Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder

Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder

Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder

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Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder


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  • Single 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 30p
  • HD up to 120 fps
  • Sony G Lens with 12x Optical Zoom
  • 18/24x Clear Image Zoom/48x Digital Zoom
  • Discrete Manual Focus, Zoom, Iris Rings
  • XAVC, AVC/H.264, AVCHD 2.0, MPEG-4
  • Slow and Quick Motion Function
  • Two SD Memory Card Slots, Wi-Fi
  • 2 x 3-Pin XLR Audio Inputs
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Sony PXW-Z150 overview

  • 1Description

The PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder from Sony brings high-quality performance, adaptability, and ease of use to a compact, handheld body that is the same size as the HXR-NX100. Suitable for corporate video, house of worship, and legal deposition recording. The camcorder features a single Exmor RS sensor with a UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Sony G lens with 12x optical zoom range, and 18/24x Clear Image Zoom in 4K/HD. It can record 4K in XAVC Long at 4:2:0 8-bit, and HD in XAVC Long at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as MPEG2HD at 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 in 8-bit only. The integrated zoom lens features individual lens control rings for focus, iris, and zoom, and produces smooth-rounded-out-of-focus highlights. The lens can be used in either full-auto mode with servo control, or as a completely manually operated lens.

The camcorder supports storing up to 6 picture profiles and allows you share profiles; the camera also supports Sony's Slow and Quick Motion for shooting HD video at variable frame rates, including 120 fps. Recording to a variety of formats, frame rates, and codecs, the camcorder supports 100 Mb/s XAVC Long GOP recording of 4K UHD video at up to 29.97p, HD up to 59.94p, MPEG HD up to 59.94p, and AVCHD 2.0 up to 59.94p. Your footage is recorded to media via two SD memory card slots. You can choose to record simultaneously to both cards or use the relay mode which switches recording automatically to the second memory card when the first one is full. It features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The PXW-Z150 features two 3-pin XLR audio inputs that support line, mic, and mic + 48V (phantom power) for using external microphones; you can also use the PXW-Z150's built-in microphone to record audio when shooting. The camcorder also includes Night Shot capability for shooting in extremely dim lighting conditions as well as date/time stamp, and timecode functionality.

1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
The PXW-Z150 incorporates a 1.0"-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor with approximately 14.2 million effective pixels. The R designation signifies that this is a backside illuminated sensor, and the S designation refers to the buffer design, and that it is able to read the information off the sensor much faster than a non-S designated sensor.
Depth of Field
The 1.0"-type offers more shallow depth of field than 1/2.88"-type or smaller sensors.
Sony G Lens with 12x Optical Zoom, 24x Clear Image Zoom
The PXW-Z150 is supplied with a fixed 12x optical zoom wide-angle Sony G lens, equivalent to a 29 to 348mm 35mm lens. The 12x optical zoom can be extended via Sony's Clear Image Zoom technology to deliver an apparent 18x zoom range in 4K. In HD the 12x optical zoom can be doubled to 24x with Clear Image Zoom, and the Digital Extender function can double this range again, up to 48x zoom.
Frame Rate Flexibility
The camera records UHD 4K video (3840 x 2160p) at 29.97, 25, and 23.98 fps, in XAVC Long GOP in a choice of 100 Mb/s or 60 Mb/s. You can also select to record HD video instead of 4K, which allows you to not only record at standard frame rates up to 59.94p, but also engage Sony's S&Q Motion, for recording HD video at 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, and 60 fps.
Multiple Codec Choice
You can select to record in XAVC Long GOP (4K/1080p), MPEG HD at 4:2:2 or 4:2:0, or AVCHD 2.0 at a variety of data rates.
Lens Control
Three lens rings enable smooth, natural adjustment of focus, zoom, and iris control. The rings are not mechanically linked to the lens movement, but there is a mechanical feel to the rings. However, they are endlessly rotating, which protects your lens elements from pinning, and the faster you rotate the lens ring the more reactive the result. The lens can also be used in full-auto mode or completely manual for maximum creative control.
Built-In ND Filters
The PXW-Z150 is equipped with a ND Filter function, allowing you to choose four conventional mechanical ND filter positions (Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND and 1/64ND) for better exposure and depth of field control.
Media Slots
The PXW-Z150 is equipped with two memory card slots, one of which is for SDHC/SDXC cards only, while the other slot is compatible with SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2)/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo cards.

Two media slots can be used to record in either "SIMUL" or "RELAY" mode. "RELAY" mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full, while "SIMUL" mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards. You can choose to record the same file to the second slot, creating an instant copy, or record a lower quality proxy for post.
Multi-Interface Shoe
The Multi-Interface Shoe expands your options to use accessories without cables, such as the optional HVL-LBPC Video Light or the UWP-D wireless microphone series.
Picture Profiles
You can fine-tune the look of movies before shooting by adjusting up to 99 parameters such as gamma, knee, black level, color model, color level, color phase, and more. Adjusted parameters can be saved along with other settings as a profile, and up to six profiles can be stored for later recall.

You can copy the settings from one PXW-Z150 to another PXW-Z150 so that user can shoot with multiple cameras in the same settings. The picture profiles only work with the same model of camera.
Using the camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi capability you can FTP files directly from the camcorder or live stream over Wi-Fi without having to add any additional accessories. You can also use the camcorder's Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to remotely pair it to your iOS or Android mobile devices running the Content Browser Mobile app, giving you remote control over focus, zoom, iris, white balance, REC start/stop, and more
UPC: 027242899391
In the Box
Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • Large Eyecup
  • Shoe Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Kit (1x Accessory Shoe, 1x Accessory Shoe Plate, 4x Screws)
  • USB Cable
  • AC-L100 AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • NP-F770 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack (7.2v, 4400mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Infrared Remote Commander (RMT-845)
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery (Pre-Installed in IR Remote Commander)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony PXW-Z150 specs

    Sensor 1.0"-type / 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm back-illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor
    Pixel Count Total: 20 MP (approximately)
    Effective: 14.2 MP (approximately)
    Built-In ND Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    Minimum Illumination 1.7 lux (Low Lux mode)
    Shutter Speed 60i: 1/8 - 1/10,000
    50i: 1/6 -1/10,000
    24p: 1/6 - 1/10,000
    Slow & Quick Motion Function XAVC Long - HD Only
    60i: 1,2,4,8,15,30,60 fps
    50i: 1,2,3,6,12,25,50 fps

    60i: 1,2,4,8,15,30 fps
    50i: 1,2,3,6,12,25 fps

    60i: 1,2,4,8,15,30,60 fps
    50i: 1,2,3,6,12,25,50 fps
    Super Slow Motion XAVC - HD Only
    60i: 120 fps
    50i: 100 fps
    White Balance Preset
    Indoor: 3200K
    Outdoor: 5600K±7 steps
    Color temperature set range: 2300-15000K
    A, B, Auto selectable
    Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 dB, AGC
    Gamma Curve Selectable
    Zoom Ratio Optical: 12x (optical)
    Clear Image Zoom: 18x (4K) / 24x (HD)
    Digital Zoom: 48X (HD)
    Focal Length 9.3 to 111.6mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29 to 348mm (16:9)
    Iris f/2.8 to f/4.5, auto/manual selectable
    Focus AF/MF selectable
    Image Stabilizer ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
    Filter Diameter 62 mm
    Video Format 3840 x 2160
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 8-bit at 100/60 Mb/s

    1920 x 1080
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 50/35/25Mb/s
    MPEG HD 4:2:2 8-bit at 50Mb/s
    MPEG HD 4:2:0 8-bit at 35Mb/s
    AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 28/24/17Mb/s

    1440 x 1080
    MPEG HD 4:2:0 at 35Mb/s

    1280 x 720
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 50/35/25 Mb/s
    MPEG HD 4:2:2 8-bit at 50 Mb/s
    MPEG HD 4:2:0 8-bit at 35 Mb/s
    AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 at 24/17/9 Mb/s
    Color Sampling XAVC Long
    4K: 4:2:0 8-bit
    HD: 4:2:2 10-bit

    HD: 4:2:2 8-bit
    HD: 4:2:0 8-bit
    Audio Format XAVC Long: Linear PCM 2ch, 24-bit, 48 kHz
    MPEG HD 4:2:2: Linear PCM 2ch, 24-bit, 48 kHz
    MPEG 4:2:0: Linear PCM 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz AVCHD: Linear PCM 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz / Dolby Digital 2ch, 16-bit, 48 kHz
    Recording Frame Rate 3840 x 2160p
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264: 29.97/25/23.98

    1920 x 1080p
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264: 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98
    MPEG HD 4:2:2: 29.97/25/23.98
    MPEG HD 4:2:0: 29.97/25/23.98
    AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0: 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98

    1920 x 1080i
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264: 59.94/50

    1440 x 1080i
    MPEG HD 4:2:0: 59.94/50

    720 x 1280p
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264: 59.94/50
    MPEG HD 4:2:2: 59.94/50
    MPEG HD 4:2:0: 59.94/50
    AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0: 59.94/50
    Recording/Playback Time 64GB
    3840 x 2160
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 100 Mb/s: Approx. 65 min
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 60 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min

    1920 x 1080
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 50Mb/s: Approx. 120 min
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 35Mb/s: Approx. 170 min
    XAVC Long/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 25Mb/s: Approx. 220 min

    MPEG HD 4:2:2 at 50Mb/s: Approx. 170 min

    MPEG HD 4:2:0 at 35Mb/s: Approx. 170 min

    AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 at 28Mb/s: Approx 290 min
    AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 at 24 Mb/s: Approx 340 min
    AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 at 17 Mb/s: Approx 450 min

    720 x 1280p
    AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 at 9 Mb/s: Approx 750 min
    Viewfinder 0.39"-type / 1.0 cm (approx. 1.44 M dots)
    LCD Monitor 3.5" / 8.8 cm (approx. 1.56 M dots)
    SDI Out 1 x BNC (3G-SDI)
    HDMI Output 1 x Type A
    Composite Out 1 x RCA
    Audio Input 2 x XLR (3-pin), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
    Accessory Shoe 1 x Multi Interface Shoe
    Audio Output RCA
    USB Multi/Micro jack
    Headphone Output 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
    Speaker Output Monaural
    DC Input DC jack
    Remote 1 x 2.5 mm stereo mini jack
    Supported Formats IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
    Security WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
    NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compliant
    Media Type 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC & Memory Stick Duo
    1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Built-In Microphone Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone
    Power Requirements Battery pack: 7.2 VDC
    AC Adapter: 8.4 VDC
    Power Consumption Approx. 6.3 W (while recording with viewfinder and XAVC HD 1080/60i 50 Mb/s)
    Approx. 6.6 W (while recording with LCD and XAVC HD 1080/60i 50 Mb/s)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx.: 6.7 x 7.4 x 14.6" / 171.3 x 187.8 x 371.3 mm (with the accessories, excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
    Weight 4.2 lb / 1.9 kg (body only)
    5.1 lb / 2.30 kg (with Lens Hood, EVF Eyecup, and NP-F970 Battery)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.9 x 10.4 x 9.5"

    Sony PXW-Z150 reviews

    PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 66.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A 422/4KUHD replacement for the EX3 I have been waiting for a good all-in-one camera to replace the EX3/EX1 and this is IT! So great to have HD 422 and UHD with a fantastic G series clear scan lens. Bought two for a week long job and enjoyed the small footprint and quick setup compared to the unwieldy and quirky FS7/FS5 and slow interchangeable kit lenses. The reviewer that returned his camera due to the EVF turning off didn't read the manual to know it has two settings. Too bad, because it's a great camera and makes a beautiful picture. 120 slo mo is quite good at this price point and beats the socks off the FS5's 8 second burst slo mo. A great product, once again, from a great company.
    Date published: 2016-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, Just Excellent I've been using Sony A7S, Sony FS7, Sony A7SII, Canon C100 and BMPCC for the past few years. It's crazy to think this way but I actually enjoy the Sony PXW-Z150 more than any of those other cams. There is just something so beautiful about having a small self contained package that can do it all... 10 bit, 4:2:2, good low light, UHD, XLR audio, internal ND, slow motion and a great zoom range for only three grand. It really doesn't get better than this. I can totally see myself grabbing z150 instead of the FS7 on some jobs. It's just so much faster to use.
    Date published: 2016-05-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but could be better I have owned a lot of Sony cameras for the last 30 years. This one reminds me of the EX1 which was a work horse. But it has a couple of flaws that make me give it four stars. Lens is only 2.8 and not through the full zoom. EX1 was 1.8, huge difference and the Z150 is terrible in low light. Other is the lens only goes to F11, come on, I use F16 all the time for deep depth of field. On the positive side the picture is nice, 120fps in 1080 is great, and built in ND for me is a must. Battery life is great, and audio is broadcast standard. View Finder is OK, I know people love it, but the eye piece is too small. LCD is very nice. Would I buy it again, yes for the money it is a great camera
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Button placement is my only complaint I have only had the z150 for about a month but so far, I am very happy with the product. I upgraded from a second hand NX5u and can definitely see the difference in picture. The single frame gives a great depth of field and although I won't be using it often, the 4k component is a nice addition. The only issue I have with the camera is having the navigation buttons on the top of the camera. I film a lot of conferences where the camera needs to be up fairly high so not seeing the buttons every time can be a struggle.
    Date published: 2016-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LCD screen going dark is not a defect In an earlier review someone else said . . . I retuned the camera brcause the LED screen go out when camera moves. Beware of it. It's too bad you returned this great camera before you got to know it because is not defective. The camera has a gorgeous OLED viewfinder at the rear of the camera. Absolutely fantastic picture. But OLEDs have a shorter lifespan than LCD screens and so Sony builds proximity sensors into their cameras that automatically turn the OLED off when it can tell you are not looking through it. Whenever the OLED turns off, the picture appears on the flip-out LCD screen instead (which is also excellent). And then when the camera senses you have put your eyeball back to the viewfinder, it automatically switches the image to the OLED. Unfortunately, the proximity sensor can sometimes be fooled by your hands or other body parts coming too close to the viewfinder and the picture will switch from the LCD to the OLED even when you didn't want to. Yes, that can be annoying if you aren't used to it. But you can turn off the automatic switching. There is a little switch on the side of the OLED viewfinder that will let you turn it off completely so the picture is always on the LCD panel and it won't unexpectedly turn off. It works great. I've only had my Z150 for a couple of days but I can already tell it is a fantastic camera -- especially for the price.
    Date published: 2016-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Bang for the Realistic Buck For a $3,000 camera, you get quite a bit more than $3,000 of quality. Sony sure makes great gear. I use this for recorded DVD teachings, live streaming live teachings, and shooting some cinematic scenes/films as well. It is amazing at this level and has lots of control, options, and strength of its parameters. Don't expect the same flexibility and options as a $20k or $60k camera (ie, you can't change lenses), but do expect to get everything you need and a lot more if you're not shooting top-of-the-line Hollywood productions 24/7.
    Date published: 2016-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performs WAY above it's class. Not a big X70! I got the Z150 to add to my collection and be a partner to my X70, FS5 and A7s-II and EX1r. I originally expected this to be just an X70 inside a bigger body. After two jobs I discovered I was very wrong. Not only does it have all the obvious external differences, it's image quality is actually better. It has a newer generation 1 inch-type stacked sensor with onboard RAM and it seems to me to have considerably improved image processing and noise reduction. I'll say that at higher db settings, it's easily 6db cleaner if not more. (Have not lab tested yet) I was forced to shoot at +21db on my last job,...something I HATED to do,..but I was shocked at how well the noise reduction worked. The X70 is very nice but the Z150, in my opinion is significantly cleaner all the way up the db ladder. Audio control options are better too with a limiter and manual level control over it's MI shoe. Plus you can mix and match internal mic with XLR 1/2 recording. Auto focus is fast and accurate. Battery life with L batteries is awesome. The image quality is just superb for it's class. 120p HD video is fantastic. My only complaint is the placement of the menu button and navigation buttons. It's way out of sight and its in a very high place on the camera. You need to bring the camera down to look over it to reach the buttons. Annoying but something you can live with. I'm a huge Sony fan and I ALWAYS have lot's of things to complain about on Sony models.....but the Z150? I'm shocked to say that I really cant!!! This camera is actually much better than it's price tag...a very strange thing for me to say. Good job Sony! Somehow, you hit a BASES FULL home run on this low cost beast! I have owned over 16 Sony cameras and this could be the only model that I cant find something that I significantly hate about it. For it's price and what it's made for?, I love 99% of this camera!!
    Date published: 2016-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than expected Im a photographer for the Smithsonian and have been wanting to do short films for the museum. I looked at a number of cameras and it came down to the PXW-Z150 and the FS700r. I finally decided on the Z150 do to the run and gun portability. I was initially concerned about the Sony menu system, but its actually pretty easy, and makes sense. I still have a few things to learn about how some of the features interact with one another, but overall, its pretty easy to use. The video quality is better than expected, zoom is acceptable, iris and gain controls are easily understood, and accessible, and external mic adjustments are straightforward. Easy. One thing Im not thrilled about is that I needed to purchase another editing program to edit the files. But I guess that goes with the territory coming from still photography to videography. Overall, Im very happy with my purchase and Im looking forward to using this camera for events throughout the Smithsonian community.
    Date published: 2016-05-19
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