SONY UNVEILS USB 3.0 PTZ ROBOTIC CAMERA AT INFOCOMM 2015

SRG-120DU Brings Plug & Play Simplicity To Professional Visual Communications
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Orlando (INFOCOMM 2015, Booth #2200) June 17, 2015 – Sony Electronics’ new SRG-120DU is the latest member of its SRG high definition remote-operated camera line-up. Taking its place alongside Sony’s SRG-300SE, SRG-120DH and SRG-300H PTZ cameras, the SRG-120DU is the first in the PTZ line to feature a USB 3.0 interface and is UVC video compatible.

The SRG-120DU is designed to easily bring professional visual communications to the PC environment by readily connecting with Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) and multimedia streaming devices. Its extremely wide field of view (71°) and a 12x optical/12x digital zoom auto focus lens makes it perfect for small to mid-sized rooms. Its compact, lightweight design and availability in a silver housing fits a variety of installation and environments.

“The new SRG-120DU camera combines professional HD video with the ease of installation and operation of a consumer webcam,” said Terry Huber, Sony Electronics’ Senior Marketing Manager, Remote Communications Group. “Plugging the camera directly to a PC through its USB 3.0 input converts any boardroom, classroom, courtroom or medical space into a professional video collaboration environment.”

Professional Imaging with Webcam Simplicity

The SRG-120DU is for customers that need a higher quality image than they can achieve with a consumer webcam.  The SRG-120DU combines high speed data transfer of uncompressed video signals resulting in full HD images with imaging advances to instantly adapt to even the most challenging lighting conditions.  It incorporates Sony’s high-sensitivity 1/2.8 -type Exmor™ CMOS sensor and the latest View-DR™ technology.  View-DR provides extremely wide dynamic range with Sony’s full-capture Wide-D to compensate for backlight or changing lighting conditions. In addition, the camera’s XDNR technology reduces noise and provides clear images in low light environments. The camera also features fast and silent pan, tilt and zoom capabilities. The drive motor noise is less than 35dB – ideal for use in noise-restricted environments such as hospitals, class rooms and meeting rooms.

Designed for Professional and Casual Camera Operators

Pan/Tilt/Zoom controls are operated by VISCA protocols through either the RS-232C (serial) connector or RJ-45 (IP) connection allowing for either local or remote operation. It is compatible with Sony’s RM-IP10 IP Remote Controller to enable comfortable P/T/Z operation with an optical three-axis joystick.  With 16 programmable presets, operators can click from one camera shot to another without having to reframe the scene. This makes for smooth transitions rather than jarring shifts.  While designed to allow non-professionals produce expert results, the SRG-series PC control software gives complete flexibility for video professionals and provides full access to camera function such as exposure, white balance and gain.

Initial industry response highlights the potential benefits of the new SRG-120DU camera, from Vidyo, an OEM that integrates Sony cameras into its VC systems, and Panopto, which makes lecture capture software compatible with Sony SRG cameras.

“Vidyo delivers HD video conferencing over commodity hardware on any network at a price comparable to voice conferencing,” said Mark Noble, VP, Strategic Marketing, Vidyo. “A professional grade camera that delivers a best-in-class visual communications experience and fully leverages Vidyo’s industry-leading video conferencing technology is essential for our customers. In addition, easy to use technology is imperative to Vidyo, which is why we’re evaluating Sony’s SRG-120DU PTZ camera to complement Vidyo’s software-based room systems.”

“The SRG-120DU is a glimpse into the future of high-quality, affordable video capture using standard PC hardware,” said Eric Burns, CEO of Panopto. “With its support for USB 3.0, businesses and universities can now record and live stream broadcast-quality video in up to 60 frames per second without the need for specialized capture appliances.”

Availability and Pricing

The SRG-120DU camera is planned to be available in the fall of 2015. Pricing will be announced when released.

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