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Sony Will Raise CineAlta Bar at NAB2007 With New F23

Sony Electronics is shooting for the peak of its CineAlta line of digital acquisition products with its new F23 camera, which will support 4:4:4 1920x1080 RGB imaging.

The system will join the HDC-F950 camera at the high end of the CineAlta line. It uses three 2.2 Megapixel, 2/3-inch type progressive CCD imagers and a 14-bit A/D converter. The system will support 1080/23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p, 50i and 59.94i formats.

"With this new system, content creators and program producers will have one more extremely versatile high-end production tool in their arsenal," said Rob Willox, director of marketing for professional content creation at Sony Electronics.

When used with Sony's SRW-1 VTR, the new camera system can capture and record variable speed images from 1p to 60p (1P to 30 fps at 4:4:4 and 1p to 60 fps at 4:2:2) at the full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. This allows for quick- or slow-motion functionality, (undercranking or overcranking) to produce special motion effects.

Sony will also unveil its next-generation HD studio camera, the dual-format HDC-1400, a follow-up to the HDC-1500 multiformat series of cams.

The new HDC-1400 camera system operates in either 1080/59.94i or 720/59.94p modes. It shares the vast majority of the image-making capabilities of the HDC-1500 system, including three-skin detail control, multimatrix color control and high-quality SD downconversion capability.

Sony will be in booth SU906.