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Sony launch new lens options for popular X-series cameras

May 19th, 2015 by Jessica Brooks

Sony SNC-XM636The Sony X-series outdoor mini-dome cameras offer excellent quality and have been very popular. Now, Sony has launched a number of additional lens options, ranging from very wide to cover large areas to narrow for pinpointing specific details in a scene.

The new lenses significantly increase the installation possibilities of this affordable range, making the X series look attractive for many locations. With choice from horizontal viewing angles of 113°, 83°, 51° and 25°, and Sony’s new e-Varifocal technology, which allows you to adjust the exact focal length remotely, there are few locations where a X-series mini-sized IP camera would not suit. All three additional lens options can be used with any of the Sony X series mini dome cameras: SNC-XM631, SNC-XM632, SNC-XM636 and the SNC-XM637.

Sony X series e-Varifocal lens This video captured by a Sony SNC-XM631 camera installed over a till in a shop shows a useful side-by-side comparison between the standard 113° wide-angle lens and the optional 83°, 51° and 25° lenses:

The very small, unobtrusive form factor of the Sony X series cameras has been made possible by using a fixed lens instead of varifocal lenses, which would require much more space and need a bigger casing. Now with the new e-Varifocal lens options you still get the benefit of the compact form factor but you won’t have to compromise on viewing angle.

What is e-Varifocal?

This new feature in the Sony X-range cameras provides three key benefits:

  1. Electronically adjustable zoom
  2. Electronically adjustable field of view
  3. No focus adjustment required

An e-Varifocal lens allows the focal length to be adjusted electronically, and remotely, whilst maintaining the selected resolution, saving time and installation costs.

All in all, the introduction of these additional e-Varifocal lenses makes the Sony X series mini domes a flexible, affordable and diverse CCTV choice that in terms of quality-versus-price is hard to beat.

Also note that all Sony cameras come with RealShot Manager Lite video management software for up to 9 cameras, and users can view and manage footage remotely using Sony SmartViewer.

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