Sony unveils ‘world’s first’ robotic pan-tilt-zoom full-frame mirrorless camera

By | 08/09/2022

Sony's New FR7

Sony’s new improver to its movie house line is the FR7. Information technology takes its current imaging technology and combines it with remote-controlled robotics, creating the world’s first full-frame interchangeable lens (ILC) PTZ camera.

Sony says that the new camera inherits the look of the cinema line and provides a “new world” of remote shooting with accurate and smooth pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) robotics, making it the offset camera to combine lens interchangeability, a total-frame sensor, and the PTZ functionality.

Sony FR7

The company says that it is primarily targeted for apply in reality shows, episodic drama, talk shows, cooking shows, and music videos (for example, in cooking shows information technology would make it easier to move a camera around a chef without getting in the way).

Additionally, the camera could exist deployed in more than traditional utilise cases for PTZ cameras, such as fixed event spaces, houses of worship, streaming events, concerts, hymeneals venues, fashion shows, and theaters.

Sony FR7

Sony says that the camera is built on iii tenants: wait, operability, and workflow.

The “look” is the camera, which is identical to the FX6 camera and features a backside-illuminated total-frame x.3-megapixel sensor with xv+ stops of dynamic range and ISO functioning from ISO 800 and expandable up to 409,600, which Sony says makes it ideal for placement where lighting cannot always be controlled. It supports a wide range of formats including up to 120p at 4K and loftier-quality 4K 60p 4:two:2 x-bit out via HDMI and SDI.

Sony FR7

It likewise features Sony’s autofocus technology such every bit existent-time eye-AF and Real-time Tracking to go along subjects in focus.

Ane difference between the FR7 and the FX6 is is that information technology has no sound capture capability, although it can accept microphones via XLR.

While it works with seventy East-mount lenses, the control of the “Z” in PTZ relies on lenses with built-in motors, and Sony says it is ane of the only companies that currently produce lenses with built-in servo zooms which are essential for this line. The 28-135mm f/iv is considered to exist the best option and will exist offered as a kit selection.

Sony FR7

As for “operability,” the camera has a polish pan tilt zoom operation that tin be as as ho-hum equally 0.02 degrees per second or equally rapid equally near 60 degrees per 2d. Presets can be ready for shine or fast pan and tilt, or rapid repositioning. The pan angle range is from -170 degrees to 170 degrees and the tilt bending range is between -xxx and + 195 degrees in normal upright orientation, and -210 to fifteen+ degrees suspended from a ceiling mount.

At this time, it doesn’t rail using the PTZ function to follow subjects, only the autofocus currently works for that. To pan and tilt, information technology must be done manually or through pre-programmed functions.

As for workflow, the camera uses a spider web app for totally new photographic camera control likewise as the RM-IP500 Pro multi-camera remote controller. The web app interface is accessible from a tablet or PC and uses a smart screen design and intuitive performance by impact AF control. The camera features like shooting fish in a barrel connection that is obtained by scanning a QR code unique to information technology that is on the camera itself and tin be scanned with a tablet. It can exist used over Wi-Fi or ethernet.

Sony FR7

Sony FR7

The camera itself can tape media in a couple of different ways, including CFexpress Type A and SDXC retentiveness cards support that are congenital into the base of the model, not the camera module. It has SDI out, optical out, HDMI type A output, Audio in (XLR type 5-pin) connector and can be powered over LAN or DC IN.

The photographic camera volition be available at the end of November for $nine,699 trunk-only, while the camera kit is $12,199 which includes the 28-135mm f/four PTZ lens.