Sony’s New UWP-D Line Wireless System – Hands-on

Sony has announced a new UWP-D wireless microphone series. This series is not new – as the UWP-D line of products already exists – but more of an upgrade for Sony PXW-Z280 and PXW-Z190 users.


Sony UWP-D with Multi-Interface Shoe

The Sony UWP-D line of wireless microphones is designed to be as straightforward as possible. The UWP-D series uses RF transmission. If you hold the NFC Sync button on the receiver, it will automatically scan for the best possible frequency to avoid interferences. Once the receiver detects the best frequency, you simply put the transmitter on top of the receiver. The transmitter will automatically “follow” the receiver and switch its channel. If you are a solo filmmaker or someone that wants things to work and don’t want to struggle with audio frequencies, the Sony UWP-D could be perfect for you.

The new Sony UWP-D series of wireless microphones now features a 20% smaller bodypack transmitter, and the length of the receiver is shorter. The shrink in size of the receiver is because this new series of microphones are now compatible with the Multi-Interface Shoe ( MI Shoe ). Indeed, this shoe communication eliminates the need for a cable between the receiver and the camera. The 24-bit audio signal is directly recorded by the camera through the MI Shoe, bypassing the analog/digital conversions.

Sony PXW-Z280 and PXW-Z190 users can display the microphone information (RF levels, audio mute, battery status) directly in the camera. If your camera doesn’t feature an MI Shoe, Sony also released an MI Shoe adaptor, but the mic information will not transmit. Of course, the receiver also features a standard 3.5mm jack output.


Pricing and Availability

The series consists of three kits and the MI Shoe:

  • UWP-D21: includes a bodypack transmitter (UTX-B40) and receiver (URX-P40).
  • UWP-D22: includes a handheld microphone (UTX-M40) and receiver (URX-P40).
  • UWP-D26: includes a bodypack transmitter (UTX-B40), a plug-on transmitter (UTX-P40, 48V phantom power compatible), and receiver (URX-P40).
  • SMAD-P5: Multi-Interface (MI) shoe for cable-free camera connection.

Currently, we have no information from Sony about pricing nor availability.

What do you think of this new UWP-D series of microphones? Do you consider upgrading to the MI Shoe system? Let us know in the comments down below!

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 sam broggs
sam broggs

Quote from Sony at Photokina: The hot shoe is NOT a professional Connector! Its aimed at consumer users. I had so many problems with the hot shoe connectors in the last years..

 Keith Testerman
Keith Testerman

Interesting, I have never had any disconnects from the hot shoe but I have experienced an odd issue around proximity and motion detection sensors. The auto gain reduction goes crazy thinking there is a loud noise in the room. When it happens it makes them completely unusable. I tried turning the auto gain off but not even Sony can tell me a way to do that. The XLR unit has a ton of signal noise too which is unfortunate for how expensive these adapters are.

Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett

UHF is a dying issue, at least here in the U.S. The last two or three times I gave tried to use our own UHF systems, even with looking up the frequency maps and scanning, we inevitably end up with UHF hits, white noise and mosquito noise when using UHF.

While sound mixing pros continue with it and are paid to deal with UHF crowding and needing to frequency scan and hop, camera ops who need to deal with audio because of no sound mixer in the budget will have better luck with the Sennheiser, Røde and Deity products that use the 1.9 and 2.4GHz Wif-Fi bandwidth. I am done with UHF, thank you FCC for auctioning of a good portion of the UHF bandwidth.

 sam broggs
sam broggs

You are right, its getting harder to find frequencies. If it was just for Interviews i would prefer Rode. But for documentaries I definitely need the extra range of UHF.