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Sony PXW-Z100
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Sony PXW-Z100 Camcorder

18.9MP 1/2.3 2.5kg May 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
The camcorder provides good sensitivity due to the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. With 8 million effective pixels, the 1/2.33" sensor captures 4K images at 50fps or 60fps. The inbuilt... More
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14 Reasons For

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Sony big total megapixels video cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all video cameras manufactured by Sony.

Very Large Display Diagonal

When compared to other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the display diagonal of the PXW-Z100 of 3.5 inches is one of the largest. Video cameras of a similar age and type to the PXW-Z100 have display diagonals of between 2.3" and 3.5".

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Full HD

Full HD

The PXW-Z100 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the PXW-Z100 are not Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The PXW-Z100 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have an image stabilizer.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The PXW-Z100 has an HDMI, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the PXW-Z100.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the camcorders that are a similar age to the PXW-Z100 the optical zooms range from 3x to 23x, and the average optical zoom is 12x. The PXW-Z100 has a fairly big optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The PXW-Z100 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SDHC compatible memory cards supported by most big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. In addition, this Sony camcorder support an MS Duo and SD compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that are a comparable age to the PXW-Z100.

An MS Pro-HG compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The Sony PXW-Z100 has more USB 2.0 ports quantitys than most of the big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-Z100. Most of the video cameras that were released more than two years ago only have one USB 2.0 ports quantity, however this camcorder has two USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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4096 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The PXW-Z100 has a higher maximum video resolution than most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This video camera has a 4096 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 4096 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best maximum video resolution across all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the PXW-Z100.

The worst maximum video resolution across comparable types of camcorder is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the PXW-Z100, the PXW-Z100 has a built-in display.

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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The smallest viewfinder screen size of camcorders that are a similar age to the PXW-Z100 is 0.2", the largest is 0.5", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.36". The PXW-Z100 has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes (0.45 inches) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The PXW-Z100 has a greater number of audio formats than most big total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Sony camcorder. The audio formats supporteds LPCM are also supported by this video camera.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the Sony PXW-Z100 is more than most big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The cables includeds "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this camcorder.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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10 Reasons Against

Price Has Increased by £1,158.00

In the last fortnight the price of the PXW-Z100 has increased by £1,158.00.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The PXW-Z100 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-Z100 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Pricey

The cheapeast video cameras of a comparable age and type that we found costs £51 and the most expensive costs £5,220. We think that this Sony camcorder looks expensive for a big total megapixels video camera that was released more than two years ago.

Quite Low Maximum Aperture Number

The PXW-Z100 has a very low maximum aperture number (only 1.6) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the PXW-Z100. Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the PXW-Z100 the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 10, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.

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Not 3D

The PXW-Z100 is not 3D. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the PXW-Z100 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Sony PXW-Z100 does not have a built-in projector.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The PXW-Z100 does not have a night mode. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the PXW-Z100, the Sony PXW-Z100 is not waterproof.

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Very Heavy

At 2.5 kilograms, the PXW-Z100 is very heavy compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the PXW-Z100. The lightest big total megapixels video camera that was released around the same time as the PXW-Z100 is 65g weight, the heaviest is 3kg, and the average weight is 600g.

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Very High Minimum Aperture Number

When compared to other camcorders that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the minimum aperture number of the PXW-Z100 of 11 is one of the highest. The minimum aperture numbers of video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1.1 to 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.8.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony PXW-Z100

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This big total megapixels video camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Battery Life (max)

At 2.75 hours, the PXW-Z100 has a fairly standard battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
XLR in
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Warranty Card
Lens Hood

Expert Reviews

23 July 2014

Mit der PXW Z100 hat Sony ein Stück Kameratechnologie vorgestellt, dass zeigt, was derzeit technisch möglich ist: Für eine UVP von 6.175,- (netto) erhält man mit der PXW Z100: Hohe 4K...

Affordable 4K with pro features
Robust XAVC codec
Decent included shotgun mic
Welldesigned camera body
Small sensor size
Newer software needed for XAVC codec
Expensive memory cards (XQD)

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pxwz100
Barcodes 00027242875364, 04905524961652

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