Ultra High Sensitivity 4K Video Camera with Full 35mm frame Exmor™ CMOS Sensor

The versatile 4K remote camera

Ideal for mounting on gimbals or VR rigs, this camera can be launched into any scene. Its compact size and on-board recording capability make the camera ideal for remote PoV (Point of View), documentaries, wildlife and live action shooting, plus challenging environments where cabling or space are limited. Capable of multi-camera set up via Genlock for recording live productions, combined with its ultra-high sensitivity and long recording time (depends on SD card capacity), the UMC-S3CA challenges conventional ideas about 4K remote cameras.

Clear footage from every angle, in any light

In terms of recording capabilities, the UMC-S3CA sits apart from any other remote camera in the market. This is due to a combination of 4K recording capacity (4K/29.97P/25P in XAVC S format at up to 100 Mbps) and high sensitivity with a minimum illumination of 0.004 lx / ISO 409600* – light levels that cause severe image noise problems for other cameras.

With its compact design and long storage capacity (depends on SD card), its ideal for recording in limited spaces where smaller cameras can produce noisy images.

* Standard ISO 100–102400, expandable to 50–409600

Rig attachment versatility

The UMC-S3CA’s unique compact design allows it to be mounted on gimbals and VR rigs. It is capable of multi-camera set up via Genlock – perfect for recording live productions and documentaries from multiple angles.


Easy remote operation

The camera’s movements can be remotely controlled from a PC or Mac via the software – Camera Control Manager – making the UMC-S3CA uniquely suited to applications where it can be rigged on the roof of a stage and controlled from below. Interchangeable lenses make it easy to achieve sharp focus for the shots you need.

3D/VR recording

The versatility of set up allowed via Genlock makes the UMC-S3CA ideal for multi-camera installations, perfect for recording 2D/3D Virtual Reality. With the help of the Camera Control Manager, users can synchronize multiple cameras for live VR video shooting.

Shooting flexibility with choice of E-mount FE lenses

The camera’s versatility is enhanced by a wide range of interchangeable E-mount FE lenses (available separately)*. These maximise the performance of the 35 mm full-frame sensor, maintaining high resolution across the entire image area from centre to edges. 

*Compatible E mount FE lenses include the SEL35F14Z (35 mm, F1.4), SEL35F28 (35 mm, F2.8), SEL28F20 (28 mm, F2.0), and SEL55F18Z (55 mm, F1.8)

Still image capture

The UMC-S3CA also captures very low-noise 12 megapixel colour still images. The camera is equipped with a mechanical shutter for extremely sharp still images, even when there’s movement in a scene. A choice of interchangeable E-mount FE lenses (available separately) allows adjustment of camera’s viewing angle to suit a wide range of applications.

Ideal for shooting on the move

Small and light enough to go anywhere

Ideal for use in space-limited situations, the compact camera measures approximately 104.0 mm x 84.0 mm x 48.0 mm (4 1/8 inches x 3 3/8 inches x 1 15/16 inches). With a light weight of approximately 395 g (14 oz), it’s ideal for installation in mobile environments such as vehicles and robots.

Easy operation, even on the move

4K video or still images can be recorded internally to an SD card, or fed via HDMI to an external recorder or monitor, even when the camera is on the move. The camera’s multi terminal can connect to Micro USB-compatible devices, allowing remote control of functions such as zoom and shutter release, Rec Start/Stop, and Zoom using widely-available consumer accessories.

High quality internal recording to SD card

The camera can record up to 8 hours and 35 minutes of continuous 4K footage with standard quality (29.97P/60 Mbps) on a 256 GB SD card.

Recorded video files can be reviewed on a wide range of ordinary PC media players compatible with the MP4 format such as Windows Media Player.


Camera type
Interchangeable lens digital camera
Lens mount
Lens compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
Image sensor
35mm full frame Exmor CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective)
Number of pixels (total)
Image sensor aspect ratio
Color filter
R, G, B primary color
Anti-Dust function
Anti-Dust system
Charge protection coating on
Optical Filter and ultrasonic
vibration mechanism
Anti-Dust operation (auto)
Power off
Recording system (still image)
Recording format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image size (pixels) [3:2]
35mm full frame L: 4240 x 2832 (12M), M: 2768 x 1848
(5.1M), S: 2128 x 1416 (3.0M)
APS-C L: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), M: 2128 x 1416 (3.0M), S: 1376
x 920 (1.3M)"
Image size (pixels) [16:9]
35mm full frame L: 4240 x 2384 (10M), M: 2768 x 1560
(4.3M), S: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M)
APS-C L: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M), M: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M), S: 1376
x 776 (1.1M)
Image quality modes
JPEG Extra fine
JPEG Standard
14bit RAW
Picture Profile
Yes (Off / PP1-PP9) Parameters: Black level, Gamma
(Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3),
Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Dynamic Range functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range
(Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
Color space
sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut)
Recording system (movie)
Recording format
Video compression
Image size (pixels) [XAVC S]
XAVC S 4K: 3810 x 2160
XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080
Picture Profile
Yes (Off / PP1-PP9) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3),
Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Color space
xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Movie recording system (XAVC S 4K)
3840 x 2160 (29.97P, 100M)
Approx. 100 Mbps
(NTSC mode)
3840 x 2160 (25P, 100M)
Approx. 100 Mbps
(PAL mode)
3840 x 2160 (23.98P, 100M)
Approx. 100 Mbps
(NTSC mode)
3840 x 2160 (29.97P, 60M)
Approx. 60 Mbps
(NTSC mode)
3840 x 2160 (25P, 60M)
Approx. 60 Mbps
(PAL mode)
3840 x 2160 (23.98P, 60M)
Approx. 60 Mbps
(NTSC mode)
Movie recording system (XAVC S HD)
1920 x 1080(119.88P, 100M)
(NTSC mode)
1920 x 1080(100P, 100M)
(PAL mode)
1920 x 1080(119.88P, 60M)
(NTSC mode)
1920 x 1080(100P, 60M)
(PAL mode)
1920 x 1080(59.94P, 50M)
(NTSC mode)
1920 x 1080(50P, 50M)
(PAL mode)
1920 x 1080(29.97P, 50M)
(NTSC mode)
1920 x 1080(25P, 50M)
(PAL mode)
1920 x 1080(23.98P, 50M)
(NTSC mode)
High Frame Rate Recording
1920 x 1080(29.97P, 16M)
(NTSC mode)
1920 x 1080(25P, 16M)
(PAL mode)
1920 x 1080(23.98P, 12M)
(NTSC mode)
Movie function
PAL/NTSC Selector
(TC Preset/UB Preset/TC Format/TC Run/TC Make/UB Time Rec)
Auto Slow Shutter
REC Control
HDMI Output
3840 x 2160(25P)
1920 x 1080(50P)
1920 x 1080(50i)
1920 x 1080(23.98P)
1920 x 1080(59.94P)
1920 x 1080(59.94i)
3840 x 2160(29.97P)
3840 x 2160(23.98P),
YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit / RGB 8bit
Recording system
SD memory card
SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
microSD memory card
microSDHC memory card
microSDXC memory card
Memory card slot
SD memory card
File system
FAT12, 16, 32, exFAT
Noise reduction
Long exposure NR: On/Off , available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off
Multi Frame NR
Auto/ISO 100 to 409600
White balance
Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent / Flash /Underwater/ Color Temperature & color filter
AWB micro adjustment
Focus system
Contrast-detection AF
Focus sensor
"Exmor" CMOS sensor
Focus point
169 points (contrast-detection AF)
Sensitivity range
EV-4 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
AF mode
AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), Manual Focus
Focus area
Wide (169 points(contrast-detection AF))
Other features
Focus lock
Exposure control
Metering type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering sensor
"Exmor" CMOS sensor
Metering sensitivity
EV-3 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure modes
AUTO(iAuto/Superior Auto)
Programmed AE (P)
Aperture priority (A)
Shutter-speed priority (S)
Manual (M)
Movie / High Frame Rate (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) )
Exposure compensation
+/- 5.0EV(1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
AE Lock
Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Available with AE lock button. (On/Off/Auto)
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO 100-102400 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 409600 can be set as expanded ISO range.),
AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit) Movies: ISO 100-102400 equivalent (ISO numbers up to ISO 409600 can be set as expanded ISO range.),
AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Other features
Clock Function, Setting
Area Setting
Clear Image Zoom
Still images
Approx. 2x
Approx. 2x
Digital zoom
Digital zoom (Still images)
35mm full frame: L:approx 4x, M:approx 6.1x, S:approx 8x
APS-C: L:approx 4x, M:approx 5.2x, S:approx 8x
Digital zoom (Movie)
35mm full frame: approx. 4x
APS-C: approx. 4x
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed
Still images:1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4(1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Silent Shooting
Drive modes
Single Shooting
Continuous shooting
Speed (approx., max.)*1
Continuous mode: max. 2.5 fps
No. of frame recordable* (approx.)*1, *2
Continuous mode:
JPEG Extra fine L: 109 frames
"Continuous mode:
JPEG Fine L: 200 frames
Continuous mode:
JPEG Standard L: 200 frames
Continuous mode:
RAW: 67 frames
Continuous mode:
RAW&JPG: 42 frames
Multi / Micro USB
UHD/HD Output
DC IN Terminal
IEC60130-10  (JEITA standard RC-5320A) TYPE4
VDC 12V-25%+10% (9V~13.2V)
I/O Terminal
8PIN mini DIN
External Sync. Input: 75Ω Internal termination, HD 3-level sync, SD Black Burst
Battery for clock
MS621T, Button Type, Manganese-Silicon, Approx.0.23g(without Tabs), 1pcs
Power consumption
With Viewfinder
19W(including lens)
Body only
Approx. 395 gr
(without lens)
Oz Body only
Approx. 14 oz
(without lens)
mm (WxHxD) excluding protrusions
Approx. 104mm x 84mm x 48mm
inch (WxHxD) excluding protrusions
Approx. 4 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 1 15/16 inches
Body material
Body material
Magnesium alloy, High rigidity engineering plastic exterior
Operating Temperature
Operating temperature
0 - 45 degrees C
32 - 113 degrees F
Supplied Accessory
Body cap (1)
Tripod adapter (1)
Tripod adapter fixing screw (4)
Safety Regulations (1)
Operating Instructions - Download site Information (1)
Warranty booklet (1-year) (1)
Ferrite core (1)
Safety Regulations
UL60950-1, cUL No.60950-1, IEC60950-1
VCCI (Class A), FCC Part15B (Class A), IC ICES-003 (Class A)
Emission: EN55032 (Class A), EN61326-1 (Class A)
Immunity: EN55024, EN61326-1
Emission: AS/NZS CISPR32(EN55032) (Class A)
MSIP EMC KN32 (Class A), KN35
Varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used
Continuous drive (Hi) in Drive mode
Supports Micro USB compatible device.

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