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

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Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM with Fast Hybrid AF
Key Features
  • Single 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 30p
  • 4K HDR with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)
  • 3G-SDI Output, 2.4/5 GHz Live Streaming
The Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM camcorder 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. Additional features include built-in 2.4/5 GHz for multiple streaming via RTMP/RTMPS protocols and FTP options.
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Sony PXW-Z90V Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Live Streaming
  • 3Integration
  • 41" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
  • 5Fast Hybrid Autofocus
  • 6Zeiss T* Lens with 12x Optical Zoom
  • 7Frame Rate Flexibility
  • 8Super Slow Motion
  • 9Slow & Quick Recording
  • 10Multiple-Codec Choice
  • 11Built-In ND Filters
  • 12Media Slots
  • 13Video Output
  • 14Wi-Fi/NFC

The Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM camcorder 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. Additional features include built-in 2.4/5 GHz for multiple streaming via RTMP/RTMPS protocols and FTP options.

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.

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).

Live Streaming
The camera supports RTMP/RTMPS live streaming protocols. This is included with the camera and as a free upgrade if your camera does not have this functionality. You can stream directly from the camera using Wi-Fi or via Ethernet with optional converters such as the Sony VMC-UAM2 or CBK-NA1. No computer is required for streaming.
Integration
The camera is compatible with Sony's XDCAM air, so you can upload proxy footage to the cloud, and editors can start working with your footage remotely. You can even control the camera from your smartphone or tablet using Sony's free Content Browser Mobile app.
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 Autofocus
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.
Wi-Fi/NFC
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. NFC compatibility allows you to connect compatible devices with one touch.
UPC: 027242908420

Sony PXW-Z90V Specs

Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 14.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor
1"-Type CMOS
Image Stabilization
Optical in Integrated Lens
Internal Recording Modes
XAVC
3840 x 2160 at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97 fps [60 to 100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/240/250/480/500/1000 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [25 to 50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 50/59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/240/250/480/500/1000 fps [24 to 28 Mb/s]
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video I/O
1x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
1x BNC (Composite) Output
1x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
Mobile App Compatible
No
Battery Type
Sony V-Series
Imaging
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 14.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor
1"-Type CMOS
Image Stabilization
Optical in Integrated Lens
Built-In ND Filter
Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2-Stop (1/4), 4-Stop (1/16), 6-Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Capture Type
Video Only
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Electronic Rolling Shutter 
Shutter Speed
1/10000 to 1/6 Second
Gain
-3 to 33 dB
Minimum Illumination
1.7 Lux at 1/30 Shutter Speed
White Balance
2300 to 15,000K
Lens
Focal Length
9.3 to 111.6mm (35mm Equivalent: 29 to 348mm)
Optical Zoom Ratio
12x
Max Digital Zoom
48x
Minimum Aperture
f/2.8 to 4.5
Minimum Focus Distance
Wide: 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Telephoto: 39.4" / 100.1 cm
Filter Size
62 mm
Control Rings
Focus
Zoom
Focus Control
Autofocus
Manual Focus
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
XAVC
3840 x 2160 at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97 fps [60 to 100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/240/250/480/500/1000 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [25 to 50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 50/59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p at 1/2/3/4/6/8/12/15/23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/240/250/480/500/1000 fps [24 to 28 Mb/s]
Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
Yes
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
Audio Recording
2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
IP Streaming
H.264, RTMP, RTMPS
1280 x 720 (3.0 Mb/s)
640 x 360 (1.0 Mb/s)
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video I/O
1x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
1x BNC (Composite) Output
1x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
2x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
Power I/O
1x Barrel Input
Other I/O
1x Micro-USB
1x Micro-USB Control
1x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
NFC
Mobile App Compatible
No
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
No
Monitor
Display Type
Articulating Non-Touchscreen LCD
Display Size
3.5"
Resolution
1,560,000 Dot
Viewfinder
Type
Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Size
0.39"
Resolution
2,360,000 Dot
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Automatic, Manual Focus
Environmental
Storage Temperature
-4 to 40°F / -20 to 60°C
General
Battery Type
Sony V-Series
Power Consumption
6.9 W
Shoe Mount
1x Cold Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions (W x H x D)
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"

Sony PXW-Z90V Reviews

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question

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

I'm looking for a 4K video camera with both HDMI ...

I'm looking for a 4K video camera with both HDMI & SDI video outputs, as well as XLR audio inputs... which led me to this product. My question is how much background blur this aperture/sensor ratio can produce, and whether a different camera, also meeting the above criteria, might produce better background blur? For example, I read the aperture is f2.8 when the zoom is set to all the way wide -- but to what focal length would that equate in full frame mirrorless terms? Thanks in advance!
Asked by: Robert
The amount of depth of field depends on the focal length, aperture, the distance of your subject in focus to the camera's sensor, and the distance of your subject to the background. Decreasing the aperture and distance between the camera and subject in focus will increase your depth of field. Increasing the focal length and distance between the subject in focus to the background will also produce more background blur. B&H lists a 35mm equivalent focal length, on the specifications tab on each camera (any camera that is not full-frame). For the Sony PXW-Z90V, the 35mm equivalent focal length is 29mm and zooms 48 times (29-1392mm).
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2020-12-30

Does the SDI output send an audio signal?

Does the SDI output send an audio signal?
Asked by: Eric
Yes the SDI output on the Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM with Fast Hybrid A, will pass through audio.
Answered by: ericsc
Date published: 2023-01-10

Hi, I have a microphone that has a diameter of ...

Hi, I have a microphone that has a diameter of 28mm. Will it be able to fit into the microphone holder?
Asked by: Wong
The internal diameter of the mic holder is 28 mm so it should be a tight fit.
Answered by: Charles
Date published: 2021-11-09

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

question

What are the relevant differences between this camera and the PXW-Z150? Why is the Z150 more expensive?
Asked by: Rafael
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: 2023-06-21

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: 2020-06-28

question

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: 2019-06-24
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