At InfoComm 2019, Sony Electronics introduced two new PoE+ cameras to its IP-based, pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera family. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are both new models that offer a 4K upgrade option — a first for PTZ cameras — to make them future-ready. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are designed for corporate, education, healthcare, faith and government applications. Also, a new native 4K BRC-X400 debuted that’s designed for broadcast studio and reality TV production as well as live event capture.
All three cameras incorporate Sony’s 4K Exmor R CMOS image sensor which Sony says allows for natural color reproduction with minimal noise. A built-in 4K lens accommodates wide-angle shots up to 70 degrees and for added flexibility, the cameras can be ceiling mounted. They boast a horizontal resolution of 1,000 or higher TV lines in Full High Definition (FHD) to capture fine image details. The SRG-X400 is equipped with 40x zoom capability utilizing Sony’s Clear Image Zoom technology, while the SRG-X120 camera has a 12x zoom. The powerful zoom options, combined with a wide viewing angle, enable the capture of both an entire room and a zoomed-in image with a single camera.
Similar to the BRC-X400, both the SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 support SDI, HDMI and IP and are equipped with NDI|HX²capability through an optional license. When combined with other NDI-compatible hardware or software anywhere on the network, the NDI|HX option presents unprecedented flexibility in IP-based live production systems. Connection via a single IP cable ensures a simple and cost-efficient set up, including power supply, image output and camera controls. Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) are also supported for easy recording and distribution of video and audio. These cameras support two channel audio and the audio is encoded and streamed with the IP video.
The SRG-X400, SRG-X120 and BRC-X400 cameras achieve deep integration with Sony’s first AI-based video analytics solution, Edge Analytics Appliance (REA-C1000). REA-C1000 brings a new dimension for audiences to view lectures, presentations, seminars or create and view massive open online courses (known as MOOC) in a more engaging way. Use of the new PTZ series with REA-C1000’s auto-tracking feature enables smooth auto-tracking of a presenter. Its handwriting extraction feature extracts text and characters written on a whiteboard or blackboard in real time and brings them to the foreground. In addition, its chroma key-less CG overlay feature can extract the presenter and place them on any background without the need for a dedicated backscreen or special training.
The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 also offer advanced usability for various shooting scenes. With fast PTZ movement of up to 300 degrees a second, users can seamlessly and quickly change the preset position of a single camera. In addition, the new Picture Freeze Preset function allows for a still image to remain visible during camera transitions, ensuring audience engagement. With the addition of Sony’s high-end PTZ Sync function, these models enable preset positions to naturally pan, tilt and zoom in a smooth and coordinated manner.
Both new PTZ cameras are planned to be available in November 2019, while the BRC-X400 is already shipping. All three of them are here.