February 25, 2016

Sony's New PXW-Z150 4K Camera Shoots HD Up to 120fps

Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder Front
While narratives have mostly moved away from cameras with fixed lenses, there is still a huge place for them in today's market.

As long as people are shooting documentaries, TV content, or anything that requires a zoom lens, ND filters, long recording times, and depth of field that's not too shallow, these fixed-lens prosumer/professional cameras still have a place. Sony's newest, the PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM, can record UHD 4K 3840 x 2160 at 100Mbps up to 30fps, and is capable of full HD at 120fps. With its 1" sensor (which is a little smaller than Micro 4/3), it's possible to get shallow depth of field when you want it without too much effort.

Sony PXW-Z150 Left Side

The other big advantage to fixed-lens cameras like this is the insane zoom that's packed into such a small package. The 9.3-111.6mm f/2.8 to f/4.5 lens is equivalent to a 29-348mm on full-frame 35mm. This would be an impossible lens to get for larger formats and not only keep affordable (the camera will cost $3,600), but also keep the size and weight down. 

In addition, the PXW-Z150 can livestream without any other accessories due to its built-in WiFi abilities. Check out the intro video:

And some test footage:

Just a few specs:

  • Sony 1 Inch, 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm back-illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • Lens: 9.3 to 111.6mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length — 29 to 348mm (16:9) — 62mm Filter
  • OLED Viewfinder: 0.39"-type / 1.0 cm (approx. 1.44 M dots)
  • LCD Monitor: 3.5" / 8.8 cm (approx. 1.56 M dots)
  • UHD 3840 x 2160p: XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (8-bit at 100/60 Mb/s): 29.97 / 25 / 23.98fps
  • 1920 x 1080p: XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (50/35/25Mb/s): 59.94 / 50 / 29.97 / 25 / 23.98fps
  • 1920 x 1080p: MPEG HD 4:2:2 (10-bit at 50Mb/s& 4:2:0 (8-bit at 35Mb/s): 29.97 / 25 / 23.98 fps
  • 1920 x 1080p: AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 (28/24/17Mb/s): 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98
  • 1440 x 1080i: MPEG HD 4:2:0: 59.94/50
  • HD up to 120 fps at 50Mbps (XAVC -60i: 120 fps, 50i: 100 fps)
  • 720p up to 60fps
  • Sony G Lens with 12x Optical Zoom
  • 24x Clear Image Zoom, 48x Digital Zoom
  • Discrete Manual Focus, Zoom, Iris Rings
  • XAVC, AVC/H.264, AVCHD 2.0, MPEG-4
  • Slow and Quick Motion Function
  • Card Slots: 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC & Memory Stick Duo, 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Wi-Fi Built-In
  • Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, and 1/64ND
  • 1 x BNC (3G-SDI), 1 x HDMI, 1 x RCA Composite Out, Remote: 1 x 2.5 mm stereo mini jack, Headphone: 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
  • 2 x XLR (3-pin), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
  • Weight: 4.2 lb / 1.9 g (body only), 5.1 lb / 2.30 kg (with Lens Hood, EVF Eyecup, and NP-F970 Battery)
  • Availability: April 2016
  • Price: $3,600
Sony PXW-Z150 Back with Ports

While it would have been nice to have a constant aperture with the camera, it does have a crazy amount of high-quality recording formats, and the 120fps mode is probably more frames per second than you're ever really going to need. For those still doing shoots that require a camera like this, it's worth keeping an eye out for when it's released in April.      

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It seems alright and well priced but it looks like a PWM-X70 in a bigger pack with a cheaper lense. I think that if I where interested in this kind of camera, I would go for the PWM-70 witch is 30% cheaper.
Otherwise I don't really like the images of the exemple too contrasty, oversharpen, ugly high lights roll off, I hope there is a cine gamma and that it looks nicer.

February 25, 2016 at 8:20AM

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AvdS
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Looks very good considering the price, although I'm afraid Canon already has a 'lock' on the market with their Cinema cameras so would be interesting to see how people take this

February 25, 2016 at 1:31PM

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Matt Nunn
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Lock on the market? All I can say is our production company sold all of our Canon gear last year when Canon decided not to include 4K in any of their cinema gear for less than $16,000. We didn't cry much. We now have four 4K cameras capable of everything from full frame to slow motion to incredibly wide cinema gamut. All for the same price of one single Canon C300ii. We now have FS7, FS5, A7sii, & A6300. Even Cannon's newest DSLR that has 4K capability does not have a cinema gamut. That lists for $6000.

February 25, 2016 at 3:32PM

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Erik Stenbakken
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Whoa! Where did you get your a6300 from? How is the 100fps quality?

February 26, 2016 at 3:21AM

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Marcello Maffeis
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I could see this becoming popular with man on the street camera crews.

February 25, 2016 at 5:09PM

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Charles Duoto
Instructor & TV Production Crew
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I just rented one. I like it a lot even without the Slog. Here's some footage from it https://youtu.be/HVfaZO459wU

May 26, 2016 at 5:14PM, Edited May 26, 5:14PM

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