Sony introduces compact HD camera with fiber optic interface

The HDC-X310 multi-purpose HD camera is designed for POV applications
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Sony’s new HDC-X300 includes an optical fiber interface that allows cable runs of up to 3300 feet.

Updating the feature set on its HDC-X300 compact high definition camera, Sony has introduced the HDC-X310 multi-purpose HD camera. The new model adds an optical fiber interface that allows cable runs to be increased more than 10 times to a maximum of 3300ft.

The HDC-X310 can be used in a range of applications including high-definition point-of-view (POV) acquisition in stadiums, conference rooms, houses of worship, or schools. The addition of the HFU-X310 interface unit significantly expands the possible applications of either camera.

An array of optional interface cards allow for inexpensive XGA monitoring, SD signal output to integrate with an existing SD system, and i.LINK IEEE 1394 (HDV) digital interface connection for HD recording on Sony’s newly introduced professional HDV system.

The new camera retains the core components and features of the HDC-X300. Both cameras use three 1.5-megapixel, half-inch CCDs and feature a range of scanning modes, including 59.94i, 50i, 29.97psf, 25psf and 23.976psf, with 2:3 pulldown. With a minimum illumination of 0.003 lux with slow shutter, the HDC-X300/X310 features interchangeable lenses and slow shutter functionality (one to 64 frames).

Weighing less than 3lbs with no lens, both cameras consume less than 20W of power. The HDC-X300/X310 cameras also share an extensive line of accessories.

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