Sony has introduced a new multipurpose Point of View (PoV) system camera with enhanced remote features and advanced HDR workflows.


Sony: The new HDC-P31 is suitable for HD HDR and SDR simultaneous production

The HDC-P31 is a compact HD camera that provides HD HDR capabilities and uses three 2/3in CMOS image sensors for high sensitivity and low noise.

The 1080/50p model incorporates the latest generation of global shutter CMOS sensor for improved optical performance, providing high sensitivity and low noise. The camera is designed to be used as an integral part of Sony’s HDC series ecosystem, using well know operations and workflows, but in a smaller PoV form factor. It integrates well with Sony’s XVS series switchers and ELC Live Production Control Automation system.

“In the current industry situation, it is important for Sony to provide solutions that supports our customers to maintain high-quality operations with more remote options, while maintaining the advanced workflows and operations they are used to,” commented Norbert Paquet, head of live production, Sony Professional. The HDC-P31 is designed to respond “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”, he added.

The model’s remote menu setting and status monitoring should minimise the time and personnel needed on-site during a production, since PoV cameras are often mounted in inaccessible or hard to reach locations or used on a crane, rail or robotics system. The flexible and lightweight HDC-P31 is suitable for studio, events and rental applications, as well as sports production.

The camera is expected to ship in November, while remote access via a web user interface is planned for Winter 2020 via a software update that will allow for menu setting, status monitoring, log files and firmware updates to be done remotely. The web-based application is promised to be easy to set up and does not require dedicated software. In addition, when using compatible lenses, operators will be able to adjust the back focus of the camera remotely. For enhanced flexibility, tally can be supported through via an IP network.

The HDC-P31 is designed to meet increasing demand for HDR production by supporting a choice of S-Log3 and HLG. It also accommodates Sony’s SR Live workflow, offering simultaneous production in HDR and SDR, which can be done by one production team to reduce cost and complexity. It supports SR Live metadata, which is embedded in the SDI signal feed and ensures consistent quality of both HDR and SDR signals throughout the live production pipeline.