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New Sony SNC-VB770 high sensitivity 4K network camera

April 28th, 2016 by Paul Sandford

Sony SNC-VB770
Sony have recently introduced the SNC-VB770 – dubbed the industry’s highest sensitivity 4K network camera. That’s quite an accolade and the datasheet certainly details some impressive specifications – the most pertinent of which is a minimum illumination level of less than 0.004 lux.

If you’re thinking “that’s almost pitch-black light conditions”, you’d be right and that means capturing clear 4K images in colour – even in extremely low light conditions. To put these light levels into perspective, it’s the darkness that you’d encounter on a starry night with no other light source or indoors with such poor lighting that it’s even a challenge for the human eye to see the object.

The camera uses a highly-sensitive 35mm full-frame Exmor sensor and optimised E-mount lenses to maximise the performance of both the sensor and its signal processing engine.

The sample video our partners at Sony have shown us demonstrates the SNC-VB770 capturing full colour video on the rooftop of a Sony building in the middle of the night, with no other lighting other than ambient light from nearby buildings. A small amount of noise was present but it was a very usable, full colour image.

Game changing technology?

An IP camera that continues to capture full colour video from dusk to dawn – what does that mean for “day/night” cameras? Indeed, Sony see this technology as removing the need for using IR cut filters to switch from colour to monochrome night-vision as darkness falls.

This technology could be a game changer – if it performs the way we hope it does. Our technical team are hoping to get their hands on a demonstration unit soon to put the camera through its paces.

The Sony SNC-VB770 will be available with a selection of E-mount interchangeable lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto. Low-light conditions don’t only occur at night and with an array of lenses to choose from, we see potential for the camera to be used in a wide range of applications.

We’ll keep you updated, so watch this space.

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