Sony Affordable 1-inch palm-size camcorder with Fast Hybrid Auto Focus
Entry-level Full HD palm-sized camcorder with Fast Hybrid Auto Focus
HXR-MC88 is lightweight and compact, but fully featured with Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, dual XLR professional audio, built-in ND filters and powerful 48x zoom for easy on-the-go shooting.
A big 1.0 type Exmor RS™ sensor with BIONZ X processing engine offers superb light sensitivity, delivering bright high-quality Full HD imagery that makes an immediate impact. A super high-resolution OLED viewfinder and 3.5-type LCD give you complete confidence when shooting.
Designed to meet fast-growing corporate, education and government demand for affordable, easy-to-use video production equipment, the HXR-MC88 offers exceptional value to today’s videographers.
Revolutionary imaging performance with Exmor RS
To deliver imaging performance previously impossible for a compact camcorder, a large 14.2-megapixel (effective) 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor delivers beautiful background bokeh defocus effects and superior sensitivity for capturing high-quality images with less noise, even under dark or bright conditions. The sensor gives you low noise and less blur, because more light reaches the sensor, offering clear and steady pictures even in a dark scene with minimum illumination 1.7 lux*. *LOW LUX mode
Ultimate mobility with high-speed autofocus
The HXR-MC88 is palm-sized and ultra-lightweight to shoot in any situation, and its advanced Fast Hybrid AF system is designed to provide pin-sharp image quality at all times with complete creative control.
Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus captures action
Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus (AF) comprises a number of features: phase-detection AF, face detection and lock-on auto focus technology to estimate subject movement. They all work together seamlessly to capture fast-moving subjects with amazing sharpness.
Auto Focus Creative Control
AF Drive Speed means you set the speed at which focus switches — rapid for a sports event and slow for a drama production. It’s easy to get the results you need. AF Switching Sensitivity lets you lock tight to a single subject or fluidly switch focus — such as when shooting a line of runners. AF Track Depth allows you to choose a Wide depth of field when a subject is fast moving, while Narrow fine tunes performance for a subject at a consistent distance.
Wide-angle zoom lens with great control
The HXR-MC88 is supplied with a fixed 29 mm wide-angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens, ideal for capturing panoramic landscapes. The 12 x optical zoom can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom, In addition, the digital extender can double this range again, up to 48x zoom.
The camcorder’s lens ring enables smooth, natural adjustment of focusing or zooming, depending on which mode is selected; while the manual dial and buttons on the side of the body allow swift and easy adjustment of IRIS (aperture), ISO/GAIN and shutter speed.
Superb quality monitoring with enhanced OLED viewfinder
You have superb monitoring options with the MC88’s enhanced 0.39-type 2359 K dot OLED viewfinder and 3.5-type 1550K dot LCD. The super high-resolution OLED viewfinder offers excellent quality brightness, contrast and response, giving you better precision of manual focus operations and eliminating any colour-breaking phenomenon. The LCD gives you further flexible composition options.
AVCHD progressive recording
The HXR-MC88 supports the well-established AVCHD format recording so it’s easy to integrate your content into today’s proven Full HD workflows. Shoot Full HD (1920x1080) at 28Mbps at 60/50P with LPCM audio for up to 290 minutes recording time on a single 64GB SD Card.
A built-in Neutral Density (ND) filter wheel includes positions for clear, 1/4 (2 stops), 1/16 (4 stops), and 1/64 (6 stops). This makes it easier to get all the advantages of shallow depth of field even in exterior day shoots, with no need to worry about bringing along and fitting a separate filter.
Dual XLR inputs
The MC88 has two XLR connectors – so even if you remove the handle with its standard, easy-access XLR connector, then a second on the body is still available, making it ideal for applications such as shooting in a confined space, such as a car interior or when mounting on a gimbal.
Dual media slots
To extend recording time and workflow flexibility, the HXR-MC88 is equipped with two memory card slots and is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) / PRO-HG Duo.* Relay mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full; Simul mode allows simultaneous recording to two memory cards (for example, to create an immediate back-up version). The HXR-MC88’s two start/stop buttons on the handle grip and camcorder body can independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode. *Memory Stick: Card Slot 1 only.
Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe
The HXR-MC88 takes advantage of Sony’s flexible Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, which provides power, signal connections and coordinated on/off switching to compatible Sony accessories. For example, you can connect and control Sony UWP-D wireless microphone systems (sold separately). Please note that to use the MI-Shoe, the XLR handle must be removed.
Versatile connections for professional workflows
The HXR-MC88 features a Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, HDMI®, Multi/Micro USB jack, and remote interface to connect with and control remotely a wide variety of compatible Sony accessories, including creating a simple live solution when connected to the optional
MCX-500 Multi Camera Live Producer and RM-30BP Remote Commander.
The HXR-MC88 features a standard remote interface (2.5 mm stereo mini-mini jack). Focus, zoom, rec start/stop, and rec review can be controlled remotely using optional RM-1BP or RM-30BP.
Simple live solution
The HXR-MC88 is designed to work seamlessly with Sony’s MCX-500 Multi-Camera Live Producer, a robust and cost-effective switcher that makes it easy for one person to run a multi-camera live event shoot. When used with the MCX-500 and Remote Commander RM-30BP, a tally indicator will automatically appear on each HXR-MC88’s LCD panel and viewfinder – a red icon indicates when the shot is live (PGM) while green indicates preview mode (PVW). The MCX-500 supports up to nine video inputs, five channel stereo inputs, including XLR with both internal recording and live streaming via Ustream™, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live.
Approx. 935g - with lens hood
Approx. 1260g - with lens hood, handle, NP-FV50A battery
Dimensions (W x H x D)
121 x 104 x 223.5mm – with lens hood
130 x 181.5 x 236.5mm – with lens hood, handle
DC In: 8.4 V
Battery: 7.4 V
Approx. 4.9W (while recording with viewfinder and AVCHD 1080/60i FX)
Approx. 5.3W (while recording with LCD and AVCHD 1080 x 60i FX)
0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
-20°C to +60°C (-4°F to 104°F)
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 80min with NP-FV50A battery (while recording with LCD, AVCHD 1080/60i FX)
135min with NP-FV50A battery (while playing with LCD, AVCHD 1080/60i FX)
Recording Format (Video)
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible
Recording Format (Audio)
AVCHD: Linear PCM 2ch, 16 bit, 48kHz / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
AVCHD (1920 x 1080) @59.94p, 50p, PS mode (28 Mbps)
AVCHD (1920 x 1080) @59.94i/50i FX mode (24 Mbps) FH mode (17 Mbps)
AVCHD (1920 x 1080) @29.97p/25p/23.98p, FX mode (24 Mbps)
AVCHD (1440 x 1080) @59.94i, 50i LP mode (5 Mbps)
AVCHD (1280 x 720) @59.94P, 50P, HQ mode (9 Mbps)
AVCHD @LPCM 2ch PS Mode Approx. 305min with 64GB memory card
AVCHD @LPCM 2ch FX Mode Approx. 360min with 64GB memory card
AVCHD @LPCM 2ch FH Mode Approx. 495min with 64GB memory card
AVCHD @LPCM 2ch HQ Mode Approx. 880min with 64GB memory card
AVCHD @LPCM 2ch LP Mode Approx. 1540min with 64GB memory card
12x (optical), servo
f=9.3 – 111.6mm
equivalent to f=29.0 – 348.0mm on 35mm lens (16:9)
equivalent to f=32.8 - 393.6mm on 35mm lens (3:2)
auto / manual selectable
AF/MF selectable, 10mm to ∞ (Wide), 1000mm to ∞ (Tele)
ON / OFF selectable, shift lens
Imaging Device (Type)
1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm), back-illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Effective Picture Elements
Approx. 14.2M pixels (3:2)
Built-in Optical Filters
OFF: Clear, 1: 1/4ND, 2: 1/16ND, 3: 1/64ND
Standard [60i] 3lux (1/60 Shutter Speed, gain 33dB)
Standard [50i] 3lux (1/50 Shutter Speed, gain 33dB)
LowLux [60i] 1.7lux (1/30 Shutter Speed, gain 33dB)
LowLux [50i] 1.7lux (1/25 Shutter Speed, gain 33dB)
[60i]: 1/8-1/10,000 (1/6-1/10,000 when shooting with 24p)
Preset (Indoor: 3200K, Outdoor: 5600K ± 7 steps, Colour temperature set range: 2300-15000K
One push A, B, Auto selectable
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 dB, AGC
Input / Output
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack (x1), Composite 1.0Vp-p, 75Ω
Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack
Multi/Micro USB jack (x1)
Stereo mini jack (x1)
Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack, Stereo mini-mini jack (Φ2.5mm)
Type A (x1)
1.0cm (0.39 type) OLED Approx. 2.36M dots
8.8cm (3.5 type) Approx. 1.56M dots
Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
Memory Stick Pro Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible x1 SD/SDHC/SDXC x1