IBC Day 2: SONY

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Day two in Amsterdam and there’s still no shortage of gear to check out, and Sony is making its presence known in a huge way with some 4K prosumer cameras that are bound to turn some heads.

The four new cameras leading the way for SONY here in Amsterdam, giving prosumers plenty of options to shoot corporate, wedding and ENG videos on the fly.

First on the list is the XDCAM PXW-Z90V.  Shooting 4K at up to 120 fps or up to 960p at lower resolutions along with burst mode recording and time lapse. This is largely thanks to Sony’s 1” Exmor RS Imager Sensor. Color wise, the the Z90W offers instant HDR, Fast Hybrid Focus, and XAVC 10-bit 4:2:2 color in Full HD.

Other specs include:

  • 1” Exmor RS Image Sensor for 4K video
  • Fast Hybrid autofocus
  • Built in ND filter wheel up to 6 stops
  • Instant HDR with Hybrid Log Gamma
  • Super Slow S&Q Motion
  • 2.4 GHz WiFi Networking Support for Sony XDCam Air Production System
  • Optional wireless timecode link and MPEG HD licenses
  • OLED Viewfinder
  • Dual XLR Inputs
  • Dual media card shots with relay and simul mode selection
  • Simple Live Solution with  MCX-500 Live Producer and RM-30BP Remote
  • 3G-SDI output

Price is $2799.

Next up is the HXR-NX80 NXCAM Camcorder. A palm sized professional camera with XAVC S 4K and many of the same specs as Z90 in a smaller form factor, including:

  • Fast Hybrid autofocus
  • Instant HDR with Hybrid Log Gamma
  • Super Slow S&Q Motion
  • 2.4 GHz WiFi and streaming
  • Optional Wireless Timecode link (CBKZ-WTCL)
  • OLED Viewfinder
  • Dual XLR Inputs
  • Dual media card shots with relay and simul mode selection
  • Simple Live Solution with  MCX-500 Live Producer and RM-30BP Remote

Price is $2299.

Next down the family tree is the FDR-AX700 Handycam Camcorder, which is likely going to attract the videophile looking to up their game for everyday video shooting and make it look broadcast quality. It sports the same 1” stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, that has been back illuminated, and a slightly slower, but still fast Hybrid Autofocus system which reads 273 points and offers wider coverage.

Other features include:

  • 4K 3840×2160 plus Full HD
  • Instant HDR2 HLG encoding
  • Zeizz Vario-Sonnar T 12z optical zoom
  • XAVC S recording up to 100 Mbps, with full AVCHD
  • S Gamut s/S-Log3 recording with picture profiles and proxy
  • 120 fps at 4K and up to 960fps at lower resolutions with HFR3
  • Dual media slots
  • Built in ND filters

Price for the FDRAX700 is around $1900.

Lastly, we have the RX10 which has a beastly 24-600 SuperZoom. Able to record in S-Log3 at 24 fps, the RX10 promises that same super fast autofocus that Sony declares to be the fastest in the world.

Under the hood, the RX10 has the same 1” 1.0 type 20.1 MP Exmor CMOS stacked image sensor, which records in 4K at 3840×2160 in XAVC S at up to 100Mbps. Sony says the stacked image design allows for imaging of 1.7x more information than 4k requires, and then the processor downscales it for full pixel readout without binning. The result is sharper detail and better color gamut than shooting in conventional 4K. And that seems to be the trend now, as camera makers look to squeeze every single pixel they can out of their image processors.

4K can be shot in either 24p or 30p at 100 Mbps, or you can boost it up to 120p if you’re willing to settle for FullHD. Sony also says that PAL support will be forthcoming in a future firmware update.  Autofocusing of the massive 24-600 zoom is rated as the fastest at .03 seconds thanks to a 315 focal plane phase detection AF points with high density tracking.  And super slow mo fans are going to lvoe the 1000 fps high speed option.

Price of the RX10 IV  is about $1700 and will ship in October.

Sony’s 1” camera line looks to be quite the offering for video professionals looking to grab broadcast quality images for their clientelle, without having to commit to the expensive cinema workflow that many corporate and wedding video business simply don’t need.  Saving money, without sacrificing performance. It sounds like a buzz word, to be sure, but when you’re just starting your business, you want to stretch every dollar, while getting noticed for your high end work. And Sony looks to help.

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