Sony Electronics’ new SRG-120DU is the latest member of its SRG high definition remote-operated camera line-up. Taking its place alongside Sony’s SRG-300SE, SRG-120DH and SRG-300H PTZ cameras, the SRG-120DU is the first in the PTZ line to feature a USB 3.0 interface and is UVC video compatible.
The SRG-120DU is designed to easily bring professional visual communications to the PC environment by readily connecting with Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) and multimedia streaming devices. Its extremely wide field of view (71°) and a 12x optical/12x digital zoom auto focus lens makes it perfect for small to mid-sized rooms. Its compact, lightweight design and availability in a silver housing fits a variety of installation and environments.
The SRG-120DU is for customers that need a higher quality image than they can achieve with a consumer webcam. The SRG-120DU combines high speed data transfer of uncompressed video signals resulting in full HD images with imaging advances to instantly adapt to even the most challenging lighting conditions. It incorporates Sony’s high-sensitivity 1/2.8 -type Exmor CMOS sensor and the latest View-DR technology. View-DR provides extremely wide dynamic range with Sony’s full-capture Wide-D to compensate for backlight or changing lighting conditions. In addition, the camera’s XDNR technology reduces noise and provides clear images in low light environments. The camera also features fast and silent pan, tilt and zoom capabilities. The drive motor noise is less than 35dB — ideal for use in noise-restricted environments such as hospitals, class rooms and meeting rooms.
Pan/Tilt/Zoom controls are operated by VISCA protocols through either the RS232C (serial) connector or RJ-45 (IP) connection allowing for either local or remote operation. It is compatible with Sony’s RM-IP10 IP Remote Controller to enable comfortable P/T/Z operation with an optical three-axis joystick. With 16 programmable presets, operators can click from one camera shot to another without having to reframe the scene. This makes for smooth transitions rather than jarring shifts. While designed to allow non-professionals produce expert results, the SRG-series PC control software gives complete flexibility for video professionals and provides full access to camera function such as exposure, white balance and gain.
Initial industry response highlights the potential benefits of the new SRG-120DU camera, from Vidyo, an OEM that integrates Sony cameras into its VC systems, and Panopto, which makes lecture capture software compatible with Sony SRG cameras.