Sony PXW-Z280 4K 3-CMOS 1/2″ Sensor XDCAM Camcorder

Product Highlights

  • 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

$6,600.00 ($7,656.00 inc VAT)

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World-leading handheld 4K HDR performance

An all-new 4K 3CMOS 1/2-type sensor with a deep depth of field and class-leading performance provides the pinnacle of 4K HDR performance in your hand. Face Detection AF keeps your subject in focus, while HLG and S-Log3 provide stunning HDR to suit any workflow.

Revolutionary networking capabilities

Deliver your content faster wherever you are. PXW-Z280 is the world’s first camcorder with Dual Link Cellular capability for double the uplink performance and reliability.

The complete package for professionals

Unpack and shoot from day one. Advanced XAVC-Intra and XAVC-Long for 4K QFHD and HD, plus MPEG HD422, MPEG HD and DVCAM to support any workflow. Familiar Sony control layout and operation minimise training requirements.

World’s first 1/2-type 3CMOS Sensor for broadcast 4K

The Z280’s all-new Exmor R™ imager is custom-designed for broadcast 4K acquisition. Its three 1/2-type Exmor R™ CMOS deliver a deep depth of field with superb image quality. Red, blue, and green light are independently captured by separate image sensors, contributing to high resolution, high sensitivity of F12 (59.94p) and wide dynamic range. An advanced LSI (featuring intelligent noise reduction and enhanced detail reproduction) delivers remarkably lifelike 4K 4:2:2 10-bit images. Even if you’re delivering in HD, your recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors simply cannot see.

17x professional HD zoom lens with three independent rings with end-stop and large focal length

The PXW-Z280 is equipped with a 17x professional zoom lens able to zoom from 30.3mm to 515mm (35mm equivalent). The 1/2-inch type lens has three independent control rings with end-stop, which allows manual control of focus, zoom and iris, making for better and faster adjustment.

Spectacular HDR performance

Demand for HDR content is increasing and Z280 offers you a choice of two powerful workflows.

  • S-Log3 is the proven choice for premium applications where you wish to capture as much data as possible for the ultimate flexibility in grading
  • Instant HDR Workflow is all about speed. Shoot, edit and view content in Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) to deliver content quickly without compromising on imaging expression and quality of content

HDR / SDR dual production support*

When shooting HDR content, the Z280’s EVF is easily switched between HDR and SDR emulation modes. In addition, if you adjust the brightness of the image when in SDR emulation, the SDR gain dB is recorded into metadata so it can be used in post-production for the SDR content. Together these changes make it easier to shoot in HDR while also achieving a quick turnaround for SDR content.

Amazingly fast precision auto focus

The PXW-Z280 features newly developed Face detection AF. You can choose between Face Priority AF and Face Only AF. Simply keep the person in frame and and however you move to obtain a better angle, you can be confident the PXW-Z280 will keep your subject in pin-sharp focus.

Built-in electronic Variable ND Filters

Sony’s ground-breaking integration of electronic variable ND Filters into the body of a camcorder enables fast, agile shooting. Moving from shadowy interiors to bright sun-lit exteriors is no problem with PXW-Z280. Unlike conventional optical ND filters, the electronic ND filter on the PXW-Z280 can be controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly while ND Filters can be set to fully auto. You can even manually adjust Depth of Field using the iris lens ring, while relying on the PXW-Z280 to maintain constant exposure without changing gain nor shutter speed.

Stream directly to major online platforms*

Live streaming instantly connects you with your audience, wherever you are. From breaking news and live events to interviews and seminars – capture high-quality images and share them in real time on major online video platforms such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and more. Set up your own streaming channel with your smartphone or tablet, connect via Wi-Fi – and you’re ready to go. You can even import streaming account details from your PC or Mac via SD card using our StreamingSettingTransfer app.

12G-SDI accelerated workflow

Revolutionise your workflow with 12Gbps content transfer – four times the bandwidth of 3G-SDI over a single cable and ideal for working with highest quality 4K content or speeding through HD content. Sony is the first broadcast manufacturer to build 12G-SDI into a compact handheld camcorder. Once you’ve tried it, you won’t want to use anything else.

Accurate OLED viewfinder

An expansive 0.5-inch high quality OLED viewfinder is perfectly offset for right-eye or left-eye viewing. OLED’s superb accuracy, high contrast and high resolution (2.36M dot) enables precise manual focus and eliminates any colour-breaking phenomenon.

Dual XLR and 4 Channel Audio

The PXW-Z280 offers superior professional audio capabilities with independent volume dials enabling precision control of external audio inputs, including an MI-shoe attached microphone.

Dual SxS media slots

The camcorder is equipped with two SxS memory card slots, which can record in Simul, Relay or Back up mode. Simul mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, including simultaneous recordings of MPEG HD exFAT and UDF recordings, ideal for archival purposes. Relay mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full to extend recording times. In Back up mode, users can set up the two Start/Stop buttons on the PXW-Z280, one on the grip and one on the camcorder body, to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.

Additional information

Shutter Speed

1/8000 to 1/24 Second

Built-in ND Filter

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

Minimum Illumination

0.0013 Lux

Signal to Noise Ratio


White Balance

1500 to 50,000K
Presets: ATW, AWB, Set A, Set B


Electronic Rolling Shutter

Shutter Angle

5.6 to 360°

Imaging/ Image Sensor
Sensor Type

3-Chip 1/2"-Type CMOS Sensor

Sensor Resolution

Effective: 8.3 Megapixel


f/12 at 2000 lux 89.9% Reflectance (1080p59.94 in Standard Mode or 4K59.94 in High Sensitivity Mode)
f/13 at 2000 lux 89.9% Reflectance (1080p59.94 in Standard Mode or 4K59.94 in High Sensitivity Mode)


-3 to 42 dB

Image Stabilization

Optical in Integrated Lens

Focal Length

5.6 to 95.2mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 30.3 to 515mm)

Optical Zoom Ratio


Maximum Aperture


Minimum Aperture


Minimum Focus Distance

Telephoto: 31.5" / 80.0 cm
Wide: 2.0" / 5.1 cm

Focus Type

Auto and Manual Focus

Filter Size

77 mm

Focus & Optics
Focus Mode

Manual Focus
Automatic (A)

Focus Control

Manual Focus

Viewfinder & Display
Viewfinder Type

Built-In Electronic (OLED)

Viewfinder resolution

2,360,000 Dot

Viewfinder Size


Display Type

Articulating LCD

Display Screen


Display Resolution

2,360,000 Dot

Audio Recording

XAVC: 4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio

Horizontal Resolution

2000 TV Lines or More

Recording Modes

DV 4:2:0 8-Bit – 720 x 480i at 59.94 fps [25 Mb/s]
DV 4:2:0 8-Bit – 720 x 480p at 29.97 fps [25 Mb/s]
DV 4:2:0 8-Bit – 720 x 576i at 50 fps [25 Mb/s]
DV 4:2:0 8-Bit – 720 x 576p at 25 fps [25 Mb/s]
MPEG HD420 4:2:0 – 1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
MPEG HD420 4:2:0 – 1440 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
MPEG HD420 4:2:0 – 1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
MPEG HD420 4:2:0 – 1920 x 1080p from 1 to 29.97 fps [35 Mb/s]
MPEG HD422 4:2:2 – 1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
MPEG HD422 4:2:2 – 1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
MPEG HD422 4:2:2 – 1920 x 1080p from 1 to 29.97 fps [35 to 50 Mb/s]
XAVC-I – 1280 x 720 at 50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
XAVC-I – 1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
XAVC-I – 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [222 Mb/s]
XAVC-I – 3840 x 2160 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [600 Mb/s]
XAVC-L – 1280 x 720 from 1 to 59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
XAVC-L – 1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [25 to 35 Mb/s]
XAVC-L – 1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
XAVC-L – 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [35 Mb/s]
XAVC-L – 1920 x 1080p from 1 to 59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
XAVC-L – 3840 x 2160 from 1 to 59.94 fps [150 Mb/s]

Video Streaming

2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), NFC

Built-In Microphone


Audio Inputs

1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
2 x XLR 3-Pin Microphone Input

Other I/O

1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control
1 x BNC (Genlock) Input
1 x BNC (Timecode) Input
1 x BNC (Timecode) Output
1 x Micro-USB Data
1 x RJ45 (LAN) Data
1 x USB-A
1 x USB-C

Operating Temperature

32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C

Storage Temperature

-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C

Accessory Mounting Threads

1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe

Built-In Light


Battery Type

Sony BP-U Series


7 x 8 x 16.8" / 178.4 x 202 x 426.3 mm (With Protrusions)


6.61 lb / 3 kg

Packaging Information
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)

20.5 x 11 x 10"

Package Weight

11.5 lb

Video Inputs

1 x BNC (12G-SDI) Output
1 x BNC (Component) Output
1 x HDMI Output

Slow/Fast Motion


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