LAS VEGAS – Sony has unveiled its PXW-Z190, a 4K compact camcorder with enhanced usability for independent shooters in corporate, event production and education applications. The camcorder’s newly developed three 1/3-type Exmor R CMOS image sensors capture RGB light independently and delivers 4K 50p/60p imagery with high resolution and a wide range of gradation. 4:2:2 10-bit ensures vivid and rich color content in HD.
The new model incorporates a 25x optical zoom lens to cover a wide focal range for multiple shooting requirements, with three independent lens rings to support intuitive operation. Using optical zoom lens with Digital Extender in an HD mode, a 50x zoom equivalent image without any picture degradation can be captured thanks to its 4K-resolution sensor. Advanced Face Detection Auto Focus (AF) features include the “Face Priority AF” and newly added “Face Only AF,” which help to ensure a specific person within a group automatically stays in pin-sharp focus, ideal for shooting interviews or lectures.
Sony’s Electronic Variable ND filter ensures greater exposure control by smoothly varying the density of the ND filter during shooting while maintaining resolution and depth of field.
The PXW-Z190 combines advanced usability and network solutions for enhanced workflow efficiency. It is HLG compatible to support Sony’s Instant HDR workflow, delivering HDR content quickly, without the need for additional color grading. In addition, “Content Browser Mobile” software allows the camera to be operated remotely via smartphone. With an optional license, the camcorder can be used with Sony’s cloud-based ENG service, XDCAM air.
The PXW-Z190 covers a wide range of main formats including XAVC-Long, DVCAM. In addition to these formats, MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD are available with an optional license.
The new PXW-Z190 camcorder has a planned availability in September 2018 with pricing below $4,000 in the US and $5,200 in Canada.