Sony Video - Staying on the Cutting Edge with New Products

Company introduces new IP camera offerings, analog enhancements, new recorder and open software platform

Extending its leadership in the transition to IP-based surveillance, Sony Electronics recently unveiled seven new IP cameras with new features such as MPEG-4 compression, two-way audio, wireless technologies and day/night capability.

Sony recently showcased new technologies in analog cameras, digital recorders and third-party enhancements to its Real Shot Manager video monitoring software as the result of a new open platform offering for security software developers.

"IP-based surveillance brings a fundamental advance in security systems, and Sony continues to set the pace with our new network cameras that, together with our successful existing products, make for a comprehensive lineup," said Bill Lee, general manager of the security products group for Sony's Broadband Communications Products Division. "At the same time, we continue to support the analog market with significant improvements brought by the latest digital technologies."

New Sony IP Cameras: Solutions for Every Situation
SNC-M Series:
Debuting one of its most versatile camera lines to date, Sony is introducing the SNC-M Series, an affordable range of four all-in-one, network cameras that incorporate built-in web servers, network interfaces and built-in microphones with dual-audio capabilities in a sleek, stylish form factor. The M Series supports both JPEG and MPEG-4 compression formats. MPEG-4 compression can be used to facilitate smooth video and audio streaming over limited bandwidth, without compromising the quality. (320 x 240 sized images offer a maximum frame rate of 30 fps.)

Ideal for use in venues ranging from private residences to corporate settings, the M Series cameras are designed to be simple to install and operate, and select models support the IEEE 802.11b standard for wireless operation. The cameras can be wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted or placed on a desktop, and two models are equipped with pan/tilt capabilities.

The M Series camera settings, controls and monitoring can be easily accomplished via an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) on a PC using standard web browsers. Select models allow the assignment of user names and passwords to up to ten different user groups to permit control of the cameras. All models ship with plug-and-play DDNS viewer/recorder software for surveillance management.

The SNC-M1, SNC-M1W, SNC-M3 and SNC-M3W are planned to be available in December at suggested list prices ranging from $300 to $460.

As a follow-up to its successful SNC-RZ30N pan-tilt-zoom camera, Sony is introducing the SNC-RZ25N, which offers the option of MPEG-4 compression in addition to JPEG to optimize bandwidth resources. The MPEG-4 option will make this camera a viable solution for an even broader base of academic, corporate and institutional environments who want to utilize their existing IP networks.

The SNC-RZ25N also offers an optimized level of sensitivity, further enabled by the new "Day/Night" function. During daylight hours, the camera acquires images in color. As the surveillance scene darkens, the infrared cut-filter is automatically replaced with a clear filter and switches to black-and-white.

Users will also benefit from exceptional picture quality through ? type Exwave HAD? technology, audio monitoring capabilities, and a slot for Compact Flash or wireless networking capabilities.

Sony's SNC-RZ25N network video camera is planned to be available in December for a suggested list price of $1,600.

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