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Sony HDC-1400 Dual Format HD Studio Camera Introduced

Dual-format Capability for Small to Mid-sized Broadcasters

Sony is introducing a dual-format camera system, 1080i or 720p, model HDC-1400, designed for HD studio production at regional or owned-and-operated stations. This new camera offers a lower-cost entry into HD for broadcasters who do not require full multi-format capabilities, but still need a high level of signal format flexibility.

“The HDC-1400 system expands our line of flexible HD production tools for broadcasters,” said Rob Willox, director of marketing for content creation at Sony Electronics.

A new color viewfinder, HDVF-C35W, is also being introduced and is compatible with the new camera, as well as with several existing Sony cameras.

The new camera system operates in either 1080/59.94i or 720/59.94P mode. The system shares the vast majority of the image-making capabilities of the existing HDC-1500 system, including three-skin detail control, multi matrix color control and high-quality SD down conversion capability.

According to Willox, Sony’s HDC-1500 multi-format camera systems have been successful in several high-profile HD studio broadcasts and live events.

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The HDVF-C35W viewfinder has a 3.5-inch LCD screen (viewable area, measured diagonally) and is designed to give shooters a color viewing option in shoulder-mount applications.

The new viewfinder is compatible with the following Sony HD systems: HDC-1400, HDC-1500, HDC-1550, F-23, HDW-F900R, HDW-F900, HDC-750A, HDC-F950, HDW-700A, HDW-750/P, and the HDW-790/P.

When using the new viewfinder, the camera’s eye-piece can be removed, allowing for “direct viewing” through the HDVF-C35W unit itself. The viewfinder also features a re-designed inner loupe to reduce distortion in the corners of images and to increase viewing angles.

The HDC-1400 camera is expected to be available in May at a suggested list price of $65,000. The HDVF-C35W viewfinder is also expected to be available in June at a suggested list price of $8,000.

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