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NAB 2019: Sony Announces the Latest 4K Broadcast Beast

Logan Baker

The new Sony HDC-5500 is Sony’s latest powerhouse professional camera. This beast boasts a 2/3″ 4K 3-CMOS sensor with global shutter, plus more.

Sony begins their week in Vegas by announcing their latest addition to their studio/professional camera lineup: the impressive HDC-5500. If you’ve followed Sony’s past lineup including the HDC-2500, 2570, and the most recent HDC-4800, you’ll know that the 5500 is a step up in many ways, including the global shutter technology that brings the beautiful color reproduction.

The camera has a new 4K baseband transmission system, making it an ideal candidate for wireless and Steadicam camera systems.

Capture premium pictures with Sony’s advanced 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensor with global shutter technology that eliminates the “jello effect” and banding noise. This allows the HDC-5500 to capture pristine 4K images with exceptionally low noise (-62dB), impressive sensitivity (F10 at 1080/59.94p or F11 at 1080/50p) and high dynamic range, while achieving the ITU-R BT.2020 broadcast standard wide color space. It’s teamed with a specially developed LSI Digital Signal Processor that fully realizes the extraordinary imaging power of this new sensor.

NAB 2019: Sony Announces the Latest 4K Broadcast Beast — HDC-5500

The new HDC-5500 is a beast when it comes to high-definition, slow-motion capture, perfect for any multi-cam setup for performances or sporting events:

Adding an optional license enables high frame-rate (HFR) HD image capture at 8x, 6x, 4x, 3x, and 2x. Simultaneous capture of high dynamic range (HDR) images allows simultaneous production of HDR and SDR at an SR-Live event.

Dual optical filter wheels for Neutral Density (ND) and Color Correction (CC)* open up wider creative possibilities. Both filters can be controlled from a remote control panel, master setup unit, or directly from the camera head.

Here are the full specs:

  • 4K HD HDR Image Capability
  • High Frame Rate up to 4K 2x and HD 8x
  • 4K / HD Wireless Capabilities
  • IP SMPTE ST2110 12G-SDI
  • Ultra High Bitrate Transmission
  • On-Board ISO Recording in HDCU – 5500
  • 5.0 kg – 11lbs
  • Power Requirements – AC 240 V, 1.4 A (max.), DC 12 V, 9.5 A (max.), DC 240 V, 1.05 A (max.)
  • Resolution: QFHD: 3840 × 2160
    HD: 1920 × 1080
  • Operating Temperature –20°C to +45°C (–4°F to 113°F)

HDCU-5500 Camera Control Unit

NAB 2019: Sony Announces the Latest 4K Broadcast Beast — HCD-5500 Camera Control Unit

Sony also announced the companion control unit for the HDC-5500 as well. It’s called the HDCU-5500 and it’s the best possible solution for getting the most out of this broadcast monster.

The HDCU-5500 Camera Control Unit is designed for operation with the Sony HDC-5500 4K/HD system camera. It provides interfaces to external equipment and power supply to the camera in a compact, portable half rack width 3U form factor that’s ideal for OB production environments. Offering a 12G-SDI and 4K output interface as standard, the CCU also provides a pathway for IP and 12G-SDI capabilities as an option, including IP on HDC Series optical fiber studio cameras. Combined with the HDC-5500 camera, the HDCU-5500 enables two 4K signal lines of ultra-high bit-rate (UHB) optical fiber transmission, supporting shooting in various capture formats with an additional 4K video trunk line.

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