Three 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensors portable system camera for fibre operation
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A new benchmark in creative flexibility

The HDC-3500 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.

Imaging power unleashed

Capture premium pictures with the world’s first 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensor with global shutter technology that eliminates the ‘jello effect’ and banding noise. This allows the HDC-3500 to capture pristine images with 4K high resolution (2000TVL), 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.

More format flexibility (4K/HD)

The HDC-3500 can output 4K signals via the CCU’s 12G-SDI and Quad 3G-SDI interfaces and 3G-SDI signals in a range of formats right up to 1080/50p. So you can benefit from maximum production convenience – and your viewers can enjoy premium picture quality.

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-3500 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.


Easy transmission change

The HDC-3500 supports optical fibre transmission as standard, with a SMPTE-standard interface for connection with associated HDCU-3100/HDCU-2000 series Camera Control Units. It’s 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

Support for Sony’s SR Live for HDR workflow allows simultaneous 4K HDR and HD SDR production by a single team – reducing hardware and personnel costs for multi-format productions. In addition, the HDC-3500 can be upgraded by the optional software licenses to add functions to capture progressive signals, progressive segmented frame (PsF) signals, or double-speed acquisition for exquisite slow motion.

Simple solution for IP remote production

Adding the optional HDCE-TX30 IP camera extension adaptor allows the HDC-3500 to output ST 2110 signals directly without requiring a separate CCU (camera control unit), simplifying connection to an IP-based remote production system.

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.

4x slow motion

The HDC-3500 offers a quad-speed acquisition function, transmitting high-quality Full HD images to the HDCU-3500 Camera Control Unit (CCU).

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.


Power requirements
AC 240 V, 1.4 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)
Approx. 4.9 kg (10 lb 13 oz) (Unit only)
Approx. 5.1 kg (11 lb 4 oz) (when HKC-TR37 is attached)
Approx. 4.9 kg (10 lb 13 oz) (when HKC-FB30 is attached)
2/3 inch type 4K CMOS sensor with global shutter
F10 with 1080/59.94p
F11 with 1080/50p
(at 2,000 lx with 89.9% reflectance)
Signal-to-noise ratio
-62 dB
Geometric distortion
Negligible (not including lens distortion)
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
Electro-optical connector (LEMO 3K.93C connector) (x1)
12-pin (x1)
20-pin (x1)
XLR 3-pin, female (x1)
XLR 3-pin, female (x1 each)
AUDIO switch for MIC: –60 dBu (can be selected up to –20 dBu in the menu), balanced
AUDIO switch for LINE: 0 dBu, balanced
XLR 5-pin, female (x1 each)
4-pole mini jack (x1), (2-pole mono, 3-pole stereo, 4-pole CTIA standard, 4-pole OMTP standard)
XLR 4-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 V
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
BNC (x1)
BNC (x1)
BNC (x1)
BNC (x1)
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)
BNC (x1), 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω
6-pin (x1)
8-pin (x1)
12-pin (x1)
12-pin (x1)
USB 2.0 Type A 4-pin (x1) (for connecting USB drive)
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)
This may be limited by the imposed load or inputs.
Optical Low Pass Filter
In cases where a HDC3500 Series camera’s built-in Filter does not fully reduce the moire caused by some LED walls, the optional Optical Low Pass Filter (OLP) will help further reduce the moire effect (Part number; 1-856-731-31).