Sony PXW-Z280 - The Right Tool For The Job - 5th March

Sony PXW-Z280 Sony PXW-Z280 - The right tool for the right job - Tuesday 5th of March
Sony PXW-Z280 - The Right Tool For The Job

A close look at Sony’s PXW-Z280 and exploring how it compares with cameras like Sony’s PXW-FS7 and FS5.

For the past 5 years large sensor cameras have been all the rage. Sony’s PXW-FS7 has been an incredibly popular camera for everything from news to drama production. In part this has been because until now it has been difficult to get 4K, high dynamic range and good low light performance from cameras with smaller sensors. That is until now. Thanks to Sony’s new multi layer stacked sensor technology, Sony’s new PXW-Z280 offers all of these features in a compact, handheld camera with 3x 1/2” sensors and a 17x zoom lens. So which is right for you and the productions you are involved in? Do you need a large sensor for a shallow depth of field or do you need the versatility of a 17x zoom lens for quick run and gun filming?

Sony PXW-Z280 Sony PXW-Z280

In this workshop we will look at how the combination of a 17x f1.9 lens and 1/2” sensors can offer image performance very similar to a PXW-FS7 setup with a very typical f4 zoom. The Z280’s integrated, fast f1.9 lens makes it possible to create shallow depth of field images and offers exceptional low light performance. We will compare the low light capabilities and depth of field of both cameras.


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What about dynamic range, log and HDR? The Z280 features a dedicated HDR mode and we will see how this can be used to record high dynamic range S-log3 images for post production grading or Hybrid Log Gamma images for an instant, straight from the camera, HDR image compatible with most HDR displays.

So if you are looking for a new camera and are unsure about what to get, why not attend this informative workshop where you can see the performance of the Z280 for yourself. There will be time for a Q&A session with Alister who has shot a couple of very different projects with the Z280 and then you will be able to play with the camera before the end of the session.


Alister Chapman Alister Chapman
About Alister Chapman

Alister is one of the most highly respected cameraman in the industry. Operating as a freelance DOP/producer/editor and stereographer that has worked in broadcast television since 1984. He has consulted on major projects for New York museums, provided stock footage to over 30 clients and filmed for the BBC, Sky, NBC and Discovery.

Tuesday 5th March 2019

We will be running 2 identical sessions through the course of the day;

10:00 - 12:30
14:00 - 16:30

Let us know below which one you will be attending.


Proactive UK Ltd
Unit 1 & 2 Eastman Way
Hemel Hempstead
United Kingdom

If driving, we are conveniently close to junctions 8&9 on the M1 and there is parking available on site.
We are also a short taxi ride from Luton Airport and Hemel Hempstead train station with high speed rail links from London Euston.

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  • David Robinson

    12th February 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Is there a cost associated with attending this workshop?

    • proavuser

      14th February 2019 at 11:17 am

      Hi David,
      The workshop is free to attend. We hope to see you there!


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