Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3 Sensor XDCAM Camcorder

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  • Three 1/3" Exmor R CMOS Sensors
  • 4K 60p Recording
  • Integrated 25x Sony G Optical Zoom Lens
  • Electronic Variable ND Filter
  • Optional MPEG HD License
  • Supports HLG for an HDR Workflow
  • Optional Simultaneous 4K/HD Recording
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi

The Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3 Sensor XDCAM Camcorder captures 4K video at up to 60p in 4:2:0 8-bit, and HD at up to 60p in 4:2:2 10-bit. It features three 1/3" Exmor R sensors that provide improved low-light capability when compared to standard sensors. The camera integrates a 25x optical Sony G zoom lens and an electronic variable ND filter. The camera supports a variety of codecs out of the box, with an optional MPEG HD license enabling you to shoot HD video.

Instant HDR via HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) recording means you can deliver stunning imagery compatible with both HDR (high dynamic range) and SDR (standard dynamic range) quickly without the need for additional colour grading. Dual MI Shoe allows simultaneous use of wireless audio and video lighting, while advanced network performance support over 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi is easily enabled when required via firmware 2.0 or higher and optional paid firmware upgrade.

The PXW-Z190 has a 25x optical zoom lens and face detection autofocus. You can zoom from 28.8mm to 720mm (35mm equivalent) and three independent control rings allow manual control of focus, zoom and iris. Dual SD card slots permit a variety of recording options including simultaneous HD and 4K recording. While broadcast friendly audio is taken care of through 4 channels of audio recording by the use of two XLR inputs and the ability to attach the optional URX-P03D 2-channel wireless receiver to Z190's Dual MI Shoes

Note: Product is shown in use for illustration only, additional equipment is not included.

Key Features of the Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3 Sensor XDCAM Camcorder

  • 4K 50p/60p video quality with three 1/3-type CMOS sensors
  • 4K: 50/60p 4:2:0 8 bit, HD: 4:2:2 10bit
  • Sony’s unique Electronic Variable ND filter
  • 25x optical zoom lens
  • Face Detection AF: Face Registration, Face Only AF
  • HLG “Instant HDR” Workflow • Dual MI Shoe
  • 4ch Audio Recording
  • SD memory card media
  • “Content Browser Mobile” smartphone remote capability
  • Advanced network functions (via optional firmware)
  • XAVC-Long, MPEG HD, DVCAM, Proxy 1080i up to 9Mbps, MPEG2 HD422 (with optional License)
  • Supports 4K/HD simultaneous recording (4K + HD Proxy)
  • 3G-SDI output and remote control for compact multi-camera production

4K 50p/60p with a stunning 25x zoom lens

This superb all-round pro camcorder is the de facto choice for a wide range of 4K and HD single camera shoots with an all-new 1/3-type 3CMOS sensor. The Z190's powerful 25x zoom lens features three independent lens rings aND delivers pin-sharp 4K imaging for almost any professional shooting scenario. Advanced Face Detection AF and Sony’s unique Electronic Variable ND filter makes shooting great content stress-free.

25x Professional Zoom lens with Three Independent Control Rings

The PXW-Z190 is equipped with a 25x professional zoom lens able to zoom from 28.8mm to 720mm (35mm equivalent). Three independent control rings allows manual control of focus, zoom and iris, for better and faster adjustment on the job.

Additionally, the image can be enlarged in HD mode up to 50x zoom equivalent while maintaining Full HD resolution thanks to a digital extender.

Built-in electronic Variable ND Filters
Integrated electronic variable ND Filters enables fast, agile shooting. Moving from shadowy interiors to bright sun-lit exteriors is no problem with the PXW-Z190.

  • Unlike conventional optical ND filters, the electronic ND filter on the PXW-Z190 can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly and ND Filters can also be set to full auto.

4K 1/3-type 3CMOS Sensor

The PXW-Z190 is the world’s first professional camcorder with a 4K (QFHD) 1/3-inch type sensor. Red, blue, and green light are independently captured by separate image sensors within the Exmor RTM system in 3840 x 2160 resolution at up to 60fps. Even if you’re delivering in HD, 4:2:2 10bit recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors simply cannot see.

Advanced Face Detection AF
The PXW-Z190 features newly developed Face detection AF. You can choose between Face Priority AF and Face Only AF. Simply keep the person in frame and be confident the PXW-Z190 will keep your subject in pin-sharp focus however you move to obtain a better angle.

A wealth of formats and features for professionals

Sony’s familiar control layout and robust build quality make this a camera you can rely upon. It supports a wide range of formats including XAVC-Long, DVCAM, MPEG HD422/ MPEG HD* and Proxy 1080i. Dual SD slots, 3G-SDI output and Remote Terminal ensure it can support all workflow scenarios.

* Requires firmware 2.0 or higher and optional paid upgrade.

HLG | Instant HDR workflow

Shoot, edit and view HDR content in HLG without the need for additional colour grading. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) recording enables easy file-based workflows, whilst achieving the image quality of HDR.

XAVC Long GOP recording at QFHD and Full-HD

XAVC technology based on the H.264 standard, provides an exceptionally robust and efficient compression technology reducing file sizes for fast ingest, editing plus budget savings on recording media. In HD shooting, the XAVC codec adopts 10-bit sampling for high definition recording with rich tonal expression.

MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD (requires CBKZ-SLMP upgrade license)

Broadcast-standard high-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps,, fully compliant with the latest EBU recommendations for long-form broadcast production, makes the PXW-Z190 ideal for a wide range of different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.

DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format

Many broadcasters and production houses still utilise the proven DVCAM format and PXW-Z190 provides support at the flick of a switch.

Dual Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe
Sony's MI Shoe provides cable-less signal connections, eliminating the risk of accidental disconnection and coordinated on/off switching with compatible Sony accessories. Connectors at the front and back of the camcorder maximize operational flexibility with the use of up to two different MI Shoe accessories at the same time.

Dual XLR and 4 Channel Audio
The PXW-Z190 offers four-channel audio recording with two independent volume dials enabling precision control of external audio inputs, including an MI-shoe attached microphone.

Dual SD media slots
The camcorder is equipped with two SD memory card slots, which can record in either Relay or Simul and Back up modes for HD operation.

  • Simul mode | simultaneous recording to two memory cards, ideal for archival purposes.
  • Relay mode | switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full.
  • Back up mode | allows the two Start/Stop buttons on the PXW-Z190 to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.

Network workflow flexibility
PXW-Z190 comes with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi as standard – simply turn on and log onto your preferred network. Install the free ‘Content Browser Mobile’ app** on your smartphone to operate the camera remotely controlling Iris, Zoom, Focus WB and other functions from the palm of your hand. One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones that offer NFC connectivity.

The Z190 is also easily upgraded to offer all the below features with optional CBKZ-SLNW1.

  • High-quality QoS Streaming to Network RX station (optional)
  • XDCAM air secure wireless workflow
  • MPEG TS UDP streaming to a peripheral common receiver
  • FTP Transfer of proxy clip and high-resolution clip to remote servers
  • Wired LAN streaming and file transfer
  • Trimming proxy and high-resolution clip prior to sharing

  • MPN - PXWZ190
  • GTIN - 4548736131743
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Important Note PXW-Z190 is available from Sony as two SKUs. PXW-Z190V supports both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi. PXW-Z190T supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. Availability is determined by country/regional regulations.
Mass Approx 2.3 kg (body)
Approx. 5 lb 1.1 oz (body)
Approx. 2.8 kg (with lens hood, eyecup, BP-U35 battery, a SD memory card)
Approx. 6 lb 2.8 oz (with lens hood, eyecup, BP-U35 battery, a SD memory card)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 190.0 × 202.0 × 419.7 mm (With the accessories (lens hood, eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
7 1/2 x 8 x 16 1/2 inches (With the accessories (lens hood, eyecup), excluding the grip belt and including the projecting parts)
Power Requirements DC In: 12V,
Battery: 14.4V
Please use genuine Sony batteries to ensure correct and safe operation*1
Power Consumption Approx. 24W
(while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Approx. 36W
(while recording with LCD On, EVF On when the external device connector is used.)
Battery Operating Time Approx. 1 hours, 20 minutes with BP-U35 battery (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Approx. 1 hours, 5 minutes with BP-U30 battery
(while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Approx. 2 hours, 10 minutes with BP-U60 battery (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Approx. 3 hours, 15 minutes with BP-U90 battery (while recording with LCD Off, EVF On when the external device connector is not used.)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
32°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
Recording Format (Video) <XAVC Long>
VBR, maximum bit rate 150Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
XAVC-L HD 50 mode:
VBR, maximum bit rate 50Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
XAVC-L HD 35 mode:
VBR, maximum bit rate 35Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC
XAVC-L HD 25 mode:
VBR, maximum bit rate 25Mbps, MPEG-4 H.264/AVC

DVCAM mode:
CBR, 25Mbps, DVCAM
Recording Format (Audio) <XAVC Long>
XAVC-L mode:
LPCM 24-bit, 48kHz, 4 channels

DVCAM mode:
LPCM 16-bit, 48kHz, 4 channels
Recording Frame Rate <XAVC Long>
XAVC-L QFHD 150 mode:
3840x2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 50 mode:
1920x1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P 1280x720/59.94P, 50P
XAVC-L HD 35 mode:
1920x1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 25 mode:
1920x1080/59.94i, 50i

DVCAM mode:
720x480/59.94i, 29.97PsF 720x576/50i, 25PsF
Recording/Playback Time <XAVC Long>
XAVC-L QFHD 150 mode
When using 128GB memory card:
Approx. 88 minutes
XAVC-L HD 50 mode
When using 128GB memory card:
Approx. 240 minutes
XAVC-L HD 35 mode
When using 128GB memory card:
Approx. 325 minutes
XAVC-L 25 mode
When using 128GB memory card:
Approx. 445 minutes

When using 128GB memory card: Approx. 425 minutes
Recording Format (Proxy Audio) XAVC Proxy: AAC-LC, 128 kbps, 2 channels
Recording Format (Proxy Video) XAVC Proxy: AVC/H.264 Main Profile 4:2:0 Long GOP, VBR
1920x1080, 9Mbps
1280x720, 9Mbps
1280x720, 6Mbps
640x360, 3Mbps
480x270, 1Mbps
480x270, 0.5Mbps


Lens Mount Fixed type
Zoom Ratio 25x
Focal Length 3.7 mm to 92.5 mm
(equivalent to 28.8 mm to 720 mm on a 35 mm lens)
Iris Auto/manual swichable
F1.6 to F11 and C(close)
Focus 800 mm to ∞ (Macro Off)
10 mm to ∞ (Macro On, Wide)
800 mm to ∞ (Macro On, Tele)
AF/MF/Full MF selectable
Image Stabilizer On/Off selectable, shift lens
Filter Diameter M 82 mm , pitch 0.75 mm

Camera Section

Imaging Device (Type) 1/3 type back-illuminated Exmor R 3CMOS sensor
Effective Picture Elements 3840 (H) x 2160 (V)
Optical System F1.6 prism system
Built-in Optical Filters ND filters
1: 1/4ND
2: 1/16ND
3: 1/64ND
Linear variable ND (Approx. 1/4ND to 1/128ND)
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance) F11 (typical, 1920 x 1080/59.94p, High Sensitivity Mode)
F12 (typical, 1920 x 1080/50p, High Sensitivity Mode)
Minimum Illumination 0.01lx (typical)
(1920 x 1080/59.94i mode, F1.6, +30 dB gain, High Sensitivity Mode, with 64 frame accumulation)
S/N Ratio 57 dB (Y) (typical)
Horizontal Resolution 2,000 TV lines or more (3840 x 2160p mode)
1,000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080p mode)
Shutter Speed 1/24 sec to 1/8,000 sec
Slow Shutter (SLS) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, and 64-frame accumulation
Slow and Quick Motion Function <XAVC Long>
2160P: 1-60 fps
1080P: 1-60 fps
720P: 1-60 fps
White Balance Preset (3200K), Memory A,
Memory B/ATW
Gain -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB, 30dB (Turbo Gain ON), AGC
Gamma Curve Selectable


Protocol *3 AVC / RTMP / RTMPS
1920x1080 at 9Mbps
1920x1080 at 6Mbps
1280x720 at 3Mbps
640x340 at 1Mbps


Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2), line/mic/mic +48 V selectable
LINE:+4, 0, -3dBu/10kΩ
MIC:-80dBu to -30dBu /3kΩ
(0 dBu=0.775 Vrms)
Audio Output Integrated into Multi/Micro USB jack(x1)
SDI Output BNC (x1), 3G/HD/SD selectable
Timecode Input BNC (x1) (switchable to TC out)
0.5V-1.8Vp-p, 3.3kΩ
Timecode Output BNC (x1) (switchable to TC in)
1.0Vp-p, 75Ω
USB USB device, Multi/Micro USB jack (x1)
Host:USB 3.0/2.0 type A(x1)
USB 2.0 type A(x1)
Headphone Output Stereo mini jack (x1)
-16dBu 16Ω
Speaker Output Monaural
Output: 500mW
DC Input DC jack
Remote Stereo mini-minijack (Φ2.5 mm)
HDMI Output HDMI connector (Type A)
Wired LAN RJ-45 (x1), 1000BASE-T, 100BASE-T, 10BASE-T


Viewfinder 1.0 cm (0.39 type)
Approx 2.36M dots
LCD 8.8cm (3.5 type)
Approx. 1.56M dots

Built-in Microphone

Built-in Microphone Omni-directional stereo electret condenser microphone


Type MS/SD(1),SD(1)


Supported Format IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz bandwidth
5.2/5.3/5.6 GHz bandwidth*2
NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compliant

Supplied Accessories

Supplied Accessories Lens hood (1), Pre-installed to the Camcorder
EVF eyecup (1)
Battery pack BP-U30 or U35 (1)
AC Adapter/charger BC-U1A (1)
Power Code (1)
USB cable (1)
Warranty Booklet (1)
"Before Using this Unit" (1)
CDROM "Operating instructions" (1)


*1 Sony does not guarantee other manufacturers’ batteries to operate properly as noted in operation manual.
*2 Depending on country / regional regulation and only on PXW-Z190V SKU.
*3 Requires CBKZ-SLNW1 and V4 or higher firmware.

Product contains pre-installed software

This product contains pre-installed software and requires the purchase of licence keys to activate some functions.
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What’s In The Box
  • Sony PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3 Sensor XDCAM Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • EVF Eyecup
  • Sony BP-U30 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Sony BC-U1A Battery Charger / AC Adapter
  • Power Cord>
  • USB Cable>
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