Sony HXC-FB80 camera system
In TM Broadcast we had the opportunity to test Sony’s catalogue entry model in studio cameras. This laboratory comprises a HXC-FB80 camera head with the relevant HXCU-FB80 CCU, a HDVF-L750 viewfinder, the mythical RCP-1500 OCP and a Trimaster BVM-E171 monitor. Let us see each of these items in more detail.
By Yeray Alfageme, Business Technology Manager Olympic Channel
The first thing worth noting about the FB80 is simplicity. A robust body with basic functions holds an electronic system of the highest quality. As all other Sony systems, the FB80 comes equipped with three 2/3” Full HD ExmorTM CMOS sensors that offer excellent sensitivity (F13 at 50Hz and F12 at 59.94Hz in 1080 mode) with a normal -60dB signal-noise ratio.
The HXC-FB80 is Sony’s gateway to the 4K world. This camera is able to easily generate 3G-SDI signals as 1080/50p and 59.94p. The 3G processor is also compatible with 1080/23.92PsF, in addition to 25PsF and 29.97PsF.
This camera’s new build enables decreased consumption without compromising performance. Furthermore, coupling it with its HXCU-FB80 CCU enables 4K usage, even in HDR through the HLG standard, something that is highly welcome as Sony normally includes only its S-Log3 gamma curve, which requires subsequent conversion.
The camera’s head can generate 3G-SDI signals in various formats up to 1080p50 and even 4K through 12G or quad-3G interfaces in the CCU.
The CCU bears great resemblance with its bigger siblings as it features both the characteristic knobs for primary colours and the robustness and aesthetics typically found in these systems.
We would really have a hard time in telling the differences between this new model and previous ones, as all typical functions can be found in the front panel. Of course, if we turn it around and see the backside, we then discover this is not a traditional CCU but a 4K model instead…
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