September 04, 2013 8:01am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Sony to Launch 4K Camcorder for $6,500
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.
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.
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.