The Sony PHU-120R is a hard disk recording unit designed for use with Sony's XDCAM EX camcorders. The 120GB drive can be formatted in either one 120GB partition or two 60GB partitions, letting you record up to 400 continuous minutes in HQ (35Mbps) mode or 520 minutes in SP (25Mbps) mode. The ability to record uninterrupted is especially useful for event coverage, sports and documentary-style shooting.
The PHU-120R doesn't have--or need--transport controls, record time displays or multiple inputs and outputs. The unit simply plugs into a media slot on the host camcorder or deck, where it is recognized as if it were just another memory card! All read, write and file access operations are controlled by the host recorder.
Internal Shock Absorbers
The disk drive itself is suspended inside the PHU-120R chassis by four specially engineered dampers that help protect against shock.
Unlike PC data, audio/video recording requires consistent, sustained transfer speeds. Sony's CyberCapture technology is designed to compensate for potential variations in performance to achieve sustained transfer speeds.
3G Shock Detection
As in a laptop PC, this system senses a potential shock and temporarily "parks" the read/write heads away from the hard disk surface, to help protect the disk from damage.
Shock Resistant Memory
Should shock or vibration become severe enough to disrupt recording, incoming data is automatically stored in 9 seconds of buffer memory. This gives the unit the chance to recover and continue recording as if nothing had happened.
In the event of a power interruption, the data salvage function of the camcorder minimizes lost footage. While performance varies according to conditions, typically only the last few seconds of material is affected.
Three LEDs are used to indicate Access, Power and Battery.
Instant record uses the buffer memory to start recording even before the hard drive spins up.
Accepts the same battery as XDCAM EX camcorders; optional BP-U30 battery pack (required, not supplied). The recommended battery charger is the BC-U1.
Approximately 12 hours of continuous use on a single battery charge, with optional BP-U30 battery pack.
Supplied shoe adapter for secure attachment to PDW-EX1, EX1R, EX3 and PMW-350 camcorders.
Supplied connection cable connects to the USB interface on the PHU-120R and plugs into the SxS PRO card slot on the PDW-EX1, EX1R, EX3, and PMW-350 camcorder or PDW-EX30 deck.
Easy ingest and editing: Connects directly to a PC or Mac computer via USB 2.0. Supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems, Macintosh® OS 10.4 and up.