Compact Cameras with IP Connectivity
Sony has unveiled two new compact cameras, and expanded its remote camera line-up with the addition of the SRG-XP1 (POV) and SRG-XB25 (BOX).
The new cameras, which deliver images at 4K 60p, and feature full IP connectivity, will be available from August 2020.
Each camera has a wide-angle lens or powerful optical zoom ideal for hard-to-access sites with limited space for a full-sized camera and dedicated operator. The cameras are the ideal choice for remote communication, monitoring and content production in a wide range of markets such as corporate, education, healthcare, live broadcast, and ore.
Image distribution and camera control with the SRG-XP1 and SRG-XB25 is simple as both cameras have NDI®|HX capability via optional licenses and support full IP-based operation, they also use one network cable for power supply too. They offer unprecedented flexibility when working with other NDI-compatible hardware or software, anywhere on the network. Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) also support easy recording and distribution of video and audio.
The SRG-XP1 POV camera can also capture over 100-degree wide horizontal viewing angles. Its compact lightweight design makes it particularly useful for reality shows, and in e-sports and remote settings. The SRG-XB25 BOX camera is equally useful for large spaces thanks to its powerful 25x optical zoom, capturing distance footage from events, lectures, seminars and Houses of Worship (HoW).
Powerful remote shooting and high-quality, engaging real-time content can be produced and streamed with ease when using the cameras with AI-based Edge Analytics Appliance REA-C1000. With the company’s Chroma key-less CG Overlay capability, the SRG-XP1 can easily create attractive video content in confined spaces. This function can even remove the presenter and overlay them onto any background, without the need for a dedicated backscreen or specialist training.
Similarly, the SRG-XB25 can use the REA-C1000 powerful zoom alongside a handwriting extraction feature so remote viewers of a presentation can see see written content and diagrams clearly alongside the presenter simultaneously.
Announcing the launch, Bruce Tanaka, General Manager of Imaging & Analytics Business Department, Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc., said:
“At the moment, the world is witnessing and adapting to drastic changes in the way we work and learn. Such circumstances have created a pressing demand for efficient remote communication and content production that multiple users can access anytime, anywhere with peace of mind.
“That trend is also driving the need to create and distribute high-quality video content quickly and in an efficient manner. At Sony, we are driven to solve these challenges of our customers, with our network technologies and unique product line-up.”
The company’s range of remote cameras is now widely used for remote teaching and communication purposes at universities and hospitals, for shooting and distributing content in facilities such as government, corporate and HoW, as well as remote production in event and broadcasting stations:
The SRG series is currently used in established healthcare facilities to remotely monitor patients and equipment to ensure optimum settings for patient care. The cameras also capture, manage and distribute high-quality footage of clinical procedures live from operating and treatment rooms to lecture halls in tertiary institutions for training and education purposes. A good example of this is the Madrid-based medical integrator Med&Home that selected the SRG0300H 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, the Sony remote cameras are reliable options that suit a wide range of teaching spaces and meeting areas. Small and silent and discreet, the new SRG cameras are a stylish addition to any boardroom or corporate setting. The cameras enhance teaching and collaborative learning through live streaming, connecting students and lecturers in real time across different campuses and with other colleges. 4K clarity also contributes to today’s increase demand for interactive discussions, streaming and recording lectures and classroom presentations for both live and future use.
Sony remote cameras also target the broadcast industry, allowing seamless integration to existing broadcast infrastructures with a wide range of interface and remote-control options. In particular, the BRC series cameras are widely used for live events including sports and music concerts, to capture and stream the ultimate action, with superb image quality and smooth PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) capability for those who cannot attend. Users can stitch together amazing angles – capturing the entire scene and all the memorable moments.