Sony UWP-D Wireless Microphone Series Announced

Sony UWP-D Wireless Microphone Series is available for pre-order now at BHphoto.

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New Sony UWP-D wireless microphone series for sound as good as your content

The URX-P41D two-channel portable receiver supporting Multi Interface Shoe with Digital Audio Interface and advanced XDCAM camcorder integration

Basingstoke, April 6th, 2022 – Sony announces today the new URX-P41D two-channel portable receiver, supporting MI (Multi Interface) shoe with Digital Audio Interface. The URX-P41D, boasts all the key features included in the 4th Generation UWP-D Series, such as improved high sound quality from Digital Audio Processing, NFC Sync for quick and easy set-up from Receiver to Transmitter and functions such as Auto Gain mode and Output level control, making the job of recording sound even easier.

As part of the market leading UWP-D Series, the URX-P41D will work with all UWP-D transmitters (backwards compatible with previous generations) and will be available as a stand-alone receiver and as part of a new kit, the UWP-D27, which will include two UTX-B40 Bodypack Transmitter.

The URX-P41D is ideal for many users ranging from broadcast and news productions, to run and gun style interviews, or documentaries and series productions, using Sony’s XDCAM™ camcorders and Alpha™ interchangeable lens cameras*

Key new features include:

1) Digital audio interface to improve sound quality

  • Sony’s Digital Audio Processing, which uses DSP (digital signal processing) for digital companding, improves sound quality by optimizing a time-constant range between the transmitter and receiver, making the reproduction of sound more accurate. It provides superb transient response performance which for interview style recording means the audio is clear and crisp.
  • Using the SMAD-P5 MI shoe adaptor enables direct digital audio recording and delivers high sound quality with low noise by skipping the D/A and A/D process. This interface is compatible with a wide range of Sony’s XDCAM camcorders and Alpha interchangeable lens cameras.* It also integrates seamlessly with Sony’s camcorders and displays audio information on the viewfinder for enhanced usability in the field.

2) “NFC SYNC” function to allow quick and easy channel setting

  • Simple and quick channel setting for reliable RF transmission when time pressure is high is becoming crucial. Delivering enhanced usability, the unique “NFC SYNC” feature is designed for easy and fast frequency setting. By simply holding the NFC SYNC button on the receiver for a few seconds, it automatically scans the appropriate frequency. Thereafter, just touching the receiver to the transmitter will sync the channel for optimum speed and efficiency.

3) Compact form factor, with improved ergonomics

  • By reducing the size of the receiver from previous generations, the URX-P41D can sit on top of the camera or ILC attached to the MI shoe or cold shoe allowing for improved balance on the camera

4) External Microphone Input and Three-channel mixing function

  • The External Microphone Input for an additional wired microphone widens the sound capture options.  Three-channel audio recording is available by using a Sony’s lavalier microphone through the external microphone input. Furthermore, four-channel audio recording is also possible when using a stereo microphone through the external microphone input.

5) Stable RF reception**

  • The URX-P41D can reduce interruptions in reception (RF signal dropout), by utilizing a space diversity reception system, which achieves highly stable reception because of its two receiving antennas. The angle of the antennas on the portable receiver can also be adjusted, which helps to further eliminate signal dropout.

6) Functions to improve performance when on location

  • Auto gain mode and Output level control brings the user peace of mind that the audio levels are correct when out in the field. Auto gain will help to prevent any unwanted distortion and Output level control (when using XLR cable) allows the user to increase the output level where necessary.

The URX-P41D and UWP-D27 will be available from April 2022 onwards

All UWP-D series models can be found on pro.sony/uwpd

*Please visit the Sony website to check compatibility between SMAD-P5 and applicable camcorders and cameras for Digital Output through the MI Shoe

** Higher stability, true diversity reception in single channel operation mode.

ProGrade Digital 160GB CFexpress Type A Cobalt Memory Card Announced

ProGrade Digital officially announced the new 160GB CFexpress Type A Cobalt Memory Card. The US price is $329.99.

ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type A cards provide read speeds up to 800MB/s and burst write speeds up to 700MB/s. In addition, ProGrade Digital’s CFexpress Type A card delivers a minimum sustained write speed of 400MB/s (VPG 400) – specifically designed for high-resolution video capture.

ProGrade Digital 160GB CFexpress Type A Cobalt Memory Card: $329.99 at B&HAdorama.

Key Features:

  • 160GB Storage Capacity
  • NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Bus
  • Max Read Speed: 800 MB/s
  • Max Write Speed: 700 MB/s
  • Min Write Speed: 400 MB/s
  • Records Raw 4K Video
  • Records 8K, 6K, and 4K ProRes Video
  • Metal Enclosure for Temperature Control
  • Built-In Thermal Throttling
  • Shock / Vibration / X-Ray Proof

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Best Memory Cards for Sony a7 III

Here are the top recommended SD memory cards for Sony a7 III full frame E-mount mirrorless camera.

Sony A7 III has two SD memory card slots, one supports UHS-II SD memory cards. The card slot 1 supports ultra-fast UHS-II SD memory cards while the Card Slot 2 is compatible with UHS-I memory cards. If you want to shoot 4K video with the Sony a7 III, a fast UHS-II SD memory card is a must – Fast write speed provides fast buffer clearing time between burst shots optimizing your shooting experience, or you will have to wait longer for the buffer to clear and before you can start taking photos again.

Below is our list of best SD memory cards for Sony a7 III mirrorless camera. Just choose the one you like.

Reminder: if you plan to shoot videos, stick to 64GB (or larger) SDXC cards for the best video codex. Continue reading “Best Memory Cards for Sony a7 III”