Sony Unveils First Camcorders with Phase-detection AF

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“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.”

Each of the three new models, the XDCAM PXW-Z90, NXCAM HXR-NX80 and Handycam FDR-AX700 feature a high-density placement of 273 phase-detection points that cover approximately 84% of the shooting area and a newly developed AF algorithm.

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All three models boast a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and support 4K HDR recording with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) offering users an Instant HDR workflow. This Instant HDR Workflow allows for editing and viewing of HDR content in HLG without having to colour grade during post production.

Multi-cam production is a snap as all three work seamlessly with Sony’s MCX-500 Live Producer switcher and RM-30BP controller.

Each camera has dual memory card slots, dual XLR audio input, detachable handle and access to Content Browser Mobile, a smartphone app that enable s Wi-Fi monitoring, remote control and wireless timecode sync between multiple cameras.

Other Common Features

  • 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

Sony PXW-Z90Sony XDCAM PXW-Z90

The Broadcast Specialist

  • Fast Hybrid Auto Focus with advanced features
  • Instant HDR workflow w/ HLG
  • Super Slow/ S&Q Motion in Full HD XAVC 10-bit 4:2:2
  • 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi networking with support for XDCAM air production system
  • Simple Live Solution when combined with MCX-500 Live Producer and RM-30BP Remote
  • Optional Wireless Timecode Link (CBKZ-WTCL) and MPEG HD Licenses
  • High-resolution OLED viewfinder
  • Dual XLR inputs
  • Dual media slots with Relay and Simul mode selection
  • 3G- SDI output for integration into a broadcast environment

Sony PXW-Z90V 4K Compact XDCAM Camcorder

The PXW-Z90V offers the highest performance Sony has ever built into a palm-sized XDCAM® camera with advances like 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Instant HDR, a large 1” (1.0-type) Exmor RS® image sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus.


Sony HXR-NX80Sony NXCAM HXR-NX80

The consummate professional

  • Fast Hybrid Auto Focus with advanced features
  • Instant HDR workflow w/ HLG
  • Super Slow/ S&Q Motion
  • 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi & Streaming Options
  • Simple Live Solution when combined with MCX-500 Live Producer and RM-30BP Remote
  • Optional Wireless Timecode Link (CBKZ-WTCL)
  • High-resolution OLED viewfinder
  • Dual XLR inputs
  • Dual media slots with Relay and Simul mode selection

Sony HXR-NX80 4K Compact NXCAM Camcorder

The HXR-NX80 introduces the next generation of NXCAM® palm-sized professional camcorder with XAVC S 4K, Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, Instant HDR workflow and a large 1” (1.0-type) Exmor RS sensor.


Sony FDR-AX700Sony Handycam FDR-AX700

4K for the serious enthusiast

  • 1” (1.0-type) stacked Exmor RS™ back illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Incredibly fast, Hybrid AF with 273 points and wide coverage
  • 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) in addition to Full HD
  • Instant HDR workflow with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) encoding
  • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T* 12x optical zoom lens w/ 29mm wide angle
  • XAVC® S recording1 up to 100 Mbps; AVCHD® recording
  • S-Gamut3/S-Log recording, Picture Profile, Proxy Recording
  • Continuous 1 to 120 fps Slow & Quick Motion and up to 960 fps HFR
  • Dual media slots with Relay and Simultaneous recording modes
  • Built-in ND Filters with Clear, 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64 positions

 

  • Bright, high resolution 2,359K dot OLED Tru-Finder™ viewfinder
  • 3.5” (3.5-type) LCD touchscreen monitor with 1550K dots
  • Multi Interface (MI) Shoe supports Sony’s UWP-D Series wireless mics
  • 2.4 GHz wireless streaming with USTREAM™ service support
  • Wireless remote control and monitoring via Mobile app
  • Clear Image Zoom reaches to 18x in 4K, 24x in Full HD
  • 2x Digital Extender achieves up to 48x zoom in HD
  • Remote control port for Sony RM-1BP, RM-30BP controllers
  • Multi-cam live production with MCX-500 switcher

 

Sony FDR-AX700 4K Handycam Camcorder 

With advances like 4K resolution, Instant HDR, a generous 1” (1.0-type) image sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, this is the perfect tool for making unforgettable videos.


 


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Woodrow Walden is a Toronto-based photographer and the Social Media Community Specialist for Vistek.