Sony unveils multi-purpose compact HD camera with optical fibre interface

April 1, 2005

by -- Sony of Canada

Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada's leading supplier of electronic and computer products for consumers and business, today
introduced the HDC-X310 multi-purpose high-definition amera, building on the success of the HDC-X300 compact HD camera. The new model adds an optical fibre interface that allows cable runs to be increased more than 10 times to a maximum of 3,300 feet. The new camera can be used in a range of applications including HD point-of-view (POV)
acquisition in stadiums, conference rooms, houses of worship or schools. The addition of the HFU-X310 interface unit significantly expands the possible applications of either camera.

An array of optional interface cards allow for inexpensive
XGA monitoring, standard definition signal output to integrate with an existing SD (standard-definition) system, and even i.LINK(R) IEEE-1394 (HDV) digital interface connection for HD (high-definition) recording on Sony's newly introduced professional HDV system.

"The success of the HDC-X300 camera revealed an important
niche in the emerging HD market for flexible and multi-purpose products," said Ivan Reel, Product Manager, Acquisition & Professional Display, Content Creation
Division, Broadcast & Communication Solutions Group, Sony of Canada Ltd.

"These two HD compact cameras fill that niche and will play a key role in the transition to HD, creating an enormous range of possibilities for working alongside our high-end HD cameras or within existing SD installations."

The new HDC-X310 camera retains the core components and
features of the HDC-X300. Both cameras use three 1.5-megapixel, half-inch CCDs (charge coupled devices) and feature a range of scanning modes, including 59.94i, 50i,
29.97 psf (progressive segmented frame), 25 psf and 23.976psf, with 2:3 ratio pulldown. With a minimum illumination of 0.003 lux with slow shutter, the HDC-X300/X310 cameras feature interchangeable lenses and slow shutter functionality (one to 64 frames).

Weighing less than three pounds with no lens, both cameras
consume less than 20 watts of power. The HDC-X300/X310 cameras also share an extensive line of accessories.

The HFU-X310 interface unit is a 2U high, half-rack wide
unit with optical fibre I/O, as well as HD-SDI, SD/HD genlock and tally inputs. It also provides an 8-pin input for RM-B750/RCP-750 remote control units. The HFU-X310
camera allows for up to two optional interface cards providing
additional HD, SD, XGA and i.LINK (HDV) connectivity.

The HKC-SV1 Servo Filter is a servo unit for the optical
neutral density filter. In addition to the original 19x VCL-719BXS half-inch HD lens originally offered with the HDC-X300, a new 18x is also being added as an option.

The HDC-X310 compact HD camera is planned to be available in May at a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) of $21,299. The HFU-X310 interface unit is also planned to be available in May at an MSRP of $4,399. Additional prices and availability include:

- HFBK-HD1 HD and HFBK-SD1 SD optional interface cards,
which are planned to be available in May at an MSRP of $2,499;

- HFBK-XG1 XGA interface card, which is planned to be
available in July at an MSRP of $2,499;

- HFBK-TS1 i.LINK interface card, which is planned to be
available in September at an MSRP of $3,149; and

- HKC-SV1 Servo Filter, which is planned to be available
in May at an MSRP of $3,799.


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