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Sony PXW-Z100
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Sony PXW-Z100 Camcorder

18.9MP 1/2.3 2.5kg May 2014
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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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12 Reasons For

Good Brand

We checked 3,509 user and expert reviews for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its big sensor size video cameras range.

Very Large Screen Size

Across all the big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago the screen sizes range from 2.3" to 3.5". At 3.5 inches, the Sony PXW-Z100 has a very large screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the PXW-Z100.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3.5" screen size video cameras and we think the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PXW-Z100 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at including cheaper video cameras such as the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

The PXW-Z100 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is cheaper.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is cheaper.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony PXW-Z100 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This camcorder also support an MS Duo and SD memory card. 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 memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this age and type.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card 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

The PXW-Z100 has more USB 2.0 ports than most of the camcorders of a comparable age and type to the PXW-Z100. This video camera is a two USB 2.0 port camcorder compared to most of the camcorders of a similar age and spec to the PXW-Z100 which only have one USB 2.0 port.

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4096 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The PXW-Z100 has a 4096 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution found on most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

A 4096 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best maximum video resolution amongst all video cameras of a similar age and spec to the PXW-Z100.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst maximum video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the PXW-Z100, the PXW-Z100 has a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.2" to 0.5". With a viewfinder screen size of 0.45 inches, the PXW-Z100 has a quite large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports One Audio Format

The PXW-Z100 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of this age and spec. The most commonly supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this Sony video camera.

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Has Three Cables Included

The PXW-Z100 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of this age and spec. This Sony video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of a similar age and spec to the PXW-Z100. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this video camera.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of a similar age and spec to the PXW-Z100 do not have an interchangeable lens. The PXW-Z100 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider include the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is also cheaper.

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Quite Low Maximum Aperture Value

The average maximum aperture value of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years is 4, and the maximum aperture values range from 1.6 to 10. With a maximum aperture value of only 1.6, the Sony PXW-Z100 has a very low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the PXW-Z100 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The PXW-Z100 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PXW-Z100 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The PXW-Z100 is not waterproof. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PXW-Z100 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the PXW-Z100 do not have a built-in projector. The PXW-Z100 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Heavy

The average weight of video cameras of a similar age and type to the PXW-Z100 is 650g. When compared to other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the PXW-Z100's weight of 2.5 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] (3.2kg and cheaper).

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Very Big

With a depth of 362 millimeters, the Sony PXW-Z100 is very big compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The depths of big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PXW-Z100 range from 15mm to 480mm, and the average depth is 150mm.

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Very Big

The PXW-Z100 is very big (189 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the PXW-Z100. The widths of camcorders of a similar age and spec to the PXW-Z100 range from 23mm to 230mm, and the average width is 88mm.

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Very High Minimum Aperture

When compared to other camcorders of this type and age that we have assessed, the Sony PXW-Z100's minimum aperture of 11 is one of the highest. The minimum apertures of camcorders of this spec and age range from 1.1 to 11.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Sony PXW-Z100

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the PXW-Z100 over two years ago.

Average Battery Life

At 2.75 hours, the PXW-Z100 has a relatively average battery life compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the PXW-Z100.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Sony PXW-Z100 has a relatively average optical zoom 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 the most frequently found sensor type on big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included

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)

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04905524961652

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