Sony Announces HDC-P31; A Multi-Purpose Point of View System Camera

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Sony Electronics announces the HDC-P31, a point of view (POV) system camera with remote functionality and 1080/60p HDR capability. The flexible and lightweight HDC-P31 is ideal for studio, faith and rental applications, and sports production.

The new HD model incorporates a global shutter three 2/3-inch CMOS sensor system for enhanced optical performance to provide high sensitivity and low noise. 

The camera is designed to be used as a part of Sony’s popular HDC series ecosystem, creating the same images and look but in a smaller POV form factor. 

The camera also creates a comprehensive system while working with Sony’s XVS series of switchers for ELC Live Production Control Automation system.

Theresa Alesso, pro division president, Sony Electronics said, “Sony continues to combine our legacy and expertise in imaging with feedback from our user base to develop the necessary tools to enhance our lineup and serve the production community. From resolution and form factor to price and future capabilities, Sony prides itself on providing choices that empower our users.  With the launch of the HDC-P31, Sony is delivering an option that responds to the industry’s request for remote functionality, paired with a smaller footprint for more mounting freedom, both of which contribute to a streamlined media production workflow”.

POV cameras are located in difficult to access positions, so remote functionality helps promote production efficiency. Remote access using a Web UI is planned for winter 2020 via a software update for menu setting, status monitoring, log files and firmware updates to be done offsite.

The HDC-P31 provides superb HD images with sensitivity of:

  • F12 (at 1080/60i, 1080/60p)
  • F13 (at 1080/50i, 1080/50p)

It boasts low noise (62dB) to capture content even in challenging lighting conditions. 

The HDC-P31 supports HDR with a choice of S-Log3 / HLG.  Also, the camera accommodates Sony‘s SR Live workflow, that offers simultaneous production in HDR and SDR, which can reduce cost and complexity. The HDC-P31 also supports SR Live metadata, embedded in the SDI signal feed and ensures consistent quality of both HDR and SDR signals throughout the live production.

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