Sony PXW-Z100 4K XDCAM Camcorder

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Sony PXW-Z100 4K XDCAM Camcorder
The Sony PXW-Z100 is a 1/2.33-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor 4K compact XDCAM camcorder recording on XAVC format.

See also: Sony PXW-Z190 4K XDCAM Camcorder


4K (4096 x 2160) 50fps or 60fps shooting
The camcorder provides good sensitivity due to the back-illuminated Exmor(tm) R CMOS sensor. With 8 million effective pixels, the 1/2.33" sensor captures 4K images at 50fps or 60fps. The inbuilt high-performance G Lens offers maximum shooting flexibility, including a wide angle of 29.5mm (equivalent to 35mm) and 20x powerful optical zoom.

XAVC recording format at 4K 50fps/60fps, 4:22 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 (1920 x 1080), QFHD (3840 x 2016) and 4K (4096 x 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 free firmware update is planned for the middle of 2014 to support the LongGOP mode for extended 4K recording time and to add support for AVCHD recording.

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.

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 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 2.0 standard 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 60fps. It also supports HD output during 4K recording.

Paint function for more creative freedom
The PXW-Z100's paint function enables multiple image parameters to be adjusted including gamma curve, black level, skin detail and colour. The range of settings is similar to those in the PMW-F55. Together with other setting options, parameter settings can be recorded as a camera profile onto a memory card. The recorded camera profile can then be used to set the same parameters in another PXW-Z100 to enable the matching of quality and image tones when using a multi-camera setup.

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.



Sensor :
1/2.3 type Exmor R CMOS
18.9 megapixels (total), 8.8 megapixels (effective)
Built-in ND Filter : Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Minimum Illumination - 60P : 4 lux (1/30 shutter speed), 50P : 3 lux (1/25 shutter speed)
Shutter Speed : 1/3 to 1/9000 second

Slow & Quick Motion Function -
1080p :
Frame rate selectable 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60 fps in NTSC mode
Frame rate selectable 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 25, 50 fps in PAL mode

White Balance - Preset (Outdoor: 5600K), A, B
Gain : 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve : Selectable


Lens Mount : Fixed
Zoom Ratio : 20x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length : 4.1 to 82.0 mm

35mm Equivalent Focal Length -
4096 x 2160 (17:9): 30.0 to 600.0 mm
3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 (16:9): 31.5 to 630.0 mm

Iris : f/1.6 to f/11, auto/manual
Focus : Auto/manual focus selectable
Minimum Focus Distance - Wide-angle : 1.0 cm (0.4 in), Telephoto : 80.0 cm (31.5 in)
Image Stabilizer : Shift lens, On/Off selectable
Filter Diameter : 72 mm


Video Format : XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile VBR)
Audio Format : LPCM 8-Channel (2-Channel recording/playback), 24-bit, 48 kHz

Recording/Playback Time :
(with QD-264E 64GB memory card)
4K 59.94p mode: Approx. 10 min
4K 50p mode: Approx. 15 min
4K 29.97p mode: Approx. 20 min
4K 25p mode: Approx. 25 min
4K 23.98p mode: Approx. 30 min
HD 59.94p, 50p mode: Approx. 30 min
HD 29.97p, 25p mode: Approx. 60 min
HD 23.98p mode: Approx. 75 min

Recording Media Support :
2 x XQD (for XAVC)
1 x Memory Stick Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC (for AVCHD)
1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC (for utility SD slot)

Inputs & Outputs

Video Output :
1 x HDMI 1.4, Type A
1 x Composite

Audio Input : 2 x 3-pin XLR female, line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Output : 1 x RCA
Timecode : 1 x RCA, in/out selectable
USB 2.0 : 1 x mini-B, mass-storage, 1 x Type A, host
Headphone Output : 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
Speaker Output : Monaural
Built-In Microphone : Omni-direction stereo electret condenser microphone
DC Input : 1 x DC jack
Remote : 1 x 2.5 mm stereo mini jack


Viewfinder : 0.45" color LCD, 852 x 480 x 3 RGB (16:9)
LCD Monitor : 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD, 850 x 480 x 3 RGB (16:9)


Operating Temperature : 32 to 105o F (0 to 40o C)
Storage Temperature : -4 to 140o F (-20 to 60o C)

Power Consumption :
Approx. 14.9 W (while recording, EVF on)
Approx. 15.2 W (while recording, LCD monitor on)

Power Requirements - Battery Pack : 7.2 V, AC Adapter: 12.0 V
Battery Operating Time : Approx. 165 mins with NP-F970 battery (while recording, EVF on, LCD monitor on)
Dimensions (W x H x D) : 18.9 x 19.3 x 36.2 cm (7.4 x 7.6 x 14.3 in)
Weight :
2.46 kg (5.42 lb)
With lens hood, eyecup, NP-F970, and ECM-XM1 Mic : 2.91 kg (6.42 lb)

In the Box

Lens Hood
EVF Eyecup
AV Connecting Cable
AC-NB12A AC Adapter
HDMI Cable
Wi-Fi Dongle
ECM-XM1 Microphone
2 x AC Cable
Battery Charger
NP-F970 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack (6300mAh)
Sony PXW-Z100 Manual


Reviewed by 1 Customers
Rating: 5.0
Sony PXW-Z100 XDCAM 4K Camcorder
Rating: 5.0
By from Assam on
Perfect 4k camera in the classical HVR-Z1 body.

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