Sony today announces the PXW-Z190, its new 4K compact camcorder with enhanced usability. Its versatility and broad range of video expressions make it the ideal choice for independent shooters across a wide range of sectors such as corporate, event production and education.
The camcorder’s newly developed three 1/3-type Exmor R CMOS image sensors capture RGB light independently and deliver high-resolution 4K 50p/60p imagery across a wide range of gradation. Additionally, 4:2:2 10-bit ensures vivid and rich colour content in HD.
The new model incorporates a 25x optical zoom lens and three independent lens rings to cover a wide focal range while ensuring the camera is intuitive to use and guaranteeing it is suitable for shooting in a variety of environments. The addition of an optical zoom lens with Digital Extender while in HD mode and a 4K resolution sensor means that a 50x zoom equivalent image can be captured without any degradation in the image.
The addition of Advanced Face Detection Autofocus (AF) will allow users to keep a specific person in focus – even within a large group. Users can select “Face Priority AF”, which is ideal for shooting scenes with human objects. While, the newly introduced “Face Only AF” is designed for more demanding 4K shooting applications, such as recording interviews or lectures.
Sony’s Electronic Variable ND filter ensures superior exposure control by smoothly varying the density of the ND filter during shooting while maintaining resolution and depth of field.
The PXW-Z190 combines advanced usability with network solutions for enhanced workflow efficiency. It is HLG compatible to support Sony’s Instant HDR workflow, delivering HDR content quickly without the need for additional color grading. In addition, “Content Browser Mobile” software allows the camera to be operated remotely via a smartphone or tablet; and with an optional license, the camcorder can be used with Sony’s cloud-based ENG service, XDCAM air. The new camcorder uses Sony’s Quality of Service (QoS) for live distribution of high-quality broadcast content using a Dual Link connection multiplexing two cellular networks. File transfer and streaming is also possible using a wired or wireless LAN or LTE modem connection, enabling immediate editing and live monitoring.
Dual MI shoe enables the use of a wireless microphone and video light at the same time to achieve further flexibility. When using Sony’s UWP-D series wireless microphone, audio signals can be delivered without cabling – eliminating the risk of accidental disconnection and battery loss of the wireless audio receiver. Enhanced 4-channel audio recording is supported by a combination of 2 XLR inputs and audio input via an MI shoe.
The camera records to SD memory card, with dual card slots allowing simultaneous, relay and back-up recording.
The PXW-Z190 covers a wide range of formats including both XAVC-Long and DVCAM. In addition to these formats, MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD are available with an optional license while Proxy 1080i up to 9Mbps can be utilised for 4K and HD simultaneous recording. Other features include 3G-SDI output and a remote terminal for compact multi-camera operation using Sony’s MCX-500 production switcher and RM-30BP controller.
The new PXW-Z190 camcorder will be available from September 2018.
*Microphone is optional.