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Sony to Launch 4K Camcorder for $6,500

The Ultra HD handheld will be available toward the end of the year.

Sony PXW-Z100 4k Camera - H 2013
Courtesy of Sony
Sony's new PXW-Z100 camera

Sony is expanding its Ultra HD line of camera technologies with a 4K handheld XDCAM camcorder, expected to ship toward the end of the year for roughly $6,500.

Its 4K camera line includes the F5 ($19,400), F55 ($34,900) and F65 ($65,000), which are designed for motion picture and television production.

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The new PXW-Z100 is aimed at bringing 4K — roughly four times the resolution of today's HD — to new markets including education, corporate and live-event production.

The camera is being developed with a 1/2.3-inch "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and the ability to record 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50p or 60p. According to Sony, image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit, and the camera uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression.

The company also reported that the camera weighs 7 pounds and includes a built-in G Lens, which provides a wide angle of 30 mm in 4K and 20 times optical zoom.

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The HDMI interface on the PXW-Z100 can output 4K as a 50fps/60fps signal. When the camera is connected to a Sony 4K professional monitor or a 4K-compatible Bravia TV, the recorded 4K image can therefore be displayed in 4K 50fps/60fps, according to Sony. A future firmware upgrade is planned to provide compatibility with additional devices.

The new camcorder records Sony's XAVC 4K-supported format to XQD solid-state memory cards. Other features include a 3G HD-SDI interface that supports output to an SDI of up to HD 60p. It also supports HD output during 4K recording.