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Sony releases its professional 4K camcorder

Sony has announced the release of its latest professional 4K handheld camcorder, with a 16 million pixel sensor.

The PXW-Z100 features a 1/2.33″ ExmorTM R CMOS sensor the company says can shoot 4K content at 50p or 60p. Sony says the camcorder is its latest step in expanding the 4K world to everyone, from high-end cinema to corporate and event productions.

The PXW-Z100 and a fixed 4K-compatible high-performance G Lens weighs less than 3kg and uses the XAVC recording format

Sony says that since the PXW-Z100 is based on the same shooting ergonomics as a conventional handheld professional camcorder, it is possible to record 4K content without extra equipment and during editing, downscaling from 4K to HD provides new possibilities for HD content production.

“This new innovation from Sony makes the acquisition of stunning 4K content accessible to a wider range of professional users than ever before,” says Chris Grey, General Manager, Broadcast & Content Creation Solutions, Professional Solutions Company (PSAP), Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Limited.

“Corporate and event camera operators will now be able to easily deliver 4K content across a wide range of platforms, and be able take advantage of the greater flexibility in post-production that 4K acquisition offers when delivering in HD.”

Sony has also announced the new FDR-AX1 Handycam® at IFA 2013. It has a similar specification to the PXW-Z100 but is only capable of QFHD recording with the XAVC S format.