Professional handheld camcorder records 4K using the XAVC format on to XQD solid state memory cards
The PXW-Z100 uses Exmor R™ CMOS sensors capable of 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) at 60 fps or 50fps, while weighing under 3 kg even with a 4K-compatible high-performance G lens™ mounted. The recording format is XAVC, which was first used in the PMW-F55 digital cinema camera. As with the F55, 4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit recording is possible at a high bit rate of 500Mbps or 600 Mbps. QFHD (3840 x 2160) and HD (1920 x 1080) resolutions, which have high compatibility with 4K TV, can also be selected.
For extended recording, XAVC LongGOP (QFHD 4:2:0 8-bit / Full HD 4:2:2 10-bit) and AVCHD are supported via firmware upgrades. As the PXW-Z100 can be used in the same way as conventional professional handy-type cameras, 4K content can be recorded by a minimal number of staff. In addition, during editing for a HD project, 4K source material provides significant additional creative options.
Sony’s PXW-Z100 is a professional camcorder designed to expand the range of 4K recording possibilities even in low-budget environments.
4K (4096x2160) 50p or 60p Shooting
The camcorder provides extremely high sensitivity due to the back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor even in 4K shooting. With over 8.8 million effective pixels, the 1/2.3" sensor captures 4K images at 50p or 60p. The built-in high-performance G Lens offers maximum shooting flexibility, including a wide angle of 30mm in 4096x2160 mode, or 31.5mm in 3840x2160 and 1920x1080 modes. The PXW-Z100 also offers powerful 20x optical zoom capability (equivalent to 35mm).
XAVC Recording Format at 4K 50p/60p, 4:2:2 10-bit at 500/600Mbps, HD at up to 223Mbps
The PXW-Z100 uses Sony's XAVC™* recording format first employed in the PMW-F55 CineAlta® 4K camera. MPEG-4 AVC/ H.264 compression is used for HD (1920x1080), QFHD (3840x2016) and 4K (4096×2160) content. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit, with an intra-frame system that compresses each frame individually at a maximum bit rate of 500Mbps or 600Mbps during 4K 50fps or 60fps recording respectively and 223Mbps during HD 50fps or 60fps recording. The XAVC format is ideal for those looking to implement a high-quality, secure and worry-free workflow.
*A firmware update is planned for the middle of 2014 to support the Long GOP mode for extended 4K recording time and to add support for AVCHD recording, a format that until now has been compatible with the playback environment of Blu-ray® Discs.
XQD Memory Card Recording
The XQD Memory Card is a new standard of solid state memory, which was recently defined by several industry leading companies. XQD uses the ultra-fast PCI Express interface and Sony's unique camera processor to enable stable video recording at 500Mbps or 600Mbps. The PXW-Z100 features two XQD Memory Card slots. Multiple cards can be used in various ways, such as for relay recording. When the first card becomes full, recording continues on the second card without a break.
* The use of new S Series XQD cards (QD-S32E or QD-S64E which supports 180MB/s transfer speed) are recommended.
HDMI Interface for 4K Output and
3G HD-SDI Interface for HD Output
The HDMI® interface on the PXW-Z100 can output 4K as a 50fps/60fps signal. When the PXW-Z100 is connected to a Sony PVM-X300 4K professional monitor or a 4K-compatible BRAVIA® TV, the recorded 4K image can be displayed in 4K 50fps/60fps quality. A future firmware upgrade is planned to provide compatibility with the new HDMI standard (so called HDMI 2.0) and enable 4K 50fps/60fps output to a wider range of devices. Other features include a 3G HD-SDI interface that supports output to an SDI of up to HD 60p. It also supports HD output during 4K recording*.
*The PXW-Z100 is not capable of simultaneous 4K (HDMI) and HD
(3G HD-SDI) output.
Remote Control with WiFi
Focus, zoom, aperture settings and 'record start/stop' can be remote controlled using the browser function of a smartphone or tablet. Simply plug in the supplied WiFi adaptor into the camcorder and you are ready to use the wireless feature.