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Sony PXW-Z280 Camcorder

Code: SOC/PXWZ280
The worlds first 4K Camcorder with 3 -½ type ExmorR CMOS image sensors, the Sony PXW-Z280 also features a high sensitivity of F12 (59.94p), long zoom ratio and deep depth of field.


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Boasting three 1/2-type Exmor R CMOS sensors, high sensitivity of F12 (59.94p), long zoom ratio and deep depth of field, the PXW-Z280 is ideal for news gathering. In addition, the 3-chip sensors and 4K 4:2:2 10-bit add vivid imagery and delicate colour gradation. Enhanced network features, versatile formats and interfaces enable direct-to-air workflows, making this model ideal for broadcasters, production companies and documentary creation.

Key Features

  • 4k 50p/60p recording with 4K/HD simultaneous recording
  • 17 x optical Fujinonzoom lens
  • Sensitivity: F12@60p
  • Built-in electronic variable ND filters
  • Face detection Auto Focus
  • 4K HDR with HLG and S-Log3
  • 12G-SDI
  • HDMI for 4K output
  • Wi-Fi for remote control, streaming and FTP transfer
  • OLED view finder
  • Dual MI shoe -for 1 x UWPD wireless system and 1 x video lamp, UWPD requires SMADP adaptor.
  • 4 audio inputs with physical level controls
  • Dual audio XLR inputs and Dual audio inputs via MI shoe
  • Dual SXS card slots with single SD card slot for proxy recording

Easy To Use

The PXW-Z280 is designed for easy use with features such as the advanced Face Detection Autofocus (AF) function. Users can select “Face Priority AF” - convenient for shooting the scene including human objects - as well as the newly introduced “Face Only AF”. This feature is important especially in more demanding 4K shooting applications such as recording interviews or lectures, where a specific person will automatically stay in pin-sharp focus when applied together with registration function of the face.

A 17x zoom lens and three independent control rings with end-stop allow manual control of focus, zoom, and iris for quick and precise adjustment.

Sony’s unique Electronic Variable ND filter allows greater exposure control by varying the density of the ND filter during shooting while maintaining resolution and depth of the fields. The camera also supports S-Log3 that allows users to create beautiful imagery, and Sony’s Instant HDR workflow, which eliminates the need for color grading.

The PXW-Z280 features advanced network features to enable a secure, seamless wireless Electric News Gathering (ENG) workflow.

World-leading handheld 4K

Capture the whole scene with PXW-Z280. An all-new 4K 3CMOS 1/2-type sensor delivers a deep depth of field with image quality, contributing to high resolution, high sensitivity of F12 (59.94p) , and wide dynamic range. 4K 4:2:2 10-bit adds vivid imagery and delicate color gradation.

Instant HDR workflow

Shoot, edit and view HDR content in HLG without the need for additional colour grading. Premium content services are switching to HDR and the PXW-Z280 is ready with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) recording, which allows you to easy file-based workflows, whilst achieving the image quality of HDR in addition to S-Log3. This simple workflow enables the shooting, editing and viewing of HDR content in HLG without devoting a lot of time to post-production work and additional colour grading.

Built-in electronic variable ND filters

Sony’s ground-breaking integration of electronic variable ND Filters into the body of a camcorder enables fast, agile shooting. Moving from shadowy interiors to bright sun-lit exteriors is no problem. Unlike conventional optical ND filters, the electronic ND filter on the PXW-Z280 can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly while ND Filters can be set to fully auto. You can even manually adjust Depth of Field using the iris lens ring, while relying on the camcorder to maintain constant exposure without changing gain nor shutter speed.

17x Professional Zoom Lens With 3 Independent Rings With End-Stop and Sensor Cropping Extender

The PXW-Z280 is equipped with a 17x professional zoom lens able to zoom from 30.3mm to 515mm (35mm equivalent). The 1/2-inch type lens has three independent control rings with end-stop, which allows manual control of focus, zoom and iris, making for better and faster adjustment. The image can be enlarged without any picture degradation in an HD mode and 34x times zoom equivalent image is captured with sensor cropping extender.

Face Detection Autofocus(AF)

This feature is important especially in more demanding 4K shooting applications, such as recording interviews or lectures, helping a specific person subjects automatically stay in pin-sharp focus.

Revolutionary networking capabilities

Based on the technology developed for Sony’s cloud-based ENG service, “XDCAM air,” the new camcorder uses Sony’s Quality of Service (QoS) for live distribution of high-quality broadcast content using a Dual Link connection multiplexing two cellular networks, assigning Planning Metadata and browsing and getting clips in the recording media on camcorders from a distant broadcast station via the cloud. In addition, an integrated Wi-Fi module and Ethernet connector enable hybrid Wireless/Wired data transfer, remote control and monitoring from devices such as a smartphone, tablet or PC, giving users more flexibility in production.

The complete package for professionals

Unpack and shoot from day one. Advanced XAVC-Long and XAVC Intra for 4K QFHD and HD, plus MPEG HD422,MPEG HD and DVCAM to support any workflow SxS card and SD card with optional adapter can be used as recording media, giving flexible choice for users. Four-channel audio recording with independent volume dials enables precise control of external input audio and an attached MI shoe microphone. 12G-SDI enables 4K 50p / 60p transfer between long distance using only one BNC cable and dual MI shoes provide cable-less connection with Sony’s UWP-D series wireless microphone receiver and use of a video light at the same time.