Alongside the new FDR-AX1 4K camcorder, Sony has released the PXW-Z100 4K XDCAM professional camcorder priced at $6500.
The Sony PXW-Z100 captures 4K video at 50p or 60p using Sony’s XAVC format at max bit rates of 500Mbps or 600Mbps, respectively. Footage is captured onto dual XQD card slots. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression is used for HD (1920×1080), QFHD (3840×2016) and 4K (4096×2160) content. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit, with an intra-frame system that compresses each frame individually.
The sensor is a 1/2.3″ Exmor R CMOS back-illuminated sensor. The 20x Sony G lens offers a wide angle of 30mm at 4K or 31.5mm at UltraHD (3840 x 2160) and a 20x zoom range.
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 Sony PXW-Z100 should be available by the end of the year for $6500.