• Webcode: 424111 • Mfr: PXWZ280
Product Highlights
  • 1/2 Type Back-Illuminated Exmor R 3CMOS Sensor
  • Image Stabilization
  • XAVC 4K 3840 x 2160p
  • 17x Zoom lens
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Overview

With its all-new 4K 3CMOS 1/2-type sensor and 17x professional HD zoom lens, the Z280 sets the standard for handheld image quality and direct-to-air broadcasting in the loT era.

Face Detection AF keeps your subject in focus, while HLG and S-Log3 provide stunning 4K HDR. The Z280 is also the world’s first camcorder with built-in Dual Link Cellular connection for double the uplink performance and reliability. Integrated 12G-SDI supports transfers at up to 12Gbps over a standard SDI cable. The Z280 supports any workflow, including advanced XAVC-Intra and XAVC-Long for 4K QFHD and HD, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD and DVCAM.

World-leading handheld 4K HDR performance

An all-new 4K 3CMOS 1/2-type sensor with a deep depth of field and class-leading performance provides the pinnacle of 4K HDR performance in your hand. Face Detection AF keeps your subject in focus, while HLG and S-Log3 provide stunning HDR to suit any workflow.

Revolutionary networking capabilities

Deliver your content faster wherever you are. PXW-Z280 is the world’s first camcorder with built-in Dual Link Cellular connection for double the uplink performance and reliability. Integrated 12G-SDI supports transfers at up to 12Gbps over a standard SDI cable.

The complete package for professionals

Unpack and shoot from day one. Advanced XAVC-Intra and XAVC-Long for 4K QFHD and HD, plus MPEG HD422, MPEG HD and DVCAM to support any workflow. Familiar Sony control layout and operation minimize training requirements.

World's first 1/2-type 3CMOS Sensor for broadcast 4K

The Z280’s all-new Exmor R™ imager is custom-designed for broadcast 4K acquisition. Its three 1/2-type Exmor R™ CMOS deliver a deep depth of field with superb image quality. Red, blue and green light are independently captured by separate image sensors, contributing to high resolution, high sensitivity of F12 (59.94p) and wide dynamic range. An advanced LSI (featuring intelligent noise reduction, enhanced detail reproduction and distortion correction technologies) delivers remarkably lifelike 4K 4:2:2 10-bit images. Even if you’re delivering in HD, your recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors simply cannot see.

17x professional HD zoom lens with three independent rings with end-stop and large focal length

The PXW-Z280 is equipped with a 17x professional zoom lens able to zoom from 30.3 mm to 515 mm (35 mm equivalent). The 1/2-inch type lens has three independent control rings with end-stop, which allows manual control of focus, zoom, and iris, making for better and faster adjustment. The image can be enlarged without any picture degradation in HD mode and 34x times zoom equivalent image is captured with sensor cropping extender.

Spectacular HDR performance

Demand for HDR content is increasing and Z280 offers you a choice of two powerful workflows.

  • S-Log3 is the proven choice for premium applications where you wish to capture as much data as possible for the ultimate flexibility in grading
  • Instant HDR Workflow is all about speed. Shoot, edit and view content in Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) to deliver content quickly without compromising on imaging expression and quality of content

Amazingly fast precision auto focus

The PXW-Z280 features newly developed Face detection AF. You can choose between Face Priority AF and Face Only AF. Simply keep the person in frame and, however you move to obtain a better angle, you can be confident the PXW-Z280 will keep your subject in pin-sharp focus.

Built-in electronic Variable ND Filters

Sony’s ground-breaking integration of electronic variable ND Filters into the body of a camcorder enables fast, agile shooting. Moving from shadowy interiors to bright sun-lit exteriors is no problem with PXW-Z280. Unlike conventional optical ND filters, the electronic ND filter on the PXW-Z280 can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly while ND Filters can be set to fully auto. You can even manually adjust Depth of Field using the iris lens ring, while relying on the PXW-Z280 to maintain constant exposure without changing gain nor shutter speed.

12G-SDI accelerated workflow

Revolutionize your workflow with 12Gbps content transfer – four times the bandwidth of 3G-SDI over a standard SDI cable and ideal for working with highest quality 4K content or speeding through HD content. Sony is the first broadcast manufacturer to build 12G-SDI into a compact handheld camcorder. Once you’ve tried it, you won’t want to use anything else.

Accurate OLED viewfinder

An expansive 0.5-inch high quality OLED viewfinder is perfectly offset for right-eye or left-eye viewing. OLED’s superb accuracy, high contrast, and high resolution (2.36M dot) enables precise manual focus and eliminates any color-breaking phenomenon.

  • Dual Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe

    MI Shoe provides power, signal connections, and coordinated on/off switching to compatible Sony accessories. For example, you can connect and control Sony wireless microphone systems such as the UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 or attach the HVL-LBPC light *Connectors at front and back of camcorder maximize operational flexibility.
    * Accessories sold separately. HVL-LBPC light does not draw power from PXW-Z280.
  • Dual XLR and 4 Channel Audio

    The PXW-Z280 offers superior professional audio capabilities with independent volume dials, enabling precision control of external audio inputs, including an MI-shoe attached microphone.
  • Dual SxS media slots

    The camcorder is equipped with two SxS memory card slots, which can record in Simul, Relay, or Back up mode. Simul mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, including simultaneous recordings of MPEG HD exFAT and UDF recordings, ideal for archival purposes. Relay mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full to extend recording times. In Back up mode, users can set up the two Start/Stop buttons on the PXW-Z280, one on the grip and one on the camcorder body, to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.

What's Included

PXW-Z280 4K Camcorder
Lens Hood
EVF Eyecup
BP-U30 Battery Pack
AC Adapter/Charger BC-U1A
Power Code
USB Cable
Shoulder Strap

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Product Specifications

PXW-Z280

General

 
Mass Approx. 2.6 kg (body)
Approx. 5 lb 11.7 oz (body)
Approx. 3.0 kg (with lens hood, eyecup, BP-U30 battery, a SxS memory card)
Approx. 6 lb 9.8 oz (with lens hood, eyecup, BP-U30 battery, a SxS memory card)
Dimensions (WxHxD)

178.4 × 202.0 × 426.3 mm
(With the accessories (lens hood, eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)

7 1/8 x 8 x 16 7/8 inches
(With the accessories (lens hood, eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)

Power Requirements DC In: 12 V,
Battery: 14.4 V
Power Consumption Approx. 24 W
(while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Approx. 31 W
(while recording with LCD On, EVF On when the external device connector is used.)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
Battery Operating Time Approx. 1 hours, 5 minutes with BP-U30 battery
(while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Approx. 2 hours, 10 minutes with BP-U60 battery
(while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Approx. 3 hours, 15 minutes with BP-U90 battery
(while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Recording Format (Video) <XAVC Intra>
XAVC-I QFHD mode:
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, CBG, Max.600 Mbps
XAVC-I HD mode:
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, CBG, Max.222 Mbps
<XAVC Long> 
XAVC-L QFHD mode:
VBR, maximum bit rate 150Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
XAVC-L HD 50 mode:
VBR, maximum bit rate 50Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
AVC-L HD 35 mode:
VBR, maximum bit rate 35Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
XAVC-L HD 25 mode:
VBR, maximum bit rate 25Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
<MPEG-2 Long GOP> 
MPEG HD422 mode:
CBR, maximum bit rate 50Mbps, MPEG-2 422P@HL
MPEG HD420 HQ mode:
VBR, maximum bit rate 35Mbps, MPEG-2 MP@HL
<DVCAM> 
DVCAM mode:
CBR, 25Mbps, DVCAM
Recording Format (Audio) <XAVC Intra>
XAVC-I mode:
LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channels:
<XAVC Long>
XAVC-L mode:
LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channels:
<MPEG-2 Long GOP>
MPEG HD422 mode:
LPCM 24-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channels:
MPEG HD420 HQ mode:
LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channels:
<DVCAM>
DVCAM mode:
LPCM 16-bit, 48 kHz, 4 channels
Recording Frame Rate <XAVC Intra>
XAVC-I QFHD mode:
3840 x 2160/59, 94p, 50p, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
XAVC-I HD mode:
1920 x 1080/59, 94p, 59.94i, 50p, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P 1280x720/59.94P, 50P
<XAVC Long>
XAVC-L QFHD 150 mode:
3840 x 2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 50 mode:
1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P 1280 x 720/59.94P, 50P
XAVC-L HD 35 mode:
1920 x 1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
Recording Frame Rate - Continued XAVC-L HD 25 mode:
1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i
<MPEG-2 Long GOP> 
MPEG HD422 mode:
1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
1280 x 720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
MPEG HD420 HQ mode:
1920 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
1440 x 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
1280 x 720/59.94P,50P
<DVCAM> 
DVCAM mode:
720 x 480/59.94i, 29.97PsF
720 x 576/50i, 25PsF
Recording/Playback Time <XAVC Intra>
XAVC-I QFHD mode
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 22 minutes
XAVC-I HD mode
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 57 minutes
<XAVC Long>
XAVC-L QFHD 150 mode
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 86 minutes
XAVC-L HD 50 mode
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 230 minutes
XAVC-L HD 35 mode
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 310 minutes
Recording/Playback Time — Continued XAVC-L 25 mode
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 420 minutes
<MPEG-2 Long GOP>
MPEG HD422 mode
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 215 minutes
MPEG HD420 HQ mode
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 330 minutes
<DVCAM> 
When using SBP-128B (128 GB):
Approx. 405 minutes
Recording Format (Proxy Audio) XAVC Proxy: AAC-LC, 128 kbps, 2 channels
Recording Format (Proxy Video) XAVC Proxy: AVC/H.264 Main Profile 4:2:0 Long GOP, VBR
1920 x 1080, 9Mbps
1280 x 720, 9Mbps
1280 x 720, 6Mbps
640 x 360, 3Mbps
480 x 270, 1Mbps
480 x 270, 0.5Mbps

Lens

 
Lens Mount Fixed
Zoom Ratio 17x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length f = 5.6 - 95.2 mm
(35mm equivalent: 30.3 - 515 mm)
Iris F1.9 - F16 and close
auto/manual selectable
Focus 800 mm to ∞ (Macro Off), 
50 mm to ∞ (Macro On, Wide), 
800 mm to ∞ (Macro On, Tele)
AF/MF/Full MF selectable
Image Stabilizer On/Off selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter M77 mm, pitch 0.75mm

Camera Section

 
Imaging Device (Type) 1/2 type back-illuminated Exmor R 3CMOS sensor
Effective Picture Elements 3840 (H) x 2160 (V)
Optical System F1.6 prism system
Built-in Optical Filters ND filters
OFF: CLEAR
1: 1/4ND
2: 1/16ND
3: 1/64ND
Linear variable ND (Approx. 1/4ND to 1/128ND)

Sensitivity

(2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)

F12 (typical, 1920 x 1080/59.94p mode)
F13 (typical, 1920 x 1080/50p mode)
F12 (typical, 3840 x 2160/59.94p, High Sensitivity Mode)
F13 (typical, 3840 x 2160/50p, High Sensitivity Mode)
Minimum Illumination 0.0013lx (typical)
(1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.9, +42 dB gain, High Sensitivity Mode, with 64 frame accumulation)
S/N Ratio 63 dB (Y) (typical)
Horizontal Resolution 2,000 TV lines or more (3840 x 2160p mode)
1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080p mode)
Shutter Speed 1/24 sec to 1/8,000 sec
Slow Shutter (SLS) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, and 64-frame accumulation
Slow and Quick Motion Function <XAVC Intra>
<XAVC Long> 
2160P: 1-60 fps
1080P: 1-60 fps
720P: 1-60 fps
<MPEG HD422> 
1080P: 1-30 fps
720P: 1-60 fps
<MPEG HD420 HQ> 
1080P: 1-30 fps
720P: 1-60 fps
White Balance Preset (3200K), Memory A, 
Memory B/ATW
Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 dB, 42dB (Turbo Gain ON), AGC
Gamma Curve Selectable

Input/Output

 
Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
LINE:+4, 0, -3dBu/10kΩ
MIC:-80dBu to -30dBu /3kΩ
(0 dBu=0.775 Vrms)
Video Output BNC (x1), HD-Y/ HD-SYNC/Composite
1.0 V p-p, 75 Ω
(switchable to Genlock in)
Audio Output Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack(x1)
SDI Output BNC (x1), 12G/3G/HD/SD selectable
Timecode Input BNC (x1) (switchable to TC out)
0.5V-1.8Vp-p, 3.3kΩ
Timecode Output BNC (x1) (switchable to TC in)
1.0 V p-p, 75 Ω
Genlock Input BNC (x1) (switchable to Video out) 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω
USB USB device, Multi/Micro USB jack (x1)
Host: USB 3.0/2.0 type A(x1)
USB 2.0 type A(x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1)
-16dBu 16Ω
Speaker Output Monaural
Output: 500 mW
DC Input DC jack (x1)
Remote Stereo mini-minijack (Φ2.5 mm)
HDMI Output Type A (x1)
Wired LAN RJ-45 (x1), 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-T, 10BASE-T

Monitoring

 
Viewfinder 0.5 type (1.3 cm)
Approx 2.36 M dots
LCD 3.5 type (8.8cm)
Approx. 1.56M dots

Built-in Microphone

 
Built-in Microphone Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone

Media

 
Type ExpressCard/34 slot (x2)

Wi-Fi/NFC

 
Supported FormatI IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz bandwidth
5.2/5.3/5.6 GHz bandwidth*
Security WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compliant

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