Sony is introducing the FR7, a new PTZ camera that includes a 4K full-frame sensor, lens interchangeability, and remote shooting functionality, to the market.
The camera can be used in any location (as long as its weather-proof), and for shooting previously unseen angles, said the company.
Sony believes the FR7 will be used on reality TV, in stadiums, on drama and film production, music videos, in studios.
The FR7 features a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor Exmor R with approximately 10.3 effective megapixels and wide 15+ stop latitude in a pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera for the first time, said Sony.
The camera is able to shoot in up to 4K 120p slow-motion is possible, again creating that emotional possibility offered by a cinematic look.
The FR7 LAN (network) connector supports a variety of streaming protocols, including RTSP, SRT and NDI HX for working in an IP based environment.
A Timecode IN connector receives timecode for synchronisation with an external device, while the Genlock receives synchronizsation signals in multi camera setups.
Additionally, red/green tally lights are provided on the camera’s side panels, allowing users to easily identify the on-air and preview cameras in multi-camera setups in studio or on location.
It also includes a built-in web application and optional RM-IP500 remote controller, which allows up to 100 camera position presets to be recalled. The camera can be controlled by a web browser on a phone, tablet or PC.
“Many customers have been waiting for a long time for Sony to develop a new PTZ camera,” Christian Branteghem, solutions specialist live production, tells TVBEurope. “Customers have been asking for it.”
Norbert Paquet, head of live production, Sony Europe added: “The cinematic look and feel is fast becoming the norm in broadcasting and live production as it opens up new ways to tell a narrative. In parallel, especially in the last 2 years, we’ve seen a steep rise in content created remotely or in small locations where access is difficult. This new camera, the FR7, will answer both these trends in the market with its PTZ and Cinematic features.”