HDC-5500 (HDC5500)

High performance three 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensor portable system camera with direct 4K output

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Overview

A new benchmark in creative flexibility
The HDC-5500 system camera brings new levels of image quality, portability and creative flexibility to live production environments. Enjoy premium 4K/HD/HDR picture quality – and anticipate tomorrow’s production needs while maintaining full compatibility with today’s workflows and system hardware.
Direct 4K output
A newly-developed on-board signal processor allows the HDC-5500 to output 4K signals directly without the addition of a dedicated external baseband processor unit, saving rack space in the confines of an OB vehicle or studio environment. It can also output 4K signals directly via 12G-SDI. Thanks to an all-new 4K baseband transmission system, the compact camera is ideal for use in steadicam and wireless camera systems
Impressive sensitivity and colour reproduction
Capture premium pictures with Sony’s advanced 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensor with global shutter technology that eliminates the ‘jello effect’ and banding noise. This allows the HDC-5500 to capture pristine 4K images with exceptionally low noise (-62dB), impressive sensitivity (F10 at 1080/59.94p or F11 at 1080/50p) and high dynamic range, while achieving the ITU-R BT.2020 broadcast standard wide colour space. It’s teamed with a specially developed LSI Digital Signal Processor that fully realises the extraordinary imaging power of this new sensor.
Get the look
Broaden your creative possibilities and achieve exactly the look you want in any shooting situation. Low-key Saturation ensures rich, vibrant colours in low-light areas. Powerful gamma functions give absolute control over fine-tuning tonal values, contrast and detail.
Simultaneous HDR and SDR production
The HDC-5500 can capture High Dynamic Range images, supporting Sony’s SR Live workflow for simultaneous HDR/SDR production with reduced inventory requirements.
This product contains pre-installed software and requires the purchase of licence keys to activate some functions.

Features

Easy transmission change
The HDC-5500 supports optical fibre transmission as standard with ultra high bitrate (UHB) transmission. With an optional side panel, HDC-5500 is compatible with HDCU-3500/3100/2000 series Camera Control Units. It is quick and easy to reconfigure the camera at any time - for fibre, third-generation digital triax or wireless operation - with a choice of optional outside panels.
Wider workflow options
Combining exceptional lightness and strength, the magnesium alloy body is complemented by carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) outside panels. Sure, stable handling is enhanced by the camera’s low centre of gravity, easily adjustable shoulder pad and widened hand grip area. Also ideal for handheld operation, HDC series studio cameras offer exceptional user ergonomics in a wide range of studio and field-based production environments.
The go anywhere camera
Combining exceptional lightness and strength, the magnesium alloy body is complemented by carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) outside panels. Sure, stable handling is enhanced by the camera’s low centre of gravity, easily adjustable shoulder pad and widened hand grip area. Also ideal for handheld operation, HDC series studio cameras offer exceptional user ergonomics in a wide range of studio and field-based production environments.
Seamless integration
Backwards compatibility with Sony’s industry-acclaimed HDC-2000 series system cameras simplifies smooth integration with your current live production infrastructures, including cameras and CCUs.
Multi-speed slo-motion acquisition
Adding an optional license enables high frame-rate (HFR) HD image capture at 8x, 6x, 4x, 3x, and 2x. Simultaneous capture of high dynamic range (HDR) images allows simultaneous production of HDR and SDR at an SR-Live event.
Display camera number and tally
Assigned camera number is indicated on the camera body by a graphical electronic paper display. Displayed information is updated automatically to reflect system changes. There’s also an LED tally lamp beside the camera number display.
Rich focus assist functions
The Viewfinder Detail function adds dedicated image-enhancing edge signals directly to the viewfinder, helping the operator to focus quickly and precisely in any shooting situation. It’s complemented by a Focus Assist Indicator and advanced Focus Position Meter function.
Servo controlled ND and CC filters
Dual optical filter wheels for Neutral Density (ND) and Colour Correction (CC)* open up wider creative possibilities. Both filters can be controlled from a remote control panel, master setup unit, or directly from the camera head.
Network TRUNK
Network TRUNK (via LAN port) allows high-speed data transmission between the camera and CCU at up to 1 Gbps to support configurability* with IP-based products and systems.

* Camera operating in fibre configuration.

Specifications

General
Power requirements
AC 240 V, 1.4 A (max.), DC 12 V, 9.5 A (max.), DC 240 V, 1.05 A (max.)
Operating temperature
–20°C to +45°C (–4°F to 113°F)
Storage temperature
–20°C to +60°C (–4°F to 140°F)
Mass
Approx. 5.0 kg (11 lb 0.4 oz) (Unit only)
Imager
Imager
2/3-inch type CMOS sensor with global shutter
Method
3-CMOS, RGB
Effective resolution (H x V)
QFHD: 3840 × 2160
HD: 1920 × 1080
Electrical characteristics
Sensitivity
F10 with 1080/59.94p
F11 with 1080/50p
(at 2,000 lx with 89.9% reflectance)
Signal-to-noise ratio
-62 dB or higher
Geometric distortion
Negligible (not including lens distortion)
Optical system specifications
Spectrum system
F1.4 prism
Built-in filters
ND filters 1: CLEAR, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/8ND, 4: 1/16ND, 5: 1/64ND
CC filters A: Cross filter, B: 3200K (clear), C: 4300K, D: 6300K
Input /output connectors
CCU
Optical / electrical multi connector (LEMO 3K.93C connector) (x1)
LENS
12-pin (x1)
VF
20-pin (x1)
MIC 1 IN
XLR 3-pin, female (x1)
AUDIO IN CH1, CH2
XLR 3-pin, female (x1 each)
When AUDIO switch is set to MIC: –60 dBu (can be selected up to –20 dBu by menu operation), balanced
When AUDIO switch is set to LINE: 0 dBu, balanced
INTERCOM 1
XLR 5-pin, female (x1)
INTERCOM 2
XLR 5-pin, female (x1)
EARPHONE
4-pole mini jack (x1), (3-pole stereo, 4-pole CTIA standard, 4-pole OMTP standard)
DC IN XLR 4-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 V
XLR 4-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 V
DC OUT
4-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 V, max. 0.5 A*¹
2-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 V, Max. 2.5 A*¹
SDI 1
BNC (x1)
SDI 2
BNC (x1)
SDI 3
BNC (x1)
SDI MONI
BNC (x1)
TEST OUT
BNC (x1)
PROMPTER / GENLOCK
BNC (x1)
PROMPTER 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω
GENLOCK HD: SMPTE ST274, tri-level sync, 0.6 Vp-p, 75 Ω, SD: Black burst (NTSC: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω/PAL: 0.3 Vp-p, 75 Ω)
PROMPTER2
No
RET CTRL
6-pin (x1)
REMOTE
8-pin (x1)
TRACKER
12-pin (x1)
CRANE
12-pin (x1)
USB
USB 2.0 Type A 4-pin (x1) (for connecting USB drive)
NETWORK TRUNK
RJ-45 type 8-pin (x1)
Supplied accessories
Before Using This Unit (1), Operating Instructions (CD-ROM) (1), Cable clamp belt (1 set), Screws (+B3×8) (2), Attached label (1)
*1
This may be limited by the imposed load or inputs.

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