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Designed to comply with the pin-out of Sony’s discontinued XC-55BB camera, Sony’s new two piece, black and white progressive scan video camera - the XC-56BB - incorporates a 1/3-type progressive scan CCD that produces detailed, VGA resolution images at a high frame rate (30 fps).

Key Features


• 1/3 inch Progressive Scan CCD with square pixels

• Non-TV format

• Square lattice/Full pixel read-out

• Effective Picture Elements - 659 (H) x 494 (V)

• NF Lens Mount

• High Rate Scan /Binning Function - 30 frames per sec./60 frames per sec. Binning

• Sync System - Internal/External (auto)

• External Sync System - HD/VD (2 to 5 Vp-p)

• Gain - Manual/Fixed switchable

• Gamma - OFF (y=1)

• High Shock and Vibration Resistance

• Miniature Size

• External Trigger Shutter: 1/4 to 1/100,000 sec

• Cable length: 2 m

• Lead-free soldering

• Same Pin Assignment as XC-55BB camera


Image Device 

1/3 type Progressive Scan CCD


Effective Pixel Elements (HxV) 

659 X 494


Effective Lines (HxV) 

647 X 493


Output Image Size 

VGA class (647 x 494)


Cell Size (HxV) 

7.4 x74.4 μm


Lens Mount 

NF mount


Flange Focal Length 

12.0 mm


Sync System 

Internal/External (automatically switched according to input signal


External Synchronisation 

HD/VD (HD/VD level: 2 to 5 Vp-p)


Input / Output 

HD/VD (2 to 5 Vp-p 75 Ω)


Alowable Frequency Deviation

± 1% (in horizontal synchronous frequency)


of External Synchronisation 

1.0 Vp-p, sync negative, 75 Ω, unbalanced


H Jitter

Less than 20 ns


Scan Lines 

525-lines/236-lines (Normal mode/Binning mode)


Video Output Mode

Normal: 1 -line sequential output 29,97 fps /

Binning: F2 -line sequential output 59,94 fps


Video Output 

1.0 Vp-p, sync. Negative, 75 ! , unbalanced


Horizontal Frequency 

15,734 KHz


Output Signal Frequency 

29,97 Hz (Normal mode)/59,94 Hz (Binning Mode)


Horizontal Resolution 

500 TV lines



400 lx (F8, y= OFF, FIX GAIN (0dB)


Minimum Illumination 

0,5 lx (F1,4 y= OFF, GAIN + 18dB)


S/N Ratio 

58 dB



Fixed/Manually Adjustable



1 (fixed)


White Clip 

820 mV ± 70mV


Shutter Mode

Normal Shutter, Restar t/Restet,

External Trigger shutter mode (Mode1/Mode2)


Normal Shutter Speed 

1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/15000 s


External Trigger Shutter

DIP switch setting 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000,

1/10000 s, 1/25000, 1/50000, 1/100000 s

Trigger pulse width settings: 1/4 to 1/100000 s


External Trigger

Polarity: +, 2μs to 250 ms ; Input impedence: 10k! or more (H:+2 to 5,0V, L: 0 +0,6V)


Pin Assignment

Correspondence to EIAJ compliant 12PIN connector pin assignment Unvailable (No.8

pin: Trigger input (G), No.9 pin: Trigger input, No. 10 pin: GRD, No. 11 pin: + 10V)

Pins No.10 and 11 are not connected inside the camera


Power Requirements 

+12 V DC (range: +10.5 to 15V)


Power Consumption 

2.2 W


Dimensions (WxHxD)

CHU: 22 x 22 x 30 mm

CCU: 29 x 29 x 67 mm



CHU: Approximately 40g

CCU: Approximately 100g


Operating Temperature 

-5 to 45°C


Storage Temperature 

-30 to 60°C


Performance Guarantee Temperature

0 to 40°C


Operating Humidity 

20 to 80% (no condensation)


Storage Humidity 

20 to 95% (no condensation)


Vibration Resistance 

10G (20Hz to 200Hz)


Shock Resistance 

70 G



73.800 Fit (appox. 8,4 years)



UL 6500, FCC Class A Digital Device, CE (EN61326/97 + A1/98)


Supplied Accessories

Lens mount cap (1), Operating Instructions (1),

Dedicated cable (1), Ferrite core (1)


Optional Accessories:


Compact camera adaptor 



12-pin Camera Cable

CCXC-12P02N (2 m)

CCXC-12P10N (10 m)

CCXC-12P05N (5 m)

CCXC-12P25N (25 m)


C-mount adaptor 



C-mount lens




NF-mount lens






Tripod adaptor

VCT-333I (for CHU)

VCT-55I (for CCU)


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