Sony to Demonstrate Family Of Imaging Products And Applications At Vision Show West

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Next week [November 20, 2002) at the Vision Show West in Santa Clara, Calif., Sony will demonstrate a breadth of imaging products — from analog to web-enabled video cameras — that address an array of industrial imaging applications.

Attendees will see first-hand how Sony’s cameras provide solutions for demanding environments that require both high-speed and high-resolution images; enable remote monitoring of live video over IP-based networks, and provide high-quality pictures to industrial microscope users.

“We have an entire portfolio of color and black and white video cameras built specifically to offer high-quality images and withstand the rigors of industrial applications,” said Jim Sandy, vice president of visual imaging and security products at Sony Electronics’ Business Solutions and Systems Company. “Our cameras are used in systems that make images available to anyone in the world — even to obtain footage from the exterior of a rocket as it lifts off into space.”

Sony’s Rugged, Ultra Compact Video Camera

The new XC-HR70 monochrome video camera joins Sony’s family of ultra-compact, rugged high-speed video cameras used in machine vision, assembly line and other industrial applications.

Some key features of this new model include an integrated 1/3-inch (IT) Interline Transfer progressive scan CCD with Sony HAD technology. It also incorporates a new “high-scanning” function that increases the camera’s vertical scanning frequency so it can capture images at up to 120 frames-per-second (58 binned frames-per-second).

High-Resolution Industrial Microscopy

The new ICY-shot™ 5.1 megapixel (4.9 effective pixels) cooled-CCD still digital camera is designed for industrial microscope users in semiconductor failure analysis, materials science and other industrial applications. The ultra-sensitive, low-noise camera provides researchers with the key features needed for capturing quality images under challenging low-light conditions.

Sony Cameras Capture Out-of-This-World Footage

Footage from the inaugural Delta IV rocket launch, which is currently scheduled for blast off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Nov. 16, will also be shown. The dramatic footage from a specially built camera attached to the exterior of the rocket will record images as the rocket climbs through the outer limits of the atmosphere and into space.

According to Rex Ridenoure, CEO of Pasadena, Calif.-based Ecliptic Enterprises makers of the RocketCam™ model, it incorporates a Sony XC-999 miniature color video camera module to generate live, full-color video from onboard the rocket. Ecliptic is currently engineering an enhanced RocketCam product line based on Sony’s recently introduced XC-555 miniature video camera, which includes a more sensitive CCD chip, improved iris functions, highly integrated internal electronics and expanded external interfacing features — all in a smaller and lighter package.

Web-Based Video Monitoring

Sony demonstrates remote-monitoring solutions in which a web-enabled network video camera can stream live footage over IP-based networks. The live web demonstration will feature a look at New York City streets, courtesy of the SNC-RZ30N IP addressable video camera mounted to a Madison Avenue building.

The SNC-RZ30N model offers high speed, quiet pan/tilt/zoom, which allows for flexibility in remote monitoring. It features a frame rate of up to 30 frames-per-second and 736 x 480 picture resolution. It utilizes the JPEG Compression format, offering high quality images even at high compression ratios. The camera comes with a built-in 25x optical zoom lens.

Win Sony Digital Cameras

Attendees to Sony’s booth can enter to win a Sony Cybershot® DSC-P7 digital still camera. A drawing will be held at 2:30 p.m. each day of the show, which runs from Thursday, Nov. 19 to Saturday, Nov. 21. Terms and conditions of this promotion are available at the booth.

Sony customers can also enter to win monthly drawings online through Sony’s new VIP Connection program at the www.sony.com/videocameras website. In addition to monthly prize drawings, members of Sony’s new program will receive benefits like invitations and passes to seminars and trade shows, as well as visual imaging product information, promotion opportunities and e-news. Terms and conditions of this promotion are available on the website.

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