The ergonomic layout of the zoom, focus and iris control rings
makes operation of these three functions possible with just one
The zoom function can be controlled by any of the
A high-speed zoom mode
is also available. The digital extender system increases the zoom
ratio to approximately 30x.
The iris control ring can be customised via the menu to:
The exposure function
is ideal for varied shooting environments that range from very dark
to very bright, allowing easy one-handed control using single-ring
Sony's Super SteadyShot system (optical) helps you achieve a stable
picture, even when camera handling is unsteady.
Three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters - 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64 -
help to vary the depth of field with iris control.
System With Exmor Technology
boasts cutting-edge features including unique Exmor technology
which maximises the potential of the camcorder's imaging system.
This includes the same column-parallel A/D conversion and dual
noise-cancelling method used in Sony's top-of-the-line camera
models. Multiple A/D (analogue to digital) converters on each pixel
row convert analogue signals to digital as soon as they are
generated, unlike traditional technology that only has one A/D
converter on each chip.
Exmor technology helps eliminate the influence of external noise,
which can often enter the signal chain during transfer to the A/D
converter. As a result, you get high-quality digital signals with
extremely low noise.
By adopting this groundbreaking technology, the Exmor Sensor system
enables the DSR-PD177P to achieve a low light sensitivity of just
1.5 lux (At 1/25 shutter, auto iris and auto gain).
The DSR-PD177P provides
SD-quality 25p footage. The 25p image captured by the sensor system
is recorded as an interlaced signal by dividing each frame into two
fields. This enables compatibility with current editing and
monitoring equipment that only accept interlaced signals, while
maintaining the quality of the 25p image.
Progressive scan mode is suitable for feature films, documentaries
and music videos, where the content is required to have the filmic
Up to six different picture set-ups, including gamma and colour
settings, can be registered in the memory as a Picture
Profile™. This labour-saving function allows operators to
easily recall customised picture set-ups for various shooting
conditions. It is also useful for matching footage shot at
different times or for multi-camera operation.
The special function of the DSR-PD177P enables smooth
slow-motion playback by capturing images 4x faster than normal (200
fields/s). In this mode, quad-speed images are captured for six
seconds, stored in the built-in buffer memory, and then recorded to
tape (in either DVCAM or DV format) as slow-motion pictures lasting
This quad-speed image capture is the fastest speed available on any
compact handheld camcorder.
Smooth Slow Rec is ideal for sports or nature photography, where
the action can be viewed more easily in slow motion, and opens up
many creative possibilities.
The Shot Transition™ function allows for smooth automatic
scene transitions. After you have programmed a shot's START and END
point settings (e.g., for zoom, focus, iris, gain, shutter speed
and white balance) and pressed the start button, a smooth picture
transition takes place over the duration of the shot by
automatically calculating the intermediate setting values.
Transition types can be selected from a choice of LINEAR, SOFT STOP
and SOFT TRANS, and transition time can be set from 3 to 90
The DSR-PD177P adopts the DVCAM format, which is the worldwide
standard SD format for professional handheld camcorders.
If you require a longer recording time, the DSR-PD177P is also
capable of recording and playing back DV format signals (SP mode
The DSR-PD177P provides up to seven ASSIGN buttons for quick access
to frequently used functions suitable for variable shooting
conditions. Some default functions are pre-assigned by name.
The assignable functions are AE Shift, Back Light, Colour Bars,
Digital Extender, End Search, Expanded Focus, Fader, Focus Macro,
Hyper Gain, Index Mark, Marker, Peaking, Photo, Picture Profile,
Push Auto Iris, REC Review, Ring Rotate Direction, Shot Transition,
Smooth Slow REC, Spot Light, Steady Shot, TC Reset and
The DSR-PD177P is equipped with a 3.2-inch-type widescreen
XtraFine™ LCD panel on the front of its handle. This has a
high resolution of approximately 921,000 pixels, which allows for
easier focus adjustments. It can also display virtually 100% of the
recorded picture area at a colour temperature of approximately
The 0.45-inch-type XtraFine EVF (Electronic View Finder) has
approximately 1,227,000 pixels and three independent LEDs for red,
green and blue colours. This technology allows users to monitor
objects with remarkable colour reproduction accuracy and high
The EVF has a choice of colour or black-and-white display modes. It
also displays virtually 100% of the picture area at a colour
temperature of approximately 6500K.
* When the camcorder is panned quickly, or when an object on the
screen moves quickly, the R/G/B primary colours may be seen on the
object in the EVF momentarily
InfoLITHIUM L Series
The DSR-PD177P uses the
same L series batteries as the DSR-PD170P, so you can use your
existing chargers and batteries
The DSR-PD177P offers a versatile choice of audio inputs. It
features a newly designed high-quality built-in stereo microphone,
as well as two XLR audio input channels for connecting to either
professional microphones or an external-line audio source. A 48V
microphone power source can also be supplied.
By adjusting the INPUT ASSIGN switch located on the side panel of
the DSR-PD177P, you can easily assign the two audio input channels
to either the built-in stereo microphone or an external-line audio
source, or dedicate one channel to each and record them separately
When assigned to one channel, the built-in stereo microphone acts
as a wide-directional monaural microphone.
Lever and Rec. Start/Stop Button
In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during
low-angle shooting, an additional zoom lever and a rec. start/stop
button have been added to the carrying handle. The rec. start/stop
button has a hold function to prevent accidental operation.
The three-position slide switch located on the side of the handle
lets users select the zoom control type from FIX, VAR and OFF. In
FIX mode, zoom speed is determined by the speed setting selected in
the menu, where eight speeds are available. In VAR mode, zoom speed
can be adjusted manually using the zoom lever.
With Sony HVR-MRC1K
The DSR-PD177P is ready for HYBRID DVCAM/DV operation, when
connected to the optional HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit via an
i.LINK connector. In HYBRID operation, you can simultaneously
record video footage to both a tape and a standard CompactFlash
Three recording options:
For user convenience,
the DSR-PD177P can display status information of the HVR-MRC1K on
its LCD. This status information includes:
The recording time on a
16-GB CF card* in DVCAM and DV format is approximately 72
* At least 133x speed and 2-GB capacity is required.
Clip-type Microphone Holder
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy to attach and
remove the microphone for quick storage.
Camera Function With Memory Stick Duo
The Memory Photo function allows the camera to be switched to
progressive scan mode for capturing still images. Files can be
recorded on Memory Stick Duo™ media in a choice of two sizes:
1080x810 pixels (4:3) or 1440x810 pixels (16:9).