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2018 #NABShow: Don’t Miss Sony’s XDCAM Professional Camcorder Line


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Sony has expanded its XDCAM line of pro camcorders with the PXW-Z280 (the new flagship) and the PXW-Z190 (4K Compact). Combined highlights for both of these models are Advanced Face Detection Autofocus (AF) including “Face Priority AF” and newly added “Face Only AF.” Be sure to visit the Sony exhibit located in Central Hall booth C11001!

Showcased Product Information:

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

The PXW-Z280 features such as advanced Face Detection Autofocus (AF) function. Users can select “Face Priority AF,” convenient for automatic face detection and optimization, or the newly introduced “Face Only AF” for more demanding 4K shooting applications. The camera detects a specific person automatically, keeping them in pin-sharp focus. 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 field. The camera also supports S-Log3 and Sony’s Instant HDR workflow. The PXW-Z280 includes advanced network features to enable a secure, seamless wireless Electric News Gathering (ENG) workflow.

The PXW-Z280 camcorder is planned to be available in July 2018 for $6,950 in the U.S. and $8,695 in Canada

Sony’s PXW-Z190 is a 4K compact camcorder with enhanced features for independent shooters in corporate, event production and education applications. The camcorder’s newly developed three 1/3-type Exmor R CMOS image sensors capture RGB light independently and delivers 4K 50p/60p imagery with high resolution and a wide range of gradation. 4:2:2 10-bit ensures vivid and rich color content in HD.

The 25x optical zoom lens is designed to cover a wide focal range for multiple shooing requirements, with three independent lens rings to support intuitive operation. Utilizing the optical zoom lens with Digital Extender in an HD mode, giving the operator a 50x zoom equivalent image without any picture degradation can be captured thanks to its 4K resolution sensor.  Advanced Face Detection Auto Focus (AF) features include the “Face Priority AF” and newly added “Face Only AF,” which help to ensure a specific person within a group automatically stays in pin-sharp focus, ideal for shooting interviews or lectures. Also, like the PXW-Z280, Sony’s Electronic Variable ND filter ensures greater exposure control by smoothly varying the density of the ND filter during shooting while maintaining resolution and depth of field.

The new PXW-Z190 camcorder is planned to be available in September 2018 with pricing below $4,000 in the US and $5,200 in Canada. For more information, please visit. www.sony.com/pro

About Sony Electronics Inc.

Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions Americas group develops and manufactures video and audio technologies and media solutions for a range of professional production applications. These include broadcast television and motion picture production, live event production, ENG/EFP, digital cinematography, projection and more. Sony professional technologies and solutions are used in a range of market segments including faith, healthcare, education, corporate and sports, among others.

About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 7th-12th, 2018 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, 2018 #NABShow  is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.

About NAB 
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

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