Sony DSR-PD170 Camcorder -
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About this product
- Family LineSony DSR
- Optical Zoom12X
- Storage TypeRemovable (Card/Disc/Tape)
- Media FormatDV
- Depth17.95 in.
- Height7.08 in.
- Width5.35 in.
Most relevant reviews
- anaidalia99Mar 04, 2015by
very strong camera easy to use, good imagen quality, high definition video, is not heavy, you can make a especial recording in everywere and any time, is very importan to use a good battery
- grill_lOct 01, 2014by
Love is all you need and a Sony PD 170
Well... Outside of not being HD.. This is just about the best professional DVcam ever produced. I chose to track down the Sony PD 170 cam because this is the exact model we used to use at out old Public Access TV station in Asheville,NC. Produces great sound, great video footage and has to XLR inputs for pro sound.
When not on tripod .. on the go... using the handle on top of cam you have total control of the W/T switch. It is a little heavy but well built. I waited years for people to start unloading these for HD equipment. The Sony PD 170 is a workhorse. If you ever are one of the lucky people to obtain one - take good care of it..It will outlive us all.
- ilook2uJun 01, 2010by
Sony PD-170 review
I purchased this camera and I am amazed at it low-light capabilities. I currently shoot with a Canon XH-A1 and I have found the PD-170 to be more useful because of it's ability to turn a low light environment into a useful video. The PD 170 is standard definition and has an amazing picture. I am very happy with this camera. I should have bought two of these for the price of one XH-A1. Most people I work with just want a standard definition DVD anyway! I also really like my Canon, it's an amazing camera too, but when the light is low and I can't use it, the PD 170 saves the day. If I use the Canon XH A1 in low light at 6DB I have to be at 1/30 of a second. The PD 170 can be at 9DB and 1/100 of a second, this produces similar video results in both cameras.
- ali120310Sep 08, 2010by
Sony DSR PD170
The video camera is light-weight, thus easy to handle. In addition, the picture quality is very good. The great price of the camera made it affordable for me to purchase it. I am very happy with my purchase.
- realizedpowerJun 30, 2009by
Good practical sturdy camera with clear image and zoom
The Sony PD170 is a public access favorite because it is easy to handle, sturdy and only as complicated as it really needs to be to give you the control you need. I took footage from a public access camera to a local tv station and the engineer checked it and said the quality was good enough for their broadcast, so I bought the camera.
It has good manual focus which I really like, being able to manually zoom in quick, as well as creatively zoom in at the speed you like. And I like that the lens can be grabbed and zoomed by one ring and focused by an adjacent ring just like my film and old fashioned video cameras were before everything got automatic.
The audio setting and microphone plug ins and settings are not for the stupid; you should have someone explain it to you. I haven't seen the manual so I have no idea how clear it explains things. It has two audio inputs with good sturdy XLR jacks, and you can set Input one to record to one or both tracks. You can set the audio sensitivity. But if you set your mics or audio wrong you won't have sound. It does have its own speaker so you can play it back after a test recording.
If your local public access channel uses these cameras you can take their training course on how to use them and then do some volunteer work for them.
It has three, count 'em, three record buttons, conveniently placed for the different ways you might hand hold a camera. The viewfinder and fold out view screen are clear.
What I don't like is the tiny finger switch to turn it on to VCR/Camera/Memory. It is hard to press a finger to compress the little center button and twist it to just the right position. If I had a man's large fingers or were in dim light and could not see the tiny lettering it would be easy to mis-position it or not be able to move it at all. It does have a nice little, though unmarked, blocking lever to prevent yourself from going to memory instead of camera.
And the power jack it hidden at the lower rear of the camera behind a smooth rubber flap just the same color as the camera body. I searched for 10 minutes before I found it even though I knew it was at the back rear.
I'm not too familiar with the menu so I can't talk on that or its special effects. I am a simple operator, interested more in good signal and camerawork. But I recommend it.Read full review