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Meet Sony and Olympus’s new 4K ultra HD endoscope, aptly named the Visera 4K

by on September 21, 2015

Stephan Jukic – September 21, 2015

4K video has more applications than one can shake a stick at and the ultra-high definition unsurprisingly lends itself superbly to more serious video recording applications than just home entertainment.

One of the latest examples of this is the new joint venture between Sony and camera maker Olympus, called Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc, the new subsidiary company will be releasing a 4K ultra HD endoscopic camera device for medical examination needs as of October of 2015.

The device goes by the very fitting name of the Visera 4K UHD and has been under development since 2013. Now, it’s going to shortly be released on the international medical device market, starting with sale availability in Europe and Japan ahead of other markets.

As one can guess, Visera offers the benefit of allowing surgeons and medical specialists to examine the internal digestive organs of patients during checkups and surgeries but with the added touch of 4K ultra HD video resolution helping to make the video created much clearer than has previously been available via conventional HD resolution technology.

Given the moist, humid and often messy conditions under which a video camera needs to operate while exploring the inside of the human body, a system like Visera, which can offer more than four times the video clarity of Full HD, will be a vital new tool in more correctly diagnosing hidden disorders and more clearly observing surgical maneuvers as they’re being performed.

According to a recent press release by the two companies, Sony has contributed its expertise in the advanced development of 4K digital imaging technology and has brought their much acclaimed 4K Exmor R CMOS image sensor technology to the Visera’s camera head. Furthermore, Sony has contributed the necessary miniaturization technology that allows for superb video imagery to be created despite the tiny size of the camera package. On top of this, the electronics giant has also done much of the legwork in developing the 4K medical recorder and 4K medical monitors that come with the Visera system.

Sony's 4K EXMOR CMOS sensor for the Visera 4K UHD system is also regularly used in an assortment of professional Sony 4K cameras

Sony’s 4K EXMOR CMOS sensor for the Visera 4K UHD system is also regularly used in an assortment of professional Sony 4K cameras

Olympus, on the other hand, has spent years developing endoscope technology and the company’s main contributions to the Visera device are an ultra-telescope and a 4K xenon light source for illuminating the nearly perfect dark that exists deep inside the human body.

We can guess with a high degree of confidence that Visera 4K UHD is only going to be the first in a much broader series of medical imaging devices with 4K UHD resolution. The fact that the two companies formed an entire separate subsidiary dedicated exclusively to this branch application of 4K video strongly indicates such a long term move.

Sony is currently the owner of about 6% of Olympus after a 2012 purchase of the latter company’s stock in the wake of an accounting scandal that had heavily damaged Olympus share prices.

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  • Luis Figueiredo
    February 9, 2016 at 11:50 am

    VISERA 4K its just a system with 4 separate HD images where you stitch them up. Its not a real 4K resolution…plain and simple.

    Makreting working for the worst..


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