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Key features of the PXW-Z150 

  • 4K high quality shooting with a 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor and premium G lens

The PXW-Z150 supports: 4K*1 XAVC Long maximum 100Mbps high quality shooting. The 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor provides high sensitivity and high performance in low light environments. The high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion. Videographers can deliver high resolution and contrast from the centre to the edge of the lens, with the high performance 4K-compatible 29-348mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom.

  • Use on a wide range of applications with 120fps slow motion, rich recording format and network functions

The camcorder supports full HD 120fps continuous high-speed shooting, which enables 5x slow motion expression. High quality FHD XAVC Long 4:2:2 10bit 50Mbps and the broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) are also supported. Users can take advantage of the advanced network functions – such as the camcorder’s built-in Wi-Fi for live streaming capabilities (QoS will be supported by a firmware update) and FTP wireless connections – to integrate wireless workflows, enabling users to keep pace with ever changing client deadlines.


  • High operability and rich interface, within a compact and lightweight body

The PXW-Z150 provides extended functionality with 3 independent lens rings, in addition to high visibility with wide view-angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder and 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel. Sony’s MI Shoe wireless microphone receivers are supported, increasing the mobility and limiting the need for external cables and multiple accessories. The camcorders rich interface includes: 3G-SDI, HDMI, XLR, Cold Shoe and REMOTE. In addition to this, dual media slots facilitate various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.

Find out more about the PXW-Z150 here.

*1 4K (3840×2160) up to 30P is supported

*2 14.2 million effective pixels

*3 Using optional NP-F970 battery while recording XAVC 1080/50i or 60i, 50 Mbps with LCD on.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

7 thoughts on “Sony’s new PXW-Z150 now with 4K

  1. another handycam to be hold in mid-air but this one has fewer intentional limitations but a big one that will compensate for the other ones: a bad blur panning due to an intentional slow processing even in HD . Panning with this one will produce a disaster. The pana dvx200 is MUCH better. The usual intentional dark processing for a poor low light performance. The SDI makes it for a tripod studio backup camera and nothing more than that. Not sure if the SDI goes out on SD correctly tough.

  2. I wonder if this will have the SAME PROBLEM as my PXW-X70? That is in 4K mode you have no HDMI or SDI feed out – so forget attaching a lovely external monitor to see what you are doing!! Had I even thought this was going to be an issue I would never have bought the camera!! Come on Sony – are you going to fix this as a firmware upgrade or not!!

  3. Mark. Where do you get the slow processing ? It shoots at 120fps in HD. The missing piece for me is UHD60P which would make it ideal for me. Maybe the next release !!!

  4. Ron : the blur panning is quite evident, even in HD. that’s the slow processing of the chip (intentionally slow). Saw the C300 and it’s quite impressive in that regard, in fact Canon had the permission (from the Cartel) to double the speed of the processing. These things are sooooooo calculated and closely controlled by the marketing people who have to report to the Cartel before implementing anything.

  5. Mark: Where did you see this. I have only seen a couple of Youtube shots and have no faith in Youtube to judge anything especially as they are likely all 30P anyway so will have pan judder from the frame rate. Sony make a particular point of saying this sensor has high processing speed to reduce the effects of sampling compared to other sensors. This is a totally new sensor not the one in the X70 or AX100.

  6. Looks like it might be a tiny bit better than the PXW-X70, but in a significantly larger package.

  7. Ron : you know that the very first 2 things that I check on (any) camera are the low light and the blur panning (horizontal pans, mainly) . The AX1 was the only camera at the time being decent panning (good in 4K and very good in HD) but the low light wasn’t good enough (for what I do). All intentional in my opinion. Recently I bought my last camera before I retire , a used pmw-400 that given the price doesn’t show intentional restrictions. That camera is just decent, but left as it is (fast processing, no intentional darkening). Back to the 150: you have a good eye (I know) , look at the official samples, first notice how they pan slooooowly (LOL) , but even there you can see it. The sample from adorama was shot @24 so doesn’t count much but still… cameras with no intentional restrictions pan WAY better even @24.
    That’s all. It’s the video marketing at work, nothing new.

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