Sony is now shipping its two new PTZ cameras — the SRG-XP1 (POV) and SRG-XB25 (BOX) — 4K@60p and IP-enabled. With product availability starting in August 2020, users can select the wide-angle SRG-XP1 or the powerful optical zoom SRG-XB25, which offers users new options for hard-to-access sites where there is no space for a full-sized camera and dedicated operator. The cameras are ideal for remote communication, monitoring and content production applications in a wide range of verticals, such as corporate, education, healthcare, live broadcast and more.
Utilizing a single network cable, cost-efficient and straightforward setup for power supply, image distribution and camera control is a reality with the SRG-XP1 and SRG-XB25, as they support full IP-based operation. Equipped with NDI[i]|HX capability via optional license, both cameras offer flexibility when working with other NDI-compatible hardware or software, anywhere on the network. The cameras also support Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) for recording and distribution of video and audio.
The SRG-XP1 POV camera is capable of capturing video across a 100-degree wide horizontal viewing angle despite its compact, lightweight design. This is particularly useful for recording reality shows and in settings such as esports and remote meetings/discussions, where the entire location can be captured regardless of the installation position. On the other hand, the SRG-XB25 BOX camera is handy for large spaces because of its 25x optical zoom, capturing footage from a distance for events, lectures, seminars and faith applications.
When users combine the cameras with Sony’s AI-based Edge Analytics Appliance REA-C1000, they can create high-quality content in real-time to keep audiences engaged, delivering a powerful remote shooting and streaming solution. For example, with Chroma keyless CG Overlay, SRG-XP1 can easily create video content in confined spaces. This function can extract the presenter and overlay them onto any background, without the need for dedicated backscreen or specialized training. Similarly, SRG-XB25 benefits from the REA-C1000 by utilizing its powerful zoom alongside the Handwriting Extraction feature. This ensures that viewers watching the presentation remotely can clearly see written content and diagrams and the simultaneous gestures and expressions of the presenter.
- Hospitals: The SRG series is currently used in established healthcare facilities to remotely monitor patients and their equipment to ensure the appropriate settings. The cameras also capture, manage and distribute high-quality footage of clinical procedures, transmitted live from operating rooms and treatment rooms to lecture halls in tertiary institutions for training and education purposes. As an example, Madrid-based medical integrator Med&Home selected the SRG-300H and SRG-300SE IP cameras to power its “viewLAB” integrated video solution for nine Operating Rooms and interventional labs across Spain.
- Remote Communication in Corporate/Education: From video conferences to video recording, Sony’s remote cameras are options that suit a range of teaching spaces and meeting areas. Small, silent and discreet, the new SRG cameras are a stylish addition to any boardroom or corporate setting. Further, the cameras enhance teaching and collaborative learning through livestreaming, connecting students and lecturers in real-time across different campuses and with other colleges. The 4K video’s clarity also helps fulfill today’s increased demand for interactive discussions, streamed lectures and classroom presentations across the web, and recorded sessions for future usage.
- Remote Production: Sony’s remote cameras also target the broadcast industry, allowing integration to existing broadcast infrastructure with a range of interface and remote control options. In particular, Sony’s BRC series cameras are widely used for venues hosting live events such as sports and music concerts. The cameras’ superb image quality and smooth PTZ capability enable users to capture and stream the ultimate action to those who cannot attend or gather at the event. Users can also stitch together angles, capturing the entire scene.