Sony HDW-S280 HDCAM Half-Rack Recorder
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$ 29,950.00
Ratings:3/5 from 5 votes


HDCAM Half-Rack Recorder for mobile and field applications. HDCAM recording and playback - 1080/59.94i, 50i, 23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF and 29.97PsF switchable. Legacy playback for Betacam, Betacam SP and Betacam SX. Built in downconversion and upconversion. LCD monitor on front panel. UMID (unique material identifier) handling. Runs on AC, DC 12V and battery power. Easy setup using Memory Stick media.


  • HDCAM recording and playback - 1080/59.94i, 50i, 23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF and 29.97PsF switchable
  • Legacy Playback for Betacam, Betacam SP and Betacam SX
  • Light and compact size, perfect for mobile and field applications
  • Built in down conversion and up conversion
  • UMID handling
  • LCD video monitor on front panel
  • Runs on AC, DC 12V, and battery power
  • Versatile video interfaces include HD-SDI in/out, SDI out, SD composite out
  • Memory stick interface for easy setup


Digital Video Performance SpecificationsDetail:
Quantization10 bit/sample (compression: 8 bit/sample)
Sampling FrequencyY: 74.25 MHz
R-Y/B-Y: 37.125 MHz
Error CorrectionReed-Solomon code
CompressionCoefficient recording system
Channel CodingS-I-NRZI PR-IV
Digital Audio Performance SpecificationsDetail:
Quantization20 bit/sample
Headroom20/18/16/12 dB Selectable
Sampling Frequency48 kHz (Syncronized with video)
Wow & flutterBelow measurable level
Analog Audio Performance SpecificationsDetail:
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)
Dynamic RangeMore than 90 dB
(at 1 kHz emphasis ON)
DistortionLess than 2%
(T.H.D. at 1 kHz reference level)
CrosstalkLess than -80 dB
(at 1 kHz between any two channels)
D/A Quantization20 bit/sample
A/D Quantization20 bit/sample
Input/Output SpecificationsDetail:
Analog Audio Input(CH1/2/3/4/CUE)
XLR-3-pin type (female) x 2
+4/0/-3/-20/-60 dBu Selectable
High Impedance
Analog Audio Output(CH1/2/3/4/CUE)
XLR-3-pin type (male) x 2
+4 dBu Low impedance
Analog Composite OutputBNC x 3 (RS-170A including one character out)
Y: 1.0 Vp-p
sync negative
R-Y/B-Y: 0.7 Vp-p
HD-SDI OutputBNC x 2 (SMPTE 292M including one character out)
Serial Digital (1.485 Gb/s)
Headphone OutputJM-60 Stereo phone jack
Time Code InputBNC x 1
0.5 to 18 Vp-p
10 k?
BNC x 1
0.5 to 18.8 Vp-p
Time Code OutputBNC x 1
1.0 Vp-p
Video ControlD-sub 9-pin
HD-SDI InputBNC x 1 (SMPTE 292M)
Serial Digital (1.485 Gb/s)
Remote 1 InputD-sub 9-pin
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Remote 1 Input/OutputD-sub 9-pin
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Analog Audio Monitor OutputXLR-3-pin type (male) x 2
Low impedance
General - Tape Speed SpecificationsDetail:
Betacam SX59.6 mm/s
Betacam/Betacam SP118.6 mm/s (525/59.94)
101.5 mm/s (625/50)
HDCAM96.7 mm/s (59.94i and 29.97PsF)
80.6 mm/s (50i and 25PsF)
77.4 mm/s (24PsF and 23.98PsF)
General SpecificationsDetail:
Weight13 lb 4 oz
Power Requirements100 to 240 V
50/60 Hz
Dimensions (W x H x D)8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches
(210 x 132 x 425 mm)
Power Consumption80 W
Fast Forward/Rewind TimeApprox. 4 minutes (Fast Forward)
Approx. 3 minutes (Remind)
Servo Lock Time1.0 s or less
50 min (w/ BCT40HD Cass)29.97PsF
23.98 PsF
48 min (w/ BCT40HD Cass)50i
40 min (w/ BCT40HD Cass)(59.94i
Operating Temperature41 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (+5 to +40 degrees Celsius )
Storage Temperature-4 to +140 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 to +60 degrees Celsius )
Operating Humidity25 to 80%
Load/Unload Time7 s or less
ApplicationsPortable Recorder/Player
Tape FormatBetacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SX
Analog Composite Out Performance SpecificationsDetail:
BandwidthY: 0 to 5.75 MHz +0.5 dB/-2.0 dB
R-Y/B-Y: 0 to 2.75 MHz +0.5 dB/-2.0 dB
S/N Ratio53 dB or more
Differential Phase2% or less
Differential Gain2% or less
Y/C Delay20 ns or less
K factor (2T pulse)1% or less
Output SCH PhaseBased upon RS-170A/CCIR R.624-3

Optional Accessories

Optional Accessories

RM280Remote Edit Controller
BPGL65Graphite Lithium-Ion Battery
BCL70Portable 2 channel battery charger for lithium-ion batteries
BCM150Ni-MH & Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
BPGL95Graphite Lithium-Ion Battery

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