Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Sony has announced that its Simple Live Streaming service, a new proposition for users to streamline the process of acquiring live content, will be available from today. The additional workflow flexibility for its palm-sized 4K HDR professional camcorders, the HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90, can be accessed via a free firmware upgrade to enable content creators to shoot wherever and however they want. 

With Wi-Fi connectivity, Simple Live Streaming enables high quality live streaming to major video sharing websites and social media platforms such as Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook with a single camcorder. Offering simple operation, it further enhances the remote delivery of content quickly without compromising on image quality. 

Norbert Paquet, Head of Product Management for Sony Professional Solutions comments: “The introduction of Simple Live Streaming for the HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90 streamlines the overall workflow, from shooting to live distribution. Equipped with Simple Live Streaming, the camcorders will have online sharing features, further empowering content creators to concentrate on what they do best – storytelling on the go.”  

NOTE…The “Simple Live Solution” is achieved by combining the MCX-500 multi-camera live producer (£2,199) and the RM-30MP remote commander (£ 1,018 ) to provide multi-camera based simple live production. When a user needs to expand live streaming to multiple camcorder operation, the HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90 camcorders can be connected to MCX-500 via SDI or HDMI – enabling livestreaming onto social media platforms with rich live features such as tally, title and transition.  

Users can access the free firmware upgrade from 12th December 2019. For more information, please visit  


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.

One thought on “FREE FIRMWARE update for Sony HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90

  1. I’ve installed the latest firmware on my NX80 and it works well. After the firmware is installed you have a new menu available in the camera called RTMP. You simply enter your streaming destination and stream key and once connected to a hotspot or your mobile you can stream to the like of facebook, youtube or any other RTMP / RTMPS destination on the go. Very cool.

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