Articles tagged #CAMCORDERS
Sony's new PXW-FX9 6K2 Full-Frame sensor camcorder
Sony today unveiled the PXW-FX9 at IBC, its first XDCAM camcorder featuring an advanced 6K2 Full-Frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. The new flagship camcorder offers content creators greater creative capabilities to capture stunning images that truly resonate with audiences. Building on the success of the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7M2, the FX9 uniquely combines high mobility with an advanced AF system, impressive bokeh and slow-motion capabilities thanks to its newly-developed sensor. The FX9 also inherits its colour science and Dual Base ISO 800/4000 from the VENICE digital motion picture camera and represents the ultimate tool of choice for documentaries, music videos, drama productions and all-round event shooting. The FX9 was designed in close collaboration with the creative community and is another example of Sony continuously evolving its proposition to innovate with the customer and market needs. The camcorder benefits from the versatility, portability and performance expected of an FS7 series "Run & Gun" style camcorder, while also offering High Dynamic Range and Full Frame shooting features. “Today’s content creators require a camcorder that is agile, versatile and customisable to their specific creative needs, yet also offers superior performance and image quality. With the new FX9 we are striking the perfect balance between agility, ergonomics and powerful features, offering content creators the complete toolset to achieve their full artistic intention,” explained Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “At Sony, we consistently listen to our customers and every product, solution or service we unveil has always been developed with their specific needs in mind. Our latest flagship camcorder is no different and we are excited to see how it will help content creators to go make tomorrow." Powerful features for creative content creators The newly-developed 6K Full-Frame sensor offers wide dynamic range with high sensitivity, low noise and over 15 stops of latitude that can be recorded internally in 4K 3 4:2:2 10bit. Oversampling by the Full-Frame 6K sensor allows professionals to create high-quality 4K footage with impressive bokeh effects through shallow depth of field, while wide-angle shooting opens new possibilities for content creators to express their creativity. This means that every scene captured looks true-to-life whether it’s shot in broad day light or in the middle of the night. The camcorder can also capture content up to five times the slow-motion speed with FHD 120fps shooting. With the same colour science and Dual Base ISO 800/4000 as the VENICE camera, the new sensor can also create softer and more alluring facial tones. The enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system with customisable AF transition speeds and sensitivity settings also combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. The dedicated 561-point phase-detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% in width and 96% in height of imaging area, allowing consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with fast-moving subjects while maintaining shallow depth of field. Limitless creativity and flexibility Inspired by the high mobility "Run & Gun" style approach from the FS7 series of camcorders, the FX9 offers content creators even greater flexibility thanks to Electronic Variable ND Filter. This allows more creative effects for content creators and instant exposure level changes depending on the filming environment – even when it’s moving from an inside space to outdoors or while filming in natural light conditions. By recording image stabilisation information and using it on the Catalyst Browse/Prepare4 option, content creators can capture incredibly stable visuals even in handheld mode. Sony is also working to encourage other third-party non-linear editing tools to adopt this functionality. The FX9 comes with a range of customisations and expansion features. These include compatibility with the new UWP-D series of wireless microphones via Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe) with digital audio interface, the XDCA-FX9 extension kit enabling 10bit S35 4K 120fps and 16bit RAW output5, compatibility with Sony BP-GL and BP-FL series batteries, D- Tap, RJ-45 interface and stable “Dual Link” streaming by using two carrier lines, as well as DWX slot-in type digital wireless receiver commonly used in broadcast environments5. The FX9 will also be compatible with the newly launched E-mount lens FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G, which uniquely balances full manual operability for movie shooting and auto-control functions. “Based on our ongoing conversations with customers, partners and the wider industry, we at Sony understand the needs of today's creative storytellers - from the world's top cinematographers, to documentary film makers, music video directors or broadcasters. What they all need is a flexible camera that allows them to tell their own unique story, no matter the environment they operate in. Our next-generation FX9 not only captures stunning visuals with life-like image quality, but it also offers advanced AF features and customisation options. This makes it the ultimate creative tool for modern content creators,” concludes Kable. The FX9 will be available towards the end of 2019
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.
News Production Kit CBK-FS7BK for Sony FS7 and FS7II Camcorders
Sony Evolves FS7 and FS7 II Camcorders for News Production with CBK-FS7BK ENG-Style Build-up Kit which delivers advanced wireless capabilities and excellent weight balance for extended shooting stability as well as a new LA-EB1 B4 Lens to E Mount Adapter Sony’s popular PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7 II XDCAM camcorders are now further optimized for newsgathering thanks to a new ENG-style build-up kit and a new B4 lens to E mount adapter. The build-up kit, CBK-FS7BK, enables extended shoulder mount usage, making the camcorders ideal for news production, interviews, documentaries, and reality television shooting. Combined with the new lens mount adapter, LA-EB1, both E mount and B4 lens assets can be used on either the FS7 or FS7 II, allowing users to capture images with deep and shallow depth of field (DoF) – all with a single camera. “The new build-up kit and lens mount adapter give the FS7 and FS7 II camcorders the ergonomics, networking features, and zoom ratio of a traditional run-and-gun shoulder-mount camcorder, allowing crews to quickly adapt their shooting style with minimal equipment,” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “As video production evolves, the demand for cinematic-style shooting has permeated into every facet of the industry, including broadcast news. FS7 shooters will be excited by the possibilities and adaptability the new build-up kit and lens mount adapter provides.” The CBK-FS7BK build-up kit includes: an extension unit with a wireless audio receiver slot and built-in network capability, providing advanced network operation for broadcast usage; a viewfinder and a cheese plate with enhanced robustness; and an adjustable shoulder plate designed to achieve optimal weight balance. Streaming and file transfers are possible via wireless LAN or 4G/LTE connection. QoS performance streaming is provided through the camcorder’s Dual Link connection, allowing multiplexing of two cellular networks. With the new LA-EB1 mount adapter, B4 lens can be attached to both the FS7 and FS7 II camcorders1. The inclusion of B4 lens allows users to shoot deep DoF with the high zoom ratio necessary for traditional news production. The CBK-FS7BK or FS7 extension unit XDCA-FS7, compatible with the B4 mount’s communication interface, provides power through its DC supply and allows users to record directly with the lens REC button. Further, information such as iris and focus is displayed on the viewfinder of the camera and recorded as metadata, which streamlines post-production efforts. The adapter also works as a hub for the power zoom of the lens, enabling one-hand operation via the servo zoom. Other highlights of the CBK-FS7BK build-up kit and LA-EB1 mount adapter include: • Various interface support including genlock/timecode for multi-camera operation and RAW output • Compatible with Sony BP-GL and BP-FL series batteries • Newly designed shoulder plate with an extended slide mechanism, allowing users to find the optimum weight balance with their choice of lens • ENG-style LCD viewfinder included • Exchange lenses on-site with no tools required • Image circle is expanded to 13.5mm by magnifying the optical system. F-stop can be as small as 0.6, which can capture bright images • ALAC (Auto Lens Aberration Compensation) decreases chromatic aberration caused by the lens The ENG-style build-up kit and mount adapter for FS7 and FS7 II will be available in December 2019.
SONY releases new cameras at NAB2018 - FS5II, PXWZ190, PXWZ280
Sony has today expanded its Large Format Sensor category with the launch of the new XDCAM™ handheld camcorder FS5 (Body:PXW-FS5M2, Lens Kit: PXW-FS5M2K). Complete with stunning 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 120fps performance and RAW capabilities, the new Super 35 mm camcorder marries outstanding image quality with an ergonomic modular frame, offering content creators the ultimate creative flexibility. In addition to S-Log 2/3, the FS offers Instant HDR Workflow1 to produce HDR content for quick post-production without the need for grading2.The FS5II is an outstanding E-mount camcorder for interchangeable lens camera users, offering boundless creative options for web commercial, music video production, dramas, corporate & event videos and documentaries.