Pursuing the ultimate HD system for today and for tomorrow, Sony sets another milestone in the history of multi-format HD camera systems – the HDC-1400R – offering a broader choice of interlace and progressive formats, much greater picture quality, and enhanced operational flexibility.
The HDC-1400R incorporates a newly developed CCD imager and DSP LSI – two key devices that allow it to achieve ultimate picture performance in a variety of scanning modes. The CCD used in this camera can accommodate the popular interlace and progressive scan formats for mainstream broadcast productions including 1080/50i as well as the highest-quality 720/50P images.
The HDC-1400R 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.
The HDC-1400R, if required, can be operated in a triax environment utilising the HDTX-100/HDFX-100 triax adapter.
The HDC-1400R 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 F11 at 2000 lx. In addition to this performance, a wide variety of capturing modes including 1080/50i. What´s more, this CCD can be operated in 1080/50i and 720/50P mode to cover all current mainstream HDTV formats.
The HDC-1400R utilises a 14-bit A/D convertor, which 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-dark-tone areas of the picture to be faithfully reproduced. Thanks to this 14-bit A/D convertor, 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.
At the heart of the outstanding picture performance of the HDC-1400R camera is a newly developed 2/3-inch type 2.2-megapixel full HD progressive CCD. Based on Sony's HAD sensor technology and the latest on-chip lens structure, this CCD offers a high sensitivity of F10 or F11 at 2,000 lx and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 56 dB (typical).
Together with a unique "Noise Suppression" function, which reduces the high-frequency noise elements in video signals by using Sony's advanced digital signal processing technology, a 64dB S/N ratio can be achieved.
For easier focusing through the viewfinder, two types of focus assist functions are newly incorporated to the HDC-1400R: Viewfinder Detail and Focus Assist Indicator. To intuitively recognize a focusing point, users of the camera can add dedicated image-enhancing edge signals directly to the viewfinder as "Viewfinder Detail". The "Focus Assist Indicator" is a helpful tool for manual focus adjustments, especially when shooting wide-angle views. An indicator is displayed at the bottom or other positions of the viewfinder frame, enabling users to make more accurate and fine focus adjustments.
The HDC-1400R portable camera is designed to be very compact and lightweight for a high level of mobility in the field. The HDC-1400R camera weighs approximately 4.5 kg ensuring comfortable operation either on the shoulder or on a tripod.