Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM with Fast Hybrid AF

Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM with Fast Hybrid AF

Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM with Fast Hybrid AF

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  • Single 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 30p
  • Phase-Detection Autofocus (AF)
  • 4K HDR with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)
  • Zeiss 12x Optical / 18x Clear Image Zoom
  • Full HD to 120 fps/Super Slow to 960 fps
  • XAVC HD / QFHD & MPEG-2 HD Recording
  • S-Log3/S-Gamut3 Imaging Options
  • 3G-SDI Output, 2.4 / 5 GHz Streaming
  • 2 x SD Card Slots, Relay & Simul Modes
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Sony PXW-Z90V Overview

  • 1Description

The PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM camcorder from Sony offers phase-detection autofocus (AF) and HDR capabilities in a compact, palm-style body. Suitable for corporate events, broadcast news, and television production, the PXW-Z90V camcorder features a stacked 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor with UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, a 12x Zeiss optical zoom, an OLED viewfinder, and 3.5" touchscreen LCD monitor. It can record 4K in XAVC Long at 4:2:0, HD in XAVC Long at 4:2:2 10-bit, as well as MPEG HD at 4:2:2 (requires optional license key). S-Log3/S-Gamut3 functions offer users additional image control.

The PXW-Z90V's Fast Hybrid AF uses high-density placement of autofocus points and a newly developed AF algorithm to offer highly accurate focusing and tracking—a boon when shooting UHD 4K, especially for individual operators. In movie recording mode, use the appearance of phase-detection AF frames to monitor your subject's focus. The PXW-Z90V's 3.5" touchscreen is used to quickly switch focus among subjects. AF Drive Speed, Tracking Depth Range, and Subject Switching Sensitivity can each be configured to suit different subjects and content styles.

Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) enables you to future-proof your output by smoothly integrating your 4K recordings into an HDR workflow without the need for color grading during post-production. Capture images with high-quality contrast and resolution using the PXW-Z90V's 12x optical Zeiss zoom, and 18x 4K digital zoom (24x in HD). An integrated ND filter function enables greater exposure and depth-of-field control.

The PXW-Z90V camera 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 recording of 4K UHD video at up to 29.97p, and 50 Mb/s capture of HD up to 59.94p. Footage is recorded to two SD memory card slots, either simultaneously to both cards or in relay mode to create a backup. The PXW-Z90V's 3G-SDI output offers integration with professional studio environments.

Additional features include built-in 2.4/5 GHz for multiple streaming and FTP options. The PXW-Z90V provides external microphone support via two 3-pin XLR audio inputs (line, mic, mic +48V phantom) and a 3.5mm mini input. You can also use the PXW-Z90V's built-in microphone to record audio when shooting. For multicamera productions, the PXW-Z90V integrates seamlessly with Sony's MCX-500 live switcher (available separately).

1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
1.0"-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor with approximately 14.2 million effective pixels provides optimal image quality
Fast Hybrid Auto Focus
Offers highly accurate focusing and tracking, especially useful when shooting sharp UHD 4K footage
Zeiss T* Lens with 12x Optical Zoom
The PXW-Z90V's fixed 12x optical wide-angle zoom with 18x Clear Image Zoom technology in UHD 4K (24x in HD)
Frame Rate Flexibility
Record up to UHD 4K video (3840 x 2160p) at 29.97, 25, and 23.98 fps, in XAVC Long in a choice of 100 Mb/s or 60 Mb/s, or HD at frame rates up to 59.94p
Super Slow Motion
Offers slow motion recording up to 960 fps
Slow & Quick Recording
Uses Sony's Slow & Quick Motion for recording 1080p/i60 HD video at 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, and 120 fps
Multiple-Codec Choice
Record in XAVC Long (UHD 4K), MPEG-4 HD at 4:2:0, XAVC Long (HD) 4:2:2, HD 2.0, or XVAC Proxy at 4:2:0, at a variety of data rates (license key required for some codecs)
Built-In ND Filters
The PXW-Z90V incorporates an ND filter function with Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, and 1/64ND for optimal exposure and depth-of-field control
Media Slots
The PXW-Z90V is equipped with two memory card slots—one for SDHC/SDXC cards only, and one compatible with both SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo cards
Video Output
3G-SDI output integrates with professional studio environments
Use the PXW-Z90V camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi capability to send FTP files directly from the camcorder or live stream over Wi-Fi
UPC: 027242908420
In the Box
Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM with Fast Hybrid AF
  • XLR Handle
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Large Eyecup
  • Accessory Shoe Kit
  • USB Cable
  • NP-FV70A V-Series Battery Pack for Handycam Camcorders (1900mAh)
  • AC-L200 AC Adapter for Handycam Using A/P/F-Series InfoLITHIUM Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • RMT-845 Wireless Remote
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery (for Remote)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony PXW-Z90V Specs

    Image Sensor 1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
    Effective Sensor Resolution 14.2 MP
    Gain -3 to 33 dB
    Minimum Illumination 1.7 lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed
    White Balance Range 2300 to 15,000K
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29mm
    Max Digital Zoom 48x
    Shutter Speed 1/6 to 1/10,000 sec
    Built-In ND Filter Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
    Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
    Recording Media 1 x SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo Hybrid Card Slot
    1 x SDXC Card Slot
    Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC, PAL
    Recording Modes XAVC:
    3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (60 to 100 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (35 to 50 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (25 to 50 Mb/s) 
    1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (24 to 28 Mb/s) 
    Variable Frame Rates UHD: 1 to 30 fps
    1080p: 1 to 120 fps
    Audio Recording 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
    Video Connectors 1 x HDMI Output
    1 x BNC (Composite) Output
    1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    Audio Connectors 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
    2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
    Other I/O 1 x USB Micro-B 
    1 x USB Micro-B Control 
    1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control 
    Wireless Interfaces 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Wi-Fi
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Screen Resolution 1,560,000 Dots
    EVF Display Type OLED
    Screen Size .39"
    EVF Resolution 2,360,000 Dots
    Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
    Power Consumption 6.9 W
    Storage Temperature -4 to 40°F / -20 to 60°C
    Dimensions 5.1 x 7.1 x 11.3" / 130 x 181.5 x 287 mm
    Weight 2.2 lb / 1020 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.955 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.25 x 9.7 x 6.0"

    Sony PXW-Z90V Reviews

    PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM with Fast Hybrid AF is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb light-weight camera I have two Sony FS-700R cameras that I usually use in conjunction with Odyssey 7Q+ monitors - but I was looking for a camera that was lighter and more portable, suitable for traveling as well as for using in tight locations. I'm very impressed with this camera. ?The image quality is superb, the auto focus is very fast and accurate. ?The controls, especially gain, aperture and shutter speed are really easy to adjust. ?I like that the handle can be removed to give a very small unobtrusive camera, or left on with its two XLR inputs and additional zoom and record controls. Just the camera I was looking for! ?Well done Sony. ?Thank you B&H.
    Date published: 2018-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent work camera I'm upgrading to the z90 from 2 x70s which I loved.? This seems to be the exact same body which is great. ? The lcd screen shows more dynamic range.? These cameras amaze me with some nice bokeh and crystal clear images and great audio.? Extremely reliable and rugged.? I love the small size,? It will go easily from gimbal to slider to crane to rails with ease.? I cant say enough about how good these cameras are, I will soon get a second one for multi cam shoots.
    Date published: 2018-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fulfills my needs This nice little camcorder does exactly what I want: shooting 10 bits 4:2:2 in HD with very reliable and fast autofocus. With a good exposure, the image is quite good.?Nice to have 4k.? Before I bought this camcorder, I did a thorough search on what this camera has and hasn't. I wish more buyers would inform themselves before writing a useless review about what they miss which they could've known before buying. In fact the last review is what triggered me to write my review, as to compensate for that.
    Date published: 2018-05-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Workhorse, with excellent autofocus I got this camera for a long term project that requires flying to remote locations for interviews/lifestyle shots. I'm very glad I did. The image quality, autofocus, and build construction are all excellent. I don't have a problem with the limited number of assignable buttons, once I have the camera configured as I like, it is simple and easy to operate - and get image quality that to my eyes is often stunning. The reasons I didn't give 5 stars: 1) The fixed lens has a wide frame of about 30mm - which by today's standards is not wide at all. I purchased the Zunow WA adapter, which gets the wide out to a more reasonable 24mm.? 2) ?Either I can't find it, or it's not included - a horizontal level indicator in the viewfinder/lcd monitor. Someone tell me if it is there - if not I'm hoping it's added in a firmware revision. Bottom line - exactly what I wanted: rock solid, excellent image quality, compact while still being usable - and it delivers an image that both I and the client are very happy with.
    Date published: 2018-02-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The next level in small camcorders I got the SONY Z90 as a companion to my FS7. I wanted to shoot and export REC.2020 compliant video. Eventually produce and deliver HDR content (when Adobe updates it’s encoder to produce HDR/HLG video that is ST.2100/ST.2084 compliant.)? The Z90 is amazing in low light. It reproduces very accurate color that is nuanced in slight shades and gradation. In HLG, reproduces an amazing latitude of dynamic range. HLG playback to my HDR monitor is stunning! Operation and menus are excellent. The focus is near perfect. Well balanced, love the handle and XLR inputs. I see no compression artifacts or color banding (4K).? The Z90 does not reproduce the full DCI color gamut that the FS7 can, you can see colors flatten out from man-made color sources (neon, high-end LED’s). SLOG3 is barely usable due to noise and robust exposure system like the CineEi on the FS7. Like all new SONY video cameras, out of the box - the sensor produces a large amount of color noise. I recommend hooking the camera to power, point it at a white wall, defocus, and leave on for a couple days. This will burn the sensor and camera in nicely, try it!? I’ve attached some raw video I shot in various lighting conditions. I graded the gamma curve to 709 but left the color gamut in REC.2020 (the colors may not look exact on a 709 monitor. In HLG/HDR, the firework does not blow-out, the candles and lights appear as light sources.? This is an excellent camera, it reminds me of my PDX10 in 2003. Sample video:
    Date published: 2018-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great So far I ended up getting this camera from another vendor but do prefer BH.? Anyway, I have few uses for this camera. Right now I will be mainly using it on the end of a JIB cam that we use for our churches? Live Stream. In my opinion, this is one of the best options out there for jib use unless you have the budget to have a more expensive?camera and Jib. If it continues to work as well as it is I can see us buying a couple more for other camera positions like handheld roaming shots.
    Date published: 2018-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Here's the manual. Before I purchased, I searched everywhere online for the manual but could not find it.? As if it's 2005 all over again, they provided it on a disc with the camera.? Here it is: I've only had it for a few hours, so it's too new for me to review properly, but a few annoyances I found is that it does not have enough assignable buttons.? You need to menu dive for simple things such as zebra, peaking and setting white balance.
    Date published: 2018-01-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice little handycam This is the 5th in my line of Sony handycams. I use these for a show on my boat and they are pretty rugged and nice picture quality for their size and format. The Z90 packs a punch in features, but you have to be careful with exposure. The exposure range is very narrow and under/over exposure can be a problem in my on the water shooting. Also sharpness is not the best unless it is bright light and the camera is locked down. Those two reasons are why it gets four stars. For the price I expected a little better, but it still does the job.
    Date published: 2018-09-06
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    Facebook and YouTube stream is available now ?
    Asked by: Darren L.
    The camcorders Wi-Fi accesses only USTREAM according to available information. You can go to other services using an encoder such as this: Magewell USB Capture HDMI Gen 2 B&H # MA32060.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    Isn't it a simple firmware update for XVAC to ...

    Isn't it a simple firmware update for XVAC to have XVAC S. If it can do L, and being that S is "inferior" and I'm assuming a software thing. Do you think Sony may do that? I want the Z90 for the broadcast quality but I love the versatility of mp4. I know the NX80 has it but I want 10 bit.
    Asked by: Fabian
    I was actually asking the opposite. But I'm thinking they wouldn't.
    Answered by: Fabian
    Date published: 2018-12-31


    What are the relevant differences between this camera and the PXW-Z150? Why is the Z150 more expensive?
    Asked by: Rafael d.
    Both cameras offer the same Single 1 Exmor RS CMOS Sensor, 12x Optical Zoom, UHD 4K up to 30p and XLR inputs for high quality audio. The Z90V adds new features such as Phase-Detection Autofocus (AF), 4K HDR with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and Super Slow Motion at up to 960 fps. While the Z150 still offers a larger form factor, which is something that some shoots desire.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-11-09

    Can the camera output 4K from the HDMI while ...

    Can the camera output 4K from the HDMI while recording 4K internally?
    Asked by: Craig
    Yes, this camera is able to output and record 4K at the same time.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2018-12-31


    What is the color space of the UHD 3840 x 2160 XAVC QFHD codec? I want to know what to tell my Avid this stuff is.
    Asked by: John
    There are several codecs to choose from all with their own color sampling rate. The highest quality one is XAVC QFHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does this camera have Pre-record which allows you to hit the record button and the camera would save the previous 15seconds?
    Asked by: brian
    Sorry, no, this camera does not have a pre-record feature.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Can the camera output HDMI and SDI simultaneously (when recording HD)?
    Asked by: Jeandre G.
    Hi Jeandre G, Yes, Z90 can output HDMI and SDI simultaneously in 1080p. (in HD) In UHD modes.It can output SDI(1080p) and HDMI(2160p) simultaneously.Ralph
    Answered by: Sony Support Sony Expert
    Date published: 2019-03-24


    is slow motion with audio
    Asked by: sohail s.
    If you record at playback speeds, 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, audio will be recorded. If you record at Slow & Quick motion 60i 1080p: 1,2,4,8,15,30,60,120 fps, or 50i 1080p: 1,2,3,6,12,25,50,100 fps, audio is dropped.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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