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    Sony PXW-Z100 - Record to SD Card?
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    I am very interested in the Sony PXW-Z100 4K camcorder. I know the camcorder uses XQD cards to record XAVC format 4K and HD content. But the camera also has an SD card slot and I read that a recent firmware upgrade enabled AVCHD recording.

    My question is: Is it possible to record to the SD card when recording in AVCHD mode? Or can AVCHD only be recorded to XQD cards?

    I searched all over the Sony website but could not find an answer.

    I really hope that Sony enabled SD card recording for AVCHD mode. That would make this camera much more viable for long-form recording, e.g. continuous shooting of 12+ hour long conferences. Buying enough XQD cards for those kind of situations can get expensive.


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    I'm curious to know why you are interested in the Z100 rather than the Z150?
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    The Z100 offers a much higher quality codec for 4K acquisition. I am interested in this camera for 4K production. I will rarely ever be using AVCHD, but was wondering if AVCHD to SD card is even possible for the occasional situation when it might come in handy.


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    This is one of the answers to that question asked on B&H.

    "Yes, but only for recording AVCHD video. There are actually two SD card slots in the back: one for loading downloaded firmware to update the camera (lower right) and one to record the AVCHD video files (left side near the XQD card slots). Until the long delayed update from Sony was delivered late 2014, that SD slot was not even activated. You cannot record XAVC video in the SD card slot. XAVC can only be recorded on the XQD cards."
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    It seems like AVCHD support was added with v4 of the firmware, but the only thing I can find available for download is v5.10. I don't know if it would include all previous firmware updates, or if you'd have to go back and install them one by one. At any rate, here's a link to the v5.10 update.

    https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.co...l-PXWZ100.aspx
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    This site appears to have the v4 update, but it's based in the UK, so I don't know if the update would apply to NTSC cams or not. Seems a bit risky, but here's the link.

    http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/support/so...BPE-SS-1139/20
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    Thanks!

    Follow-up question: Can you record 4K XAVC to an XQD card AND record AVCHD to an SD card at the same time? Like a proxy recording? For example, at the end of the shoot you could immediately hand the SD card to the director or client for their review and also send the the high quality 4K media on the XQD card to the editor.

    I'm assuming it's not possible.

    But then again, the Panasonic DVX200 can record both 4K and HD at the same time on 2 separate cards... so why not Sony?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasma Productions View Post
    Thanks!

    Follow-up question: Can you record 4K XAVC to an XQD card AND record AVCHD to an SD card at the same time? Like a proxy recording? For example, at the end of the shoot you could immediately hand the SD card to the director or client for their review and also send the the high quality 4K media on the XQD card to the editor.

    I'm assuming it's not possible.

    But then again, the Panasonic DVX200 can record both 4K and HD at the same time on 2 separate cards... so why not Sony?
    I don't know, but my much less expensive Sony FDR-AX33 can record both a 4K file and a 1080p file on a single card simultaneously, so it wouldn't surprise me if the PXW-Z100 could do the same.
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    My FDR-AX1, which is the consumer version of the PXW-Z100 will not record both at the same time. One or the other. AVCHD on card "C" or XAVC-S on cards "A/B" I expect the PXW-Z100 is the same.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Evans View Post
    My FDR-AX1, which is the consumer version of the PXW-Z100 will not record both at the same time. One or the other. AVCHD on card "C" or XAVC-S on cards "A/B" I expect the PXW-Z100 is the same.
    It's interesting that my $800 Sony FDR-AX33 will record XAVC-S and AVCHD simultaneously on a single card, but the $4000 Sony FDR-AX1 won't even do it with two cards, much less one. Maybe they will provide that capability in a future firmware upgrade.
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