Sony is expanding its XDCAM line of professional camcorders with its new flagship handheld, the PXW-Z280. The new model boasts three 1/2-type Exmor R CMOS sensors to deliver a high sensitivity of F12 (59.94p), a long zoom ratio and a deep depth of field, making them ideal for the modern newsroom.
In addition, the 3-chip sensors and 4K 4:2:2 10-bit add vivid imagery and delicate color gradation. Enhanced network features, with versatile formats and interfaces enable direct-to-air workflows, making this model ideal for broadcasters, production companies and for use to film documentaries.
The PXW-Z280 is designed for easy use, with new features such as the advanced Face Detection Autofocus (AF) function. Users can select “Face Priority AF”, which is ideal for shooting scenes with human objects. Similarly, the newly introduced “Face Only AF” is designed for more demanding 4K shooting applications, such as recording interviews or lectures, helping a specific person automatically stay in pin-sharp focus by registering their face only. A 17x zoom lens and three independent control rings with end-stops will allow manual control of focus, zoom, and iris for quick and precise adjustments.
Sony’s unique Electronic Variable ND filter allows greater exposure control by varying the density of the ND filter during shooting while maintaining resolution and depth of field. The camera also supports S-Log3, which allows users to create beautiful imagery, and Sony’s Instant HDR workflow, eliminating the need for color grading.
Additionally, the PXW-Z280 features advanced network features to enable a secure, seamless wireless Electric News Gathering (ENG) workflow. Based on the technology developed for 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, assigning Planning Metadata and browsing and getting clips in the recording media on camcorders from a distant broadcast station via the cloud. In addition, to give users more production flexibility, the integrated Wi-Fi module and Ethernet connector enables hybrid Wireless/Wired data transfer, remote control and monitoring from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets and desktops.
A range of formats including XAVC Intra/Long, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD and DVCAM are available to support established workflows. The PXW-Z280 also has various interfaces to fulfill the needs of professional users. With the addition of an optional adaptor, SxS and SD cards can be used for media recording offering users the flexibility required in the modern broadcast environment. Four-channel audio recording with independent volume dials and an attached MI show microphone enable precise control of external input audio. While Dual MI shoes provide a cable-less connection with Sony’s UWP-D series wireless microphone receiver and the use of a video light at the same time. 12G-SDI enables 4K 50p / 60p transfer across long distance with only a single BNC cable.
The PXW-Z280 camcorder will be available in July 2018.
*Microphone is optional.