Sony DXC 3000 Guide

The Sony DXC 3000 is a 3 CCD colour video camera formerly used as a popular broadcast production equipment. It is known as the first professional CCD camera manufactured by Sony.


The Sony DXC 3000 series went into production during the 1980s. It took about nine to 10 years before getting officially released. It is primarily geared towards professional studio shoots with proper production set-up and lighting. Considered a sturdy unit, this camera was widely used in a number of studios for many years.

Camera Parts and Features

The Sony DXC 3000 is equipped with Fujinon lens that provides sharp images and colours as long as the scene is properly lit. Low light scenes tend to show noise and other visual artefacts. However, even in extremely dark set-ups, the sharpness of the footage is not lost. The camera features a variety of manual settings and advanced programs. It has a manual focus ring, iris ring, incidental iris button, macro wheel, filter wheel and zoom select for manual or servo mode. It also has a small built-in microphone and an applicable port for standard XLR microphone connection.

Camera Set-up and Connections

The Sony DXC-3000 consists of a camera head without a VTR or VTR dock. Although it can be connected to any standard capture device such as a computer, VTR or DVD recorder, most set-ups encounter difficulties with the sound because it has no standard audio output available. For most set-ups both in studio and field production applications, it generally uses a Sony U-matic portable VTR using a special cable.

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