Sony HDC-1500 Camera:
The Sony HDC-1500 camera provides digital transmission using SMPTE standard fiber optic cable to transmit high-quality digital data over long distances. The camera also provides two HD SDI outputs and one digitally down-converted SDI or analogue composite output. In addition, viewfinder signals with characters can be output from the SDI output connector, giving camera operators additional convenience. Furthermore, when in 24P operation, the built-in 2-3 pull-down function of the HDC-1500 enables 60i down-converted SD signals to be output on a standard SD monitor – a capability that also minimizes the flicker that generally occurs on the viewfinder.
New CCD and DSP provides even greater picture performance
The use of a new, state-of-the-art CCD sensor ensures high quality images even at low light level. The high sensitivity of F10 at 2000 lux, together with a signal-to-noise ratio of 54 dB combine to deliver unprecedented picture quality.
Multi-format operation ensures camera can accommodate all current and proposed HD formats
The HDC-1500 can operate in a wide variety of capturing modes, including 1080 50/60i, 1080 24/25/30P. Furthermore, the CCD can capture 1080 50/60P images, which can be down sampled to deliver the highest quality 720 50/60P pictures.
The design of the HDC-1500 is based on over two decades of Sony experience in manufacturing broadcast video cameras and camcorders, and provides a high level of operability. All control switches and connectors are in the most logical places and are positioned for optimum functionality and ease of use. The HDC-1500’s low center of gravity design allows the operator to carry the camera comfortably on the shoulder. In addition, the shoulder pad of the HDC-1500 can be adjusted either forwards or backwards without using a screwdriver, so the camera can easily be moved to a well-balanced position.
Built-in down-converter in the camera head for stand-alone use
The camera provides two HD SDI outputs and one digitally down-converted SDI or analogue composite output. In addition, viewfinder signals with characters can be output from the SDI output connector, giving camera operators additional convenience. Furthermore, when using 24P operation, the built-in 2-3 pull-down function of the HDC-1500 enables 60i down-converted SD signals to be output on a standard SD monitor —a capability that also minimizes the flickers that generally occur on the viewfinder.
New large lens adaptor design with one-touch, cable-free docking
The HDLA-1500 large lens adaptor includes a unique mechanism which allows the HDC-1500 to be quickly and easily attached and detached without removing the large lens. No additional cable connections are necessary between the camera and adaptor, thanks to a novel “hot shoe” system.
Transparent digital fiber optic transmission
The HDC-1500 provides a fully digital transmission link to the base station. Using SMPTE standard hybrid fiber/copper cable, this allows completely transparent transmission of full bandwidth video and audio signals over cable length of up to 3000 meters. This ensures optimum quality HD signals can be delivered into any production environment.
The HDCU-1500 is a compact 3U half rack control unit designed for use with the HDC-1500 series cameras. The HDCU-1500 is equipped with a range of built-in interfaces such as HDSDI/SD SDI outputs, HD/SD return inputs, and a down-converted analogue composite monitor output.
Both HDC-1500 portable camera and the HDC-1000 full size camera can be used with this camera control unit.
Comprehensive range of output signals
Three outputs are provided as standard, which can be configured as HD SDI, SD SDI outputs. A built in downconvertor provides the SD outputs, and also one analogue composite output.
In addition, two option boards slots are available which can be used to provide up to 8 additional HD or SD SDI outputs.
Compact installation ideal for OB vans
The HDCU-1500 is a compact 3U half-rack unit, for a compact system solution.
Compatible with HDC-1500 and HDC-950 series cameras
As well as the HDC-1000 and HDC-1500 cameras, the HDCU-1500 can also be used with the previous generation of Sony HD portable cameras, the HDC-950.
Note that when used with HDC-1000 or HDC-1500 + HDLA-1500, utility power is NOT available.
Built-in down-convertor for full quality SD outputs
A high quality downconvertor provides SD SDI and analogue composite outputs. The downconverted outputs can have their aspect ratio set to 4:3, or alternative modes such as letterbox or 15:9.