Sony Introduces New 4K Camera for Live Sports Applications

At Sony’s NAB 2016 press conference, the company unveiled a new HDR monitor, portable memory recorder, and, most significantly, its new Ultra High Frame Rate 4K Sports and Live Entertainment camera. The new camera is a follow-up to the HDC-4300 4K live production and studio camera with HDR and high frame rate that was introduced at last year’s NAB and has since become a widely used solution for live sports and events. The new HDC-4800 is the “next leap” in Sony imagery, offering 4K recording at a whopping 480 fps.

The HDC-4800 also offers 16x HD at 720 fps 1080 60P, as well as a Super-35mm 4K CMOS sensor. It supports PL mount lenses and both BT.2020 and BT.709 color spaces. The camera will be available in August this year for an undisclosed price. CBS Sports used the camera at the Super Bowl and images made air fifteen times.

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Sony also introduced a new HDR monitor, the 55-inch PVM-X550 OLED monitor, which offers Quad view display among its other features, and is aimed at client viewing in 4K. The monitor will also be available in the summer; Sony hasn’t revealed a price.

Both the F5 and F55 4K cameras got firmware upgrades, and Sony also introduced the AXS-R7 portable memory recorder, which records high image quality at low data rates, more specifically 120 fps in 16-bit RAW in full resolution with no line skipping and up to 30-second cache in 4K RAW at 24P. New media cards double the speed of existing media to 4.8Gps for sustained 120-frame recording.

Sony also unveiled its second generation of the optical disc archive, created jointly with Panasonic, which doubles transfer rates and capacity. Finally, Grass Valley joined Sony’s native IP workflow alliance, bringing the number of partners up to nine. Sony offers a complete IP-enabled workflow, but has also joined AIMS, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions, which is focused on providing interoperable solutions among vendors. Broadcaster Globo in Brazil has debuted the first-ever 4K IP truck, equipped with UHD cameras and ready for the Olympic Games this summer.