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Sony PXW-Z280 4K 3CMOS 1/2" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder

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Sony PXW-Z280 4K 3CMOS 1/2" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder
Key Features
  • Open Box Products Have a Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • 1/2"-Type ExmorR 3CMOS Sensor
  • Supports up to UHD 4K 60 Recording
  • Integrated 17x Optical Zoom Lens
Sony's PXW-Z280 4K 3CMOS 1/2" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder uses a 3CMOS 1/2"-type sensor to capture up to 4K60 video, providing deep depth of field, improved low-light capability, and optimal image quality with excellent HDR performance. This camera's integrated 17x optical zoom lens has independent focus, iris, and zoom rings and its electronically variable ND filter enables on-the-fly exposure adjustments. The PXW-Z280 camera supports a variety of modern codecs such as XAVC-Intra and XAVC-Long, as well as legacy codecs such as MPEG HD and DVCAM, enabling you to use one camera to shoot 4K, HD, or SD video.
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Sony PXW-Z280 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3HDR/SDR Dual Production
  • 417x Zoom Lens
  • 5Optimal HDR Performance
  • 6Fast Autofocus
  • 7Direct Streaming/Dual-Link Cellular
  • 8Interfaces
Sony's PXW-Z280 4K 3CMOS 1/2" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder uses a 3CMOS 1/2"-type sensor to capture up to 4K60 video, providing deep depth of field, improved low-light capability, and optimal image quality with excellent HDR performance. This camera's integrated 17x optical zoom lens has independent focus, iris, and zoom rings and its electronically variable ND filter enables on-the-fly exposure adjustments. The PXW-Z280 camera supports a variety of modern codecs such as XAVC-Intra and XAVC-Long, as well as legacy codecs such as MPEG HD and DVCAM, enabling you to use one camera to shoot 4K, HD, or SD video.
HDR/SDR Dual Production
The PXW-Z280 camera supports S-Log 3 for improved performance, and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) which allows you to shoot and deliver footage compatible with both HDR (high dynamic range) and SDR (standard dynamic range) without needing laborious post-production work. You can record in both 4K and HD simultaneously, or output 4K60p via the built-in 12G-SDI output.
17x Zoom Lens
The 17x zoom lens provides a 30.3 to 515mm (35mm equivalent) range, with up to 34x digital zoom in HD, and independent focus, iris, and zoom rings for quick manual adjustments.
Optimal HDR Performance
The PXW-Z380 is ready to fulfill your HDR needs with two workflows:

  • S-Log3 to capture maximum data for ultimate flexibility in grading.
  • The Instant HDR Workflow uses HLG (hybrid log-gamma) to quickly shoot, edit, and view content without compromising on imagery.
Fast Autofocus
Face Detection AF enables you to keep your subject in sharp focus even when you change your coverage angle. Choose between Face Priority AF and Face Only AF modes.
Direct Streaming/Dual-Link Cellular
  • This camera features built-in, dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi for RTMP/RTMPS live streaming to popular online platforms. Use your smartphone or tablet to set up a streaming channel, connect the camera via Wi-Fi and you're ready to go.
  • The PXW-Z280 is compatible with standard USB cellular dongles from most networks, providing an even more reliable connection.
Interfaces
  • Dual SxS memory card slots enable you to record in simultaneous, relay, or backup modes.
  • Two MI (multi-interface) shoes enable you to power wireless microphones, lights, and other compatible accessories.
  • Audio features include  dual XLR inputs with independent volume dials and up to 4-channel audio.

Sony PXW-Z280 Specs

Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel
Image Sensor
1/2"-Type 3-Chip CMOS
Image Stabilization
Optical in Integrated Lens
Internal Recording Modes
XAVC-I
3840 x 2160 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
XAVC-L
3840 x 2160 from 1 to 59.94 fps [150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
XAVC-L
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [25 to 35 Mb/s]
MPEG HD422 4:2:2
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 29.97 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
MPEG HD420 4:2:0
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 29.97 fps [35 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
1440 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
DV 4:2:0 8-Bit
720 x 576i at 50 fps [25 Mb/s]
720 x 576p at 25 fps [25 Mb/s]
720 x 480i at 59.94 fps [25 Mb/s]
720 x 480p at 29.97 fps [25 Mb/s]
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: SxS
Video I/O
1x BNC (Component) Output
1x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
Battery Type
Sony BP-U Series
Imaging
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel
Image Sensor
1/2"-Type 3-Chip CMOS
Horizontal Resolution (TV Lines)
2000 TV Lines or More
Image Stabilization
Optical in Integrated Lens
Built-In ND Filter
Mechanical Filter Wheel with Clear, 2-Stop (1/4), 4-Stop (1/16), 6-Stop (1/64) ND Filters and a 2 to 7 Stop Electronic ND Filter
Capture Type
Video Only
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Electronic Rolling Shutter
Shutter Type
Electronic Rolling Shutter 
Shutter Speed
1/8000 to 1/24 Second
Gain
-3 to 42 dB
Shutter Angle
5.6 to 360°
Sensitivity
f/12 at 2000 lux 89.9% Reflectance (1080p59.94 in Standard Mode or 4K59.94 in High Sensitivity Mode)
f/13 at 2000 lux 89.9% Reflectance (1080p59.94 in Standard Mode or 4K59.94 in High Sensitivity Mode)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
63 dB
Minimum Illumination
0.0013 Lux
White Balance
1500 to 50,000K
Presets: ATW, AWB, Set A, Set B
Lens
Focal Length
5.6 to 95.2mm (35mm Equivalent: 30.3 to 515mm)
Optical Zoom Ratio
17x
Maximum Aperture
f/1.9
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Minimum Focus Distance
Wide: 2.0" / 5.1 cm
Telephoto: 31.5" / 80.0 cm
Filter Size
77 mm
Control Rings
Focus
Zoom
Iris
Focus Control
Autofocus
Manual Focus
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
XAVC-I
3840 x 2160 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
XAVC-L
3840 x 2160 from 1 to 59.94 fps [150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
XAVC-L
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [25 to 35 Mb/s]
MPEG HD422 4:2:2
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 29.97 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
MPEG HD420 4:2:0
1920 x 1080p from 1 to 29.97 fps [35 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
1440 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
DV 4:2:0 8-Bit
720 x 576i at 50 fps [25 Mb/s]
720 x 576p at 25 fps [25 Mb/s]
720 x 480i at 59.94 fps [25 Mb/s]
720 x 480p at 29.97 fps [25 Mb/s]
Fast-/Slow-Motion Support
Yes
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
Audio Recording
XAVC: 4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
IP Streaming
No
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: SxS
Video I/O
1x BNC (Component) Output
1x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Audio I/O
2x XLR 3-Pin Microphone Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Other I/O
1x BNC (Timecode) Input
1x BNC (Timecode) Output
1x BNC (Genlock) Input
1x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control
1x Micro-USB Data
1x USB-A
1x USB-C
1x RJ45 (LAN) Data
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), NFC
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
GPS
Monitor
Display Type
Articulating LCD
Display Size
3.5"
Resolution
2,360,000 Dot
Viewfinder
Type
Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Size
0.5"
Resolution
2,360,000 Dot
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode
Automatic, Manual Focus
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 72°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature
-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
General
Battery Type
Sony BP-U Series
Shoe Mount
1x Intelligent Hot Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1x 1/4"-20 Female
1x 3/8"-16 Female
Dimensions (W x H x D)
7 x 8 x 16.8" / 178.4 x 202 x 426.3 mm (With Protrusions)
Weight
6.61 lb / 3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
11.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
20.5 x 11 x 10"

Sony PXW-Z280 Reviews

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I own a PXW-150. I like the camera a lot but ...

I own a PXW-150. I like the camera a lot but would like a second camera and this Z-280 at 60FPS is very appealing. The only thing I don't like about the 150 is that there isn't an independent button or even one you can program, to mark a shot on the fly—that tells the user to save the shot and delete the rest later. Yes, you can go into the thumbnail menu and mark shots after the fact and delete shots you don't want, but that doesn't do the user any good when they are in a fast-paced sporting or news environment. It's not easy to remember what shots you want to save, so I want to mark a shot as I am taking it and seeing it in the viewfinder. As it is, I have to flip one the LED screen go into the thumbnails and watch all the shots over and select the clips I want to save or delete—that is a lot of time wasted. I was able to mark shots on the fly with the Panasonic HPX-370 shoulder mount camera and it was one of the best features of the camera. Does anyone know if this is an option with the new Sony Z280?If this is not an option, SONY NEEDS to make it happen with an update.
Asked by: Tom
Hi Tom, Yes, the PXW-Z280 can record 2 kinds of Shot Marks. These marks can be programed to an assignable button on the camera body. The description and instructions are on page 39 of the user manual: https://static.bhphotovideo.com/lit_files/402668.pdf Regards, Erin Sony Social Support
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-01-07

Can it output 4K at 24fps via SGI?

Can it output 4K at 24fps via SGI?
Asked by: Patrick
This camera has many settings to choose from. The only problem is the end result. I found the quality of video to be very poor. I sent this camera back. There are cameras out there that do a better job. Do not buy this camera.
Answered by: Darryl
Date published: 2019-04-11

question

How many frames delay/ lag is it on the sdi out in hd? I need a camera to project on a big screen live.
Asked by: Daniel A.
There should be very little, if not zero, lag out of the SDi output on this camera.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Can CFexpress media be used in this camera with ...

Can CFexpress media be used in this camera with current firmware?
Asked by: Joseph
99% sure the answer is no.
Answered by: Jeff
Date published: 2021-05-05

Is the camera able to output 4k simultaneously on ...

Is the camera able to output 4k simultaneously on 12g sdi and hdmi?
Asked by: Xiang Ju
We believe that it can.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-11-05

I see this machine has SD card slot, but I ...

I see this machine has SD card slot, but I inserted into the sd card can not record?
Asked by: Andrea
Correct, the SD slot is for utility profiles and mostly to record audio proxys.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2023-01-05

question

If you Pre-order by PayPalWill my account be charged immediately or when its finally shipped?
Asked by: Robert
Unfortunately the question you're asking cannot be answered with our Q+A feature. Please contact our Sales directly for assistance.Email: [email protected]
Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

How can I import video into my camera (PXW-Z280V) ...

How can I import video into my camera (PXW-Z280V) from my computer so that I can play it back through my camera?
Asked by: Casey
That is just not possible with this camera.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-10-18
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