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The Sony PXW-Z280 4K XDCAM is a professional-grade UHD 4K video camera with features tuned for fast-paced electronic news gathering and direct-to-air broadcasting. Key features include:

  • 4K 3CMOS 1/2-type sensor and Exmor R imager

  • 30.3-515mm f/1.9-16 17x optical zoom lens

  • Uses SxS media

  • Electronic ND system

4K 3CMOS 1/2-Type Sensor and Exmor R Imager. The professional-grade Sony PXW-Z280 4K XDCAM gets an updated 4K 3CMOS 1/2-type sensor, which pairs with the Exmor R imager to give you high-resolution broadcast-quality images with serious depth of field.

Fast Hybrid Autofocus System. The new hybrid autofocus system offers fast, accurate, and nearly silent performance, making it great for shooting UHD 4K. You can use the camera’s touchscreen to quickly change between autofocus subject, and you can use phase-detection AF frames to monitor focus in movie-recording mode.

HLG & S-Log3. This camera’s Hybrid-Log Gamma feature means that your footage will look remarkable on HDR and standard televisions without requiring additional color correction. S-Log3 is also available for those wanting more latitude in post processing.

12G-SDI Output, 2.4/5 GHz Streaming. The PXW-Z280’s accelerated 12G-SDI output means you can easily integrate it into a professional studio setting, while its built-in 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi gives you the option of live streaming or direct FTP file transfer.

Integrated 17x Professional Zoom Lens. The integrated Zeiss 17x zoom lens provides a 30.3mm to 515mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range, making it excellent for a broad array of applications. Manual iris, ISO/gain, and shutter-speed controls enable quick and easy adjustment.

Recording Range. The PXW-Z280 features a menagerie of resolutions, frame rates, and codecs. It records 4K QFHD and HD in XAVC Intra and XAVC Long in a choice of 100 Mbps or 60 Mbps at 29.97, 25, and 23.98 fps. At HD resolutions, the camera records at standard frame rates up to 59.94p, and uses Sony’s Slow & Quick Motion for overcrank/undercrank recording at 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, and 60 fps.

Additional Features. This camera boasts a large 3.5-inch 1.56m-dot LCD touchscreen that lets you control a range of functions, while the high-resolution, 2.36m-dot OLED viewfinder makes shot-composition simple. The electronic ND filter system offers Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, and 1/64ND presets as well as the option to manually adjust to anywhere in between. It has dual SxS card slots capable of simultaneous, relay, and back up recording. The camera uses Sony BP series batteries, and spare BP-U70 and BP-U90 batteries are available to be rented separately.

Q & A

  • Does this rental include SxS recording media?
    • No. This rental is for the camera only, but compatible media can be found in the Recommended section of this page or by clicking here.

  • Autofocus




    • BP-U60 (included)
    • BP-U60T
    • BP-U90
    Approximate Battery Life
    • 130 mins. (BP-U60)
    • 190 mins. (BP-U90)




    Built-in ND Filter

    Mechanical Filter Wheel with Clear, 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters and a 2 to 7 Stop Electronic ND Filter

    Camera Type



    7.95″ × 16.78″ × 7.02″

    Display Size


    Effective Resolution

    3840 × 2160

    Filter Size


    Focal Length

    5.6 to 95.2mm
    35mm equivalent: 30.3 to 515mm

    Frame Rates

    1 to 60 fps

    Image Sensor

    3-Chip 1/2" CMOS Sensor

    Image Stabilization

    Yes, Optical Image Stabilization

    Inputs/Outputs Additional Inputs/Outputs
    • 1x BNC Timecode Input
    • 1x BNC Timecode Output
    • 1x BNC Genlock Input
    • 1x 2.5 mm LANC Control
    • 1x USB Micro-B Data
    • 1x USB Type-A
    • 1x USB Type-C
    • 1x RJ45 LAN Data
    Item Type


    Memory Type

    2x SxS Card Slots

    Minimum Aperture


    Minimum Focusing Distance

    Wide: 0.2 ft.
    Telephoto: 2.6 ft.

    Minimum Illumination

    0.0013 lux


    Fixed Lens

    Recording Mode

    XAVC-I: 3840 × 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (600 Mb/s) 1920 × 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (222 Mb/s) 1920 × 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (222 Mb/s) 1280 × 720p at 50/59.94 fps (222 Mb/s)

    XAVC-L: 3840 × 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (150 Mb/s) 1920 × 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 1920 × 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 1280 × 720p at 50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s)

    XAVC-L: 1920 × 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (35 Mb/s) 1920 × 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (35 Mb/s) 1920 × 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (25 Mb/s)

    MPEG2 4:2:2: 1920 × 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (50 Mb/s) 1920 × 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s) 1280 × 720p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s)

    MPEG2 4:2:0: 1920 × 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (35 Mb/s) 1920 × 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (35 Mb/s) 1440 × 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (35 Mb/s) 1440 × 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (35 Mb/s) 1280 × 1080p at 50/59.94 fps (35 Mb/s)

    DV 4:2:0 8-Bit: 720 × 576i at 50 fps (25 Mb/s) 720 × 576PsF at 50 fps (25 Mb/s) 720 × 480i at 59.94 fps (25 Mb/s) 720 × 480PsF at 59.94 fps (25 Mb/s)

    Screen Resolution

    2,360,000 dots

    Screen Size


    Shutter Speed

    1/24 to 1/8000 sec


    6.0 lbs.


    2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Wi-Fi, NFC

    Sony PXW-Z280 4K XDCAM

    Battery - Sony BP-U60

    Cable - USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B

    Case Insert - H45A-F1 Large Camcorder

    Case - SKB 2213-12 (H45)

    Charger - Polarized Cable

    Charger - Sony BC-U1A

    Hood - Sony PXW-Z280

    Video Support - Sony Microphone Holder