Sony Debuts HXC-FB80 1080p Camera With Upscalable 4K & HD-HDR Control Unit

by on October 22, 2017

Stephan Jukic – October 22, 2017

Sony is expanding its HXC Series with a new entry-level Full HD portable camera and a control unit that supports 4K up-scaling and HD-HDR for studio and live production purposes, these are present with the HXC-FB80 portable camera and the HXCU-FB80 Camera Control Unit (CCU).

Sony’s new camera system is well-suited for a vast use of broadcasting applications where production professionals need high-quality HD shooting, on-the-go flexibility and a future-proof path to 4K scalability and HDR production.

The Sony HXC-FB80 camera features three 2/3-inch CMOS Exmor sensors and a 3G-SDI platform capable of 1080/50p and 59.94p signal processing. Sony claims that this portable camera works great even in low-light environment because of its sensitivity of F13 in 50 Hz and F12 in 59.94 Hz at 1080 mode with a signal-to-noise ratio of -60 dB. Considering what we’ve seen of the excellent low light performance of numerous other Sony 4K camera types, this sounds pretty believable.

Sony HXC FB80

Combined with the HXCU-FB80 CCU (Camera Control Unit), the camera’s original output is 4K (3840×2160) upscalable. It is of course also compatible with HDR and provides a 12G-SDI output in addition to a quad-Link 3G-SDI. The CCU doesn’t yet support Hybrid Log-Gamma, but it will be available via firmware upgrade coming in summer 2018. Also, The HXCU-FB80 CCU provides support for up to 24 units, forming a complete MCS system.

Sony Debuts HXC-FB80 1080p Camera With Upscalable 4K & HD-HDR Control Unit

The HXC-FB80 system can be controlled not only by the CCU front panel operation, but also via RCP remote operation, including PC-RCP (HZC-RCP5) and Master Setup Unit (MSU) system for multi-camera application, which ensures scalability of its system. The camera system offers a wide potential distance between the camera head and the CCU, which can go as far as to 600m, while keeping the 10km extension by single mode fiber cable with a local power supply.

Sony plans to start shipping the HXC-FB80 and its control unit as of January 2018. The company has however already showcased its new camera system at the NAB Show New York between October 18 and 19.

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