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September 15, 2017
Sony announces three new palm camcorders featuring stunning Autofocus performance with 273-point phase-detection AF sensor and 4K HDR recording

Sony announces three new palm camcorders featuring stunning Autofocus performance with 273-point phase-detection AF sensor and 4K HDR recording

The new XDCAM PXW-Z90, NXCAM HXR-NX80 and Handycam FDR-AX700 equipped with 1.0-type stacked Exmor RSTM image sensor offer an optimal choice to a wide range of users from professionals to video enthusiasts

Asia Pacific, 15 September 2017 - Sony has today announced three new 4K HDR¹ High Dynamic Range) camcorders featuring its groundbreaking Fast Hybrid AF system: the XDCAM® PXW-Z90, the NXCAM® HXR-NX80 and the Handycam® FDR-AX700. All three palm camcorders combine a fast and reliable autofocus (AF) function adapted for shooting with a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, delivering stunning image clarity alongside a range of versatile shooting features. The new camcorders support an instant HDR workflow, enabling users to produce breathtaking HDR content with minimum post-production to suit a range of content creation scenarios and applications.

The Fast Hybrid AF system ensures highly-accurate focusing and tracking during shooting, delivered by 273 phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 84% of the shooting area, high-density placement of autofocus points and a newly developed AF algorithm. This reduces the burden of focusing especially when highly accurate focusing is required for shooting 4K films. In movie recording mode, the appearance of phase-detection AF frames indicates the focused area and allows users to easily monitor a subject that is in focus. The new camcorders feature a high-resolution OLED viewfinder (0.39-type OLED, 2,359k dots) and a 3.5-type large LCD screen (1,555k dots) with advanced touch screen operation that allows users to quickly switch focus from one subject to another. The AF Drive Speed, Tracking Depth Range and Subject Switching Sensitivity can all be configured as required for different subjects and content styles.

The new camcorders support 4K HDR1 recording with HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) offering an Instant HDR workflow. This enables users to reduce the post-production work and produce high-quality HDR content smoothly, without the need for a grading process, which usually requires highly skilled technique and special knowledge. They are equipped with the following key technology and features to support versatile shooting, including:

• 4K2 full-pixel readout without pixel binning, using an enhanced BIONZ X™ image processing engine
• Super Slow Motion3 recording up to 960fps4 , which is industry leading among palm categories and Slow & Quick Motion4 Full HD recording up to 120fps6
• S-Log3/S-Gamut3 capabilities for users to create and work with images as they desire.
• 29mm7 (35EQ) wide-angle ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 12x optical zoom lens and 18x Clear Image Zoom8
• Less image distortion (rolling shutter phenomenon), in comparison to conventional models when shooting subjects in motion

Workflow efficiency benefits such as Proxy recording, relay recording and simultaneous backup recording are also delivered thanks to the new camcorders’ dual memory card slots and multi-camera operation capabilities supported by TC (time code)/UB (user bit). The new camcorders also have REMOTE terminals, Multi-Interface Shoe™, and HDMI Type A to ensure enhanced operability.

“We strongly believe in empowering customers to tell amazing stories, whether it’s a journalist out in the field covering a breaking news event, or a freelancer working under the tight deadline pressures of a one-day corporate shoot” explained Hiroyuki Takahama, Assistant General Manager, Content Creation Solutions Marketing, Professional Solutions Company (PSAP), Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Limited. “Our new palm camcorders do exactly that. By minimising the efforts required to focus on a subject in-frame and streamlining the post-production workflow, we’re helping users concentrate on what they do best - storytelling.”

In addition to the above key features, the XDCAM PXW-Z90 and NXCAM HXR-NX80 also feature dual XLR audio input, a detachable handle, and access to Content Browser Mobile - a supporting smartphone application to enable Wi-Fi monitoring, camcorder remote control and wireless timecode sync 9 between multiple cameras.

The PXW-Z90 also includes several features to suit broadcast-specific requirements - XAVC® format recording that provides high-quality images at 4:2:2 10 bit (HD) and 4:2:0 8 bit (QFHD) in addition to conventional broadcasting MPEG2HD9 format recording; 3G SDI connectivity for compatibility with existing broadcasting equipment; and networking functions to support news reporting, such as compatibility with XDCAM air, the Sony cloud-based ENG subscription service. 

NXCAM HXR-NX80 and Handycam FDR-AX700 adopt XAVC S10 , an extended format of XAVC for consumer use and it can record high-defined 4K films.

The XDCAM PXW-Z90, NXCAM HXR-NX80 will be available in December 2017 and Handycam FDR-AX700 will be available in October 2017.

For more information on Sony’s offering at IBC, click here or visit us at RAI, Amsterdam from 15 to 19 September.

13840 x 2160 pixels. FDR-AX700 and HXR-NX80:Connect to a HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable when displaying HDR movies is required. PXW-Z90: Connect to a HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a HDMI cable and TV setting change required when displaying HDR movies.
23840 x 2160 pixels
34K recording is not available. Sound cannot be recorded. A class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.
4960fps in NTSC, 1000fps in PAL.
5Sound cannot be recorded. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.
6120fps in NTSC, 100fps in PAL.
735mm equivalent
818x(4K), 24x(HD)
9Optional licences required
10A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps.