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Sony advances digital HD camera family with 30x zoom flagship module

Sony’s FCB-EH6500 delivers 1080p 30fps video, increases field of vision and extends zoom ratio by 50pc without compromising sensitivity.

Weybridge, UK – 25th June 2012 - Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions division has announced a new flagship camera module to further advance its range of digital OEM video cameras. The new module combines Sony’s renowned, ultra-sensitive Exmor™ CMOS sensor with a 30x  optical zoom to deliver exceptional picture clarity for transport, security and low vision applications.
 
The FCB-EH6500’s 1/2.8-type colour sensor delivers true HD (1080p) video at 30fps. Versus the previous flagship device, the FCB-EH6300, the camera also extends the viewing angle by over 7 per cent (59.5o at 1080p, 40.6o at 720p), increases the focal range by 50 per cent (f=4.3 to 129mm) yet maintains a minimum required illumination of just 0.5lx*.
 
The camera module is amongst the most efficient on the market, requiring just 3.4W* (4.7W when the motors are active); and operational from -5oC to 60oC. It comes with a range of features and picture effects that include a 12x digital zoom (360x total), privacy zone masking, motion detection, colour enhancement, e-flip, mirror image and nega-art and a diverse array of white balance models.
 
Matthew Swinney, senior product marketing manager at Sony said: “The number of applications that use algorithms to exploit video data has grown exponentially, exceptional image quality is therefore essential. We work in close collaboration with Sony’s sensor development team to deliver the best possible picture. From this, and the 50 per cent zoom improvement our customers’ applications can deliver even more reliable results.”
 
Like all FCB-E and FCB-EH range cameras, the module outputs HD images in either digital (Y/Cb/Cr 4:2:2 via LVDS) or analogue (Y/Pb/Pr). Users can change the video resolution and speed on the fly, shifting from 1080p at 30fps to 720p at 60fps without restarting the device.
 
The camera, which measures 50x60x89.7mm and weighs 240g, will be available from H2 2012. Full specifications will be available at http://www.image-sensing-solutions.eu.
 
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Notes to editors
* Power consumption and minimum illumination figures are from initial tests, Sony does not anticipate this figure will change but the company is undertaking further tests to confirm these data.
 
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For further product and sales information, please contact:
Matthew Swinney, senior product marketing manager, Sony Image Sensing Solutions.
Tel. +44 (0) 7733 303665 / fax +44 (0) 1932 817314 / email: matthew.swinney@eu.sony.com

 

About Sony:
Sony is a leading global innovator of audio, video, communications and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Sony is renowned for its audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA™ Internet TV, Cyber-shot™ digital camera, Handycam® camcorder, “α” (pronounced Alpha) digital SLR camera, and Walkman® MP3 player as well as its VAIO™ personal computers and high-definition (HD) professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD. Offering a complete end-to-end HD value chain and with its electronics, music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is one of the world’s leading digital entertainment brands, employing approximately 170,000 people worldwide.
 
Through its long-term football partnerships as an official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League until 2012, Official FIFA Partner until 2014 and global sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010 and 2014, Sony is inspiring a sense of excitement for the millions of football fans around the world.
 
About Sony Image Sensing Solutions division:
Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions division has an in-depth range of component cameras and image sensing products. Industry leading products include High Definition cameras; intelligent ‘smart camera’ products; standard definition colour and monochrome CCD video cameras for analogue and digital (IEEE 1394, GigE & CameraLink) vision systems, all of which satisfy numerous market sectors and applications, including manufacturing (industrial vision solutions), security/monitoring, webcasting, videoconferencing, scientific and medical markets.
 
This division is based in the UK and France and continues to be supported by over 25 years of technologically-advanced design and development, delivered today in world-class products. For further information please visit www.image-sensing-solutions.eu