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Cameras

Sony Offers New 4K Camcorder For Videojournalists On The Run

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The PXW-Z150 features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, allowing shooters the high-sensitivity needed to capture sharp pictures in low-light conditions.

Sony has unveiled its latest 4K camcorder, the compact and highly affordable PXW-Z150, which combines enhanced low-light performance and a number of fast file transfer options for professionals who need to quickly and easily shoot, edit and deliver broadcast-quality content. The PXW-Z150 will ship in April at a suggested list price of $3,595.

The company said the new PXW-Z150, Sony's third professional 1-inch camcorder, features a stacked 1.0-type Exmor sensor, highly unique in a professional camcorder. It features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, allowing shooters to capture sharp pictures in low-light conditions. A high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion.

The camcorder supports full HD 120fps continuous high-speed shooting, which enables 5x slow motion expression. The PXW-Z150 supports 4K XAVC Long maximum 100Mbps high quality shooting. Full HD XAVC Long 4:2:2 10bit 50Mbps and the broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) are also supported.

Sony said videographers can deliver high resolution and contrast from the center to the edge of the camera's G lens, with the high performance 4K-compatible 29-348mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom. The Clear Image Zoom technology operates at 24x zoom and 18x zoom in HD and 4K modes respectively, in addition to the standard optical 12x zoom.

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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.

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. A built-in 4-step ND filter offers the flexibility of exposure and depth-of-field control. The PXW-Z150 provides extended functionality with 3 independent lens rings.

Users can take advantage of the camcorder's advanced network functions, such as built-in Wi-Fi for live streaming capabilities and FTP wireless connections. The PXW-Z150 can also be easily controlled by a smartphone or tablet using a Wi-Fi remote. Quality of Service (QoS) will be supported by a firmware update.

Compatibility with Sony's Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe avoids cabling with easy integration between the PXW-Z150 and Sony peripherals, such as the UWP-D series wireless microphones. The camcorder's interface options also include: 3G-SDI, HDMI, XLR, Cold Shoe, USB and REMOTE and Composite (phono).

The PXW-Z150 has a battery life of up to 400 minutes of continuous recording time. The camcorder has two memory card slots and supports SDXC and SDHC media. The dual media slots also enable backup, simultaneous and relay recording.