Sony BRC-300 Robotic colour video camera

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Sony BRC-300 Robotic colour video camera

Sonys new Broadband Remote Camera, the BRC-300, is an entire category unto itself. Its Sonys first robotic camera to offer the quality of three individual mega pixel CCDs for brilliant resolution. Specifically designed for remote video-shooting applications, the BRC-300 incorporates three 1/4.7-type Advanced HAD™ CCDs to provide high-quality, high-resolution images in both 4:3 and 16:9 modes. With its E: Flip function for desktop or ceiling mount flexibility, the BRC-300 is ideal for use in a wide range of remote video shooting applications such as houses of worship, distance learning, corporate training, and cable TV broadcasting. In addition, its all-in-one design makes it an incredibly affordable alternative to separately configured cameras, lenses and P/T/Z mounts. And with a high-accuracy and wide-range pan/tilt/zoom capability, users can precisely capture the right points of the viewable area surrounding the BRC-300 to meet their needs. They can also easily operate the camera with Sonys optional RM-BR300 remote control unit, which is equipped with an ergonomic joystick, and feature-rich control panel. The BRC-300 comes equipped with a card slot that accepts optional interface cards, enabling the BRC-300 to be integrated into every kind of system from S-Video to RGB, iLINK™ DVCAM interface (optional card planned to be available soon), SDI or even fiber. In addition, two remote control interfaces (VISCA™ protocol) are available to provide additional expendability and flexibility for users remote shooting needs.

1/4.7-type IT Mega Pixel 3CCD with Advanced HAD technology
Unique-All-in-One Design – Combines Camera, Lens & Pan/Tilt Mount
Built-in Auto Focus 48x Zoom Lens
Minimum Illumination – 7 lux
Horizontal Resolution – 600 TV Lines
High Performance Pan/Tilt/Zoom Mechanism
Pan angle: -170° to +170°
Tilt angle: -30° to +90°
4:3 / 16:9 Aspect Selectable (16:9 Precision Technology)
E:Flip Function – Allows for Desktop or Ceiling Mount Installation
Optional Interface Card Slot – SDI, Fiber, RGB and i.LINK™ DVCAM Interface Capability (i.LINK DVCAM card coming soon)
Optional Joystick Remote Controller – Remotely Control via RS-232C (VISCA protocol) and RS-422 Protocols

16:9 Precision Technology and Wide Angle of View in 16:9 Mode
A sufficient amount of pixels are used to reproduce high resolution images in the 16:9 aspect ratio. The BRC-300s Mega Pixel CCD enables an even wider angle of view in the 16:9 mode.
RS-232C or RS-422 Serial Control (VISCA™ Command)

The BRC-300 camera settings and pan/tilt/zoom functions can be controlled remotely via a PC. With the RS-232C connection, maximum cable length can be extended to 15m (50 feet), while the RS-422 connection extends this further to 1200m (4000 feet).
Multi-Interface Card Slot
The BRC-300 is equipped with a card slot that can accept optional interface cards. The BRC-300 can be integrated into every kind of system from S-Video to RGB, iLINK™ DVCAM interface (optional card planned to be available soon), SDI or even fiber.
Various Optional Equipment
Optical Multiplex Unit (BRU-300) – this unit converts non-compressed digital raw data from a camera (with the optical multiplex card) into any video output and has two interface card slots.

Remote Control Unit (RM-BR300) – This stylish controller has a Sony ergonomic easy-to-use design and features a joystick. The control interfaces are RS-232C and RS-422 based on VISCA protocol.

Optional Interface Cards – Analog RGB/Component Card (Model # BRBK-301); Optional SDI Card (Model #BRBK-302); and Optional Multiplex Card (Model # BRBK-303). An i.LINK DVCAM output card is planned to be available shortly.

Image Device
Three 1/4.7 type IT Advanced HAD CCD (x3), 1070000 pixels (gross)
CCD Effective Pixels

4:3 mode: 960 (H) x 720 (V)16:9 mode: 1,152 (H) x 648 (V)

Effective Pixels
768 (H) x 494 (V)
Signal System

Horizontal Resolution

600 TV lines (4:3 mode)


Focal Length
f = 3.6 to 43.2 mm (F1.6 to F2.8)
Angle of View (H)

4:3 mode: 3.3 degrees (tele end) to 37.8 degrees (wide end)
16:9 mode: 4.0 degrees (tele end) to 45.4 degrees (wide end)
Minimum Object Distance

300mm (wide end), 800mm (tele end)
Pan/Tilt Angle
+/-170 degrees (pan), +90 degrees/-30 degrees (tilt)
Pan/Tilt Speed
0.25 degrees/sec to 60 degrees/sec (pan/tilt)
Minimum Illumination

7 lx at F1.6
S/N Ratio

More than 50dB
Shutter Speed

1/10,000 to 1/4 sec.
Auto/Manual (-3 to 18 dB, 3 dB steps) switchable
White Balance

Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, One-push WB, Manual
Position Preset

6 positions
Analog Output

VBS (BNC), Y/C (4 pin Mini DIN)
Camera Control

RS-232C (VISCA) / RS-422 (VISCA)
Back-light Compensation

Operation Temperature

0 degrees to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature

-20 degrees to 60°C (-4°F to 104°F)
Power Requirement

12V DC
Power Consumption

Dimensions (WxHxD)

180 x 211.4 x 205 (7-1/8 x 8-3/8 x8-1/8 inches)

2.7 kg (5 lbs. 15 oz.)