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Sony Professional PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80, and Consumer FDR-AX700 are 4K HDR Palm-Style Camcorders with Phase-Detection AF: Fast Hybrid AF, 1.0-Type Stacked Exmor RS Image Sensor, Creative Features and Multi-Cam System Capabilities

Sony (left to right): XDCAM PXW-Z90, NXCAM HXR-NX80 and Handycam FDR-AX700
Sony (left to right): XDCAM PXW-Z90, NXCAM HXR-NX80 and Handycam FDR-AX700

The following video presents Sony | PXW-Z90 & HXR-NX80 | HDR(HLG) Function Video:
PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80 function video in HLG/BT.2020 to suit HDR screen which has HLG display feature (e.g. Sony BRAVIA Z9D series, BVM-X300, PVM-X550, etc.)

[Instant HDR Workflow] Shoot, edit and view HDR content in HLG without the need for additional colour grading. As the expanding need for HDR content continues, internet video platforms and professionals producing corporate or event content are paying more attention to the added value of HDR. They need to deliver content quickly, without compromising on imaging expression and quality of content. To meet this demand, Sony now offers HDR capability on the entry level handheld XDCAM camcorders, Both feature 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 the need for additional colour grading. [*] PXW-FS5, PXW-Z150; PXW-Z90 QFHD: XAVC 4:2:0 8-bits, HD: XAVC 4:2:2 10-bits HXR-NX80: XAVC S: 4K 4:2:0 8-bits, HD 4:2:0 8-b

Sony recently announced its first camcorders with phase detection Auto Focus (AF).

  • The three new palm-style models are the XDCAM PXW-Z90, the NXCAM HXR-NX80 and the Handycam FDR-AX700.

The following video presents Sony | Handycam® | FDR-AX700 – Product Feature – 4K HDR(HLG):
Capture life just as you see it in true-to-life 4K HDR (HLG) images with 1.0 – type stacked Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor. The unrivaled performance of Fast Hybrid AF ensures that autofocus and AF tracking are exceptionally precise, responsive and reliable, so you’ll have every chance to take fantastic shots of fleeting action. With such professional-calibre capabilities so conveniently at your command, there are no limits to how far this Handycam® can take your shooting ambitions.

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Unveils First Camcorders with Phase-detection AF

by Sony Pro Team 09/15/2017, in 4K, Cameras, Digital Imaging, Sony Professional

New 4K HDR Palm-style Models Combine

Sony’s newest camcorders are its first to feature phase detection Auto Focus (AF), and expand its line of 4K and HDR-capable tools for shooting applications ranging from video enthusiasts to corporate and events to broadcast news and TV production.

The three new palm-style models are the XDCAM PXW-Z90, the NXCAM HXR-NX80 and the Handycam FDR-AX700. The camcorders’ Fast Hybrid AF system ensures highly accurate focusing and tracking — especially useful during 4K 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. In movie recording mode, the appearance of phase-detection AF frames indicates the focused area and easily allows users to monitor a subject that is in focus.

 PXW-Z90

PXW-Z90

Each camcorder combines fast and reliable AF adapted for video shooting with a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor. The new camcorders support 4K HDR recording with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) offering an Instant HDR workflow to produce high-quality HDR content smoothly. The Instant HDR Workflow enables simple shooting, editing and viewing of HDR content in HLG, without the need for color grading during post production.

HXR-NX80

HXR-NX80

The new camcorders feature a high-resolution OLED viewfinder (0.39-type OLED, 2,359k dots) and advanced touch screen operation, on the 3.5-type large LCD screen (1,555k dots), to allow users to quickly switch focus from one subject to another, while the AF Drive Speed, Tracking Depth Range and Subject Switching Sensitivity can all be configured as required for different subjects and content styles.

Simple, multi-camera live production

 FDR-AX700

FDR-AX700

The PXW-Z90, HXR-NX80 and FDR-AX700 camcorders all work seamlessly with Sony’s MCX-500 live producer, a compact, cost-effective switcher that makes it easy for one operator to run a multi-camera live event. With the switcher and Sony’s RM-30BP controller, a Tally icon appears on each camera’s LCD panel and viewfinder. A red icon indicates when the shot is live (PGM) while Green indicates preview mode (NEXT).

Sony (left to right): MCX-500 swtcher and RM-30BP controller

Sony (left to right): MCX-500 swtcher and RM-30BP controller

The MCX-500 supports mixing between eight video sources, four stereo embedded audio channels plus two XLR Inputs, and a dedicated Title Input, up to nine video inputs, and five stereo inputs including XLR. Internal recording and live streaming is also possible via Ustream, Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

Users can also synchronize timecode among multiple camcorders using Sony’s free Content Browser Mobile 3.0 app with optional CBKZ-WTCL upgrade and devices running iOS® (9.0 – 10.3) or Android® (4.4 – 7.1) operating systems.

Versatile Shooting Capabilities

The new camcorders enable the following key technology and features to support versatile shooting, including:

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

The new models 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 between multiple cameras.

The PXW-Z90 also includes several features to suit broadcast-specific production requirements: XAVC L format recording, which provides high-quality images at 4:2:2 10 bit (HD) and 4:2:0 8 bit (QFHD) in addition to conventional broadcasting MPEG2HD format recording; 3G SDI connectivity for compatibility with existing broadcasting equipment; and networking functions to support news reporting, such as compatibility with XDCAM® air, Sony’s cloud-based ENG subscription service.  The HXR-NX80 and FDR-AX700 adopt XAVC S, an extended format of XAVC for consumer use.

The following is planned availability and suggested list pricing for the new models:

  • FDR-AX700 – October 2017, $1,899 USD
  • HXR-NX80 – December 2017, $2,299 USD
  • PXW-Z90V – December 2017, $2,799 USD

For more information, please visit www.sony.com/4k-palm.


The following video presents Sony | PXW-Z90 & HXR-NX80 | SDR Function Video:
PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80 function video in HLG/BT.2020 and colour graded to suit standard screen (BT.709). [Instant HDR Workflow] Shoot, edit and view HDR content in HLG without the need for additional colour grading. As the expanding need for HDR content continues, internet video platforms and professionals producing corporate or event content are paying more attention to the added value of HDR. They need to deliver content quickly, without compromising on imaging expression and quality of content. To meet this demand, Sony now offers HDR capability on the entry level handheld XDCAM camcorders, Both feature 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 the need for additional colour grading. [*] PXW-FS5, PXW-Z150; PXW-Z90 QFHD: XAVC 4:2:0 8-bits, HD: XAVC 4:2:2 10-bits HXR-NX80: XAVC S: 4K 4:2:0 8-bits, HD 4:2:0 8-bits


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