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

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Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3" Sensor XDCAM Camcorder
Key Features
  • Three 1/3" Exmor R CMOS Sensors
  • 4K 60p Recording
  • Integrated 25x Sony G Optical Zoom Lens
  • Electronic Variable ND Filter
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.
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Sony PXW-Z190 Overview

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

Sony PXW-Z190 Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 8.3 Megapixel
Sensor Type3-Chip 1/3"-Type CMOS Sensor
Built-In ND FilterMechanical 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 TypeVideo Only
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 1/24 Second
Minimum Illumination0.02 Lux
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesXAVC-L
3840 x 2160 at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [150 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 50i/59.94i [50 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 50p/59.94p [50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [35 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 50i/59.94i [35 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 50i/59.94i [25 Mb/s]
DV
720 x 480 at 59.94i
720 x 480 at 29.97PsF
720 x 576 at 50i
720 x 576 at 25PsF
Recording LimitUp to 445 Minutes
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingXAVC: 4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
IP StreamingYes
Interface
Video I/O1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Other I/O1 x BNC (Timecode) Input/Output
1 x Micro-USB
2 x USB-A
1 x RJ45 (LAN)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), NFC
Monitor
Size3.5"
Resolution1,560,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (LCD)
Size0.39"
Resolution2,360,000 Dot
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Manual Focus
General
Battery TypeSony BP-U Series
Accessory Mount1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe
Built-In Video LightNo
Dimensions (W x H x D)7.5 x 8 x 16.5" / 190 x 202 x 419.7 mm (With Protrusions)
Weight5.07 lb / 2.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight11.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20 x 11 x 11"

Sony PXW-Z190 Reviews

Your Phone Is Better

By Michael
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

All of the special features in the world cannot hide the fact that this camera's image quality is terrible. I've tried different shooting formats, I've tried improving my lighting, but nothing works. The video quality produced by this camera is *not* professional level (one co-worker comment that the picture didn't look HD. Keep in mind, he was looking at a 4K image). On my live event shoots, I use my Galaxy S20 as a back-up, and the image on that phone is *always* superior. Maybe the lens for the Z190 is fine, but if the sensor is poor quality, the lens won't matter. A complete waste of $4,000.

Stay away very bad camera

By Norman
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-13

Okay my BH friends I own several video cameras over the last 15 years and never left any reviews, but for this camera I feel I Have to do it and warning all my Bh friends to stay away from this camera I order one? Takes 3 months to get it I was excited then quality was very bad I that was the camera after talking with Sony support, then retuned and other another one and the same problem quality is very bad, the lens wife is less than older modes why? I don’t know since this camera as the same lens of the Sony Pxw-x160 or x180 and the older version of Sony better quality on low light wide angle lens, let’s not forget the quality of the body very bad material and cheap make material, the new futures are workless let’s say you want to use the face option makes ur video even noise, I don’t used anyways and I don’t needed, let’s say you wan to do 4K oh no don’t even try so at the end all I can say I feel very disappointed with Sony for many years best cameras for light light or any condition very well make body and now very cheap and very bad quality! I highly recommend if you going to spend this money get the Sony pxw-x160 or x180 same specs but better quality and better construction on the body and wider lens even that as the same lens is this one so again STAY AWAY.

Amazing product

By Enoch
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-06

It has the best features more than I need. Many outlets sports of all types. USB, HDMI BNC wow! Light weight and amazing pictures. I love this masterpiece technology in videography

Nice Camera

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-12

I hear a lot of negative about this camera but I have no complaints. I primarily use it for outside shooting so the poor low light issues I do not have. The focus is solid so far. No back focus issues. I owned and a Sony NX3 before so this is quite a jump up. The only thing I wish this camera had was a remote control for playback of your videos. The 25x zoom is great. Not a fan of the digital zoom. I do not shoot in 4k yet but the HD picture quality is excellent. I just need to find a pan bar zoom remote that will allow for slower zooms.

New IPhone is Better

By Dorian
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-02

We own 3 previous versions of Sony Camcorders Two 7 year old NXCAM and in 2019 we purchased a new NX5R NX CAM and these camcorders are great. Because these former Sony Camcorders were so great we ordered the new PXW-Z190 4K XD CAM March 2020 . The optics on this camera are horrible. Low light is not good at all and The edges of the frame make things round . Example straight lines have very noticeable curves. will camcorder will make people look fat. Our IPhones do extremely better quality video than this camcorder.

JUNK!

By jay
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-04

So disappointed intros camera, image terrible, focus terrible, low light terrible. DO NOT WIST YOUR MONEY!

2 units, both broken

By Erik
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-30

We purchased two of these. Both broke with very little usage. They were purchased in 2018 and 2019, and then barely used from 2020-2022. It is now March 202. Both units have broken focus servos, and one of them has both a broken SDI out and HDMI out. We have 10 other cameras in inventory and none of them have broken with as little use as these ones have.

Returned it for abysmal low light performance

By David
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-04

The Z190 was supposed to fill a need I had for higher-end educational videography at great price point, but it just couldn't do it. Let me say this, though... if you will never (or rarely shoot) indoors (even with secondary lighting) then this is a GREAT camera! Simply awesome if every other category. However, it is abysmal in low light... worse than my 11 year-old Sony AX2000 HD camera (I compared both at the same time). The Z190 is at least TWO stops darker than the AX2000. I was dumbfounded how a new camera could be worse than a decade old camera for light gathering. Since I shoot primarily indoors with natural or some secondary lighting, I had to return it after just two days of testing. There were no settings that would fix such a deficit. I am buying the Z280 instead for $3K more; it's 2-4 stops better than the Z190 according to Doug Jensen's Master Class.

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Asked by: Conrad
The PXW-Z190 can record 4K 60P in 4:2:0 8-bit. If you need 4K 60P in 4:2:2 10-bit, the PXW-Z280 is is the choice for you.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

What kind of files does this camera record ...

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Asked by: Pedro
The quality code of this camcorder is XAVC-L. That can be read by Adobe Premiere.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2018-11-07

Any new firmware for the Z190 that fixes any ...

Any new firmware for the Z190 that fixes any problems or adds new features?
Asked by: Mike
The latest update is from February 2021 and it gives the camera variety of new features. You can check all the updates on Sony's website.
Answered by: Stephen
Date published: 2021-05-09

Does this camera have picture profiles like the ...

Does this camera have picture profiles like the FS5?
Asked by: William
They call it saving Configuration Data or Scene files which can be stored to a variety of memory cards that the z190 has for sd card or memory stick. Simply make your settings in paint, gamma knee etc...Then store in a scene file the equivalent of picture profile so you can better match other cameras or just use setups from the many out there available online. Alister Chapman has quite a few... Look at page 44 in the z190 user manual which is available online. For the price it's a great camera! We match it up to our Sony F55.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-11-02

Does video out work on HDMI and SDI ...

Does video out work on HDMI and SDI simultaneously or is it one or the other??
Asked by: JAMES
Hello James, yes will output video by HDMI and SDI at the same time.
Answered by: Ariel
Date published: 2021-10-14

Does the longer zoom from the 1/3" sensor make up ...

Does the longer zoom from the 1/3" sensor make up for worse low-light performance? What is your use case?
Asked by: Cale
I bought it for the long zoom but I use it in a church with plenty of theater lighting. It’s set to zero gain at f4 and I get a clean image.
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2021-04-01

question

What are the hour of each battery the BP-30,60 & 90?
Asked by: Anonymous
The approximate times for the BP-U90 is 3 hours and 15 minutes, the BP-U60 is 2 hours and 10 minutes and the BP-U30 is 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2018-12-24

question

Does This Cam Have Fast Hybrid AF?
Asked by: Hemant J.
No.
Answered by: Sony Support Sony Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27
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