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Sony Adds Two New Compact 4K Streaming Cameras for Remote Use

Sony compact remote camerasSony this week introduced two new compact cameras – SRG-XP1 (POV) and SRG-XB25 (BOX) – that deliver 4K 60p images along with full IP connectivity. Users can select the wide-angle SRG-XP1 or the optical zoom SRG-XB25, which offer users new options for sites that are hard-to-access or 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. Sony expects the products to be available in August 2020.

The SRG-XP1 and SRG-XB25 support full IP-based operation, utilizing a single network cable, set-up for power supply, image distribution and camera control. Equipped with NDIi|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 easy 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 extremely useful for large spaces thanks to its powerful 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 key-less CG Overlay, SRG-XP1 can easily create attractive video content in confined spaces. This function can extract the presenter and overlay them onto any background, without the need for dedicated back-screen or special 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, as well as the gestures and expressions of the presenter, simultaneously.

Applications:

Hospitals — The SRG series is currently used in established healthcare facilities to remotely monitor patients, as well as their equipment to ensure the settings are appropriate. 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 suitable for a range of teaching spaces and meeting areas. According to Sony, the cameras are small and silent. The cameras offer live streaming, connecting students and lecturers in real-time across different campuses and with other colleges, as well as 4K video.

Remote production – Sony’s remote cameras also target the broadcast industry, allowing integration into existing broadcast infrastructure with a wide 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’ image quality and smooth PTZ capability enable users to capture and stream the ultimate action to those who cannot attend or gather at event. Users can also stitch together amazing angles, capturing the entire scene and all the important moments.

Sony’s range of remote cameras are here.

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