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Comparing SONY's first USB camera to the rest of the market

Comparing SONY's first USB camera to the rest of the market

So if you haven't heard SONY finally came out with a USB PTZ camera, the SRG-120DU! They have taken a long time since companies such as HuddleCamHD, InFocus, PTZOptics and Vaddio have been in the market. So will SONY make a BIG splash? 

I think so. We have a complete comparison here and even though there more affordable options (PTZOptics in particular) I think SONY's reach and huge distribution will make the SONY SRG120DU a success. Whether or not ProAV will favor a few of the cameras we have on our comparison list might be a different story.

In this blog post we are going to compare the SONY SRG-120DU in a review where we take the camera specifications with side by side features from PTZOptics and Vaddio's comparable models. PTZOptics 12X-USB and Vaddio's RoboShot 12X USB are strikingly similar when it comes to optical zoom (excatly the same) and the field of view which is 71, 72.5 and 73 degrees. In all honesty these are probably the same field of view just measured with a degree of error variance. I would guess SONY is the most strict with their measurements and therefore gave the SRG-120DU a 71 when Vaddio gave the RoboShot at 73. Since the SRG-120DU is still not out yet it's hard to say if the field of will be noticeably more narrow but I think this is a mute point for most consumers.

SONY SRG-120DU Market Comparison

SONY vs Vaddio vs PTZOptics Comparison

Features of the SONY SRG-120DU (Price $3,299)

  • 1/2.8-type Exmor® CMOS Sensor
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) Picture Quality
  • 12x Optical/12x Digital Zoom
  • View-DR® Wide Dynamic Range Technology for extreme lighting conditions
  • XDNR® Noise Reduction Technology for clear images in low-light conditions
  • 71 degree Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle
  • Smooth and quiet PTZ movement
  • VISCA™ Protocol over IP as well as RS-232 control
  • Compatible with Sony's RM-IP10 Joystick Controller
  • VISCA over IP
  • 16 Presets
File Name: SONY-SRG-120DU-USB-Camera-PDF-Data-Sheet.pdf
File Size: 284 kb
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Features of the Vaddio RoboShot 12X USB (Price $3,695)

  • Simultaneous USB 3.0 Streaming, IP High Definition Streaming and HDMI Video Outputs
  • 12X Optical Zoom Lens
  • Exmor 1/2.8-Type 2.34 Megapixel (1080p/60 native) highspeed, low noise CMOS image sensor
  • 73° Wide Horizontal Field of View
  • Tri-Synchronous Motion (simultaneous 3-axis motion)
  • PoE+ GB Ethernet port with built-in web server for configuration, control and remote management
  • RS-232, Tel-net, Ethernet control options
File Name: Vaddio-RoboShot-12X-USB-Data-Sheet.pdf
File Size: 218 kb
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Features for PTZOptics 12X-USB (Price $1,699)

  • Video Connections: HDMI, USB 3.0 & IP Streaming
  • Field of View: 72.5 degree wide-angle lens
  • Low Lux: High performance in low illumination situations
  • Resolution: Full 1920x1080p HD Resolutions up to 30 frames per second
  • Noise Cancellation: 2D and 3D noise reduction with our latest "low noise CMOS sensor"
  • Wide Dynamic Range: Support where strong contrast between subject and background is present
  • IP Streaming GUI: Easy to use Software GUI for PTZ Control and remote viewing
  • NEW: Open source IP Streaming Software
  • 3 Year Warranty: Check out the Quality Control!
  • New: Android Camera Control App
File Name: PTZ-Optics-20X-USB-Data-Sheet.compressed.pdf
File Size: 413 kb
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Features for Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-USB ($4,495)

  • Outputs include USB 2.0 and Component HD (YPbPr)
  • H.264 video encoding
  • Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
  • Uses standard UVC drivers for USB 2.0
  • 1/3-Type Exmor high-speed CMOS Image Sensor
  • 1.3 Megapixels
  • Powerful 19x Optical zoom lens with a wide angle of view (58.1°) to (3.2°)
  • Extremely low 0.7 LUX rating
  • Slip Clutch Robotics
File Name: Vaddio-ClearVIEW-HD-USB-Data-Sheet.pdf
File Size: 531 kb
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Camera Review Summary

It looks like SONY is going to have tough competition in this market with advanced features from Vaddio and price competition from PTZOptics. My favorite integrator friendly feature is the PoE, power over ethernet, in the Vaddio RoboShot 12X-USB. It will be interesting to see if the market is willing to pay for this feature (along with a few others) when PTZOptics price point is almost 50% less. PTZOptics does pack a feature punch that could pose a threat to the SONY SRG-120DU if think about price conscious buyers. When SONY comes into a market they have the world's largest presence for PTZ Cameras. That means they have the largest distribution channels, best reputation and best brand recognition. With that being said SONY has not released this product (yet) we are looking at September from our sources have told us. They have not announced the warranty yet either and depending on where SONY lands with a 1, 2 or 3 year warranty this could further effect their market position. Another lingering question is will the SONY SRG-120DU support backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. PTZOptics supports resolutions up to 960×540 @ 30fps and the RoboShot supports 480p. Backwards compatibility is something not all USB 3.0 cameras and it can be a huge headache for users in the BYOD space expecting to support older laptops. 

Thanks for checking out our review and please leave any comments below.

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