All the inside details on Sony’s stunning new 4K / Full-HD compact camcorder
What is the overall concept of the PXW-Z150?PXW-Z150 is an affordable, high quality 4K handy camcorder for broadcast and professional applications. It offers premium 4K image quality, 120fps high frame rate continuous shooting in Full HD mode, a choice of recording formats including 100Mbps XAVC Long, Wi-Fi network functions and a familiar, user-friendly interface.
The Z150’s compact, lightweight chassis and exceptional power efficiency enables flexible shooting for a wide range of applications in almost any environment.
What is the target application of this model?Compact camcorders with high image quality and advanced professional features, such as PXW-Z150, are used in many different applications, including events, documentaries, corporate videos, promotional videos, etc. It is also ideal for broadcasters who reply upon an MPEG2 HD workflow with the included codec being beyond the EBU's HD specification.
Is this model a successor of an existing model?This model is not positioned as a successor to any specific models. It takes advantage of several technical innovations, such as Exmor RS, to provide a new offering within the Sony professional line-up.
What's Z150's positioning within XDCAM lineup?The Z150's size, performance and price place it between the PXW-X70 and PXW-X180/X160.
Is there any plan to sell worldwide? What is the timing of its sales in each area?The Z150 is a global model which will ship at the end of March 2016, however the timing of its availability may vary according to region.
What are the key advantages of the 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS Sensor?The 1.0 type sensor is approximately the same size as a 16mm film frame. The key benefit of this large size is low noise, reduced rolling shutter effect and less blur because more light reaches the sensor, offering clear and steady pictures even in a dark scene. The large sensor size also enables beautiful background defocusing (bokeh) to enable you to focus on what you want to show and defocus the rest of the image with spectacular 4K quality without binning.
In addition, Exmor RS achieves faster data readout thanks to its stacked structure which ensures Full HD 120fps high frame rate continuous shooting at 30P.