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Hire Sony PXW-Z280

The Sony PXW-Z280 sets the standard for handheld image quality and direct to air broadcasting in the IoT era.

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'Here at Hireacamera, we are proud to offer the Sony PXW Z280, one of the world's leading handheld 4K HDR camcorders. As a class leader, this exceptional device marries cutting-edge technology with ultimate performance, setting a new benchmark for broadcast-grade content creation. With an impressive 4K 3CMOS 1/2-type sensor at its heart, the Sony PXW Z280 delivers extensve depth of field, enhanced sensitivity, and top-tier 4K HDR results.' 



Key Features of Sony PXW-Z280

The Sony PXW-Z280 is packed with a plethora of innovative features that cater to the varying needs of professionals in the video broadcasting and production industries.

• 4K HDR Performance: The PXW-Z280 offers a world-leading handheld 4K HDR experience. Its new 4K 3CMOS 1/2-type sensor guarantees deep depth of field, high sensitivity, and outstanding 4K HDR performance, ideal for delivering compelling content in any workflow.

• Revolutionary Networking Capabilities: The Sony Z280 boasts the world's first built-in Dual Link cellular connection, doubling uplink performance and reliability. This feature, combined with an integrated 12G-SDI, supports high-speed transfers over a standard SDI cable, making content delivery faster, regardless of your location.

• Complete Professional Package: With the PXW-Z280, you can start shooting right away. It supports various workflows with its advanced XAVC-Intra, XAVC-Long, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD, and DVCAM formats.

• 1/2-type 3CMOS Sensor for Broadcast 4K: This camcorder's all-new Exmor R sensor, specifically designed for broadcast 4K acquisition, offers high resolution, high sensitivity, and a wide dynamic range. Red, blue, and green light are independently captured by separate sensors, ensuring superb image quality and colour accuracy.

• 17x Professional HD Zoom Lens: The Z280 comes with a 17x zoom lens, allowing manual control of focus, zoom, and iris. This lens can zoom from 30.3mm to 515mm (35mm equivalent), maintaining excellent picture quality in HD mode.

• HDR Performance: The Z280 offers two powerful HDR workflows. S-Log2/3 is suitable for capturing as much data as possible for flexibility in grading, while Instant HDR Workflow focuses on speed, enabling you to shoot, edit and view content in Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) quickly without sacrificing content quality.

• Fast Precision Auto Focus: With the newly developed Face Detection AF, you can keep your subject in sharp focus with ease. Choose between Face Priority AF and Face Only AF to ensure your subject remains in focus, no matter how you move to capture the best angle.

• Electronic Variable ND Filters: The Z280’s ground-breaking integration of electronic variable ND Filters enables truly agile shooting. When moving from shadowy interiors into bright, sun-lit exteriors, this camcorder will easily adapt, maintaining constant exposure without changing gain or shutter speed.

• Accelerated Workflow with 12G-SDI: The Z280 supports a revolutionary workflow with 12Gbps content transfer – four times the bandwidth of 3G-SDI over a standard SDI cable.

• Dual Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe: The MI Shoe provides power, signal connections, and coordinated on/off switching for compatible accessories. With connectors at the front and back of the camcorder, operational flexibility is maximised.

• Dual SxS Media Slots: The Z280's two SxS memory card slots allow for simultaneous recording to two memory cards in Simul mode, making it ideal for archival purposes. Additionally, Relay mode and Back-up mode provide extended recording times and independent start-stop recording respectively.

• High Performance Recording Formats: The Z280 supports a variety of production formats, including high-quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP recordings, broadcast-standard MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD, and DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format.

The Sony PXW-Z280 is more than just an XDCAM camcorder; it's a powerful tool that brings your creative vision to life. Offering exceptional 4K HDR performance, the PXW-Z280 is designed for today's content creators who require versatility and high-quality results. The device's high sensitivity and a robust zoom lens ensures superior image quality under various lighting conditions, while the effective pixels deliver crisp, clear, and vivid images.

One of the highlights of the Sony PXW-Z280 is its wide range of recording formats, including the efficient Long GOP codec, MPEG HD, and more, giving you the flexibility to choose the best format for your project. Furthermore, the camcorder features electronic variable ND filters, allowing you to control the amount of light that enters the lens, enhancing the overall image quality.

The PXW-Z280 also boasts superior face detection technology, ensuring your subjects are always in sharp focus, whether you're filming a fast-paced documentary or a dramatic scene. Moreover, the dual Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe can power and sync compatible accessories, expanding the camera's capabilities even further.

For data storage, the PXW-Z280 is equipped with dual SxS memory card slots, providing simultaneous recording and backup options. It also supports SD card use, so you can choose the best storage option that suits your needs. To make your life easier, we also provide a card reader, ensuring a swift transfer of your footage to your editing workstation.

Lastly, but importantly, the camcorder can be controlled remotely, offering you flexibility in filming and allowing you to capture shots from challenging angles.

Description Quantity
Mains Lead (for Battery Charger)1
Micro USB Cable1
Short XLR Cable1
USB Cable (Mini-B)1
Large Eye Cup1
Lens hood1
NTG2 Shotgun Mic with softie1
USB Drive (Containing Manual)1
XLR Port Cover2
Rubber Mic Grip Rings2
iM2750 Flight Case1
Silver XLR Release Pin2
Rubber Port cover (attached to camera and mic handle)10
Leather side grip1
Protective cover / cap (for hot shoes)2
Microphone holder (including 2 internal mounting screws and securing catch)1
BC-U1A Battery Charger1
Cable tidy with one screw (attached to back right of the camera body)1
1/4 and 3/8 Tripod Mount with four attaching screws (in position on base of camera)1
SXS card reader / writer1
BP-U30 Battery1
BP-U60/BP-U70 Battery2
SxS Pro+ 256GB Memory Card (SBP256E)2

XAVC-I QFHD mode: please note that when shooting MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, CBG, (Max.600 Mbps), a 16GB SxS card will be full in 3 minutes. Whilst recording a 16GB cards is not restricted, a message will be displayed reading "Media Not Supported".

To shoot in XAVC-I at 4K 60P, you will require an SxS Pro+ card, these are available separately – please see accessories.

Please note that this camera records 4K UHD, not Cinema 4K / DCI. For more information about what this means, please click HERE.

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