NAB 2016: Sony launches 4K PXW-Z450 camcorder

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Sony's PXW-Z450 ENG camcorder
4K shouldermount: Sony's PXW-Z450 ENG camcorder
Sony's PXW-Z450 ENG camcorder
4K shouldermount: Sony’s PXW-Z450 ENG camcorder

Sony is to release its first 4K shouldermount ENG camcorder, the PXW-Z450.

The new camcorder is based around the popular broadcast 2/3 inch format and the B4 lens mount. The PXW-Z450 records UHD video (3840 x 2160) using a new Exmor R CMOS chip. The camcorder records in XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, as well as the HD broadcast standard, 1080p, in 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 as MPEG files.

The new camcorder is similar externally to Sony’s existing HD model, the PXW-X400. The X400 is a three chip design, and like the Z450, supports external viewfinders and has built-in Ethernet for streaming. In fact, Sony will be offering a 4K upgrade kit for the PXW-X400 alongside the 4K PXW-Z450.

Viewfinder options include Sony’s HDVF-EL30 and HDVF-EL20, both of which use OLED screens. The camcorder also uses standard V-Lock batteries, and supports Sony’s drop-in radio mic receiver, removing the need for additional power and cabling.

As well as the in-built Ethernet connection, the PXW-Z450 can transmit files wirelessly, using an optional wireless LAN add on. An Online button makes it easy to transmit proxy files over the network, and the camcorder can stream whilst recording 4K footage for later editing.

Sony has not yet announce pricing or availability.

Super motion HDC-4800

Sony also used NAB to announce a 4K “super motion” camera capable of 8x slow motion. Aimed at sports and live events coverage, the HDC-4800 camera head can film at 8x speed in 4K and 16x in HD. As a 4K camera, the HDC-4800 also supports dynamic cutout and zoom.

The HDC-4800 can be paired with Sony’s BPU-4800 baseband processor unit, which is also a replay server. The unit can record up to four hours of 8x, 4K video, and allow instant playback for replay and slow motion. The camera will go on sale in August.