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PXW-Z150

Compact handy camcorder delivers broadcast quality 4K and Full-HD

Ready for any shooting scenario, Sony’s PXW-Z150 handy professional camcorder delivers stunning 4K image quality, 120fps HFR Full-HD slow-motion and built-in advanced networking for live streaming and wireless workflow.

Breakthrough imaging performance

The Z150 is the world’s first professional camcorder to feature a 1.0 type stacked CMOS image sensor. This breakthrough in sensor integration delivers a 2x increase in read-out speed compared to a conventional 1.0 sensor for stunning 120fps slow motion in Full HD and spectacular 4K recording. Full pixel read-out helps realise the full potential of the big 1.0 type sensor - there’s no need for pixel binning or line skipping which can result in moiré effects.

The large 1.0 type sensor is also brighter, has higher resolution and offers more bokeh with a shallow depth of field, allowing you to create beautiful, cinematic images that will inspire you and delight your clients.

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Stunning 4K image capture

The Z150 offers a step-change in image capture in its class with 4K QFHD (3840x2160) using the advanced XAVC Long GOP 100Mbps codec for truly broadcast quality 4K performance.

To maximise the quality of your images, the Z150 has a stunning optical 12x zoom lens that offers high resolution and contrast across the entirety of the image. Sony’s advanced Clear Image Zoom feature doubles magnification to 18x when shooting in 4K QFHD and 24x in HD, to fully exploit the imaging capabilities of the Z150’s large 1.0 type stacked sensor.

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No compromises
pro functionality

The Z150 transforms expectations of what’s possible with a handy camcorder so you can be confident using it for almost any application. This includes up to 120 frames per second (fps) High Frame Rate continuous recording in Full HD quality, delivering beautiful 5x slow motion. Stunning 4K picture performance is supported with 4K XAVC Long GOP at 100Mbps, while integration with established broadcast workflows is simplified with Full HD recording in XAVC Long GOP(4:2:2/10bit 50Mbps) and MPEG-2 HD (50Mbps/35Mbps). You can even use AVCHD to further expand workflow flexibility. However you want to shoot, the Z150 delivers.

120fps

Continous slow motion

The perfect handy camcorder

The Z150 isn’t simply a compact, lightweight design – it also integrates advanced features to reduce the need for bulky accessories that slow you down. A built-in four position ND filter means no need to carry a box of filters, MI Shoe eliminates cabling when fitting a microphone or even light. Advanced networking capabilities include built-in Wi-Fi for live streaming and FTP wireless connection*, greatly increasing your mobility, while the camcorder can also be easily controlled by a smartphone or tablet using Wi-Fi remote. Every last detail has been thought of - including power efficiency to deliver a remarkable 400 minutes** continuous recording time.

* QoS will be supported with a firmware update.
** Using optional NP-F970 battery while recording XAVC 1080/50i, 50 Mbps with LCD on.

Revolutionary imaging performance with Exmor RS

To deliver imaging performance previously impossible for a compact camcorder, Sony has developed the world's first 1.0 type stacked CMOS image sensor for professional video applications. A 2x increase in read-out speed, compared to a conventional 1.0 type sensor, enables beautiful 5x slow motion image capture up to 120fps in Full HD and high resolution 4K recording with full pixel readout without binning.

The Z150's single 20 megapixel* 1.0 type large size sensor gives you low noise and less blur because more light reaches the sensor, offering clear and steady pictures even in a dark scene with minimum illumination 1.7 lux**. The large sensor size also enables beautiful background defocusing (bokeh) to enable you to focus on what you want to show and defocus the rest of the image.

* 14.2 million effective pixels. ** LOW LUX mode

Flexible 4K and Full HD recordings

The Z150 is designed to provide true broadcast quality performance for both 4K and Full HD productions, recording with the advanced XAVC Long GOP 100Mbps codec for brilliant 4K QFHD imagery and flexible workflows. XAVC Long’s higher bit rate produces outstanding images with more details and less noise to create the number one 4K picture quality in its class. For even more flexibility in workflows, the Z150 is switchable between PAL and NTSC operation.

  Format Color space/bit rate Max rate
4K XAVC Long GOP 4:2:0/ 8bit 100 Mbps
HD XAVC Long GOP 4:2:2/ 10bit 50 Mbps
MPEG2 4:2:2/ 8bit 50 Mbps
MPEG2 4:2:0/ 8bit 35 Mbps
AVCHD 4:2:0/ 8bit 28 Mbps

120fps continuous
slow motion

High Frame Rate shots can turn everyday actions into slow motion ballet and the Z150 delivers up to 120 frames per second (fps) in Full HD, giving you a maximum of 5 times slow motion expression. There's no sacrifice in bit depth and no "windowing" of the sensor. So there's no crop factor, no loss in angle of view.

Sony “G” lens with maximum 24x zoom

A high quality 29-348mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom makes it easy to capture even the most expansive landscape scenes while also offering superb clarity and sharpness – maximising the performance of the Z150’s large 1.0 type sensor and providing high resolution and contrast from the centre to the edge of your image.

Getting close into even the most distant scenes is further enhanced by Sony’s advanced Clear Image Zoom feature. Once you’ve zoomed in at maximum 12x optical magnification, By Pixel Super Resolution Technology can enlarge the image to 18x in 4K QFHD or 24x in HD, while still preserving image quality.

Networked for high mobility

The Z150 has advanced networking capabilities that give you more mobility in your work - FTP files directly from the camcorder or live stream from any event using built-in Wi-Fi features with no accessories required. Sony’s unique QoS technology* dramatically improves the clarity that’s possible on a wireless connection, giving you better pictures even with the limitations of today’s real-world networks. You can also remotely control the PXW-Z150 with a smartphone or tablet, including the ability to adjust settings such as focus, zoom, iris, white balance, REC START/STOP and more using Sony’s Content Browser Mobile** software.

* QoS will be supported with a firmware update.
** The Content Browser Mobile application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.

High resolution monitoring

The Z150 gives you precise monitoring and low latency, however you choose to shoot, with its advanced, wide viewing-angle and high contrast 0.39 type 1440K dots OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with large eye-cap, and an easily adjustable, flip-out 3.5 type 1550K dots LCD panel.

Compact and lightweight body

The Z150 is ergonomically designed to provide a lightweight and easy-to-use shooting experience. Three manual, independent lens rings enable smooth, natural adjustment of focusing, zooming and iris control. The camcorder can also be used in full-auto mode or completely manual for maximum creative control.

Dual media slots for recording flexibility

To extend recording times and workflow flexibility, the Z150 is equipped with two memory card slots and is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards.

“RELAY” mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full, while “SIMUL” mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards (for example to create an immediate back-up version).

Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe

The Z150 takes advantage of Sony’s flexible Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe, which provides power, signal connections and coordinated on/off switching to compatible Sony accessories. For example, you can connect and control Sony wireless microphone systems such as the UWP-D11 or UWP-D12*.

* All sold separately.

Wide choice of connections including 3G-SDI

There’s no need to worry about adapters as the Z150 provides a wide variety of built-in connectivity options including 3G-SDI, HDMI, Multi/Micro USB, professional audio XLR terminals, REMOTE and Composite (RCA). A supplied Sony cold shoe adaptor kit provides you with more flexibility for mounting accessories.

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Technical Specifications

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General

Mass Approx. 1895g (Body only)
Approx. 4lb 3 oz (Body only)
Approx. 2270 g (with lens hood, eyecup, NP-F770 battery)
Approx. 5 lb (with lens hood, eyecup, NP-F770 battery)
Dimensions (W x H x D) *1 171.3 × 187.8 × 371.3 mm (With the accessories (lens hood, large eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
6 3/4 x 7 3/8 x 14 5/8 inches (With the accessories (lens hood, large eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
Power Requirements DC In: 8.4V, Battery: 7.2 V
Power Consumption Approx. 6.3 W (while recording with viewfinder and XAVC HD 1080/60i 50 Mbps)
Approx. 6.6 W (while recording with LCD and XAVC HD 1080/60i 50 Mbps)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
Battery Operating Time Approx. 260 min. with NP-F770 battery (while recording with LCD, XAVC 1080/60i, 50 Mbps)
Approx. 400 min. with NP-F970 battery (while recording with LCD, XAVC 1080/60i, 50 Mbps)
Recording Format (Video) XAVC QFHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile
XAVC HD : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:2 Long profile
XAVC Proxy: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile
MPEG HD422: MPEG-2 422P@HL 4:2:2 Long profile
MPEG HD420: MPEG-2 MP@HL 4:2:0 Long profile
MPEG HD Proxy: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile
AVCHD : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible
Recording Format (Audio) XAVC QFHD : Linear PCM 2ch, 24bit, 48kHz
XAVC HD : Linear PCM 2ch, 24bit, 48kHz
XAVC Proxy : AAC-LC 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
MPEG HD422 : Linear PCM 2ch, 24bit, 48kHz
MPEG HD420 : Linear PCM 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
MPEG HD Proxy : AAC-LC 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
AVCHD : Linear PCM 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Recording Frame Rate XAVC QFHD (3840 x 2160) @29.97p, 25p, 23.98p 100Mbps/60Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080) @59.94p, 50p, 50 Mbps/35 Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080) @59.94i, 50i, 50 Mbps/35 Mbps/25 Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080) @29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 50 Mbps/35 Mbps
XAVC HD (1280 x 720)@59.94p, 50p, 50Mbps
XAVC Proxy (1280 x 720) @59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p 9Mbps
XAVC Proxy (640 x 360) @59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 3Mbps
MPEG HD422 (1920 x 1080) @59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 50 Mbps
MPEG HD422 (1280 x 720) @59.94p, 50p, 50Mbps
MPEG HD420 (1920 x 1080) @59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, HQ mode (35Mbps)
MPEG HD420 (1440 x 1080) @59.94i, 50i, HQ mode (35Mbps)
Recording Frame Rate (contd) MPEG HD420 (1280 x 720) @59.94p, 50p, HQ mode (35Mbps)
MPEG HD Proxy (1280 x 720) @59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 9Mbps
MPEG HD Proxy (640 x 360) @59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 3Mbps
AVCHD (1920 x 1080)@59.94p, 50p, PS mode (28 Mbps)
AVCHD (1920 x 1080) @59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p, FX mode (24 Mbps), FH mode(17 Mbps)
AVCHD (1280 x 720)@59.94p, 50p, FX mode (24 Mbps) FH mode (17 Mbps) HQ mode (9 Mbps)
Recording/Playback Time
XAVC-L QFHD 100 mode, Approx. 65 min with 64 GB memory card
XAVC-L QFHD 60 mode, Approx. 100 min with 64 GB memory card
XAVC-L HD 50 mode, Approx. 120 min with 64 GB memory card
XAVC-L HD 35 mode, Approx. 170 min with 64 GB memory card
XAVC-L HD 25 mode, Approx. 220 min with 64 GB memory card


MPEG HD422 @LPCM 2ch 50 Mbps, Approx. 110 min with 64 GB memory card
MPEG HD420 @LPCM 2ch HQ Mode, Approx. 170 min with 64 GB memory card
Recording/Playback Time (Contd) AVCHD@LPCM 2ch PS Mode, Approx. 290 min with 64 GB memory card
AVCHD@LPCM 2ch FX Mode, Approx. 340 min with 64 GB memory card
AVCHD@LPCM 2ch FH Mode, Approx. 450 min with 64 GB memory card
AVCHD@LPCM 2ch HQ Mode, Approx. 750 min with 64 GB memory card

Lens

Lens Mount Fixed
Zoom Ratio 12x (optical), servo
Focal Length f = 9.3 - 111.6 mm equivalent to f = 29.0 - 348.0 mm on 35 mm lens (16:9)
Iris F2.8 - F4.5 auto/manual selectable
Focus AF/MF selectable, 10 mm to ∞ (Wide), 1000 mm to ∞ (Tele)
Image Stabilizer ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter M62 mm

Camera Section

Imaging Device (Type) 1.0-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) back-illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Imaging Device (Pixel Count) Approx. 20 M pixels (total)
Approx. 14.2 M pixels (Effective)
Effective Picture Elements 3840 (H) x 2160 (V)
Built-in Optical Filters ND filters
OFF: CLEAR
1: 1/4ND
2: 1/16ND
3: 1/64ND
Minimum Illumination 1.7 lux (Low Lux)
Shutter Speed [60i]: 1/8 - 1/10,000 (1/6 - 1/10,000 when shooting with 24p)
[50i]: 1/6 -1/10,000
Slow & Quick Motion Function [60i]: XAVC HD: Frame rate selectable 1.2.4.8.15.30,60 fps
[50i]: XAVC HD: Frame rate selectable 1.2.3.6.12.25,50 fps
[60i]: MPEG HD: Frame rate selectable 1.2.4.8.15.30 fps
[50i]: MPEG HD: Frame rate selectable 1.2.3.6.12.25 fps
[60i]: AVCHD: Frame rate selectable 1.2.4.8.15.30,60 fps
[50i]: AVCHD: Frame rate selectable 1.2.3.6.12.25,50 fps
Super Slow Motion Function [60i]: XAVC HD: Frame rate selectable 120 fps
[50i]: XAVC HD: Frame rate selectable 100 fps
White Balance Preset (Indoor: 3200K, Outdoor: 5600K±7 steps, Color temperature set range: 2300-15000K), Onepush A, B, Auto selectable
Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12,15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve Selectable

Input/Output

Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Video Output Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack (x1), RCA pin(x1), Composite 1.0Vp-p, 75 Ω
Audio Output Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack(x1), RCA pin(Monaural)(x1)
SDI Output BNC (x1), 3G/HD/SD SMPTE ST 424/ST 292-1/ST 259 standards
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1)
Speaker Output Monaural
DC Input DC jack
Remote Stereo mini-mini jack (Φ2.5 mm)
HDMI Output HDMI connector (Type A)

Monitoring

Viewfinder 1.0cm(0.39 type) OLED, Approx. 1.44M 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 b/g/n
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz bandwidth
Security WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compliant

Supplied Accessories

Supplied Accessories Lens hood (1)
Large eyecup (1)
Shoecap (1)
Accessory shoe kit (accessory shoe (1), accessory shoe plate (1), screws (4))
USB cable (1)
AC Adaptor (AC-L100 C) (1)
Power cord (mains lead) (1)
Rechargeable battery pack (NP-F770) (1)
Charger(BC-L1) (1)
Wireless Remote Commander (RMT-845) (1)
Lithium battery (CR2025 for the Wireless Remote Commander) (1), Pre-installed to the Wireless Remote Commander
Operating Guide (2)
CD-ROM "Manuals for Solid-State Memory Camcorderr" (1)
Warranty (1)

Notes

*1 The values for dimensions are approximate.

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