Sony PXW-Z100 4K Handheld XDCAM Camcorder, 4096 x 2160 Resolution, XAVC 4:2:2, G Lens with 20x Optical Zoom, ECM-ZM1 Shotgun Microphone

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About Sony PXW-Z100

Sony is expanding its line of professional 4K technologies with the new PXW-Z100 4K handheld XDCAM camcorder. The new model broadens professional 4K capabilities to new markets and applications beyond motion picture or high-end TV production including houses of worship, education, corporate, and live events. The camcorder's affordable price gives professionals even greater flexibility and more creative options for acquisition and production in HD, QFHD and 4K (4096x2160).

With a 1/2.3-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor, the camcorder can create stunning 4K content (4096x2160) at 50p or 60p. The PXW-Z100 camcorder is based on the same shooting ergonomics as a conventional handheld professional camcorder, allowing users to record 4K content cost effectively.

The PXW-Z100 camcorder, together with the fixed 4K-compatible high-performance G Lens, weighs less than 7lbs. The PXW-Z100 uses Sony's XAVC recording format first employed in Sony's PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression is used for HD (1920x1080), QFHD (3840x2016) and 4K (4096x2160) content. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit, with an intra-frame system that compresses each frame individually at a maximum bit rate of 500 Mbps or 600 Mbps during 4K 50fps or 60fps recording, respectively, and 223 Mbps during HD 50fps or 60fps recording. The XAVC format is ideal for those looking to implement a high-quality, secure and worry-free workflow.

Users can select QFHD (3840x21 60) and HD (1920x1080) resolutions, both of which are compatible with most 4K TV's.

The camcorder provides extremely high sensitivity due to its back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor even during 4K shooting. With more than 8.8 million effective pixels, the 1/2.3-inch sensor captures 4K images at 50p or 60p. The built-in high-performance G Lens offers maximum shooting flexibility, including a wide angle of 30 mm in 4096x2160 mode or 31.5mm in 3840x2160 and 1920x1080 modes and 20x powerful optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm).

The new camcorder uses state-of-the-art XQD solid-state memory cards, a format recently defined by several industry leading companies. XQD uses the ultra-fast PCI Express interface and Sony's unique camera processor to enable stable video recording at 500Mbps or 600Mbps. The PXW-Z100 camcorder features two XQD Memory card slots. Multiple cards can be used in various ways, such as for relay recording. When the first card becomes full, recording continues on the second card without a break.

The HDMI interface on the PXW-Z100 camcorder can output 4K as a 50fps/60fps signal. When the PXW-Z100 is connected to a Sony PVM-X300 4K professional monitor or a 4K-compatible BRAVIA TV, the recorded 4K image can be displayed in 4K 50fps/60fps quality. A future firmware upgrade is planned to provide compatibility with the new HDMI standard (referred to as HDMI 2.0) and enable 4K 50fps/60fps output to a wider range of devices. Other features include a 3G HD-SDI interface that supports output to an SDI of up to HD 60p. It also supports HD output during 4K recording.

The camcorder's paint function enables multiple image parameters to be adjusted including gamma curve, black level, skin tone detail and color. Together with other setting options, parameter settings can be recorded as a camera profile onto a memory card. The recorded camera profile can then be used to set the same parameters in another PXW-Z100 camcorder to match quality and image tones when using a multi-camera setup.

Users can remotely control focus, zoom, aperture settings and record start/stop using the browser function of a smartphone or tablet. Users just need to simply plug the supplied WiFi adaptor into the camcorder to enable the wireless feature.

Sony PXW-Z100 Features

  • Exmor R CMOS Sensor: The PXW-Z100 provides high-sensitivity and good low-light performance due to the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. With over 8.8 million pixels, the 1/2.3" sensor captures 4K images at frame rates of 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, and or 59.94p.
  • High-Performance G Lens & Four-Stage ND Filters: The built-in, 4K optimized G lens provides a 30mm wide angle view (35mm equivalent) in 4K 4096x2160 mode or 31.5mm in QFHD 3840x2160 and Full HD 1920x1080 modes. It also offers a 20x optical zoom range and high-speed servo zoom controls.
  • XAVC Recording Format: The PXW-Z100 uses the same professional-quality XAVC recording format found in Sony's PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression is used to record Full HD (1920x1080), QFHD (3840x2016), and true 4K (4096x2160) content.
  • Image Sampling: Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with intra frame recording at a maximum bit rate of 600 Mbps during 4K 60p recording, and 223 Mbps at Full HD 60p. Future upgrades are planned for 2014 to support XAVC LongGOP for extended recording time, AVCHD codec recording.
  • XQD Recording Media: XQD solid-state memory cards use the fast PCI Express interface to provide recording speeds up to 600 Mbps. The PXW-Z100 has two XQD slots, which can be set up in a variety of ways depending on your shooting needs.
  • Relay Recording: Relay recording mode will continue recording onto a second XQD card when your first card becomes full, without any break in recording. You can even replace the first card and switch back, for maximum recording sessions of 13 hours.
  • XQD Cards: Sony recommends their S Series XQD cards, which support transfer speeds up to 180 MB/s, for use with the PXW-Z100. The PXW-Z100 also supports Memory Stick Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
  • 4K HDMI and 3G/HD-SDI Interfaces: The HDMI interface can output 4K as 50/60p signals and, when connected to a Sony PVM-X300 4K professional monitor or a 4K-compatible Sony BRAVIA TV, the recorded 4K image can be displayed at full 4K 50/60p quality.
  • HDMI Upgrade: A future firmware update is planned to upgrade the HDMI interface from 1.4a to 2.0, enabling 4K 50/60p output to a wider range of devices. Other interfaces include 3G/HD-SDI, which outputs up to Full HD 60p signals, even during 4K recording. Simultaneous 4K HDMI and 3G/HD-SDI output in not supported.
  • Creative "Paint Function" for Multiple Parameter Adjustment: Adjust multiple image parameter settings using the "paint function" on the PXW-Z100, including gamma curve, black level, skin tone, detail, and color. These parameter settings can be saved as a profile onto a memory card, allowing you to use these settings in other PXW-Z100 camcorder.
  • Wi-Fi Control: Remotely control focus, zoom, aperture, and record functions using the browser on your smartphone or tablet. Simply plug the supplied Wi-Fi adapter into the camcorder's USB port to enable the wireless control feature.
  • XLR Audio Inputs: Two XLR connecters support the use of professional-quality microphones. A Sony ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone comes included. Combine the built-in stereo microphone the external microphone inputs to record up to four channels of 24-bit 48kHz audio.
  • One-touch auto focus
  • Color peaking and focus magnifier for manual focus assist
  • Time code input/output
  • 60Hz and 50Hz system switchable .

Sony PXW-Z100 Specifications

1/2.3 type Exmor R CMOS
18.9 megapixels (total), 8.8 megapixels (effective)
Built-in ND Filter
Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
Minimum Illumination
60P: 4 lux (1/30 shutter speed)
50P: 3 lux (1/25 shutter speed)
Shutter Speed
1/3 to 1/9000 second
Slow & Quick Motion Function
Frame rate selectable 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60 fps in NTSC mode
Frame rate selectable 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 25, 50 fps in PAL mode
White Balance
Preset (Outdoor: 5600K), A, B
0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27 dB, AGC
Gamma Curve
Lens Mount
Zoom Ratio
20x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length
4.1 to 82.0 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length
4096 x 2160 (17:9): 30.0 to 600.0 mm
3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 (16:9): 31.5 to 630.0 mm
f/1.6 to f/11, auto/manual
Auto/manual focus selectable
Minimum Focus Distance
Wide-angle: 0.4" (1.0 cm)
Telephoto: 31.5" (80.0 cm)
Image Stabilizer
Shift lens, On/Off selectable
Filter Diameter
Video Format
XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile VBR)
Audio Format
LPCM 8-Channel (2-Channel recording/playback), 24-bit, 48 kHz
Recording Time (w/QD-264E 64GB Card)
4K 59.94p mode: Approx. 10 min
4K 50p mode: Approx. 15 min
4K 29.97p mode: Approx. 20 min
4K 25p mode: Approx. 25 min
4K 23.98p mode: Approx. 30 min
HD 59.94p, 50p mode: Approx. 30 min
HD 29.97p, 25p mode: Approx. 60 min
HD 23.98p mode: Approx. 75 min
Recording Media Support
2 x XQD (for XAVC)
1 x Memory Stick Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC (for AVCHD)
1 x Sd/SDHC/SDXC (for utility SD slot)
Video Output
1 x HDMI 1.4, Type A
1 x Composite
Audio Input
2 x 3-pin XLR female, line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Audio Output
1 x RCA
1 x RCA, in/out selectable
USB 2.0
1 x mini-B, mass-storage
1 x Type A, host
Headphone Output
1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
Speaker Output
Built-In Microphone
Omni-direction stereo electret condenser microphone
DC Input
1 x DC jack
1 x 2.5 mm stereo mini jack
0.45" color LCD, 852 x 480 x 3 RGB (16:9)
LCD Monitor
3.5" Xtra Fine LCD, 850 x 480 x 3 RGB (16:9)
Operating Temperature
32 to 105° F (0 to 40° C)
Storage Temperature
-4 to 140° F (-20 to 60° C)
Power Consumption
Approx. 14.9 W (while recording, EVF on)
Approx. 15.2 W (while recording, LCD monitor on)
Power Requirements
Battery Pack: 7.2 V
AC Adapter: 12.0 V
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 165 mins with NP-F970 battery (while recording, EVF on, LCD monitor on)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
7.4 x 7.6 x 14.3" (18.9 x 19.3 x 36.2 cm)
6.42 lb (2.91 kg)
Mfr #

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Frames A  Hi how do i connect pxw-z100 wifi with galaxy note II? I could connect connect wifi and wifidirect. but browser i couldn't open. pls.. help me
Ian A  can a novice use this cam 4K successfully without having very much experience?
Ian A  ? 2, I;m a novice and a experienced one!
Luiz Eduardo M  Which is the compression for 4k video footage ? appleres? mpg ? ...etc. assuming that it is not capable to shoot 4k Raw.
Andrew R  The PXW-Z100 uses Sony's XAVC recording format first employed in Sony's PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression is used for HD (1920x1080), QFHD (3840x2016) and 4K (4096x2160) content.

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