Sony’s bigger sensor PTZ cam Sony’s new FR7 is the world’s first PTZ camera to combine a full-frame image sensor and changeable E-mount lenses. The camera has a back-side illuminated, 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with approximately 10.3 effective megapixels and a dynamic range of over 15 stops. The £11,347/$9699 camera is designed for low noise thanks to the Exmor R sensor – which can reach as high as ISO 409,600 – and recording is possible up to 4K/120p for slow motion. Colour choices include S-Cinetone for natural skin tones straight from camera. In Cine EI mode, sensitivity can be set to either ISO 800 or 12,800 and supports S-Log3 gamma, wide S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine colour spaces. There’s a new app which allows remote control of pan, tilt, zoom, focus, record, playback and all camera settings from a tablet or computer’s web browser. Multicamera monitoring is also enabled, allowing several cameras to be viewed remotely on one device – or for multiple devices to view the output from a single camera. The FR7 is compatible with Sony’s RM-IP500 remote controller, which can take control of up to 100 PTZ cameras and provide joystick-controlled pan, tilt and zoom operation. Pan and tilt speed can be continuously varied from 0.02° to 60° per second. You can record 100 positional presets and use Ethernet S700 protocol.
TRIPLE-PLAN FOR THE FUTURE Connected Content Acquisition programs form its blueprint for the future of media. Creators’ Cloud is an upcoming production Sony says its new Creators’ Cloud, Networked Live and platform for content creation, acquisition and distribution, from all networks to all devices. Networked Live is a project with Nevion to accelerate the movement of workflows to fully remote productions. Connected Content Acquisition is Sony’s plan to reinforce the connective capabilities of its cameras, so users can do more with their content at the point of acquisition. The new FR7 PTZ camera is the first major launch as part of this project.
The Fast Hybrid AF and PTZ rig combine to focus on static or fast- moving subjects over a wide area, even when a shallow depth-of-field is used. Touch Tracking can be used to initiate autofocus with real-time tracking on the desired subject – or directly on your subject’s eyes using Eye AF. There’s a built-in electronic variable ND filter for remote exposure control, and the Auto ND function keeps exposure constant to match changing light. externally via the SDI. There are also dual media slots supporting CFexpress Type A and SDXC memory cards – plus HDMI Type A connections, 12G-SDI slots and an XLR mic input. Camera control, power supply and video or audio transfer can all be carried out via a single LAN cable. This connector supports streaming protocols including RTSP, SRT and NDI|HX for working in an IP-based workflow. The FR7 can be powered from an external PoE++ device via a standard network cable, eliminating the need for separate power cabling. Timecode and genlock are featured, plus red/green tally lights. The FR7 allows internal XAVC recording and can output to Raw
UPGRADES FOR VENICE FLOOD IN Sony’s flagship Venice 2 cinema camera gets upgraded with new firmware and the Venice Extension System 2 – a tethered solution allowing the camera body to detach from the sensor block using a 3m or 12m cable. With this, the body can be used on gimbals, cranes or tight sets. The £18,053/$18,999 Extension System is equipped with a tilt/roll sensor on the head that records motion as metadata for use in post. With higher recording speeds and sync functions for working with LED walls, the new firmware also enables embedding LUT and CDL data in clips. On top of this, there are new monitor-out functions – like zoom- to-fit for anamorphic lenses – and the ability to move the recording status indicator on the screen. sony.com
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