Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder

Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder

Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder

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  • Single 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 30p
  • HD up to 120 fps
  • Sony G Lens with 12x Optical Zoom
  • 18/24x Clear Image Zoom/48x Digital Zoom
  • Discrete Manual Focus, Zoom, Iris Rings
  • XAVC, AVC/H.264, AVCHD 2.0, MPEG-4
  • Slow and Quick Motion Function
  • Two SD Memory Card Slots, Wi-Fi
  • 2 x 3-Pin XLR Audio Inputs
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Sony PXW-Z150 Overview

  • 1Description

The PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder from Sony brings high-quality performance, adaptability, and ease of use to a compact, handheld body that is the same size as the HXR-NX100. Suitable for corporate video, house of worship, and legal deposition recording. The camcorder features a single Exmor RS sensor with a UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Sony G lens with 12x optical zoom range, and 18/24x Clear Image Zoom in 4K/HD. It can record 4K in XAVC Long at 4:2:0 8-bit, and HD in XAVC Long at 4:2:2 10-bit at 50 Mb/s, as well as MPEG2HD at 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 in 8-bit only. The integrated zoom lens features individual lens control rings for focus, iris, and zoom, and produces smooth-rounded-out-of-focus highlights. The lens can be used in either full-auto mode with servo control, or as a completely manually operated lens.

The camcorder supports storing up to 6 picture profiles and allows you share profiles; the camera also 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 GOP recording of 4K UHD video at up to 29.97p, HD up to 59.94p, MPEG HD up to 59.94p, and AVCHD 2.0 up to 59.94p. Your footage is recorded to media via two SD memory card slots. You can choose to record simultaneously to both cards or use the relay mode which switches recording automatically to the second memory card when the first one is full. It features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The PXW-Z150 features two 3-pin XLR audio inputs that support line, mic, and mic + 48V (phantom power) for using external microphones; you can also use the PXW-Z150's built-in microphone to record audio when shooting. The camcorder also includes Night Shot capability for shooting in extremely dim lighting conditions as well as date/time stamp, and timecode functionality.

1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
The PXW-Z150 incorporates a 1.0"-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor with approximately 14.2 million effective pixels. The R designation signifies that this is a backside illuminated sensor, and the S designation refers to the buffer design, and that it is able to read the information off the sensor much faster than a non-S designated sensor.
Depth of Field
The 1.0"-type offers more shallow depth of field than 1/2.88"-type or smaller sensors.
Sony G Lens with 12x Optical Zoom, 24x Clear Image Zoom
The PXW-Z150 is supplied with a fixed 12x optical zoom wide-angle Sony G lens, equivalent to a 29 to 348mm 35mm lens. The 12x optical zoom can be extended via Sony's Clear Image Zoom technology to deliver an apparent 18x zoom range in 4K. In HD the 12x optical zoom can be doubled to 24x with Clear Image Zoom, and the Digital Extender function can double this range again, up to 48x zoom.
Frame Rate Flexibility
The camera records UHD 4K video (3840 x 2160p) at 29.97, 25, and 23.98 fps, in XAVC Long GOP in a choice of 100 Mb/s or 60 Mb/s. You can also select to record HD video instead of 4K, which allows you to not only record at standard frame rates up to 59.94p, but also engage Sony's S&Q Motion, for recording HD video at 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, and 60 fps.
Multiple Codec Choice
You can select to record in XAVC Long GOP (4K/1080p), MPEG HD at 4:2:2 or 4:2:0, or AVCHD 2.0 at a variety of data rates.
Lens Control
Three lens rings enable smooth, natural adjustment of focus, zoom, and iris control. The rings are not mechanically linked to the lens movement, but there is a mechanical feel to the rings. However, they are endlessly rotating, which protects your lens elements from pinning, and the faster you rotate the lens ring the more reactive the result. The lens can also be used in full-auto mode or completely manual for maximum creative control.
Built-In ND Filters
The PXW-Z150 is equipped with a ND Filter function, allowing you to choose four conventional mechanical ND filter positions (Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND and 1/64ND) for better exposure and depth of field control.
Media Slots
The PXW-Z150 is equipped with two memory card slots, one of which is for SDHC/SDXC cards only, while the other slot is compatible with SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2)/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo cards.

Two media slots can be used to record in either "SIMUL" or "RELAY" mode. "RELAY" mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full, while "SIMUL" mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards. You can choose to record the same file to the second slot, creating an instant copy, or record a lower quality proxy for post.
Multi-Interface Shoe
The Multi-Interface Shoe expands your options to use accessories without cables, such as the optional HVL-LBPC Video Light or the UWP-D wireless microphone series.
Picture Profiles
You can fine-tune the look of movies before shooting by adjusting up to 99 parameters such as gamma, knee, black level, color model, color level, color phase, and more. Adjusted parameters can be saved along with other settings as a profile, and up to six profiles can be stored for later recall.

You can copy the settings from one PXW-Z150 to another PXW-Z150 so that user can shoot with multiple cameras in the same settings. The picture profiles only work with the same model of camera.
Using the camcorder's built-in Wi-Fi capability you can FTP files directly from the camcorder or live stream over Wi-Fi without having to add any additional accessories. You can also use the camcorder's Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to remotely pair it to your iOS or Android mobile devices running the Content Browser Mobile app, giving you remote control over focus, zoom, iris, white balance, REC start/stop, and more
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Sony PXW-Z150 Specs

Image Sensor 1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
Sensor Resolution 20.00 MP
Effective Sensor Resolution 14.2 MP
Gain -3 to 33 dB
Minimum Illumination 1.7 lux
White Balance Range 2300 to 15,000K
Focal Length 9.3 to 111.6mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29 to 348mm
Optical Zoom Ratio 12x
Max Digital Zoom 48x
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 to 4.5
Filter Size 62 mm
Image Stabilization Optical
Focus Control Autofocus
Manual Focus
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
Recording Modes XAVC-L 4:2:0 8-Bit:
3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (60 to 100 Mb/s) 
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (25 to 50 Mb/s) 
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (35 to 50 Mb/s) 
1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 
MPEG2 4:2:2:
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (50 Mb/s) 
1280 x 720p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 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 1080i: 120 fps
1080i: 100 fps
1080i: 1 to 60 fps
1080i: 1 to 50 fps
Audio Recording 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
Video Connectors 1 x RCA (Composite) Output
1 x HDMI Output
1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
Audio Connectors 1 x Stereo 2RCA Output
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 2.5 mm LANC Control 
1 x USB Micro-B 
Wireless Interfaces 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
Display Type LCD
Screen Size 3.5"
Screen Resolution 1,560,000 Dots
Screen Size .39"
EVF Resolution 1,440,000 Dots
Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
Power Consumption 6.6 W
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Accessory Mount 1 x Multi-Interface Shoe
Dimensions 6.7 x 7.4 x 14.6" / 171.3 x 187.8 x 371.3 mm
Weight 5.1 lb / 2.3 kg

Sony PXW-Z150 Reviews

PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM Camcorder is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 73.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A 422/4KUHD replacement for the EX3 I have been waiting for a good all-in-one camera to replace the EX3/EX1 and this is IT! So great to have HD 422 and UHD with a fantastic G series clear scan lens. Bought two for a week long job and enjoyed the small footprint and quick setup compared to the unwieldy and quirky FS7/FS5 and slow interchangeable kit lenses. The reviewer that returned his camera due to the EVF turning off didn't read the manual to know it has two settings. Too bad, because it's a great camera and makes a beautiful picture. 120 slo mo is quite good at this price point and beats the socks off the FS5's 8 second burst slo mo. A great product, once again, from a great company.
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, Just Excellent I've been using Sony A7S, Sony FS7, Sony A7SII, Canon C100 and BMPCC for the past few years. It's crazy to think this way but I actually enjoy the Sony PXW-Z150 more than any of those other cams. There is just something so beautiful about having a small self contained package that can do it all... 10 bit, 4:2:2, good low light, UHD, XLR audio, internal ND, slow motion and a great zoom range for only three grand. It really doesn't get better than this. I can totally see myself grabbing z150 instead of the FS7 on some jobs. It's just so much faster to use.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but could be better I have owned a lot of Sony cameras for the last 30 years. This one reminds me of the EX1 which was a work horse. But it has a couple of flaws that make me give it four stars. Lens is only 2.8 and not through the full zoom. EX1 was 1.8, huge difference and the Z150 is terrible in low light. Other is the lens only goes to F11, come on, I use F16 all the time for deep depth of field. On the positive side the picture is nice, 120fps in 1080 is great, and built in ND for me is a must. Battery life is great, and audio is broadcast standard. View Finder is OK, I know people love it, but the eye piece is too small. LCD is very nice. Would I buy it again, yes for the money it is a great camera
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well for stage and drama productions. Now that I have been using this camera for over a year, It performs very well for stage and drama productions. I find that low light is not a problem when leaving the camera at 0dB Gain while leaving on the auto iris. I have used it as a wide shot and as a zoom camera. It is harder to find the correct focus as a wide camera but once set, it is great. I do not like where Sony put the controls, but I just get used to it. I use a Sony RM1BP Remote Commander to control the zoom lens and that works great. I have included a picture of the camera recording a scene in very low light. I recommend this Camcorder.
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Button placement is my only complaint I have only had the z150 for about a month but so far, I am very happy with the product. I upgraded from a second hand NX5u and can definitely see the difference in picture. The single frame gives a great depth of field and although I won't be using it often, the 4k component is a nice addition. The only issue I have with the camera is having the navigation buttons on the top of the camera. I film a lot of conferences where the camera needs to be up fairly high so not seeing the buttons every time can be a struggle.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LCD screen going dark is not a defect In an earlier review someone else said . . . I retuned the camera brcause the LED screen go out when camera moves. Beware of it. It's too bad you returned this great camera before you got to know it because is not defective. The camera has a gorgeous OLED viewfinder at the rear of the camera. Absolutely fantastic picture. But OLEDs have a shorter lifespan than LCD screens and so Sony builds proximity sensors into their cameras that automatically turn the OLED off when it can tell you are not looking through it. Whenever the OLED turns off, the picture appears on the flip-out LCD screen instead (which is also excellent). And then when the camera senses you have put your eyeball back to the viewfinder, it automatically switches the image to the OLED. Unfortunately, the proximity sensor can sometimes be fooled by your hands or other body parts coming too close to the viewfinder and the picture will switch from the LCD to the OLED even when you didn't want to. Yes, that can be annoying if you aren't used to it. But you can turn off the automatic switching. There is a little switch on the side of the OLED viewfinder that will let you turn it off completely so the picture is always on the LCD panel and it won't unexpectedly turn off. It works great. I've only had my Z150 for a couple of days but I can already tell it is a fantastic camera -- especially for the price.
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Bang for the Realistic Buck For a $3,000 camera, you get quite a bit more than $3,000 of quality. Sony sure makes great gear. I use this for recorded DVD teachings, live streaming live teachings, and shooting some cinematic scenes/films as well. It is amazing at this level and has lots of control, options, and strength of its parameters. Don't expect the same flexibility and options as a $20k or $60k camera (ie, you can't change lenses), but do expect to get everything you need and a lot more if you're not shooting top-of-the-line Hollywood productions 24/7.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good 4K Machine For semi and Professional filmmaker, this XDCAM have a lot of functions Auto/Manual control, 3ND filters, S&Q motion with 1 to 120 fps, audio microphone level 1-2/1-1/2-2 canal, 2 SD slot, good zoom X18, 3 manual rings focus/zoom/iris. The UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) 30p isawesome when you use the PP2 and PP4 unchanged from the firm. If you are a perfectionist and make short video (not long recording) you will be happier with the Sony A7RS or Sony A6300/6500. For filmmaker it's a great camera, love this machine. I recommend the Sony PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM.
Date published: 2017-02-08
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I purchased the Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Mic to use in the PXW-Z150 mic clamp, but it doesn't fit - too loose. Is there a spacer or adapter that will make this work? I'd like to make use of this built-in clamp, to free up the shoe for something else.
Asked by: Ben G.
Hi Benedict G.,I had the same problem but came up with an easy fix.I wrapped two pieces of Rip-Tie RipWrap Non Adhesive Tape around the mic.Wrap around as many layers as needed to make it fit snug and you're good to go.Works great!Engle
Answered by: Engle M.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Will NFC Type 3 work with any wireless headphones for ENG work?
Asked by: Dave
This version of NFC is only listed for file transfer or remote operation. I see no connection to the audio circuitry.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Will the PXW-Z150 record 4K internally and simultaneously down-convert to output 1080 via the SDI? The PXW-X70 does not output any video signal SDI/HDMI while recording 4K, which is a major shortcoming discovered only after purchasing.
Asked by: Jon G.
I was here looking at these questions and answers because I'm having a problem with my Z150. I got a Blackmagic 4K Assist monitor/recorder (my eyes aren't what they use to be) so that I can focus and use it more readily outdoors. Unfortunately, with the camera set to record UHD and output HD through the HDMI port, it works great until I put it into record. Then it drops the video over the HDMI output. VERY disappointing on an otherwise excellent camera.
Answered by: Lewis K.
Date published: 2019-06-05


Hi, this is a great price. How much would it cost to ship to the UK? Is this a service you offer? Thank you. Danny
Asked by: Nilbog M.
You may calculate your actual shipping options/order totals by adding the items you want to a shopping cart. It will then list the shipping options, descriptions, ETA's and fees to your location.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Which features and functions of the Sony z150 can ...

Which features and functions of the Sony z150 can I control with the Sony Content Browser from an iPhone?
Asked by: Bill
Hi Bill S., please check page 78 of the owner’s manual “Using With Smartphone” section for functions and limitations: Regards, Erin
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-04-04


how do you set it to shoot 120 fps?
Asked by: Dave
Sony puts the high FPS selection in the S&Q or Slow & Quick section of the menu. 1 Press the MENU button A.2 Select (CAMERA SET) > S&QMOTION > HIGH FRAME RATE>ON with the V/v/B/b/SET buttonB.3 Select REC FORMAT. (This will be based on the regular recording format you have previously selected, I.E. NTSC or PAL)4 Select a recording format.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26


How many stops of DN does this have?
Asked by: Brinton M.
I believe you are asking about Dynamic Range. The PXW-Z150 has, for the first time in this type of camcorder, a stacked sensor which allows bigger pixels in the same space as before. This is due to putting electronics behind the pixel rather than on it. Thus there is more area to gather light. Sony claims It has better sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and more benefits for the end user. As to the numbers of stops of dynamic range this camera, Sony has yet to list that number. Since DR is subjective and dependent on how and who the testing is done by, DR is often not listed. Since this is not a high end digital cinema camera, it would be safe to say that it does not have those high number of stops and is probably in the high single digit range.That being said, I have no doubt this camera will do very well in most any low light situation you throw at it.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2019-04-22


How can the pixel count be 20MP @ 3840 x 2160 ?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Exmor RS CMOS sensor is a stacked, rear illuminated 20MP sensor. That number represents the total number of pixels on the sensor. The effective number of picture elements is about 14.2MP with the maximum video resolution being 3840 x 2160. With a 3840 x 2160 using about 8MP, the 5MP unaccounted for would be a question for Sony. Please email us if you wish for us to contact them.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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