR-MC2500E.

The new camcorder is, the company says, aimed at videographers working in markets such as events, performances and corporate work, where a shouldermount design is either more practical, or adds presence.

The HXR-MC2500E follows on from Sony’s MC2000 model, and like it, is based around AVCHD recording, either to an SD card, or to internal memory.

The new model features a similar-sized sensor – 1/3.95 inch – as the older model, but Sony says the new chip, which is back illuminated, is an improvement on the sensor in earlier camcorders, especially in low light. Low-light filming is also enhanced by the built-in LED light, mounted just above the camera’s lens.

The lens itself ranges from 26.8mm at the wide end to 321.6mm (35mm equivalent), giving a 12x zoom in full HD mode, with a servo zoom. The camera has both a viewfinder and a 921k dots LCD monitor. Users of the camera can also control it, and view footage, using a smartphone or tablet; compatible phones can be linked to the camera using near-field communication. There is also HDMI out.

The camcorder has a built-in stereo mic, and can be used directly with Sony’s UWP-D11 wireless microphone receiver, via a multi-interface shoe. There will also be an XLR input adapter, using the same connection, for pro mics. Audio is recorded in the uncompressed, PCM format, rather than the compressed audio common to AVCHD cameras; Sony gives the camera its NXCAM designation as a result.

Sony claims that the camera can record for up to 14 hours, using a large-capacity, optional battery, the NPF-970. It can also be set to simultaneous and relay recording, using both the internal memory and card slot. However, the camcorder comes with 32GB of internal memory, rather than the 64GB on earlier models.

The HXR-MC2500E goes on sale in November.