PXW-Z190

4K Handheld Camcorder with all-new 1/3-type 3CMOS with 4K 50p/60p* recording capability, 25x zoom lens and advanced Face Detection AF.

*59.94fps

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4K 50p/60p with a stunning 25x zoom lens

This superb all-rounder is the de facto choice for a wide range of 4K and HD single camera shoots with an all-new 1/3-type 3CMOS sensor. A powerful 25x zoom lens with three independent lens rings delivers pin-sharp 4K imaging for almost any professional shooting scenario. Advanced Face Detection AF and Sony’s unique Electronic Variable ND filter making shooting great content stress-free.

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Advanced workflow features

Instant HDR means you can deliver stunning imagery quickly without need for additional colour grading. Dual MI Shoe allows simultaneous use of wireless audio and video lighting, while advanced network performance support is easily enabled when required*.

* Requires firmware 2.0 or higher and optional paid upgrade.

A wealth of formats and features for professionals

Sony’s familiar control layout and robust build quality make this a camera you can rely upon. It supports a wide range of formats including XAVC-Long, DVCAM, MPEG HD422/ MPEG HD* and Proxy 1080i. Dual SD slots, 3G-SDI output and Remote Terminal ensure it can support all workflow scenarios.

* Requires firmware 2.0 or higher and optional paid upgrade.

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4K 1/3-type 3CMOS Sensor

The PXW-Z190 is the world’s first professional camcorder with a 4K (QFHD) 1/3-inch type sensor. Red, blue, and green light are independently captured by separate image sensors within the Exmor RTM system in 3840 x 2160 resolution at up to 60fps. Even if you’re delivering in HD, 4:2:2 10bit recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors simply cannot see.

25x professional zoom lens with three independent rings and large focal length

The PXW-Z190 is equipped with a 25x professional zoom lens able to zoom from 28.8mm to 720mm (35mm equivalent). The 1/3-inch type lens has three independent control rings, 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 an HD mode and a 50x zoom equivalent image is captured with sensor cropping extender.

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Advanced Face Detection AF

The PXW-Z190 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-Z190 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 the PXW-Z190. Unlike conventional optical ND filters, the electronic ND filter on the PXW-Z190 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-Z190 to maintain constant exposure without changing gain nor shutter speed.

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Instant HDR workflow

Shoot, edit and view HDR content in HLG without the need for additional colour grading. Premium content services are switching to HDR and the PXW-Z190 is ready with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) recording, for easy file-based workflows, whilst achieving the image quality of HDR. This simple workflow enables the shooting, editing and viewing of HDR content in HLG, without devoting a lot of time to post-production work and additional colour grading.

Dual Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe

MI Shoe provides signal connections and coordinated on/off switching to compatible Sony accessories. Connectors at front and back of camcorder maximize operational flexibility. For example, you can connect and control Sony Wireless Microphone systems such as the UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 and the HVL-LBPC light at the same time.* Cable-less connection eliminates the risk of accidental disconnection.

*Accessories sold separately. HVL-LBPC light does not draw power from PXW-Z190.

Dual XLR and 4 Channel Audio

 

The PXW-Z190 offers four channel audio recording with two independent volume dials enabling precision control of external audio inputs, including an MI-shoe attached microphone.

Dual SD media slots

The camcorder is equipped with two SD memory card slots, which can record in either Simul or Relay or Back up mode. Simul mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, 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-Z190, 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.*

*Simul and back-up recording are limited to HD operation.

Network workflow flexibility

PXW-Z190 comes with 5GHz* and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi as standard – simply turn on and log onto your preferred network. Install the free ‘Content Browser Mobile’ app** on your smartphone to operate the camera remotely controlling Iris, Zoom, Focus WB and other functions from the palm of your hand. One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones that offer NFC connectivity.

The Z190 is also easily upgraded to offer all the below features with optional CBKZ-SLNW1.

  • High quality QoS Streaming to Network RX station (optional)
  • XDCAM air secure wireless workflow
  • MPEG TS UDP streaming to peripheral common receiver
  • FTP Transfer of proxy clip and high resolution clip to remote servers
  • Wired LAN streaming and file transfer
  • Trimming proxy and high resolution clip prior to sharing

* 5GHz support dependent on country/regional regulation.

** Content Browser Mobile™ application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store. Wi-Fi operation cannot be guaranteed with all smartphones. Minimum requirements : iOS 9.0 or Android 4.4.

Proven Recording Formats

The PXW-Z190 offers production flexibility with support for a variety of production formats.

XAVC Long GOP recording at QFHD and Full-HD

XAVC technology is based on the H.264 standard, which provides an exceptionally robust and efficient compression technology. XAVC Long GOP applies compression across multiple frames – reducing file sizes, which can make for fast ingest and editing as well as providing budget savings on recording media. In HD shooting, the XAVC codec adopts 10-bit sampling for high definition recording with rich tonal expression.

Broadcast-standard MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD*

High-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps is fully compliant with the latest EBU recommendations for long-form broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses. This recording capability makes PXW-Z190 ideal for a wide range of different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.

*Requires version 2.0 firmware and paid CBKZ-SLMP upgrade license.

DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format

Many broadcasters and production houses still utilise the proven DVCAM format and PXW-Z190 provides support at the flick of a switch.

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Specifications

General
Mass
Approx 2.3 kg (body)
Approx. 5 lb 1.1 oz (body)
Approx. 2.8 kg (with lens hood, eyecup, BP-U30 battery, a SD memory card)
Approx. 6 lb 2.8 oz (with lens hood, eyecup, BP-U30 battery, a SD memory card)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
190.0 × 202.0 × 419.7 mm (With the accessories (lens hood, eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
7 1/2 x 8 x 16 1/2 inches (With the accessories (lens hood, eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
Power Requirements
DC In: 12V,
Battery: 14.4V
Please use genuine Sony batteries to ensure correct and safe operation*
Power Consumption
Approx. 24W
(while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Approx. 36W
(while recording with LCD On, EVF On when the external device connector is used.)
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.)
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature
-20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
Recording Format (Video)
<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
XAVC-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

<DVCAM>
DVCAM mode:
CBR, 25Mbps, DVCAM
Recording Format (Audio)
<XAVC Long>
XAVC-L mode:
LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 4 channels

<DVCAM>
DVCAM mode:
LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 4 channels
Recording Frame Rate
<XAVC Long>
XAVC-L QFHD 150 mode:
3840x2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 50 mode:
1920x1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P 1280x720/59.94P, 50P
XAVC-L HD 35 mode:
1920x1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 25 mode:
1920x1080/59.94i, 50i

<DVCAM>
DVCAM mode:
720x480/59.94i, 29.97PsF 720x576/50i, 25PsF
Recording/Playback Time
<XAVC Long>
XAVC-L QFHD 150 mode
When using 128GB memory card:
Approx. 88 minutes
XAVC-L HD 50 mode
When using 128GB memory card:
Approx. 240 minutes
XAVC-L HD 35 mode
When using 128GB memory card:
Approx. 325 minutes
XAVC-L 25 mode
When using 128GB memory card:
Approx. 445 minutes

<DVCAM>
When using 128GB memory card: Approx. 425 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
1920x1080, 9Mbps
1280x720, 9Mbps
1280x720, 6Mbps
640x360, 3Mbps
480x270, 1Mbps
480x270, 0.5Mbps
Lens
Lens Mount
Fixed type
Zoom Ratio
25x
Focal Length
3.7 mm to 92.5 mm
(equivalent to 28.8 mm to 720 mm on a 35 mm lens)
Iris
Auto/manual swichable
F1.6 to F11 and C(close)
Focus
800 mm to ∞ (Macro Off)
10 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
M 82 mm , pitch 0.75 mm
Camera Section
Imaging Device (Type)
1/3 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)
F11 (typical, 1920 x 1080/59.94p, High Sensitivity Mode)
F12 (typical, 1920 x 1080/50p, High Sensitivity Mode)
Minimum Illumination
0.01lx (typical)
(1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.6, +30 dB gain, High Sensitivity Mode, with 64 frame accumulation)
S/N Ratio
57 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 Long>
2160P: 1-60 fps
1080P: 1-60 fps
720P: 1-60 fps
White Balance
Preset (3200K), Memory A,
Memory B/ATW
Gain
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB, 30dB (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)
Audio Output
Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack(x1)
SDI Output
BNC (x1), 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)
1.0Vp-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: 500mW
DC Input
DC jack
Remote
Stereo mini-minijack (Φ2.5 mm)
HDMI Output
HDMI connector (Type A)
Wired LAN
RJ-45 (x1), 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-T, 10BASE-T
Monitoring
Viewfinder
1.0 cm (0.39 type)
Approx 2.36M dots
LCD
8.8cm (3.5 type)
Approx. 1.56M dots
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Microphone
Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
Media
Type
MS/SD(1),SD(1)
Wi-Fi/NFC
Supported Format
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
Supplied Accessories
Supplied Accessories
Lens hood (1), Pre-installed to the Camcorder
EVF eyecup (1)
Battery pack BP-U30 (1)
AC Adapter/charger BC-U1A (1)
Power Code (1)
USB cable (1)
Warranty Booklet (1)
"Before Using this Unit" (1)
CDROM "Operating instructions" (1)
Notes
*
Sony does not guarantee other manufacturers’ batteries to operate properly as noted in operation manual.

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