Hello USB Pros!
Today is somewhat of a landmark day for SONY as they release the new SONY SRG-120DU. Although SONY's ProAV camera solution category has been under scrutiny in the past few months as distributors and AV Partners have turned to alternatives with USB, today SONY finally came out with it's own USB Camera. I personally remember 3 years ago at InfoComm show when SONY representatives were looking at the VDO360 VPTZH-01 camera (one of the industries first USB PTZ camera models ) saying "USB? What for?". Well here we are three years later and yes USB is a big thing. End users are loving the professional camera options available in the USB camera market for one simply reason: ease of use. Whether users are setting up cloud based online video conference rooms or live broadcast solutions a USB video connection can be ideal.
So let's take a look at what we know about SONY's new SRG-120DU. It's not out quite yet and major retailers like BnH photo currently do not the have product even listed. But we do have the data sheet and we plan to compare the SONY with other USB cameras in the market such as Vaddio and PTZOptics. Here we have a quick overview of the features in our comparison chart we will use to compare a few other USB PTZ cameras on the market in a later post.
Basically, this is going to be a USB 3.0 video conferencing camera with 12X Optical Zoom. Here are some of the main features.
- USB 3.0 HD Video connection
- 1920x1080p video up to 60 fps
- IP Control
- VISCA over IP
- 71 degree field of view
- View-DR which is basically Wide Dynamic Range
- 16 Presets
This look like a great camera from SONY. Were definitely excited to see a big player like SONY entering the market. But will it be enough to compete in this already busy market. Were going to get a new demo unit in roughly 1-2 months where we can start to produce side by side test footage. SONY has already established itself with a certain level of quality which may be beyond what else is available on the market. Keep an eye out for a review of this camera and comparison to the market players: Vaddio and PTZOptics available here.