Sony Adds Live Streaming Capability To Palm-Sized 4K Camcorders

Sony has announced a free firmware upgrade for its palm-sized 4K HDR professional camcorders that allows users to streamline the process of acquiring and distributing live content. Two of its camcorders—the HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90—have now been enhanced with Simple Live Streaming technology, giving shooters the ability to live stream and upload content onto video sharing sites and social media platforms directly from the camera. For standalone operations, the 4K UHD camcorders only require a Wi-Fi connection.

For the past year Sony has been actively promoting its Simple Live solution, which is achieved by combining the MCX-500 Multi Camera Live Producer and the RM-30MP remote commander to provide multi-camera based simple live production. When a user needs to expand the live streaming to multiple camcorders, HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90 camcorders can be connected to the MCX-500 via SDI or HDMI to live stream with live features such as tally, title and transition.

Ideally suited for a range of live applications, the ultra-lightweight camcorders shoot high-quality 4K UHD images using Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF system; which includes a single 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor. In addition, the camcorders’ fixed 29mm wide-angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens is equipped with12x optical zoom that can be increased to 18x with Clear Image Zoom. It maintains 4K UHD resolution using Sony’s Super Resolution Technology or 24x zoom in HD.

The free firmware upgrade is planned to be available by the end of this year.

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