Sony has announced its new live production system camera, “affordable for broadcasters and event production companies needing a quality solution for 4K ready production system.”

“As production formats diversify according to projects, we are seeing more companies looking for a flexible way to switch at will between 4K, HD and HDR. They might still be producing most of their commissions in HD but know they need to future proof and want to be able to respond now to briefs with a 4K or HDR component,” commented Norbert Paquet, Head of Live Production, Sony Europe.

The new model is made for event production companies, e-sports organisations, houses of worship or educational institutions looking to switch from HD to 4K production. Sony’s HXC-FZ90 with its “familiar design philosophy and operations” allows a “seamless switchover” . The HXC-FZ90 also supports HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and S-Log3 for Sony’s SR Live workflow enabling HD HDR or 4K HDR when desired.

Key features from Sony include:

  • Single chip 2/3” 4K CMOS sensor with B4 mount enabling 2000 TVL resolution

  • 4K license available on weekly or monthly basis or as a permanent feature

  • HLG and S-Log3 built in support for SR Live workflow

  • ARIA Function: Automatic Picture optimization according to lens characteristics[1]

  • Simple integration with CNA-2 web RCP Control allowing advanced monitoring

  • Simplified cabling with Prompter or PTZ cameras (ILME-FR7 for e.g.)  by Network Trunk (Ethernet)

  • Stereo mini jack connector for simple headset connection

  • Simple camera operation from front panel of new CCU HXCU-FZ90 with functionalities such as IRIS and paint control

  • Advanced focus assist feature

The HXC-FZ90 will be shipping during Winter 2023.

Jon Creamer

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