Sony Unveils 3 New 1-inch Sensor Camcorders – AX700, NX80 & Z90

Sony has just announced three new 4K HDR (3840×2160) palm-sized camcorders during IBC 2017 in Amsterdam: the XDCAM PXW-Z90, the NXCAM HXR-NX80 and the Handycam FDR-AX700 with an improved AF system.

The new camcorders have a Sony 1-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, and all three support an instant HDR (High Dynamic Range) workflow with HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). According to Sony, the most exciting thing about these new camcorders will be the fast Hybrid Autofocus system.


Sony FDR-AX700

The fast Hybrid AF system relies on 273 phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 84% of the shooting area, a high-density placement of autofocus points and a newly developed AF algorithm. Phase-detection AF frames make it easy to detect the focused area in order to monitor the subject that is in focus.

The new camcorders feature a high-resolution OLED viewfinder (0.39″ OLED, 2.359k dots) as well as a 3.5″ 1.555k dots LCD touch-screen display. It will be possible to quickly switch focus from one sbuject to another with adjustable AF drive speed, tracking depth range and subject switching sensitivity.

Sony HXR-NX80

According to Sony, the HLG HDR workflow speeds up post-production work and produces high-quality HDR content faster without grading.

Key features of the new Sony camcorders:

  • 4K (3840×2160) full-pixel readout without pixel binning (through an enhanced BIONZ X image processing engine)
  • Super slow motion recording – 1000fps in PAL and 960fps in NTSC. Sound will not be recorded in the super slow motion mode. Sony has not published the exact resolution for the super slow motion at such high rates, but if previous models are anything to go by, it will be below Full HD .
  • Slow and Quick motion recording – Full HD, maximum 100fps in PAL and 120fps in NTSC. Sound will not be recorded in Slow motion mode.
  • S-Log3/S-Gamut3 capabilities for further post-production possibilities
  • 29mm (35mm equivalent) ZEISS Varion-Sonnar T* 12x optical zoom lens (18x “Clear image zoom” for 4K recording and 24x for HD recording)
  • Less image distortion (rolling shutter)

Sony’s new camcorders feature dual memory card slots and allow for proxy recording, relay recording and simultaneous backup recording functions. All new camcorders also have remote terminals, Sony’s Multi-Interface Shoe and full-size HDMI Type A.

New Sony camcorders – NX80, Z90 and AX700

The Z90 and NX80 also feature dual XLR audio inputs and a detachable handle. Furthermore, those two camcorders have optional connection to Sony’s smartphone application to enable Wi-Fi monitoring, remote control and wireless timecode sync between multiple cameras.

The PXW-Z90 includes broadcast-specific features like the XAVC format with 4:2:2 10 bit (HD) and 4:2:0 8 bit ( 3840×2160), in addition to conventional (optional) broadcasting MPEG2HD format and 3G SDI connectivity.

The Handycam FDR-AX700 will be available in October 2017, while the NX80 and Z90 will be available in December 2017. For further information you can visit the Sony booth (13.A10) at IBC 2017 or the Sony website.

How do you think these new Sony cameras compare to the similar recent announcement from Canon? Let us know in the comments below!

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Binoj Darsan

Nice one

Valovics László

Z90 VS. X70 ?

Rex Singleton

Looks like a FS5 without detached lenses.

Rob First


Clayton Moore

Proving how vastly OVER PRICED the recently announced Canon camcorders are. All of these look like nice compact additions to add “camcorder” functionality to a mirrorless hybrid camera rig.

All well under $3,000 – Good Job SONY! This is how its supposed to work.

 Victor Lo
Victor Lo

But canon can shoot up to 4K 60p, Sony only offer 4K 30p.
Not sure why Sony still not offer 4K 60p to camcorder.

Clayton Moore

If 4k here is 8 bit how the heck are they doing HDR ? Did I miss something ?


Bernard Shaw

What is the bit rate for 4K and HD modes? What Sony codecs are used???? How does 4K work at 8 bit and still using HDR? Is the HDR soley a function of using S log 3

This recorder could be very useful depending on the low light capabilities and the quality of 8 bit 4K

Sony says XAVC-S for the higher priced model

 Victor Lo
Victor Lo

XAVC QFHD (3840 x 2160) @29.97p, 25p, 23.98p 100Mbps/60Mbps


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Lâm Tran

Very cool

Clayton Moore

One thing thats missing is UHD (4k) 60fps :-(


4.2.0 in 4K ???? No 60P in 4K ???
Canon XF405 is looking just as good especially with dual-pixel autofocus.