Picture Profiles and scene settings for the PXW-X200

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The new Sony PXW-X200 is externally very similar to the old PMW-200, but under the hood it is a very different camera. For a start it has new and much improved sensors and processing. That combined with 10 bit 422 XAVC means that there is a noticeable improvement in image quality, in particular noise levels. As a result the pictures from the X200 actually grade really well.

However for the best results when grading or for general purpose shooting I feel you can benefit from a few simple changes to the cameras picture profiles. Out of the factory the camera uses Rec-709 gamma with a knee. This gives a reasonable picture but the highlights can look rather crushed with some neon colours. I feel that the X200 really benefits from the use of a Hypergamma gamma curve. Below are some settings that you can change in the Picture Profiles for better image quality, change ONLY the settings listed:

General Purpose Profile for day to day shooting (NOT Broadcast Safe, 109% peak white):

Gamma: HG3, Black Gamma -40, Black Level -3.

White Clip: OFF

Matrix: ON, Select 1, Level +10, Phase -4, R-G +8, R-B +6, G-R -10, G-B -8, B-R -5, B-G -12.

HD Detail: Level -10, Frequency +15
Aperture Level +25

Recommend setting zebras 5% lower than you would normally.

General Purpose Profile for day to day shooting (Broadcast Safe, 100% peak white):

Gamma: HG1, Black Gamma -40, Black Level -3.

Matrix: ON, Select 1, Level +10, Phase -4, R-G +8, R-B +6, G-R -10, G-B -8, B-R -5, B-G -12.

HD Detail: Level -10, Frequency +15
Aperture Level +25

Recommend setting zebras 4% lower than you would normally.

Profile for high dynamic range shots, suitable for grading.

Gamma: HG4, Black Level -3.

White Clip: OFF

Matrix: ON, Select 1, Level +2, Phase -4, R-G +8, R-B +6, G-R -10, G-B -8, B-R -5, B-G -12.

HD Detail: Level -12, Frequency +15
Aperture Level +15

Recommend setting zebras 6% lower than you would normally.

Profile for night shooting where low light performance is critical and noise may be an issue.

Gamma: STD5,  Black Level -3.  Black Gamma +25

Matrix: ON, Select 1, Level +2, Phase -4, R-G +8, R-B +6, G-R -10, G-B -8, B-R -5, B-G -12.

HD Detail: Level -15, Frequency +15

Crispening +40

Low Key Sat -30

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14 thoughts on “Picture Profiles and scene settings for the PXW-X200”

  1. Thank you very much!
    I just tested with the stanard picture profile settings and was very disapointed! I couldn´t match the image with my EX 1 footage.

    The whole image got a yellow tint and fancy colors – very unnatural… – I wasn´t able to grade a natural image at all.

    Will the settings above match better with good old EX 1? The great camera with adjustable handle, no fan, a great non reflecting monitor and a picture that looks natural… – …all the stuff X 200 doesn´t offer out of the box…

    Thank you Chris

    1. I don’t know why it doesn’t work for you. I find the pictures from the X200 far superior to the EX1. The fan is needed to cool the extra processing needed for the 10bit XAVC codec.

  2. Just watched your excellent and informative talk that you gave at Vocas on the FS5 and learnt so much about the gamma curves etc. I have a X200 and have used your suggested setting above and they seem to work great. One question I do have for the low light setting is that you use the STD5 setting for gamma. However looking at the gamma curve on your S-Log info page the HyperGamma 3 setting appears to give a higher output for the lower input…albeit ever so slightly. Is there a reason why you suggest the STD5 gamma setting? Many thanks for any ‘light’ ( 😉 ) you can shed on it.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    1. The X200 is marginally better in low light as it has slightly better noise reduction. However the difference is very small.

    1. What gamma curve are you using? Been a while since I’ve used a PXW-X160 but it might be that you need to choose a different gamma curve.

  3. Does anyone know where to find some good picture settings for an X160?

    As default it seems a bit “filmic”, soft and red.

      1. Kind of… except the X160 doesnt offer the Hyper Gamma curve, or HG1, so I dont know how much use all the Matrix settings are in Rec-709. (no picture profiles either)

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