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4K Camera with Dual-Link Cell Connection Built In Being Launched

Published by Katy Henthorne on

At The Crew Company, we try to stay on top of the latest tech that applies to our field of service. On July 31, Sony will be releasing a new 4K camera in their line up. This particular camera caught our eye as a stand-out, as it is being billed as the “world’s first” 4K dual link cellular connection camcorder.

The official Sony description: PXW-Z280 (PXWZ280) World’s first 4K Handheld Camcorder with 1/2-type 3CMOS with 4K 50p/60p recording capability, 12G-SDI (and Dual Link Cellular connection), 17x zoom lens, advanced Face Detection AF.  

Sony, You had us at DUAL LINK CELLULAR CONNECTION.

We read on.

Sony has introduced a camera that allows the operator the ability to live stream high-quality images and sound (proxy footage that can be edited). We can literally name clients right now who would stop in their tracks to produce remotely this way. How does it work? Sony QoS Streaming to Network RX station (*sold separately) and XDCAM air, allows images to be streamed live from the camcorder for viewing at a remote location. There will be no need for a switcher with this set-up. No need for a laptop. Pretty slick if it works…

Think about the LiveU packs – could this replace those? The long lines of satellite trucks…will that be a distant memory? This really could be game changing and the application is not just for breaking news – but for corporate, producing by remote, live-to-air interviews.

Back to this sweet little camera…

Another feature we noted would apply for B-roll, and interior to exterior shooting – Built-in electronic variable ND filters.  Nice. Granted, the only knowledge we have of this camera is the Sony marketing video. It will be interesting to see it at work in the field and how the features take on the real world .

The biggest disappointment that stood out to us, is the integrated lens. Not having the flexibility to swap out the glass as needed could be a deal-breaker for many of you and our clients when booking it as a primary camera.

We hope that many of you take a serious look at this camera and let us know what you think.  We found a list price of $6,950.

Here are the specs:

  • Three 1/2″ Exmor R CMOS Sensors
  • 4K 60p Recording
  • Integrated 17x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Electronic Variable ND Filter
  • Supports XAVC Intra/Long, MPEG HD, DVCAM
  • Supports S-Log 3
  • Supports HLG for an HDR Workflow
  • Simultaneous 4K/HD Recording
  • 12G-SDI Output Supports 4K 60p
  • Built-In 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi