Now packing wireless operation functionality and 4K shooting, it’s the latest compact camcorder designed for pros

The PXW-Z150 joins Sony’s XDCAM range, and despite its professional billing it’s designed for videographers of all experience levels.

Sony says the camera’s setup is so straightforward that anyone should be able to get started using it and delivering impressive footage with it in no time.

This isn’t to say it skimps on functionality – with a 20MP 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor under the bonnet, it’s able to deliver not only 4K XAVC 100Mbps recording but also 5x slow motion in Full HD shot at a 120 fps. Not too shabby.

While its lens features a 12x optical zoom (with a focal range of 29-348mm), this can be pushed further digitally with Clear Image Zoom technology, which can take things up to an impressive 24x. The built-in Wi-fi also makes it well-suited for live streaming of footage.

Sony has also built a number of features into the PXW-Z150 with the intention of removing, or at least reducing, the need for bags full of accessories. This means in the body itself you’ve got a 4-step ND filter, a Multi-Interface Shoe and a 1,440K OLED viewfinder. It can also be remotely controlled using a smartphone or tablet using Wi-fi remote.

Elsewhere on the camera you’ve got dual memory card slot supporting SDHC and SDXC, a 3.5 type 1550K LCD panel, and connectivity options including professional standard 3G-SDI, XLR inputs, HDMI, USB, REMOTE and Composite (phono).

Also, Sony says the camera can deliver 400 minutes of recording time when using the optional NP-F970 battery while recording XAVC 1080/50i or 60i, 50 Mbps with the LCD on.

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