Sony Just Leapfrogged Every Other AI-Based PTZ Camera With Two of Its Own

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Sony is expanding its lineup of PTZ cameras with the addition of two 4K models with built-in AI analytics. The SRG-A40 and SRG-A12 cameras automatically and consistently track and naturally frame presenters, regardless of movement or posture, for seamless content creation and control — all without operating a computer. The company’s new “PTZ Auto Framing technology” features automatic operation for quick object tracking/rediscovery and multiple auto framing options. Highlights of the cameras include image quality with automation, the flexibility of IP, powerful zoom, remote control, and easy configuration and operation. Sony says they are ideal for use in education, corporate, medical, government, broadcast and faith applications, as well as for live events.

New to this series of advanced cameras is Sony’s built-in PTZ Auto Framing technology with AI analytics, which improves usability and productivity. Multiple auto framing angles provide options for close-ups, waist-up or full-body images, enabling additional creative freedom and customization options. With auto operation, the cameras operate as soon as the power is turned on, searching for and rediscovering an object to track. A combination of advanced and consistent recognition technologies are employed, including facial recognition which can even detect masked faces. A new user-friendly tally light allows users to identify which camera is actively in use and tracking movements.

Both the SRG-A40 and SRG-A12 adopt a highly sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor for high-quality, naturally vivid images with less noise that support 4K 30p and Full HD 60p. The SRG-A40 offers Clear Image Zoom technology which digitally doubles the optical zoom from 20x to 30x in 4K or 40x in Full HD, while the SRG-A12 provides up to 12x zoom. With tele convert mode, the SRG-A40 can extend up to 80x zoom, while the SRG-A12 can extend up to 24x, all while offering fast PTZ movement between cameras. Day mode and night mode help optimize capture in brightness and shadows.

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The new models offer 3G-SDI, HDMI, and IP connectivity (NDI |HX available through optional license) and can be controlled remotely through VISCA/VISCA over IP, using a single network cable for power, output and control. They also include Power over Ethernet Plus Plus (PoE++), allowing for simplified integration into new or existing environments — without separate power supply cabling. With robust connection and integration options, the new series takes advantage of PTZ cameras’ distinct ability to provide capture and control even in hard-to-reach locations, while offering new angles and vantage points. Support for Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) allows for remote viewing, while Security Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol enables safe, smooth, stable video streaming.

In addition to easy integration and installation, the cameras are simple to set up and use for operators with differing levels of ability. With the picture setting file feature, users can quickly set up and duplicate menu settings from camera to camera creating uniformity and instilling familiarity. The new models’ PTZ motion sync feature enables smooth and rapid PTZ movement to a target position at a maximum ±170° pan/tilt angle range. Pre-set recall allows for quick transitions from one camera to other pre-set angles, to capture critical moments. A picture freeze preset can also be used to hold the last image captured in place, as the camera moves — eliminating blurry transition shots and minimizing distraction. Additionally, the virtual webcam driver software can turn up to five connected cameras into collaborative conference and lecture tools using a computer to provide professional image quality during web-based meetings.

The SRG-A40 and SRG-A12 are expected to be available in summer 2023, with a list price of £4300 and £3600, respectively. The new models will make their debut at ISE on Sony’s stand in Hall 3, booth 3E400, and they are here: