Sony Takes Wraps Off Pair of New Compact Box Cameras for Remote Operation
Sony has introduced two new compact cameras – SRG-XP1 (POV) and SRG-XB25 (BOX) – that deliver 4K 60p images alongside full IP connectivity, expanding its remote camera line up. With product availability starting in August 2020, 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.
Norbert Paquet, head of live production solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe told SVG Europe that Sony will have two phases of ‘NAB’ activity this year with the pair of new cameras being the first announcement. The second round of ‘NAB’ announcements from Sony will follow on 30 April.
Utilizing a single network cable, simple and cost-efficient set-up for power supply, image distribution and camera control is a reality with the SRG-XP1 and SRG-XB25, as they support full IP-based operation. Equipped with NDI|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, delivering a 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 backscreen 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.
“Recently, the world has witnessed drastic changes to 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,” says Bruce Tanaka, general manager of Imaging & Analytics Business Dept., Sony Imaging Products & Solutions. “That trend also increases 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, both with our network technologies and unique product line-up.”
“We are committed to providing our customers with a broad spectrum of IP-based solutions to accommodate their evolving and increasingly diverse imaging needs,” says Theresa Alesso, Pro division president, Sony Electronics. “Sony’s new SRG cameras enable content creators to remotely capture wide-angle and far-away shots at 4K 60p resolution – something that in recent years would have required an in-person videographer. These newest additions to our SRG camera portfolio are another milestone in Sony’s efforts to make high-quality video capture and management as flexible and efficient as possible.”
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