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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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13 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

On average Sony big sensor size video cameras have good reviews as do all camcorders manufactured by Sony.

Fairly Large Screen Size

When compared to other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the PXW-Z100, the screen size of the Sony PXW-Z100 of 3.5 inches is one of the largest. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago the screen sizes range from 2.3" to 7.6".

Alternative 3.5" screen size camcorders currently available which you might want to consider include cheaper camcorders such as the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PXW-Z100, the PXW-Z100 has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is cheaper.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the PXW-Z100, the Sony PXW-Z100 is Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at include cheaper video cameras such as the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

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

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is cheaper.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The PXW-Z100 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. This Sony video camera 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 amongst all comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the PXW-Z100.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera is MS Pro-HG.

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

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Sony PXW-Z100 is a two USB 2.0 port video camera. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the PXW-Z100 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 similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

This camcorder's maximum video resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best maximum video resolution across all similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

Across 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 comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the PXW-Z100 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at including the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is cheaper.

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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

Big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the PXW-Z100 have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.2" and 0.5", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.38". At 0.45 inches, the Sony PXW-Z100 has a fairly large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Sony PXW-Z100 has a greater number of audio formats than most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this Sony video camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this video camera.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the PXW-Z100 is more than most video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-Z100 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Sony PXW-Z100 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to consider including the Sony NEX-FS700[plb_2325798_price] which is also cheaper.

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Quite Low Maximum Aperture Value

At only 1.6, the PXW-Z100 has a very low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the PXW-Z100. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-Z100 the maximum aperture values range from 1.6 to 10.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the PXW-Z100, 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, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the PXW-Z100 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PXW-Z100 are not waterproof. The PXW-Z100 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PXW-Z100, the Sony PXW-Z100 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Heavy

Across all the video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PXW-Z100 the weights range from 65g to 3.3kg, and the average weight is 670g. When compared to other camcorders of this spec and age, the weight of the PXW-Z100 of 2.5 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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

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Very Big

Video cameras of this age and type have depths of between 21mm and 480mm, and the average depth is 150mm. When compared to other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the depth of the PXW-Z100 of 362 millimeters is one of the biggest.

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Very Big

When compared to other camcorders of this age and spec that we have assessed, the PXW-Z100's width of 189 millimeters is one of the biggest. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PXW-Z100 the widths range from 15mm to 230mm.

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Very High Minimum Aperture

When compared to other camcorders of this spec and age that we have checked the minimum aperture of, the PXW-Z100's minimum aperture of 11 is one of the highest. The average minimum aperture of comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the PXW-Z100 is 2.7, and the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 11.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony PXW-Z100

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This big sensor size camcorder was released over two years ago.

Average Battery Life

At 2.75 hours, the PXW-Z100 has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable 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 big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the PXW-Z100.

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CMOS Sensor Type

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

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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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