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Sony introduces brand new PXW-Z150 compact professional camcorder, delivering 4K quality with built-in live streaming and wireless workflow capabilities

Posted on February 26, 2016 by Tegas Broadcast There have been 0 comments

Content creators can now take advantage of fast, effortless set-up, broadcast-quality images, and true versatility to exceed any brief

Sony has announced the PXW-Z150, the latest addition to its XDCAM range of lightweight, easy-to-use professional camcorders, with new functionality to enable wireless operation and 4K*1 high quality shooting. The flexible, effortless set-up capabilities of the portable PXW-Z150 enable content creators of all experience levels to deliver impressive imagery for content and events shooting scenarios, no matter how tight their brief. Sony’s PXW-Z150 features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, providing users with spectacular 4K recording and impressive 5x slow motion in Full HD - essential functionality for content creators looking to deliver corporate or personal productions of the highest quality.

Going beyond what has been traditionally possible with a camcorder, Sony’s PXW-Z150 catches every moment in up to 120 frames per second (fps) High Frame Rate continuous recording in full HD quality. Apart from the standard optical 12x zoom, the camera utilizes Clear Image Zoom technology to operate at 24x zoom and 18x zoom in HD and 4K modes respectively. Further, the single 20 megapixel *2 1.0 type large sensor size offers clear pictures even in low light. This gives filmmakers superb clarity and sharpness, opening up the opportunities for flexible shooting in a variety of environments. In response to rising expectations in the fast-paced corporate industry, users can now enjoy live streaming capabilities and FTP wireless connection with built-in Wi-Fi.

Ensuring creative expression is not only subjected to an extensive set-up, the PXW-Z150 is ergonomically designed to facilitate shooting with ease. The compact, lightweight body includes integration with advanced features, removing the need for multiple external accessories. The built-in 4-step ND filter offers the flexibility of exposure and depth-of-field control while the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe avoids cabling with easy integration between the camcorder and Sony’s peripherals including the UWP-D series wireless microphones. The PXW-Z150 can be easily controlled by a smartphone or tablet using a Wi-Fi remote, and has a battery life which delivers a remarkable 400minutes*3 continuous recording time – allowing you to capture what is needed readily. In addition, high visibility is delivered with the wide view-angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder alongside the 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel.

The PXW-Z150 lends itself to a variety of environments and editing requirements, supporting the conventional broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) on top of Sony’s advanced XAVC format (Long GOP) format. The camcorder also provides a wide variety of built-in connectivity options including professional standard 3G-SDI, XLR inputs, HDMI, USB, REMOTE and Composite (phono), eliminating the need for adapters. To extend recording times and workflow flexibility, the PW-Z150 is equipped with two memory card slots and is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards. The dual media slots enable various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.

“We wanted to introduce a portable camcorder which supports our customers in demanding situations where there is the need for a solution which provides a quick set-up together with high quality creative options,” said Mr. Hiroyuki Takahama, Assistant General Manager, Content Creation Solutions Marketing, Professional Solutions Company (PSAP), Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Limited. “The compact, lightweight camera body coupled with high quality creative features and 4K capability gives filmmakers the tools needed to take their work to the next level, whether it’s corporate, event or online videography. Clients’ expectations within the creative landscape are constantly evolving and content creators need solutions that not only provide high quality images, but also deliver in a timely and professional manner. The effortless set-up ensures flexible shooting, while the Wi-Fi integration means you can take advantage of live streaming, ensuring the PXW-Z150 is ready when you are.”

Key features of the PXW-Z150

• 4K high quality shooting with a 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor and premium G lens

The PXW-Z150 supports 4K*1 XAVC Long maximum 100Mbps high quality shooting. The 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor provides high sensitivity and high performance in low light environments. The high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion. Videographers can deliver high resolution and contrast from the centre to the edge of the lens, with the high performance 4K-compatible 29-348mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom.

• Use on a wide range of applications with 120fps slow motion, rich recording format and network functions

The camcorder supports full HD 120fps continuous high-speed shooting, which enables 5x slow motion expression. High quality FHD XAVC Long 4:2:2 10bit 50Mbps and the broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) are supported. Users can take advantage of the advanced network functions – such as the camcorder’s built-in Wi-Fi for live streaming capabilities (QoS will be supported by a firmware update) and FTP wireless connections - to integrate wireless workflows, enabling users to keep pace with ever changing client deadlines.

• High operability and rich interface, within a compact and lightweight body

The PXW-Z150 provides extended functionality with 3 independent lens rings, in addition to high visibility with wide view-angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder and 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel. Sony’s MI Shoe wireless microphone receivers are supported, increasing the mobility and limiting the need for external cables and multiple accessories. The camcorder’s rich interface includes: 3G-SDI, HDMI, XLR, Cold Shoe and REMOTE. In addition to this, dual media slots facilitate various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.

The PXW-Z150 will be available in Asia Pacific from May 2016. Alternatively, join us at booth 40/41 at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2016, Hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 29 February to 3 March 2016, for first-hand experience with this latest addition to Sony’s XDCAM range of professional camcorders.


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