The discs are reliable and robust, suitable for field work (something which has previously been a problem with many disc-based systems).
MPEG HD is used in all product lines except for XDCAM SD.
DVCAM uses standard DV encoding, which runs at 25 Mbit/s, and is compatible with most editing systems.
Some camcorders that allow DVCAM recording can record progressive-scan video.
In 2008, Sony introduced a new recording medium to their XDCAM range – Sx S Pro (pronounced "S-by-S").
It is a solid-state memory card implemented as an Express Card module.