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.
Smooth Slow Rec
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 24 seconds.
This quad-speed image capture is the fastest speed available on any compact
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.
Shot Transition Function
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 seconds.
DVCAM/DV Selectable Recording
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 only).
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 Zebra.
XtraFine LCD Panel
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 resolution*.
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
* 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
InfoLITHIUM L Series Battery
The DSR-PD177P uses the same L
series batteries as the DSR-PD170P, so you can use your existing chargers and
Versatile Audio Input
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 or mixed.
When assigned to one channel, the built-in stereo microphone acts as a
wide-directional monaural microphone.
On-handle Zoom Lever and Rec.
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
HYBRID Solution With Sony
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 (CF) card.
Three recording options:
For user convenience, the DSR-PD177P
can display status information of the HVR-MRC1K on its LCD. This status
The recording time on a 16-GB CF
card* in DVCAM and DV format is approximately 72 minutes.
* At least 133x speed and 2-GB capacity is required.
One-touch Clip-type Microphone
A one-touch clip-type microphone holder makes it easy to attach and remove the
microphone for quick storage.
Digital Still 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).