At NAB 2022, Sony announced its new HDC-3200 4K Global Shutter Camera. It shares the same 2/3-inch 4K HDR image sensor as the HDC-3500.
Essentially this is a lower-cost version of Sony’s existing HDC-3500.
Sony states that the HDC-3200 features a highly sensitive 4K 3CMOS sensor with a global shutter which allows it to deliver great image quality with extremely low noise even in dimly lit studios. Sony also states that the camera has a high dynamic range and that it supports the ITU-R BT.2020 wide color space.
The camera features compatibility with Sony’s new HDLA-3505 and HDLA-3501 large lens adaptors for even more flexibility in live production environments. Unlike traditional ‘build-up’ kits, the adaptor allows fast one-touch mounting of the camera head without the need for time-consuming wiring and adjustments. As a further time-saving feature, the HDC-3200 can be undocked from the adaptor without needing to remove the lens.
As it features the same familiar ergonomics and operating workflow as Sony’s HDC camera family, the HDC-3200 is compatible with a wide range of camera system accessories including viewfinders, large lens adaptors, and camera control units.
The camera can be integrated seamlessly into any ST 2110 production infrastructure, either via the HDCU-3500/3100 CCU with IP interface option, or using HDCE-TX50/TX30 camera extension adaptor.
The HDC-3200 also supports Sony’s SR Live workflow, reducing the cost and complexity of simultaneous HDR and SDR program production by a single crew.
The optional HKCU-REC55 can be added to the HDCU-3500 Camera Control Unit so that 4K video and audio can be recorded directly to the CCU, with no other external recording device needed. Recording can be controlled remotely from the CCU side.
Three focus positions can be assigned to preset buttons, making it quick and easy to find preset focal positions during live shooting.
The camera support ARIA (Automatic Restoration of Illumination Attenuation) which compensates for exposure ramping and peripheral light loss with compatible zoom lenses.
The camera’s widened handle is easy to grip, even when wearing gloves. Visibility through the grip area has also been improved.