PXW-Z450 (PXWZ450)

4K HDR 2/3-type CMOS sensor shoulder camcorder with advanced network features, low power consumption and optimised weight balance

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Overview

World’s first 4K HDR shoulder camcorder
Sony’s ground-breaking PXW-Z450 combines 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) with superbly balanced shoulder-mount ergonomics and a versatile 2/3-inch B4 lens mount. It’s a robust, high performance acquisition tool for 4K and HD news, documentaries, live events and general field production.

The PXW-Z450 records 4K QFHD (3840x2160) at 50p/59.94p, with 4K Slow and Quick motion up to 59.94p*, as well as a variety of HD formats including XAVC Intra, XAVC Long GOP, MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420. The Z450 can record and output not only SDR but also HDR pictures as Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and S-Log3 with BT.2020 colour space*.

Thanks to a specially-developed 4K 2/3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, the PXW-Z450 allows you to use a wide range of commercially-available B4 mount lenses without having to use an adapter. The PXW-Z450 offers the same advanced features as the PXW-X400 Full HD camcorder, with exceptional weight balance and low power consumption, alongside excellent networking features.
4K HDR / HD SDR simultaneous recording
The Z450 can record both 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneously to support high speed workflows.* No need to spend time converting 4K HDR clips to HD SDR to get on-air quickly.
Advanced picture monitoring*
To make HDR production easier, picture quality can be monitored with BT.709 imagery in the viewfinder while shooting S-Log3 or HLG, while a high quality Focus Magnifier picture can be made from the 4K resolution image.
Versatile B4 ENG lens options
Thanks to a versatile 2/3-type native sensor and B4 lens mount, this camcorder allows you to install a variety of B4 ENG lenses including either 4K or HD. This flexible lens options supports a variety of shooting applications while saving cost.
Low power and ergonomic design
Z450 power consumption is as low as 24W in normal operation (XAVC recording with colour LCD on), extending recording times, while an ergonomically balanced weight distribution eases operator fatigue and enhances stable shooting.
Excellent connectivity and wireless functions [online]
The PXW-Z450 enables robust, high-speed ENG/EFP workflows with high resolution clip or proxy clip transfer via Wired / Wireless LAN or 4G/LTE connection. The camcorder can also stream HD video to a receiver even while shooting in 4K.

* Version 3.0 firmware upgrade required.

Features

High quality recordings in 4K QFHD and HD
The PXW-Z450 supports a variety of 4K and HD formats, including 4K QFHD (3840x2160) at 50p/59.94p, using the XVAC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420 workflow standards.
4K Slow and Quick motion
The camcorder provides 4K Slow and Quick motion up to 59.94p*.

* Version 3.0 firmware upgrade required.
High sensitivity image making
The camcorder’s specially-developed 4K 2/3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor provides superb image quality and high sensitivity. The sensor matches B4 mount lens systems, allowing you to use commercially-available B4 4K/HD lens systems without needing an adapter.
4K HDR / HD SDR simultaneous recording to one card
The PXW-Z450 supports simultaneous 4K HDR and HD SDR recordings to a single card* and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and S-Log3 recordings with BT.2020 colour space.*

* Version 3.0 firmware upgrade required.
Quad Link 3G-SDI option for 4K 50p/59.94p output**
Use the PXW-Z450's four 3G-SDI connectors to support 4K 50p/59.94p output as a Quad Link 3G-SDI signal. Connect any 4K Quad Link product you want to the PXW-Z450.

** Version 2.0 firmware required plus CBKZ-Z450QL upgrade license.
4K cache recordings*
The PXW-Z450 provides cache recording support for 4K pictures at XAVC-Long GOP quality.

* Version 3.0 firmware upgrade required.
Discover optimised weight balance
Thanks to its fine-tuned ergonomic design, the PXW-Z450 camcorder achieves an optimised weight balance to lessen the weight on the lens grip and support stable image shooting.
Supports Full HD OLED viewfinders
The PXW-Z450 supports a variety of Sony’s viewfinders, including the Full HD OLED HDVF-EL30 and HDVF-EL20. The OLED viewfinders take an advantage of focusing the 4K shooting.
Advanced picture monitoring*
Picture quality can be monitored with BT.709 pictures in the viewfinder while shooting S-Log3 or HLG, while a high quality Focus Magnifier picture can be made from the 4K resolution image.

* Version 3.0 firmware upgrade required.
Embedded RJ-45 connector
An embedded RJ-45 Ethernet 100B-T connector on the right side of the camcorder provides a robust and fast network connection that can be used for file transfer, live streaming and camera control from a web browser.
One-touch wireless LAN connection
A Near Field Communication (NFC) function allows easy, one-touch wireless LAN connection to a smartphone or tablet device without manual setting of the network parameters.
Built-in wireless module with Content Browser Mobile™
The camcorder’s built-in wireless module gives you more mobility with no cable needed, enabling proxy recording and file transfer or live streaming. In file transfer mode, high-resolution files and XAVC Proxy files can be transferred over wireless connection to cloud or FTP server thanks to Content Browser Mobile*** (CBM) application. In Push mode, the CBM application enables users to monitor the currently shot video and to wirelessly control camcorder settings such as focus, zoom, iris, white balance, REC START/STOP, and more. With Content Browser Mobile V2.0 proxy trim, proxy partial clip upload, and logging are available. High quality live streaming is provided by the advanced Sony QoS technology embedded in the camcorder and in the PWS-100RX1 network RX station. Non QoS live streaming is also possible with a third-party receiver or VLC player.

*** The CBM application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.
Support for DWX wireless microphone systems*
The PXW-Z450 supports Sony’s DWX series wireless microphone systems. Power Save Mode synchronises with Camera Power OFF and can be controlled by assignable buttons. With power save enabled, the status is displayed in the viewfinder.

* Version 3.0 firmware upgrade required.
Easy network connection
A dedicated button gives simple on-off control of Network Client Mode, Auto Upload (Proxy) and Live Streaming. Proxy recording mode can be enabled or disabled by assignable buttons*. Wi-Fi Access Point for Station Mode can be set by the camera menu*. Multiple CCM addresses can be saved on-board*.
* Version 3.0 firmware upgrade required.
Records a second camera’s feed via SDI
An SD or HD-SDI (up to 1.5G) signal can be recorded by the camcorder, a useful function to record an external feed from another camera.
Lower power consumption
Due to advanced component design, the PXW-Z450’s power consumption is as low as 24 W in normal recording mode**. This reduces battery consumption and extends recording times.
** XAVC recording with colour LCD on.