After a bit of time off the air (due to lots of work and a few personal video projects) we’re back to chat about the news in the world of Digital Media Production. We also go in depth with Sony’s new PXW-Z150 video camera.
- iOS 10 will allow RAW shooting, enabling a new “higher end” class of photography apps on the platform.
- Will be hardware limited to recent devices (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE a iPad Pro 9.7)
- iPad Pro can also capture in DCI P3 colour space (on top of sRGB)
- iOS devices are the world’s most popular camera, so hopefully this will be the next evolution in “iPhoneography”.
- Wifi & GPS, USB C, audio in and out
- 1080p (not 4k)
- Dual SD
- New lenses. Old ones will work with an adaptor
- 14 stops
- $9k US. I want one but can’t afford one.
- Shotgun microphone with a built in recorder
- Handy for shoots where you need to record without wireless or cables
- Big focus on proxy workflow. Some similar elements to FCPX
- 360° video support (not creating it, but editing and viewing it)
- Built in stock purchase
- Edit while importing
- Performance enhancements using Metal (Mac) and Intel IRIS H.264 on Windows
- Native decode (no Quicktime) on Windows
We review the Sony PXW-Z150
Discussion Notes General
- Sony’s latest “Pro Camcorder” for run and gun event, doco, corporate, news, etc.
- How much is it? $5600 AU
- What does it come with? Camera, Cables, Charger, NP-F770 battery
- What else is needed? Shotgun microphone (spacer req), bag, memory card (SD), extra batteries
- Zoom ratio – 29 to 348mm (12x) clear zoom gets your further (18x in QFHD and 24x in HD). Z5P had 20x, x160 has a 25x
- Size and Weight: 2.3kg with NP970 battery, 171.3 x 187.8 x 371.3 mm)
NEX-EA50H – 142.5 mm × 203 mm × 429.5 mm 1.7kg
PXW-X70 – 1.4 no shotgun, 260cm x 230 x 150cm
HVR-Z7 – 2.4kg,
PXW-FS5 – 2.23kg (with 18-105 (no battery?))
PXW-X160 – 3.2kg 191.5 × 201.5 × 412 mm (W x H x D)
Discussion What do we like?
- Size and weight and form factor (Still get a sore hand after a longer shoot though).
- Good to see “playback” is now a sensible name. (not “visual index”)
- Autofocus. Ok. Face tracking works well.
- Memory format. Good to see SD. Dual slots for relay recording.
- Built in ND
- Chromatic aberration seems well held
- Wifi smartphone control isn’t too laggy (although options are a bit limited in terms of control)
- Lens isn’t too susceptible to flare.
- Lcd – Good. Clean and clear.
- EVF is ok, some lag though
- Low light – needs a lot of light. However the gain is generally very usable.
- Battery life – standard sony (good). NP 970 is recessed in the body.
- Depth of field – easy to get that shot, not super sexy though
- Lens handles macro stuff well
- Stabilisation – generally solid. What’s expected for this sort of camera.
- Menu system – yes it’s Sony, but it’s fast.
Discussion what could be improved?
- Number of buttons – would like to see a few more. Found after reprogramming them that I was at least one button off. (histogram, peaking etc).
- Having to reach up on top for menu is a little annoying.
- Weird defaults – buttons need reprogramming (IMHO), interlaced formats, clear zoom off, just not what i’d want.
- Higher FPS @ UHD
- ND not variable
- “Transition” between optical and clear zoom that is noticeable
- Some banding and noise issues in shadows
- USB connection – micro USB – lame. Supplied cable too short.
- Charger – what the hell!?
- Lens – wish it was faster at the long end.
- Smaller size can be an issue (doesn’t wedge into your shoulder like other Sony cameras)
- This is a camera with a tried and true form factor.
- Good image quality, not sexy shallow DOF stuff though.
- A reliable workhorse
- Needs a few more buttons.
- Perhaps not the “exciting boring camera” we had hoped. More of the boring boring, but there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that. For those owning a similar camera from the past decade, this is the same thing, just updated with UHD and other modern fangled things (face tracking, wifi, etc)
- Who should buy this? People who want the same camera but modernised
- Who shouldn’t? People wanting a shallow DOF look, interchangeable lenses or work in lot light often.