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Sony HDC-1500

SONY / HDC-1500
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Equipment Description:
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Model Description:
Optical Fiber Based Portable Camera

Model Details

The HDC-1500 portable camera utilises advanced HD
Digital Signal Processing with 14 bit A/D converters.
It also incorporates a newly developed CCD imager
that creates images in either 1080 50 or 60 frame
progressive or 1080 50 or 60 field interlace frame
rates, depending on desired final system output. The
new CCD and DSP LSI are two key devices that allow
stunning image creation in a variety of scanning
modes. The new camera system accommodates all
popular interlace and progressive scan formats including
1080/50, 1080/24P as well as the highest-quality
720/50P images.
The HDC-1500 camera provides digital transmission
using SMPTE standard fibre optic cable to transmit
high-quality digital data over long distances. The
camera also provides two HD SDI outputs and one
digitally down-converted SDI or analogue composite
output. In addition, viewfinder signals with characters
can be output from the SDI output connector, giving
camera operators additional convenience. Furthermore,
when in 24P operation, the built-in 2-3 pulldown
function of the HDC-1500 enables 60i downconverted
SD signals to be output on a standard SD
monitor - a capability that also minimises the flicker
that generally occurs on the viewfinder.
The HDC-1500, if required, can be operated in a triax
environment utislising the HDTX-100 triax adapter.

New DSP delivers standards of picture quality and
The newly developed DSP (Digital Signal Processing)
LSI "Visual Image Processor" is the heart of the
image-processing device for the HDC-1500. By adopting
the latest 0.11 micron design rule, this processor
can accommodate up to 1080/60 progressive format
and 14-bit resolution, maximising the high-clarity images
captured by the CCD. In addition, white balance,
white shading, and flare are digitally corrected, allowing
for stable image correction.
Power HAD EX CCD for high sensitivity, low noise
The HDC-1500 camera is equipped with a newly developed
three 2/3-inch type 2.2-megapixel HD CCD.
Based on Sony HAD sensor technology and the latest
on-chip lens structure, this new CCD offers a high
sensitivity of F10 at 2000 lx and an excellent signalto-
noise ratio of 54 dB (typical). In addition to this
performance, a wide variety of capturing modes including
1080/50i, 1080/60i, 1080/24P, 1080/25P, and
1080/30P are available. What’s more, this CCD can
capture top-quality 1080/60P(*) images - a capability
that also offers highest-quality 720/50P and 720/60P
image acquisition for today’s operations.
(*)1080/60P and 1080/50P signals can be output
from the HDC-1000/HDC-1500 camera head.
14 bit A/D conversion
The HDC-1500 is the first HD camera to utilise a
14-bit A/D converter, that enables images captured
by the high-performance CCDs to be processed with
maximum precision. In particular, this high-resolution
A/D conversion allows the gradation in mid-to-darktone
areas of the picture to be faithfully reproduced.
Thanks to the 14-bit A/D converter, pre-knee signal
compression at highlight areas can be eliminated and
the camera can clearly reproduce a high-luminance
subject at a 600% dynamic range.
Low profile chassis design
Ensures comfortable operation either on the shoulder
or on a tripod.

Super-sampled 720P operation
The use of a 1080 line HD imager which can operate
at up to 50 progressive frames per second allows the
camera system to output a very high quality 720/50P
output. Digital filtering is employed to ensure higher
resolution and lower aliasing to be achieved than
would be possible with a 720P native image sensor.
New CCD and DSP provides even greater picture
The use of a new, state-of-the-art CCD sensor ensures
high quality images even at low light level. The
high sensitivity of F10 at 2000 lux, together with a
signal-to-noise ratio of 54 dB combine to deliver unprecedented
picture quality.
Multi-format operation ensures camera can accommodate
all current and proposed HD formats
The HDC-1500 can operate in a wide variety of capturing
modes, including 1080 50/60i, 1080 24/25/
30P. Furthermore, the CCD can capture 1080 50/60P
images, which can be down sampled to deliver the
highest quality 720 50/60P pictures.
Ergonomic Design
The design of the HDC-1500 is based on over two
decades of Sony experience in manufacturing broadcast
video cameras and camcorders, and provides a
high level of operability. All control switches and connectors
are in the most logical places and are
positioned for optimum functionality and ease of use.
The HDC-1500’s low centre of gravity design allows
the operator to carry the camera comfortably on the
shoulder. In addition, the shoulder pad of the
HDC-1500 can be adjusted either forwards or backwards
without using a screwdriver, so the camera can
easily be moved to a well-balanced position.
Built-in down-convertor in the camera head for
stand-alone use
The camera provides two HD SDI outputs and one
digitally down-converted SDI or analogue composite
output. In addition, viewfinder signals with characters
can be output from the SDI output connector, giving
camera operators additional convenience. Furthermore,
when using 24P operation, the built-in 2-3 pulldown
function of the HDC-1500 enables 60i downconverted
SD signals to be output on a standard SD
monitor —a capability that also minimises the flickers
that generally occur on the viewfinder.
New large lens adaptor design with one-touch,
cable-free docking
The HDLA-1500 large lens adaptor includes a unique
mechanism which allows the HDC-1500 to be quickly
and easily attached and detached without removing
the large lens. No additional cable connections are necessary
between the camera and adaptor, thanks to a
novel "hot shoe" system.
Transparent digital fibre optic transmission
The HDC-1500 provides a fully digital transmission
link to the base station. Using SMPTE standard hybrid
fibre/copper cable, this allows completely transparent
transmission of full bandwidth video and audio signals
over cable length of up to 3000 metres. This ensures
optimum quality HD signals can be delivered into any
production environment.


Technical Specifications


Pickup device 3-CCD 2/3-inch type 16:9

Effective picture elements


1920 x 1080

Spectrum system F1.4 prism system

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

1/8ND, 4: 1/16ND, 5:

1/64ND A: CROSS, B:

3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K,

E: 8000K

Servo filter control Yes

Lens mount Sony bayonet mount

Sensitivity F10 at 2000 lx (3200K,

89.9% reflectance)

Minimum illumination 10 lx (F1.4, +12 dB gain up)

Signal-to-noise ratio 54 dB (typical)

Horizontal resolution 1000 TV lines

Dynamic range (1080/

60i mode)


Registration Within 0.02% (all zones,

without lens)

Shutter speed selection 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500,

1/1000, 1/2000 s (1080/60i

mode), 1/60, 1/125, 1/250,

1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 s

(1080/50i mode)

Modulation depth 45% or more horizontally

(800 TV lines at center, 27.5

MHz, with typical lens)

Input connectors

Audio in (CH-1) XLR-3-31 type (1, female),

mic or line selectable

Audio in (CH-2) XLR-3-31 type (1, female),

AES/EBU or mic or line


Mic in (front) XLR-3-31 type (1, female)

Return control 6-pin (1)

DC in XLR-4-pin type (1)



Test out BNC type (1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75


HD SDI out BNC type (2)

Earphone out Mini-jack (1), 8 O

DC out 4-pin (1), 10.5 to 17 V max.

1.5 A

AC utility out Yes (Output connector differs

by region.)



CCU Optical fibre connector

Lens 12-pin

Viewfinder 20-pin

Remote 8-pin

Prompter BNC type (1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75


Tracker 10-pin: Tracker R/T, R/G

Tally, unregulated 12 V

Crane 12-pin, Y/Pb/Pr, Trunk data

I/O, Serial Data

Intercom XLR-5-pin (2, female)


Mass Approx. 4.5 kg (9 lb 14 oz,

without VF and lens)

Operating temperature -20 to +45 °C (-4 to +113




Label for assignable


Lens cap

Operation Manual


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