Sony launches latest camera system for 4K live production

HDC-5500 is a new multi-format live camera capable of direct 4K signal output in 12G-SDI carrying the world's first 2/3-inch 4K global shutter three CMOS sensors.
HDC-5500 camera with HDCU-5500 camera control unit
HDC-5500 camera with HDCU-5500 camera control unit


At NAB 2019, Sony Electronics today announced the latest member of its HDC family of 4K live camera systems. HDC-5500 is a new multi-format live camera capable of direct 4K signal output in 12G-SDI carrying the world's first 2/3-inch 4K global shutter three CMOS sensors that ensure superb image quality in HD, 4K and HDR live production. 

HDC-5500 features ultra high bit rate transmission, global shutter CMOS imagers with wide color gamut, low Signal-to-Noise and High Frame Rate shooting. By installing optional software, users can achieve a high frame rate up to 4K 2x and HD 8x.

The HDCU-5500 is a half-rack sized new camera control unit (CCU) used with HDC-5500. This CCU provides both 12G-SDI 4K output interface and IP interfaces, SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS IS-04/05 by hardware option. The combination of HDC-5500 and HDCU-5500 are connected by a single fiber cable without a baseband processor unit.  This pair also offers Ultra High Bitrate (UHB) transmission that transmits 2 channels of 4K signals at a time.

The HDC-5500 outputs a 4K signal directly from its 12G-SDI output. Installing a wireless side panel option, the HKC-WL50, allows the camera system to be operated as a wireless camera as well as used with a camera stabilizer.

Using newly developed signal processing technology between the camera and CCU, the Ultra High Bitrate (UHB) transmission enables the transmission of two camera signals simultaneously by a single fiber cable, increasing the operational flexibility of the camera system. The 4K TRUNK feature efficiently transmits two sources from HDC-5500 to CCU; one source from the "host" HDC-5500 itself and a second camera connected to the HDC-5500's 12G-SDI input. In addition, 4K PROMPTER is transmitted from the HDCU-5500 to camera head also utilizing the UHB transmission.

The HDC-5500 can utilize an interchangeable side panel which can ensure backward compatibility with current HD camera control units.

"The HDC-5500 provides industry leading flexibility for live production," said Theresa Alesso, Pro division president, Sony Electronics. "We've listened carefully to the requirements of this rapidly evolving market and provided new capability for today's 3G systems and tomorrow's IP-based and HDR requirements. We've elegantly addressed production needs such as 4K, HDR, HFR, IP, digital triax and wireless. We are providing our customers with a flexible and cost-effective path to upgrade their current systems to a very special toolset. We also continue to enhance our HDC series so that our customers can reach even higher levels of creativity and efficiency.

The HDC-5500, HDCU-5500 and HDCU-3500 are planned to be available in May.

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