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Sony’s new PXW-Z750 4K 2/3-type camcorder

Sony announced the PXW-Z750, the world’s first 2/3-type shoulder camcorder to support 4K shooting with a 3-chip CMOS sensor system. The latest member of the XDCAM family is optimised for news and live production applications including sports broadcasts, magazine shows, unscripted television, and documentary shooting.

Sony’s premier 3-chip CMOS image sensor system is mounted on a wide prism block to ensure detailed imagery and vivid colours, along with 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and High Frame Rate (HFR) acquisition with high sensitivity with low noise. Its 2/3-type sensor delivers imagery with deep depth of field and enables quick focus operation. B4 mount lens can be attached directly to maintain high sensitivity and resolution.

The PXW-Z750 is also the first 2/3-type 3-chip camcorder equipped with global shutter technology for capturing clear and crisp images while negating artefacts such as flash band and rolling shutter distortion. This makes the camera an ideal tool for shooting in uncontrolled lighting conditions, as well as for capturing quickly moving objects and action often associated with sports, live events and nature videography.

As a result of industry demand and adoption, the camera supports HFR for HD, up to 120fps, to minimise blur or distortion. HD images are generated through 4K oversampling, resulting in clear images with minimal noise.

Maximised flexibility in HDR operation

The PXW-Z750 also features maximum HDR operation. The camera supports S-Log3 / HLG and employs BT.2020 and BT.709 colour spaces. Leveraging the PXW-Z750’s 4K/HD simultaneous recording feature, users can enjoy the benefits of 4K HDR and HD HDR at the same time. Additionally, the camera accommodates Sony’s SR Live for HDR, supporting simultaneous recording of 4K HDR and HD SDR to meet various demands.

“Our cutting-edge new PXW-Z750 flagship model expands Sony’s lineup by bringing the most transformational visual elements – including 4K, HDR and HFR – into a portable and ergonomic package,” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “We’re meeting the demands of producers by delivering a robust 4K platform with global shutter 4K image sensor. The camcorder can be further enhanced to create an even more comprehensive Sony’s solution when paired with our audio, media and wireless workflows.”

The PXW-Z750 incorporates encoding algorithms for optimising HDR recording, as well for recording 4K sequences. The camera supports XAVC-L for long-GOP QFHD 10bit 4:2:2 at 200Mbps, allowing large volumes of captured data to be compressed to approximately 1/3 in size when compared to XAVC-I Class 300 1. XAVC-L does this while maintaining its high quality, high resolution 4K imagery and wide dynamic range.

Another powerful feature is 12G-SDI support, which enables the transfer of 4K images (50p or 60p) over a single BNC cable, enhancing the flexibility of the camera.

Seamless integration with Sony’s hardware and service

The camera supports a range of complementary accessories and options to suit users’ needs, preferences and budget, while offering expanded interoperability. Sony’s high-quality wireless audio solutions and shotgun mics, including the latest DWX series digital wireless microphone system; the new slot-in receiver DWR-S03D and bodypack transmitter DWT-B30 are compatible with the camcorder. Advanced integration with the DWX series includes synchronised power on/off, control by menu settings or assignable buttons and audio information on the viewfinder.

Paired with Sony’s newest durable SxS PRO X cards, the SBP-120F (120GB) and SBP-240F (240GB), ultra-fast transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps are supported, allowing the camera to capture high bit rate content. When the new cards are used in conjunction with the new reader/writer, SBAC-T40 equipped with Thunderbolt™

The camcorder also supports B4 mount lenses, enabling use with a wide range of in-market and new lens solutions. B4 mount lenses offer a range of focal lengths tailored to suit the needs of unscripted and news shooting environments. The PXW-Z750 also supports several viewfinder and battery solutions.

In addition to hardware integrations, the PXW-Z750 has built-in wireless network features and supports XDCAM air, Sony’s cloud-based workflow service for news production that offers streaming from the field and the efficient file clips management.

The PXW-Z750 is planned to be available in February 2020.

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