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The Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM is a compact, professional-grade UHD 4K video camera with a fast hybrid autofocus system. It’s a step up from the PXW-X70 4K XDCAM. Key features include:

  • 1" 14.2MP 4K UHD CMOS sensor

  • 29-348mm F/2.8-4.5 12x optical zoom lens

  • Capture 4:2:0 4K UHD up to 100 Mbps or 4:2:2 HD up to 50 Mbps

  • Proxy recording capable & LANC-equipped

Exmor RS CMOS Sensor. The professional-grade Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HDR XDCAM gets alphabetical with a 14.2 MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor. The R represents its rear-illuminated sensor. The S refers to its buffer design, meaning much faster processing speeds. The 1.0-inch sensor offers a shallower depth of field than 1/3-inch or smaller sensors.

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.

Hybrid-Log Gamma. This camera’s Hybrid-Log Gamma feature means that your footage will look remarkable on HDR and standard televisions without requiring additional color correction.

3G-SDI Output, 2.4/5 GHz Streaming. The PXW-Z90V’s 3G-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 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 12x Zoom Lens. The Z90V’s integrated Zeiss T* lens provides a 29mm to 348mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range, making it excellent for capturing landscapes. You can use the Clear Image Zoom feature to double its 12x optical zoom to 24x, and then double that to 48x with the Digital Extender. Manual iris, ISO/gain, and shutter-speed controls enable quick and easy adjustment.

Recording Range. The PXW-Z90V features a menagerie of resolutions, frame rates, and codecs. It records UHD 4K in 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. It also records super slow motion at up to 960 fps.

Additional Features. The PXW-Z90V’s 3G-SDI output means you can easily integrate it into a professional studio setting. This camera boasts a large 3.5-inch 1.56m-dot LCDtouchscreen that lets you control a range of functions, while the high-resolution, 2.36m-dot OLED viewfinder makes shot-composition simple. It offers built-in Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, and 1/64ND filters to give you outstanding exposure and depth-of-field control. It has two memory-card slots: one only for SDHC and SDXC cards, and the other for SDHCSDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo cards. The rechargeable NP-FV70 battery offers up to 265 minutes of use per charge.

This is the camcorder we recommend the most to novices and semi-pros who want the best image with the simplest setup. It has both HDMI and SDI outputs for easy integration into just about any shooting workflow. With excellent color, 4K recording, and fast and versatile autofocus, you can’t go wrong with this camera.

Q & A

Does this camera have any minimum memory requirements?

  • This camera can’t record 4K footage to memory cards smaller than 64GB.

Battery Compatibility
  • NP-FV70 (included)
  • 140 mins. (NP-FV70)


Built-in ND Filter

Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64

Camera Type


DC Input

DC jack


5.1″ × 7.1″ × 11.3″


Video Outputs

  • HDMI Output 1x Type A
Audio Inputs
  • XLR (located on the top handle) 1 × 3.5 port (Can’t be used at the same time as the XLRs)


Item Type



Wide-Angle: 29mm (35mm equivalent)


Fixed Lens

Power Requirements

DC In: 8.4 V; Battery: 7.4 V


Integrated multi/micro-USBjack; Stereo mini-jack (2.5 mm Φ)


1.0"-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm), back-illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor

Shutter Speed

60i: 1/8 – 1/10,000; 50i: 1/6 -1/10,000; 24p: 1/6 – 1/10,000


(1) Multi/micro-USB

Video Formats

XAVC QFHDMPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile; XAVC HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:2 Long profile; XAVC Proxy: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile; MPEG HD422 (CBKZ-SLMP required): MPEG-2 422P at HL 4:2:2 Long profile; MPEG HD420 (CBKZ-SLMP required): MPEG-2 MP at HL 4:2:0 Long profile; MPEG HD Proxy (CBKZ-SLMPrequired): MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 4:2:0 Long profile; AVCHDMPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format-compatible

Video Output

(1) Multi/micro-USB; (1) Composite, 1.0 Vpp, 75 Ohms



  • 0.39" (1 cm), 2.36m dots
  • OLED



2.2 lbs.

White Balance

Preset Indoor: 3200K Outdoor: 5600K ±7 steps Color Temperature Set Range: 2300-15,000K;Onepush A, B, Auto-selectable


2.4, 5 GHz

Zoom Ratio

Optical: 12x; Clear Image Zoom: 18x (4K) / 24x (HD); Digital Extender: 48x (HD)

AC Adapter - Sony AC-L200

Battery - Sony NP-FV70A

Camcorder - Sony PXW-Z90V

Charger - Polarized Cable

Charger - Sony BC-TRV

Filter - Protective B+W XS-Pro Clear 62mm

Hood - Sony Compact Camcorder

Video Support - Sony PXW-X70/Z90V Top Handle