Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13th September 2019 — Sony today announced the PXW-Z750, the world’s first 2/3-type shoulder camcorder to support native 4K shooting with a 3-chip CMOS Global Shutter sensor system. The latest member of the XDCAM family is optimised for news and live production applications including sports broadcasting, live television and documentary shooting.
The native UHD 3-chip CMOS Global Shutter image sensor system from Sony is mounted on a wide gamut prism to ensure detailed imagery and vivid colours, along with the ability to shoot in 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and High Frame Rate (HFR) with high sensitivity and low noise. Its 2/3-type sensor delivers imagery with a deep depth of field and enables quick use of the focus functionalities. B4 mount lens can be attached directly for high flexibility and to maintain high sensitivity and resolution.
The PXW-Z750 is the first 2/3-type 3-chip camcorder equipped with global shutter technology for capturing clear and crisp images while negating undesirable effects, such as flashband and rolling shutter distortion. This makes the camcorder an ideal tool for shooting in unpredictable lighting conditions, as well as for capturing quick moving objects and action often associated with sports, live events and nature videography.
As a result of increased industry demand and adoption, the camera supports HFR for HD up to 120fps, to minimise image blur and distortion. The PXW-Z750 generates HD images through 4K oversampling, resulting in clear images with minimal noise.
Maximum flexibility during HDR operation
The PXW-Z750 also features advanced HDR functionalities. 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 capturing 4K HDR and HD HDR content at the same time. Additionally, the camera incorporates the Sony SR Live for efficient live HDR production, and supports simultaneous recording of 4K HDR and HD SDR to meet various demands such as simultaneous broadcasting of 4K and HD.
“Our cutting-edge new PXW-Z750 flagship model expands the Sony line-up by bringing transformational visual elements – including 4K, HDR and HFR – into a portable and ergonomic package” said Norbert Paquet, Head of Product Management at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “With one camera, we’re addressing the demands of today’s producers by delivering a robust 4K platform with a global shutter 4K image sensor. The camcorder can be further enhanced to create an even more comprehensive Sony solution when paired with our digital wireless audio and XDCAM air cloud workflows.”
The PXW-Z750 incorporates encoding algorithms for optimising HDR recording, as well as 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 of the size when compared to XAVC-I Class 300*. 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 versatility of the camera.
Seamless integration with Sony hardware and services
The camera supports a range of complementary accessories and options to suit a user’s needs, preferences and budget, while offering expanded interoperability. This includes compatibility with high-quality wireless audio solutions and shotgun microphones from Sony, including the latest DWX series digital wireless microphone system; the new slot-in receiver DWR-S03D and bodypack transmitter DWT-B30. 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 the newest Sony 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 with the new reader/writer, SBAC-T40 equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 interface, transfers of 240GB of video in approximately 3.5 minutes** is enabled, creating a fast and reliable solution for shooting and offloading large volumes of content.
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 efficient file clip management.
* 600Mbps at 59.94p, 500Mbps at 50p
** Based on Sony’s internal testing. Transfer speeds vary and are dependent on host devices, the OS version or usage conditions.