Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder

Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder

Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • Three 1/3" Exmor R CMOS Sensors
  • 4K 60p Recording
  • Integrated 25x Sony G Optical Zoom Lens
  • Electronic Variable ND Filter
  • Optional MPEG HD License
  • Supports HLG for an HDR Workflow
  • Optional Simultaneous 4K/HD Recording
  • Built-In 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi
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Sony's PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder continues the fine tradition of the XDCAM series of cameras. It captures 4K at up to 60p, relying on three 1/3" Exmor R sensors that provide improved low-light capability when compared to standard sensors. The camera integrates a 25x optical Sony G zoom lens and an electronic variable ND filter. The camera supports a variety of codecs out of the box, with an optional MPEG HD license enabling you to shoot HD video.

The camera supports HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), allowing you to shoot and deliver footage compatible with both HDR (high dynamic range) and SDR (standard dynamic range) without needing laborious post-production work. Dual SD card slots permit a variety of recording options including simultaneous HD and 4K recoding. The camera features built-in 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi.

UPC: 027242913806
In the Box
Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • EVF Eyecup
  • BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery fauscuetsucewwvq
  • BC-U1A Battery Charger / AC Adapter for BP-U90, U60, U60T, U30
  • Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty Labor
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty Parts
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    Sony PXW-Z190 Specs

    Image Sensor 3-Chip 1/3" CMOS Sensor
    Sensor Resolution 3840 x 2160
    Prism Speed f/1.6
    Minimum Illumination 0.02 lux
    Focal Length 3.7 to 92.5mm
    35mm Equivalent Focal Length 28.8 to 720mm
    Optical Zoom Ratio 25x
    Maximum Aperture f/1.6
    Minimum Aperture f/11
    Filter Size 82 mm
    Control Rings Focus
    Focus Control Autofocus
    Manual Focus
    Shutter Speed 1/24 to 1/8000 sec
    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
    Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
    Recording Media 2 x SD (Unspecified Type) Card Slots
    Broadcast System Compatibility NTSC, PAL
    Recording Modes XAVC-L:
    3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (150 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (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 (35 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (35 Mb/s) 
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (25 Mb/s) 
    720 x 480i at 59.94 fps 
    720 x 480PsF at 29.97 fps 
    720 x 576i at 50 fps 
    720 x 576PsF at 25 fps 
    Audio Recording XAVC: 4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
    Video Connectors 1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1 x HDMI Output
    Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
    Other I/O 1 x BNC Timecode Input/Output
    1 x USB Micro-B 
    2 x USB Type-A 
    1 x RJ45 LAN 
    Wireless Interfaces 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Wi-Fi, NFC
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Screen Resolution 1,560,000 Dots
    Screen Size .39"
    EVF Resolution 2,360,000 Dots
    Battery Type Sony BP-U Series
    Accessory Mount 1 x Multi-Interface Shoe
    Built-In Light No
    Dimensions 7.48 x 7.95 x 16.52" / 190 x 202 x 419.7 mm (With Protrusions)
    Weight 5.1 lb / 2.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.0 x 11.0 x 11.0"

    Sony PXW-Z190 Reviews

    PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I do Breaking News Video for Local and National Media outlets. I have been using Canon Gear for the last 5 years. I gave a glowing review for the Canon XF-405, but......................This Sony PXW-Z190 is Soooo Much Better. Heavier, but better. The crystal clear viewfinder, the high quality of video. The ability to record 4K and HD at the same time. It's just a great professional camera. I shoot mostly during the daytime but shot my first night video and the low light is very good. I have completely switched over to Sony after 30 years of Pro Nikon Gear and 5 years with Canon Video Gear. Thank you Sony!
    Date published: 2018-09-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A step in the right direction Coming up from a Z150, the Z190's low light performance is excellent and the face detection auto focus really helps in challenging focus situations where I'd have used manual focus in the past. The variable NS filter is also a huge asset. On the down side simul-record is not supported in 4K at this time, this is a big step backwards from the Z150 or even Sony's less expensive handheld line and hopefully it is corrected in a later version. Sony still doesn't offer a "trap to focus" option. HLG performance is good but it does require a hair more grading in post than some of Sony's less expensive cameras. Battery life with the standard battery is mediocre but BP-U90 lasts an eternity.
    Date published: 2018-09-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from This camcorder has great specs, but it I had to return it... I think I will be very happy with this camcorder, but the one I received was very erratic.  Some videos were great, others were horrible, in the same recording session.  My conclusion is that I received a defective camcorder.  I have returned the camcorder for a replacement, and Im waiting for the new camcorder.  Since I bought several hundred dollars of accessories, Im very hopeful that the replacement will be good.  I really like the cameras menu structure, the location of buttons and switches, and the potential.  If I can consistently get the good videos that I received, then I can give it 5 stars and my full recommendation.
    Date published: 2018-11-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Defective Unit I have owned the camera less than a month. The system clock shows 1 hours of use... Yesterday I was testing out the camera and the camera will not focus while in manual focus. The IRIS ring is also not working. I called Sony ProVideo and they wanted me to pay for the shipping to have the camera fixed or replaced with a refurbished unit. I then called B&H and they are sent me a free shipping return label. B&H is sending me a factor new replacement.  I will update this review when I test out the replacement but as of right now I am giving it a 1 star based on Sony customer service.
    Date published: 2019-01-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wanted to like it... I found it to be soft wide open, some purple fringing zoomed in.   But by far the reason I returned the Z190 was the horrible noise in low light.   I had to do an event focused on a podium in dinner lighting.  I had to use 18db and it is by far the worse I have even experienced.  I had an AX100 as a second camera and the noise was surprisingly far better than the Z190.   Im bummed and was hopeful, especially after selling my Z150 for the Z190.   Z150 not great in low light but far less noisy.   I wanted to believe these 1/3 sensors were going to show an improvement but unfortunately not the case for me.
    Date published: 2018-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vastly superior to my NX5U What a difference eight years makes in camcorder technology! I bought the Z190 as a replacement for my trusty NX5U and I'm loving it. Even though this camera is UHD with 3 densely packed 1/3" sensors, the low light capability is much better than my old camera. I can boost the gain to 18db and the image still looks great, on the NX5U, 18db was unusable. The 25x zoom is really nice, I shot an event from the back of a large room (about 100 ft at least) and got some tight close up shots from that distance that I wouldn't have been able to do before. I like the MI shoe connection for the Sony wireless receiver I use with it, no need for an audio cable or batteries in the receiver. The advanced face detection focus feature works really well and will definitely save time for run-and-gun interviews.
    Date published: 2018-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from New and Better Replacement I bought this to replace the Sony PXW-Z150 that I had just purchased in February this year...What a difference this Z190 is...the 25 times zoom, the low-light capability, the advance face-detection are all welcomed improvements. Battery life with the included U30 is limited, I recommend buying the U60...I did and can't wait to put it to the test. The one thing I miss is the 120 slo-mo frames per second...but I'm hoping SONY will put it in an upcoming firmware.
    Date published: 2018-10-05
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I returned it. Pros = Great body design and great pro menu features Cons = Terrible image quality - Heavy purple fringing on the long end - Extremely soft wide open  - Only gets sharp at f4 - Massively heavy amounts of noise reduction artifacts at all gain levels. I returned it. If the final output of a camera is this bad, it doesnt matter how good the menu features are. The Z150s 1inch-type sensor image quality output is light years ahead of this camera.
    Date published: 2018-11-17
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