Sony announces new Super-35mm 4K HFR sports stadium camera

NAB 2016: Sony announces new Super-35mm 4K HFR sports stadium camera along with other broadcast products

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   Sony announced some new products here in Las Vegas this afternoon for the broadcast crowd.


PIC.2     A 4k Super-35mm broadcast camera can shoot at 480 frames per second.

   The big one: The HDC-4800 UHFR Super-35mm sports stadium camera will do 4K at 480 fps. This camera features:

Sony HDC-4800 UHFR camera

Sony HDC-4800 UHFR camera

  • 8x 4K – 480fps 4K!
  • 16x HD – 720 fps 1080 60P
  • 4K s35mm Global Shutter CMOS sensor
  • PL Lens mount for ultimate 4K images
  • Motorized ND/CC filters
  • BT.2020 and BT.709 supported

   This monster, which will presumably be priced beyond the reach of mere mortals, is able to be hooked into Sony’s new BPU-4800 server and an IP-based chain.  Sony is focusing their broadcast business on workflow, and is migrating live TV production off SDI chains to fibre/IP-based chains.



   Sony seems to believe that UHFR (Ultra High Frame Rate) is the next generation of live sports/event production, or at the very least is a big part of it. Sony’s marketing manager for content creation, Rob Willox says: 

This camera system can do a lot of everything — very high frame rate, very high resolution, and it works seamlessly within Sony’s current HDC family to give users a familiar yet powerful and new production tool. This is the future of live production, designed to satisfy the storytelling aspect of modern sports production.




   According to Sony, the HDC-4800 will be available in August 2016. No word yet on price.

   Additional SONY announcement :   


PIC.5 PXW-Z450 2/4″ 4k camera

  SONY Also announced is the PXW-Z450, a new 2/3″ 4k shoulder-mount ENG camera, similar to the PXW-X400. It captures 4K (3840 x 2160) picture quality from a new 2/3-type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor.


  • 4K 2/3” Single CMOS sensor
  • Native B4 Mount
  • Inherits PXW-X400 functionality
  • Planned to be available Late 2016
  • Allows pre-production of 4K segments
  • XAVC Recording can be played back by simple PMW-PZ1 player

Like the X400, it has slot-in wireless and IP connectivity.  The PXW-Z450 will be priced between the F5 and the F55 and available in winter of 2016.

Also coming is a new 55-inch OLED client monitor. This 4K master monitor is the PVM-X550.




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