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Product Highlights
  • 14.2MP Exmor RS® Sensor
  • 4K UHD (3840x2160) Up to 30p
  • Fast Hybrid Auto Focus
  • 120 FPS Continuous Shotting
  • 960 FPS Burst Mode
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Overview

The Broadcast Specialist

XDCAM Palm-size Camcorder with broadcast quality 4K HDR, Fast Hybrid AF & 3G-SDI

For unobtrusiveness, agility and ubiquitous newsgathering, the PXW-Z90V offers the highest performance Sony has ever built into a palm-sized XDCAM® camera. With advances like 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Instant HDR, a large 1” (1.0-type) Exmor RS® image sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, you’ll capture images of superlative quality. And with 3G-SDI output, 2.4 / 5 GHz wireless streaming and compatibility with Sony’s XDCAM air production system, you’ll fit right into the broadcast environment.

Key Features:

  • XAVC-L (4:2:2 10bit), (4K/HD) and AVCHD recording with Dual Media Slots
  • Optional Wireless Timecode Link (CBKZWTCL) and MPEG HD422 (CBKZSLMP) Licenses
  • 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi advanced networking with support for XDCAM Air production system
  • 3G- SDI output for integration into a broadcast environment

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Fast Hybrid Auto Focus with advanced features

Fast or unpredictable subject motion can trip up the Contrast Detection auto focus of conventional camcorders. The PXW-Z90V stays ahead of the action using Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF). This system combines both Contrast Detection and Phase. 

Some 273 reference points cover 84% of the sensor area to lock onto moving subjects from sports and dance to natural history and breaking news. Selecting the focus area is as simple as touching the camera’s LCD monitor screen. Additional features include 4K face detection, object tracking and adjustments for AF Tracking Depth. They all work together seamlessly to capture fast-moving subjects with consistent sharpness.

4x Area settings are provided for maximum flexibility: Wide, Zone, Center and Flexible Spot.

Auto Focus Subject Tracking facilitates capturing objects moving in a narrow or wide space. Switching sensitivity sets the response for shifting focus between subjects and can be set to lock onto tracking a single subject

Instant HDR workflow w/ HLG

With the ability to reproduce images from deep shadows to piercing highlights, 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) televisions are sweeping the market and demand for HDR production is booming. While broadcasters recognize the benefits of HDR, they still need to deliver content quickly and effectively. The PXW-Z90V meets this demand with Sony’s Instant HDR workflow. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) recording captures HDR, yet plays back beautifully on both HDR and conventional monitors and televisions. There’s no need to devote extra time to post-production work and color grading. For added versatility, the camera also provides S-Log3 encoding

Slow & Quick Motion in Full HD XAVC 10-bit 4:2:2

The PXW-Z90V delivers continuous 1-120 frames per second (fps) Slow & Quick Motion in Full HD XAVC 10-bit 4:2:2. For 24p projects, the result is gorgeous 5x slow motion. There's no sacrifice in bit depth and no "windowing" of the sensor. Compared to normal frame rates, there's no crop factor, no loss in angle of view. You also get beautiful time lapse sequences down to 1 fps. And burst mode recording offers even higher frame rates – 240 fps, 480 fps and 960 fps – at specific resolutions. 

The PXW-Z90V offers three trigger modes and recording can be stopped anytime START TRIGGER is selected.

During Super Slow Motion shooting, the readout from the image sensor is temporarily stored in the internal high speed cache memory.  Then the data is processed into recording format and is written to the MS/SD memory

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The PXW-Z90V includes both 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi as standard.

Ustream® Direct Streaming enables you to share scenes as they happen with high quality picture and sound - No switcher required. Sony’s QoS Streaming achieves high quality and high stability over a single cellphone channel (with carrier dongle and service, sold separately). You get viewing at a remote location with setup controlled from the camera's menu.

Integration with XDCAM air provides the ability to automatically upload proxy footage to the cloud so editing can start immediately. Journalists and editors can access uploaded content from any location. When news breaks, teams can even start logging clips when shooting's still going on, for even faster time-to-air. Smartphone or tablet remote control is also provided. You can operate the camera – and view the image – from a smartphone or tablet using Sony’s free Content Browser Mobile™ app (requires iOS 9.0 - 10.3 or Android 4.4 - 7.1 operating system). You can even connect compatible devices with one-touch NFC authentication

Simple Live Solution when combined with MCX-500 Live Producer and RM-30BP Remote

The PXW-Z90V works seamlessly with the MCX-500 and RM-30BP remote to form a cost-effective Live Production System. A Tally indicator will automatically appear on each camera’s LCD panel and viewfinder. A red icon indicates when the shot is live (PGM) while Green indicates preview mode (NEXT). The MCX-500 supports mixing between eight video sources, four stereo embedded audio channels plus two XLR Inputs, and a dedicated Title Input. . There are both internal recording and live streaming via Ustream, Facebook Live and YouTube Live. (Facebook Live and YouTube Live require V2.0 firmware.)

Optional Wireless Timecode Link (CBKZ-WTCL) and MPEG HD Licenses

The optional CBKZ-WTCL allows Wireless Timecode Link synchronization using the free Content Browser Mobile™ 3.0 app and devices running iOS® (9.0 - 10.3) or Android® (4.4 - 7.1) operating systems. Sync to your choice of camcorder or to a time that you determine.

The Optional CBKZ-SLMP MPEG HD Upgrade License provides additional recording capabilities: 

  • MPEG HD422 50Mbps recording
  • 1920x1080 at 59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p, and 1280x720 at 59.94p/50p.
  • MPEG HD420 35Mbps recording
  • 1920x1080 at 59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p, 1440x1080 at 59.94i/50i, and 1280x720 at 59.94p/50p

High-resolution OLED viewfinder

For precise manual focus, Sony’s 0.39-type OLED viewfinder combines high brightness and contrast with the resolution of 2359K dots. The highly responsive viewfinder also eliminates color breaking. For added flexibility in composing shots, Sony supplements the viewfinder with a 3.5-type 1550K dot touchscreen LCD monitor.

Dual XLR inputs

The detachable handle has two XLR mic inputs. Even if you remove the handle, a stereo mini jack mic input on the body is still available. It’s ideal for shooting in confined spaces, such as a car interior, or when mounting on a gimbal.

3G- SDI output for integration into a broadcast environment

To support the broadcast environment, the PXW-Z90V incorporates 3G-SDI output, HDMI® terminal, and a Multi/Micro USB port that accommodates composite video and analog audio output. The camera can send a Rec Trigger signal to an external recorder via 3G-SDI or HDMI® connection. For maximum flexibility, all three video outputs – 3G-SDI, HDMI and composite – are active during 4K (3840 x 2160) recording.

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Dual media slots with Relay and Simul mode selection

To extend recording time and flexibility, the camera provides two slots for SDXC™ and SDHC™ cards. Slot 1 is also compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2) / PRO-HG Duo™ cards. To take advantage, Relay mode automatically switches recording to the second memory card when the first is full. Simul mode enables simultaneous recording to two memory cards (for example to create an immediate back-up version). The two Start/Stop buttons on the handle grip and camcorder body can independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.

What's Included

PXW-Z90V 4K Compact XDCAM Camcorder
XLR handle unit
Lens hood
Lens cap
Large eyecup
Accessory shoe kit
USB cable
Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV70A)
AC Adaptor (AC-L200D)
Power cord (mains lead)
Wireless Remote Commander (RMT-845)
Lithium battery (CR2025 for the Wireless Remote Commander)
Pre-installed to the Wireless Remote Commander
Operating Guide x2
CD-ROM “Manuals for Solid-State Memory Camcorder”
Warranty

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Product Specifications

PXW-Z90V

Product Series XDCAM® camcorder
Primary application  Broadcast
Exmor RS® CMOS sensor  1.0-type
Sensor resolution, effective  14.2 megapixels
High sensitivity, Low Lux Mode  1.7 lux
Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF  Yes
Phase Detection AF points  273
Instant HDR workflow  Yes
High Frame Rates: Continuous  Up to 120 fps
High Frame Rates: Burst Mode  Up to 960 fps
4K recording  3840 x 2160
Full HD recording  1920 x 1080
XAVC® L recording  4K and HD
XAVC S recording  -
AVCHD® recording  HD
MPEG 2 HD recording  With CBKZ-SLMP sold separately
Wireless streaming   5 GHz / 2.4 GHz
Wireless remote control and monitoring via app Yes
Ustream™ live streaming support  Yes
XDCAM air system  Compatible
Sony’s QoS streaming  Yes
Wireless FTP file transfers  Yes
Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens  12x optical zoom
Wide angle (35 mm equiv.)  29mm
Clear Image Zoom  18x (4K), 24x (HD)
2x Digital Extender  Yes
Supports Sony’s simple live solution with MCX-500, RM-30BP  Yes
Detachable handle with XLR inputs  Yes
Body mounted XLR input  Yes
3G-SDI output  Up to 1080/60p

Questions & Answers

Sony PXWZ90V 4K Compact XDCAM Camcorder

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