4K Handheld XDCAM® Memory Camcorder
4K for all
Previously the exclusive domain of feature films and high-end production, 4K is now available for corporate
video, event video, education and houses of worship. Sony introduces the PXW-Z100, the one-piece handheld
camcorder that makes the phenomenal imagery of 4K available to anyone, anywhere, for any application. With
the PXW-Z100, you can shoot incredibly rich, superbly robust 1080p HD, then switch over to 4K (4096 x 2160) or 4K
TV-friendly Quad Full HD (3840 x 2160), whenever you need them. Choose frame rates from 24p to 60p. Because
the camera uses the same XAVC™ Intra 4:2:2 codec as Sony’s high-end F55, your pictures are superb. Because
the ergonomics are based on Sony’s popular standard handheld camcorders, the operation is friendly and
familiar. And because the camera captures 4K, it’s ready for whatever you’re shooting today—and tomorrow.
4K 60p in a handheld camera
Sony’s amazing XAVC codec
With the PXW-Z100, high resolution and high sensitivity go
hand in hand. The 1/2.3” sensor boasts 8.8 million effective
pixels, while back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS technology
delivers impressive low-light performance. The sophisticated
optics of Sony’s 4K-rated G Lens provides a generous 20x
zoom, plus a versatile 30mm wide angle (4K mode, 35mm full
frame equivalent).
The PXW-Z100 boasts the same high-end XAVC™ Intra codec
as the F55 digital motion picture camera. You get the power of
4:2:2 color, the dynamic expression of 10-bit recording and the
accuracy of all-I-frame encoding, which compresses each
frame individually. Based on industry-standard AVC/H.264
compression, XAVC recording is already compatible with
leading dailies, editing and color correction tools. You get 4K,
QFHD or HD at frame rates from 24p to 60p. The maximum 4K
bit rate is 600 Mbps (60p) while the top HD
bit rate is 223 Mbps (50/60p).
Upgrade path to XAVC LongGOP
For extended recording time, Sony plans to offer XAVC LongGOP
and the popular AVCHD™ codec as a firmware update
planned for the middle of 2014. AVCHD files are particularly well
suited to the Blu-ray Disc® playback environment.
Advanced XQD memory cards
Keeping up with the impressive data rates of XAVC 4K
recording takes some equally impressive memory. The
PXW-Z100 features two slots for XQD® memory cards, which
have been standardized by the CompactFlash Association.
The system takes advantage of the familiar PCI Express
interface and a Sony-developed controller to support stable
recording at up to 600 Mbps. For best performance, we
recommend S Series QD-S32E and QD-S64E cards.
Intra 422 10-bit
Intra 422 10-bit
Frame Rate
Bit Rate
300 Mbps
250 Mbps
Rec. Time 32GB x1
Rec. Time 64GB x1
Rec. Time 64GB x2
600 Mbps
5 min
10 min
20 min
500 Mbps
7 min
15 min
30 min
10 min
20 min
40 min
10 min
25 min
50 min
240 Mbps
10 min
30 min
60 min
223 Mbps
15 min
30 min
60 min
223 Mbps
15 min
30 min
60 min
112 Mbps
30 min
60 min
120 min
112 Mbps
30 min
60 min
120 min
89 Mbps
30 min
75 min
150 min
(2 slot
(2 slot
Slot A
Automatically switches the media
when the prior media is full
Relay recording
For extended shoots, the PXW-Z100 provides relay recording
between the two card slots. You can begin a recording session
on one card, then automatically switch to another—and even
replace the first card and switch back! Maximum session
duration is 13 hours. (With current NLEs, spanned clips cannot
be combined. Depending on NLE, audio may be discontinuous
at the breaks.)
Slot B
High-quality audio
Two XLR connectors support professional microphones such as
the Sony ECM-680S and wireless microphone systems such as
the UWP-V1 (sold separately). By combining the built-in stereo
microphone with the external microphone input, you can
record up to four channels of 24-bit/48-kHz audio.
4K HDMI and 3G HD-SDI outputs
The HDMI® output delivers 4K/60p and 4K/50p to
Sony 4K BRAVIA® televisions. For broader
compatibility, Sony plans to release a firmware
upgrade* when the HDMI standard is enhanced
to support 4K 50/60p. The 3G HD-SDI output
supports 1080/60p and provides HD output
during 4K recording. (The camera cannot
output 4K (HDMI) and HD (3G HD-SDI)
*Planned availability Summer 2014.
Time code input/output
A true professional, the PXW-Z100 provides time
code input and output, vital to multi-camera
Wi-Fi remote control
For operating flexibility, you can control record
start/stop, focus, zoom and aperture from a
smartphone browser.
Creative paint functions
The PXW-Z100 affords exceptional creative control with adjustable
gamma curve, black level, skin detail, color and more. You can even
save these parameters to a memory card as a camera profile. Then use
your profile on another PXW-Z100 for precise matching in multi-camera
Powerful focus assist
Because focus is especially critical on 4K content, Sony provides auto
focus and one-touch auto focus, plus powerful support for manual
focus, including color peaking and focus magnifier.
Shutter Speed
1/3 sec to 1/9,000 sec
Slow & Quick Motion Function
1080p: Frame rate selectable 1,2,4,8,15,30,60 fps in NTSC mode
from 1,2,3,6,12,25,50 fps in PAL mode
White Balance
Preset (Outdoor: 5600K), A, B
0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27 dB, AGC
Approx. 7 7/16 x 7 19/32 x 14 1/4 inches, 189 x 193 x 362 mm
(without protrusions)
Gamma Curve
Power Requirements
7.2 V (battery pack); 12.0 V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption
Approx. 14.9 W (while recording, EVF On)
Approx. 15.2 W (while recording, LCD monitor On)
Audio Input
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
Composite Output
Composite Video Out (RCA pin)
Audio Output
RCA pin
SDI Output
BNC (x1), HD/SD selectable
Timecode Input / Output
RCA pin (x1) IN/OUT selectale
mini-B/USB2.0 Hi-speed/mass-storage (x1),
TypeA/USB2.0 Hi-speed /Host*1 (x1)
Headphone Output
Stereo mini jack ø3.5 mm (x1)
Speaker Output
DC Input
DC jack
Approx 5 lb 6.75 oz, 2.46 kg
Approx. 6 lb 6.7 oz, 2.91 kg
(with lens hood, eyecup, NP-F970 battery, ECM-XM1 Mic)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Operating Temperature
32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Storage Temperature
-4°F to +140°F (-20°C to +60°C)
Battery Operating Time
Approx. 165 mins with NP-F970 battery
(while recording, EVF ON, LCD monitor Off)
Recording Format (Video)
XAVC (AVC/H.264 High 4:2:2 Intra Profile VBR)
XAVC 4K 4096 x 2160 or
3840 x 2160
59.94p: 600 Mbps max, 50p: 500 Mbps max
29.97p: 300 Mbps max, 25p: 250 Mbps max,
23.98p: 240 Mbps max
XAVC HD 1920 x 1080
59.94p, 50p: 223 Mbps max
29.97p, 25p: 113 Mbps max, 23.98p: 89 Mbps max
Stereo mini mini jack ø2.5 mm (x1)
HDMI Output
Type A (x1)
Recording Format (Audio)
LPCM 8CH (2CH recording/playback), 24-bit, 48-kHz
Recording/Playback Time
(with QD-S64E [64 GB] memory
4K 59.94p mode: Approx 10 min
4K 50p mode: Approx 15 min
4K 29.97p mode: Approx 20 min
4K 25p mode: Approx 25 min
4K 23.98p mode: Approx 30 min
HD 59.94p, 50p mode: Approx 30 min
HD 29.97p, 25p mode: Approx 60 min
HD 23.98p mode: Approx 75 min
0.45-inch type color LCD: 852 [H] × 3 [RGB] × 480 [V], 16:9
Built-in LCD Monitor
3.5-inch type Xtra Fine LCD™: 852 [H] × 480 [V] × 3 [RGB],16:9
Built-in Microphone
Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone.
XQD x2 (for XAVC)
Memory Stick Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible x1
(for AVCHD) *AVCHD is planned to be updated in the future
SD/SDHC/SDXC x1 (for Utility SD slot)
Lens Mount
Zoom Ratio
20x (optical), servo/manual
Focal Length
f=4.1 - 82.0 mm
equivalent to f=30.0 - 600 mm on 35 mm lens
(17:9 4096 x 2160)
equivalent to f=31.5 - 630 mm on 35 mm lens
(16:9 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080)
F1.6 - F11 auto/manual selectable
AF/MF selectable, 10 mm to ∞ (Wide), 800 mm to ∞ (Tele)
Image Stabilizer
ON/OFF selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter
M72 mm
Supplied Accessoies
Lens hood (1), Pre-installed to the camcorder
EVF eyecup (1)
USB cable (1)
AV connecting cable (1)
AC-NB12A AC adaptor (1)
HDMI cable (1)
Wi-Fi dongle (1)
ECM-XM1 microphone (1)
Operating instructions (1)
AC cable (2)
Battery charger (1)
NP-F970 battery (1)
Warranty (1)
CD-ROM: Operating instructions in PDF (1)
Camera Section
Imaging Device (Type)
1-chip 1/2.3 type back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor
Imaging Device (Pixel Count)
18.9M (total), 8.8M (effective)
Built-in Optical Filters
OFF: Clear, 1: 1/4ND, 2: 1/16ND, 3: 1/64ND
Minimum Illumination
60P: 4 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
50P: 3 lux (1/25 Shutter Speed)
Available Accessories
193 (7 5/8)
449 (17 3/4)
80 (3 1/4)
253 (10)
Rechargeable Battery
AC Adaptor/
Charger/Battery Kit
Tripod with RM-1BP
Remote Controller
Shotgun Microphone
Stereo Microphone
175 (7)
189 (7 1/2)
174 (6 7/8)
362 (14 3/8)
Unit: mm (inches)
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Commander® Unit
XQD S Series card
32GB / 64GB
XQD Card Reader
Lav Mic, Bodypack TX
and Portable RX
Wireless System
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