Sony announced the latest addition to its Cinema Line, theILME-FR7, an E-mount interchangeable lens camera with a full-frame image sensor and built-in pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) functionality. Its versatile remote control and cinematic features open creative possibilities in studio, live production and filmmaking settings.
A high-performance full-frame image sensor and the expressive scope of Sony’s extensive E-mount lens 2 lineup work with remote pan/tilt/zoom control, high flexibility in zoom capability and wide angle shooting to break through location and space limitations. It also offers the cinematic look and operability that have made Sony digital cinema cameras push the boundaries of the film making industry, plus versatile connectivity and efficient multi camera workflow support.
Mukesh Srivastava, Head Digital Imaging Business Sony India said “The cinematic look and feel of the content is fast becoming a requirement in the broadcasting and live production industry as it opens new avenues to share a narrative. The new FR7 camera is definitive answer to this trend with its PTZ and Cinematic features. It comes with an integrated, remotely controllable pan and tilt mechanism and with the flexibility to be used with a wide range of lenses. FR7 is going to change the way events are covered in reality shows such as house of worship, entertainment shows, sports, music concerts etc.”
The FR7 features a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor Exmor R™ with approximately 10.3 effective megapixels and wide 15+ stop latitude 3 in a pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera for the first time. In addition to wide dynamic range, low noise, and cinematic full frame bokeh, this amazing sensor also delivers high sensitivity that allows ISO to be expanded up to 409600 4 when shooting in low light. The FR7 features Sony’s E-mount and can mount a wide range of E-mount lenses 2 , including the G Master™ series with stunning resolution and bokeh effect.
With a new dedicated web application, pan, tilt, zoom, focus, record, playback, and all camera setting scan be intuitively controlled from a tablet or computer web browser. Multiple people can monitor FR7footage remotely at the same time. Multi camera monitoring is also enabled, allowing multiple cameras to be viewed remotely on one device. With its integrated remotely controllable pan/tilt mechanism, theFR7 can be mounted on a tripod, on a ceiling with the dedicated CIB-PCM1, or in other locations with limited access so that subjects can be unobtrusively followed and recorded from unique viewpoints. It is also compatible with Sony’s RM-IP500 remote controller 7 for multi-camera production, expanding creative potential while reducing the need for dedicated staff in production studios and other shooting situations. A single RM-IP500 unit can remotely control up to 100 PTZ cameras and provide precious joystick-controlled pan, tilt, and zoom operation. The supplied infrared remote controller will also support the FR7’s simple operation.
Pan and tilt speed can be continuously varied from 0.02 degrees per second to 60 degrees per second, supporting a wide range of stable and smooth camera movements. The pan angle range is from -170°to +170°, and the tilt angle range is from -30° to +195°.
The FR7 can memorise up to 100 camera position presets. The built-in web application and optionalRM-IP500 remote controller allow up to 100 camera position presets to be recalled. Presets include camera direction, zoom, and focus, and can be recalled at the touch of a button. The FR7 will also
support S700 protocol via Ethernet, enabling control of this product from Sony’s Remote Control Panel(RCP) and Master Setup Unit (MSU) with a firmware update 8 .
Fast Hybrid AF and pan/tilt/zoom functionalities combine to focus on static or fast-moving subjects precisely and smoothly over a wide area, to avoid blurred images, even when a shallow depth of field is used. The integrated BIONZ XR™ engine realises detection performance for pinpoint eye focus even when subjects are looking at steep angles, allowing the operator to concentrate on composing the best shot. Touch Focus can be used to initiate focusing with Real-time Tracking on the desired subject when using the FR7’s web application, with Real-time Eye AF if an eye is detected. Camera control, video and audio transfer, and power supply can also be carried out via a single LAN cable, simplifying cabling requirements. The FR7 LAN (network) connector supports a variety of streaming protocols, including RTSP, SRT and NDI ® |HX 10 , perfect for working in an IP based environment. The FR7 can be powered from an external PoE++ (Power over Ethernet Plus Plus) 11device via a standard network cable, eliminating the need for separate power supply cabling.