For unobtrusiveness, agility and ubiquitous newsgathering, the PXW-Z90V offers the highest performance Sony has ever built into a palm-sized XDCAM camera. With advances like 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, Instant HDR, a large 1" (1.0-type) Exmor RS image sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, you'll capture images of superlative quality. And with 3G-SDI output, 2.4 / 5 GHz wireless streaming and compatibility with Sony's XDCAM air production system, you'll fit right into the broadcast environment.
Fast Hybrid Auto Focus with Advanced Features
Fast or unpredictable subject motion can trip up the Contrast Detection auto focus of conventional camcorders. The PXW-Z90V stays ahead of the action using Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF). This system combines both Contrast Detection and Phase.
Some 273 reference points cover 84% of the sensor area to lock onto moving subjects from sports and dance to natural history and breaking news. Selecting the focus area is as simple as touching the camera's LCD monitor screen. Additional features include 4K face detection, object tracking and adjustments for AF Tracking Depth. They all work together seamlessly to capture fast-moving subjects with consistent sharpness.
4x Area settings are provided for maximum flexibility: Wide, Zone, Center and Flexible Spot.
Auto Focus Subject Tracking facilitates capturing objects moving in a narrow or wide space. Switching sensitivity sets the response for shifting focus between subjects and can be set to lock onto tracking a single subject.
Instant HDR Workflow with HLG
With the ability to reproduce images from deep shadows to piercing highlights, 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) televisions are sweeping the market and demand for HDR production is booming. While broadcasters recognize the benefits of HDR, they still need to deliver content quickly and effectively. The PXW-Z90V meets this demand with Sony's Instant HDR workflow. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) recording captures HDR, yet plays back beautifully on both HDR and conventional monitors and televisions. There's no need to devote extra time to post-production work and color grading. For added versatility, the camera also provides S-Log3 encoding.
Slow & Quick Motion in Full HD XAVC 10-bit 4:2:2
The PXW-Z90V delivers continuous 1-120 frames per second (fps) Slow & Quick Motion in Full HD XAVC 10-bit 4:2:2. For 24p projects, the result is gorgeous 5x slow motion. There's no sacrifice in bit depth and no "windowing" of the sensor. Compared to normal frame rates, there's no crop factor, no loss in angle of view. You also get beautiful time lapse sequences down to 1 fps. And burst mode recording offers even higher frame rates - 240 fps, 480 fps and 960 fps - at specific resolutions.
The PXW-Z90V offers three trigger modes and recording can be stopped anytime START TRIGGER is selected.
During Super Slow Motion shooting, the readout from the image sensor is temporarily stored in the internal high speed cache memory. Then the data is processed into recording format and is written to the MS/SD memory.
2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi Networking with Support for XDCAM Air Production System
The PXW-Z90V includes both 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi as standard.
Ustream Direct Streaming enables you to share scenes as they happen with high quality picture and sound - No switcher required. Sony's QoS Streaming achieves high quality and high stability over a single cellphone channel (with carrier dongle and service, sold separately). You get viewing at a remote location with setup controlled from the camera's menu.
Integration with XDCAM air provides the ability to automatically upload proxy footage to the cloud so editing can start immediately. Journalists and editors can access uploaded content from any location. When news breaks, teams can even start logging clips when shooting's still going on, for even faster time-to-air. Smartphone or tablet remote control is also provided. You can operate the camera - and view the image - from a smartphone or tablet using Sony's free Content Browser Mobile app (requires iOS 9.0 - 10.3 or Android 4.4 - 7.1 operating system). You can even connect compatible devices with one-touch NFC authentication.
Simple Live Solution when Combined with MCX-500 Live Producer and RM-30BP Remote
The PXW-Z90V works seamlessly with the MCX-500 and RM-30BP remote to form a cost-effective Live Production System. A Tally indicator will automatically appear on each camera's LCD panel and viewfinder. A red icon indicates when the shot is live (PGM) while Green indicates preview mode (NEXT). The MCX-500 supports mixing between eight video sources, four stereo embedded audio channels plus two XLR Inputs, and a dedicated Title Input. . There are both internal recording and live streaming via Ustream, Facebook Live and YouTube Live. (Facebook Live and YouTube Live require V2.0 firmware.)
Optional Wireless Timecode Link (CBKZ-WTCL) and MPEG HD Licenses
The optional CBKZ-WTCL allows Wireless Timecode Link synchronization using the free Content Browser Mobile 3.0 app and devices running iOS (9.0 - 10.3) or Android (4.4 - 7.1) operating systems. Sync to your choice of camcorder or to a time that you determine.
High-Resolution OLED Viewfinder
For precise manual focus, Sony's 0.39-type OLED viewfinder combines high brightness and contrast with the resolution of 2359K dots. The highly responsive viewfinder also eliminates color breaking. For added flexibility in composing shots, Sony supplements the viewfinder with a 3.5-type 1550K dot touchscreen LCD monitor.
Dual XLR Inputs
The detachable handle has two XLR mic inputs. Even if you remove the handle, a stereo mini jack mic input on the body is still available. It's ideal for shooting in confined spaces, such as a car interior, or when mounting on a gimbal.
Dual Media Slots with Relay and Simul Mode Selection
To extend recording time and flexibility, the camera provides two slots for SDXC and SDHC cards. Slot 1 is also compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) / PRO-HG Duo cards. To take advantage, Relay mode automatically switches recording to the second memory card when the first is full. Simul mode enables simultaneous recording to two memory cards (for example to create an immediate back-up version). The two Start/Stop buttons on the handle grip and camcorder body can independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.
3G-SDI Output for Integration into a Broadcast Environment
To support the broadcast environment, the PXW-Z90V incorporates 3G-SDI output, HDMI terminal, and a Multi/Micro USB port that accommodates composite video and analog audio output. The camera can send a Rec Trigger signal to an external recorder via 3G-SDI or HDMI connection
For maximum flexibility, all three video outputs - 3G-SDI, HDMI and composite - are active during 4K (3840 x 2160) recording.