Sony has introduced two new compact cameras – SRG-XP1 (POV) and SRG-XB25 (BOX) – that deliver high quality images at 4K 60p alongside full IP connectivity, expanding its renowned remote camera line up.
To be available from August 2020 onwards, each model is equipped with wide-angle lens or powerful optical zoom, which can offer users choices for sites that are hard-to-access, where there’s no space for a full-sized camera and dedicated operator.
The cameras are ideal for applications including remote communication, monitoring and content production in a wide range of verticals such as corporate, education, healthcare, live broadcast, and more.
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|HX1 capability via optional license, both cameras offer unprecedented flexibility when working with other NDI-compatible hardware or software, anywhere on the network.
Further, Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) are also supported for easy recording and distribution of video and audio.
The SRG-XP1 POV camera is capable of capturing over 100-degree wide horizontal viewing angle despite its compact lightweight design. This is particularly useful for recording reality shows, and in settings such as e-sports and remote meeting/discussion, 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 House of Worship (HoW).
When the cameras are combined with the AI-based Edge Analytics Appliance REA-C1000, users can create high quality content in real time to keep audiences engaged, delivering powerful remote shooting and streaming solution. For example, with Chroma key-less CG Overlay, SRG-XP1 can easily create attractive video contents 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 is witnessing 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,” said Lawrence Tang, Head of Business & Industrial Solutions Marketing Division, Professional Solutions Company (PSAP), Sony Electronics Asia Pacific.
“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, with our network technologies and unique product line-up.”
With over 20 years of technical expertise, Sony’s range of remote cameras are 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 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.
A stellar example would be Madrid-based medical integrator Med&Home that 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 reliable options that suit a wide range of teaching spaces and meeting areas.
Small, silent and discreet, the new SRG cameras are a stylish addition to any boardroom or corporate setting. Further, 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, stream lectures and classroom presentations across the web, as well as record the sessions for future usage.
– Remote Production
Sony’s remote cameras also target the broadcast industry, allowing seamless integration to existing broadcast infrastructure with a wide range of interface and remote control options.
In particular, the BRC series cameras are widely used for the venues such as live events including sports and music concerts, to capture and stream the ultimate action to those who cannot attend or gather, with their superb image quality and smooth PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) capability. Users can stitch together amazing angles – capturing the entire scene and all the decisive moments.