Sony unveils multi-purpose POV system camera

Sony Professional is making available a point of view (POV) system camera with remote functionality and 1080/50p HDR capability that complements the company’s current lineup of box and portable system camera options.

As the demand to streamline media production workflows increases, the HDC-P31 has remote menu setting and status monitoring that is said to minimise the time and personnel needed on-site during a production, since POV cameras are often mounted in inaccessible or hard to reach locations or used on a crane, rail or robotics system. The flexible and lightweight HDC-P31 is considered ideal for studio, events and rental applications, as well as sports production.

This new model incorporates the latest generation of 2/3-inch Global Shutter CMOS sensor system for enhanced optical performance, providing high sensitivity and low noise, the company said.

In addition, the camera is designed to be used as an integral part of Sony’s popular HDC series ecosystem, creating stunning images and look using well know operations and workflows, but in a smaller POV form factor. The camera creates a comprehensive system while working alongside Sony’s XVS series switchers and Sony’s powerful ELC Live Production Control Automation system.

“In the current industry situation, it is important for Sony to provide solutions that support our customers to maintain high-quality operations with more remote options while maintaining the advances workflows and operations they are used to,” said Norbert Paquet, head of live production at Sony Professional.

“From resolution and form factor to price and future capabilities, Sony provides choices that empower our users. With the launch of the HDC-P31, Sony is delivering a solution that responds to the industry’s request for remote functionality, paired with a smaller footprint for more mounting freedom, both of which contribute to a streamlined media production workflow.”

As POV cameras are frequently located in robotics or isolated positions, the HDC-P31’s remote functionalities could help production efficiency by saving time and money and reducing the need for staff on-site.

Remote access via a Web UI is planned for winter 2020 via a software update that will allow for menu setting, status monitoring, log files and firmware updates to be done remotely.

The web-based application does not require dedicated software. In addition, when using compatible lenses, operators can adjust the back focus of the camera remotely. For enhanced flexibility, tally can be supported through via an IP network.

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