Quad full HD: Sony’s 4K block cameras with 30x equivalent optical zoom

27 June 2018

The FCB-ER8530 and FCB-ER8550 provide QFHD resolution video from an 8.5 Megapixel back-illuminated image sensor, ensuring very high detail in applications for situational awareness, surveillance, video sharing and content development – in full 4K.

These compact cameras offer electronic image stabilisation, improved night-time performance, and up to 30x equivalent optical zoom (using the Super Resolution Zoom feature). They are available from global imaging expert FRAMOS.

The high image quality of both camera blocks starts with a 1/2.5 type Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor with a pixel array of 3840x2,160 QFHD, complemented by world-class Sony image processing and lensing. Each model supports electronic image stabilisation to avoid artifacts (any unwanted changes, such as image distortions, that occur in an image due to various factors) that may otherwise result from sustained rough shaking or vibrations in moving applications.

An optional ‘Day/Night’ feature improves night time performance and enables 24/7 operation in variable lighting conditions. Customers can choose from eight video output formats, from HD to 4K, via an industry standard HDMI 1.4b interface.

As Darren Bessette, category manager at FRAMOS, explains: “Both the FCB-ER8530 and FCB-ER8550 open up many new applications for high quality video capture across multiple industries. In addition, the FCB-ER8550 offers a precise external synchronisation feature for multiple camera configurations – as seen in many AR, VR and sports broadcast applications. Frame synchronisation with externally modulated light sources can also be easily coordinated and deployed.

“Though this product is targeted primarily to surveillance and traffic deployments, innovative applications and emerging technologies like 3D imaging in medicine or modelling, AR/VR systems or sports broadcasting, benefit greatly from the rich feature set provided by these cameras.”

Both new Sony product releases are currently available and come with Sony’s unique Super-Resolution-Zoom (SRZ) technology. This technology enables the camera blocks to deliver an equivalent of 30x optical zoom at full 4K resolution.

The compact form factor of 50mm x 60mm x 93mm enables the devices to fit into space-constrained environments, comparable in size to the popular 1080P FCB-EV7520. Therefore, engineers can take advantage of an easy upgrade without necessarily changing mechanical designs.

The industry and product experts at FRAMOS are available to support customers with the integration of these new cameras into their applications and projects. In addition, FRAMOS provides support services for development, customised solutions, and logistics.

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