Sony HDC-X310 HD Multi Purpose Camera

Weighing just 1.3 kg (camera head only), this multipurpose camera delivers crisp, clear pictures with true 1080-line resolution in interlaced or progressive modes. Its compact dimensions and auto-focus lens make it an ideal choice for a range of point of view applications, including mounting on robotic platforms or in a helicopter.

It’s also the perfect low-cost solution for providing wide-area coverage at large-scale live events where a large number of cameras are required but resources are limited. Linked over a distance of up to 1000m via a single optical connection, the HFU-X310 signal interface unit adds a comprehensive range of output format options including HD-SDI, computer XGA and, soon to be available, i.LINK (HDV).

Progressive Mode
Incorporating Sonys innovative Advanced Frame Accumulation (AFA) technology, the HDC-X310 can output progressive HD signals (25PsF/29.97PsF), 2-3 pull down-converted signal from 23.976PsF (59.94i) in addition to interlaced HD signals (50i/59.94i). Interlace and progressive modes can be easily selected from the camera set-up menu. o 50i output mode: 50i or 25PsF selectable o 59.94i output mode: 59.94i/29.97PsF/23.976PsF (with built-in 2-3 pull-down function) selectable

Flexible Image Controls
The HDC-X310 provides highly advanced image-control functions such as a TruEye feature, skin-tone detail, and colour temperature controls. These functions – previously available only on high-end studio cameras or camcorders – allow creative images to be produced with high clarity.

Trigger Function
Two types of trigger modes are available with the HDC-X310, allowing synchronized operation with external equipment. The flash trigger input mode allows the camera to capture a high-quality still image when synchronized with an external flash – a function suited for photo-booth or document-stand applications. Another trigger mode is the 23.976PsF frame lock mode. When the HDC-X310 is set to 23.976PsF progressive mode, the camera outputs a 2-3 pull-down trigger signal for frame locking to other HDC-X300 series cameras.

Remote Control Capability
The HDC-X310 is compatible with the RM-B150/B750 Remote Control Unit, RCP-700 Series Remote Control Panel and MSU-900/950 Master Set-up Unit. These remote controllers cover the complete range of control parameters that the HDC-X310K provides, from basic camera control to sophisticated operations.

Optical ND Filter and Electronic CC Function
Optimum light and colour control is easily achieved using the built-in optical Neutral Density (ND) filter wheel and electronic Colour Correction (CC) function. The HDC-X310 uses electronic colour correction to eliminate the need for optical colour correction filters. This allows all filters on the filter wheel to be ND types, providing the operator with greater flexibility in depth of field and exposure control.

HKC-SV1 Servo Filter Unit (Option)
The HKC-SV1 is a servo unit that allows the optical ND filters of the HDC-X310 to be controlled remotely from the RM-B750/B150 Remote Control Unit, RCP-700 Series Remote Control Panel, or MSU-900/950 Master Set-up Unit.

Superb Picture Quality
Incorporating three 1/2-inch type 1.5-mega pixel HD CCDs, the HDC-X310 offers outstanding-quality images with a low smear level of -120 dB and a high signal-to-noise ratio of 52 dB.

Low-Light Shooting
The HDC-X310 offers two convenient functions for capturing clear images in low-light environments – a Slow Shutter mode and a Gain up function -, which can be used separately or together. The Slow Shutter mode allows the charge accumulation period of the CCD (typically 1/60 or 1/50 second) to be extended up to approximately two seconds (64 frames). The Gain up function allows the camera gain to be boosted to +48 dB. When these functions are used together, the camera offers a stunning minimum illumination of 0.003 lx.

Compact and Lightweight Design
The HDC-X310 is designed to be compact and lightweight, making it ideal for capturing HD-quality images at locations and from angles where bulky production HD cameras cannot be installed. This compact camera weighs only 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz), allowing easy installation in space-constrained and awkward areas such as on a crane head or helicopter. The supplied tally unit can be easily detached from the camera body, minimizing the camera size to be fitted in, for example, a pan/tilt head or an underwater housing.


Power requirements
DC 12 V

Power consumption
19 W (camera head only) 24.5 W (with the VCL-719BXS, HKC-SV1 Filter Servo Unit, and the RM-B750 Remote Control Unit connected)

Operating temperature
-10 to +45 °C (+14 to +113 °F)

Storage temperature
-20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)

Approx. 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz) (camera head only) Approx. 1.8 kg (3 lb 15 oz) (including camera head, tally unit)


Pickup device
3-chip 1/2-inch type 1.5-megapixel CCD

Effective picture elements (H x V)
1440 x 1080

Optical system
F1.4 prism system

Built-in filters
1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND

Lens mount
Sony 1/2-inch bayonet mount

Signal system
1080/59.94i, 1080/50i

Scanning system
59.94i/23.976PsF/29.97PsF selectable at 59.94i 50i/25PsF selectable at 50i

Sync system
Internal and External (3 state/VBS (BB))

Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
F10 (typical)

Minimum illumination
0.003 lx (F1.4, +48 dB gain, with slow shutter mode at 64 frame accumulation)

Gain selection
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48 dB

Shutter speed
1/60 (50i mode), 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 s

Slow shutter
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 32, 64 frame

Clear scan
50 to 200 Hz (50i mode), 60 to 200 Hz (59.94i mode)

Smear level
-120 dB (typical)

S/N ratio
52 dB (typical)

0.02% or less (all zones, without lens)

Geometric distortion
Below measurable level (without lens)

Modulation depth at 21 MHz
40% (typical) (with HD SDI output)

–Signal inputs–

Genlock video
BNC type (1), 3-level/2-level (VBS, VS)

BNC type (1), TTL level

–Signal outputs–

HD D-sub 15-pin (1) Y/Pr/Pb: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 O R/G/B: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 O HD/VD: TTL level (3 Vp-p) Sync: 0.6 Vp-p, 75 O

Mini-jack (1)

–Other inputs/outputs–

Single mode, LC optical, connectors (2)

8-pin (1)

14-pin (1)

DC input
DC jack (1)