The new camera from Sony, is the world’s first to use three 2/3-inch 4k image sensors. It supports the same control surfaces as Sony’s HDC-2000 series cameras, as well as the same B4-mount lenses. The camera has been designed with Operators and Directors in mind. The existing HDLA-1500 series, control and shading systems, viewfinders and master set-up units are all interchangeable between the HD and 4K systems. Which means that operators can keep the same approach to live events - including camera angles, zoom ranges and iris settings - while using familiar camera technology.
“This camera provides 4K capabilities and a workflow that content producers are instantly familiar and comfortable with,” said Vivian Saldanha, business head, content creation sales and market development, Sony Professional Solutions MEA. “We’ve developed an approach that allows the large existing HDC series user base to employ 4K advantages such as 8x high frame rate and 4K cut-out and zoom while using a familiar infrastructure and signal path.”
The camera has many other features such as:
- HD cut-outs – two full HD images to be cut out from the 4K picture in real-time including a selectable zoom and perspective mode (requires software license SZC-2001)
- Many of the picture adjustment functions of HDC Series cameras are supported by the HDC-4300 system
- Dynamic focus (4K focus-assist function) - a focus point can be displayed on the viewfinder with a marker in 4K mode for easy focusing.
- Auto lens aberration compensation 2 (ALAC2) function
- Colour reproduction adjustment functions
- Gamma table selection
- User gamma function
- Natural skin-tone detail function
- Knee saturation function
- Low-key saturation function
Here at Gravity Media (as Hyperactive Broadcast) we’re thrilled by Sony’s news and can’t wait to get out hands on the new camera, which is set for release this summer.