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Featuring a compact camcorder size and shape, a first for Sony’s XDCAM line of cameras, the new PXW-X70 features a 1” type sensor which is eight times larger than the 1/3” size usually found in this kind of camera. Although the sensor is not as large as a 35mm sensor, it is larger than a Super-16 , which helps you achieve a more cinematic image with shallow depth of field. Common to the XDCAM line, the PXW-X70 features a Back Side Illuminated Exmor R sensor. The design of the sensor moves the photodiodes above the control circuitry, providing better low-light performance with noticeably less noise.
However, the large 1” sensor and small form factor are not the only features worth noting. Two SD Media Card slots allow you to record either simultaneously or in relay mode, so you need never actually stop recording, except to change batteries, as you can swap a full card for an empty card while the camera records to the second card.