A flurry of announcements by Sony at this year’s IBC show include a new generation of 4K/HD HDR live system cameras; HDC-P50, HDC-3500, HDC-3100, HDC-3170 and a new Camera Control Unit HDCU-3170, a new handheld camcorder HXR-NX200, and a new 4K HDR reference monitor BVM-HX310 as well as updates to  VENICE.

First the live system cameras, there’s the HDC-P50, a 4K HDR Point of View (POV) system camera and HDC-3500 portable system camera that boast the world’s first 2/3-inch 4K global shutter three CMOS sensors. The new portable system cameras HDC-3100 (Fiber) and HDC-3170 (Triax) also make their debut at IBC 2018. Sony also introduced a new Triax Camera Control Unit (CCU), the HDCU-3170, to work in conjunction with the new system cameras.
The new 4K HDR reference monitor is the BVM-HX310. The monitor carries the Sony specified million contrast LCD panel, is capable of reproducing 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content and supports industry standard brightness of up to 1,000 nits in full-screen and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio for HDR productions.

There are updates for the flagship CineAlta Motion Picture Camera VENICE through Version 3.0 firmware upgrade and a new extension system. The lightweight (1.9 kg with PL mount and 1.4 kg with E-mount), tethered extension system allows the camera body to detach from the image sensor block with “no degradation in image quality”. It’s aimed at gimbal shooting, in handheld stabilisers, in helicopters, while using underwater housing, with 3D/VR rigs and shooting scenes in vehicles or confined spaces. Version 3 firmware will add a new recording format profile X-OCN XT, which enables the capture the “highest quality” imagery with an AXS-R7 portable memory recorder whilst maintaining economical file sizes comparable to F55RAW.  Both the firmware upgrade and extension system will be available in February 2019.
Sony also unveiled its new NXCAM handheld camcorder, the HXR-NX200. The HXR-NX200 has a “robust yet compact chassis” with long battery life. 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS image sensor producing its 4K picture from its 14.2 megapixels.

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