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Sony launches new high sensitivity models with Exmor R CMOS sensors

December 20th, 2016 by Bethanne Pugh

Exmor R sensors help improve low-light sensitivity in new Sony models

This year has seen Sony raising the bar for ultra low-light network cameras to new heights and news of eight new high sensitivity models being added to the line-up in 2017 indicates this trend is set to continue.

All of the new cameras will include Sony’s cutting-edge imaging technologies and a high performance sensor – allowing them to deliver clear detail and improved visibility with excellent low-light performance.

Expanding Sony’s current E-Series and V-Series, the new models are set to include a handful of updated features – the most interesting being the addition of a powerful Exmor R CMOS sensor. This advanced sensor will not only deliver detailed HD 1080p video footage, but when combined with existing imaging technology such as Sony’s “eXcellent Dynamic Noise Reduction (XDNR)”, it will also deliver low-noise, ghost free images in light-levels as low as 0.006 lux. This high level of sensitivity ensures the colour integrity of images is maintained, even in ambient light extremes – particularly beneficial in applications where accurate identification is crucial, such as city surveillance at night.

Of the eight units to be released, four will feature integrated infrared (IR) illumination and have the ability to clearly capture objects in total darkness at a distance of 60m (E-Series) or 100m (V-Series). This long-range IR coverage is made possible through the addition of the Exmor R sensor and together with the powerful IR illuminator, also helps to prevent overexposure of images captured in low-light.

Edge storage and 2-way audio boost E-Series appeal

On top of this powerful sensor technology, a heap of key features have been included to ensure these new units are true “all-rounders”. All models will incorporate the same intuitive user-interface, usability and Network Video Management Software connectivity found in existing Sony cameras, as well as offering simple installation via Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).

In addition to this, the new E-Series will now include SD card recording and support for 2-way audio – both of which are not currently supported in this particular series. This is a welcome addition and brings this series up-to-date with what’s on offer in other IP cameras of this calibre.

The eight models are planned to be available from March 2017 and we see them being an ideal solution for demanding applications including critical infrastructure and city surveillance. We’ll be sure to update you as soon as they arrive at Network Webcams.

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