By: Sony
Sony Professional Equipment
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26x High Telephoto Zoom Color Block Camera (NTSC)
The Sony FCB-EX980S color block cameras offers excellent picture quality, superb flexibility, and easy operation in a variety of applications ranging from surveillance to traffic monitoring, and in many other visual communication environments. These cameras are specifically designed to be integrated into security domes, police vehicles, inspection, document stands, and low-vision systems.

There are ten cameras in the FCB-EX Series lineup, and each incorporates a wide variety of optical zoom lenses ranging from 10x to 36x. With this breadth of choice, it’s never been easier to select the right camera for your specific monitoring applications.

The FCB EX980S incorporates an advanced backlight compensation technology that dramatically improves each camera’s dynamic range by 128 times when compared to conventional cameras. Thanks to this new technology, users can capture clear images even in extreme high-contrast lighting environments.

The cameras capture the same image twice: first with a normal shutter speed, and then with a high shutter speed. The dark areas captured at normal shutter speed and the bright areas captured at high shutter speed are then combined into one image using an advanced DSP LSI, thus clearly reproducing the original scene.

All the cameras in the FCB-EX Series deliver exceptional picture quality thanks to Sony’s advanced CCD technology. They provide excellent sensitivity and low smear levels. In particular, the FCB-EX20D/20DP incorporates the newly developed Super HAD CCD II that offers ultra-high sensitivity at 0.25 lx (F1.8, 50IRE).

With these cameras, a maximum of eight masking areas can be displayed on the monitoring screen. Also, if these block cameras are integrated into a Pan/Tilt/Zoom (P/T/Z) camera system, masked areas are interlocked with P/T/Z movement, regardless of the camera angle or camera movement.

Up to 24 masking areas can be preset in the entire viewing range of a P/T/Z camera. In addition, FCB-EX Series D version cameras can mask unwanted or prohibited areas within an image using a mosaic effect on top of the color masking function.

All the cameras in the FCB-EX Series have an e-Flip function that electronically flips an image upside down so that it is displayed on the monitor accurately. In a dome application, for example, if a tracked object moves beneath the camera dome, the image is inverted to maintain the correct orientation.

All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series are equipped with a Slow AE response function to automatically slow the rate at which camera exposure levels change. The rate can be set up to 32 times slower than when Full-auto AE or Priority (shutter/iris) modes are selected. This function is beneficial when monitoring areas in which lighting conditions change abruptly (e.g. underground parking lots, traffic monitoring and control, or police cars).

All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series are equipped with a Picture Freeze function that allows for the output of a still image while the camera is panning, tilting, zooming, focusing, initializing the lens, or performing preset operations. For example, the camera will output a still image before it begins to pan, tilt, or zoom, and once the operation is completed, the camera continues to display images that are currently being monitored. This way unnecessary images are not displayed.

All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series feature this function. Each incorporates SMART Lens Control technology, which monitors the focus position of the lens while zooming, and automatically compensates for any mechanical misalignment that may occur over long periods of continuous usage. With this beneficial feature, periodic lens initialization is no longer required during continuous 24-hour operation.

Advanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP)
SMART (Sony Modular Automatic Lens Reset Technology) Lens Control
Advanced Spherical Privacy Zone Masking with Mosaic Effect
Video Motion Detection
E-Flip Function
Slow AE Response - Ideal for monitoring areas in which lighting conditions abruptly change
Spot AE
Multi-Line On-screen Display
Picture Freeze Function
Internal/External Sync
Customizable Settings
Image sensor 1/4-type Super HAD CCD
Signal system NTSC
Effective picture elements Approx. 680,000 pixels
Horizontal resolution 470 TV lines
Lens 26 x optical zoom, f=3.5 mm (wide) to 91.0 mm (tele), F1.6 to F3.8
Digital zoom 12x (312x with optical zoom)
Horizontal angle of view 42.2° (wide) to 1.6°(tele)
Minimum object distance 35 mm (wide) to 800 mm (tele)
Sync system Internal/External (V-Lock)
Minimum illumination 2.0 lx (typical) (F1.6, 50 IRE)
Auto ICR Yes
Image stabilizer Yes
Video motion detection No
Multi-line OSD No
Slow AE response No
E-flip Yes
Picture freeze Yes
Slow shutter Yes
Video output VBS: 1.0 Vp-p (sync negative), Y/C
Camera control interface VISCA (TTL signal level), baud rate: 9.6 kb/s, 19.2 kb/s, 38.4 kb/s, 1 or 2 stop-bit selectable
S/N ratio More than 50 dB (weight ON)
Electronic shutter 1/1 to 1/10,000 s, 22 steps
White balance AUTO, ATW, Indoor, Outdoor, One-push, Manual
Gain Auto/Manual (-3 to 28 dB, 2 dB steps)
AE control Auto, Manual, Priority mode (shutter priority & iris priority), Bright, EV compensation, Back light compensation, Slow AE
Wide dynamic range No
Backlight compensation (On/Off)
Privacy zone masking On/Off (24 positions) (without mosaic effects)
Character generator Mode display
Flicker cancel (Auto)
Focusing system Auto (Sensitivity: normal, low), One-push AF, Manual, Infinity, Interval AF, Zoom Trigger AF
Picture effects e-flip, Nega Art, Black & White, Mirror Image
Zoom switch Tele, Wide
Storage temperature -4 to 140 °F (-20 to 60 °C)
Operating temperature 32 to 122 °F (0 to 50 °C)
Power requirements 6 to 12 V
Power consumption 1.6 W (motors inactive), 3.3 W (motors active)
Weight 230 g (8.1 oz)
Dimensions 2 1/4 x 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches (55.3 x 57.5 x 88.5 mm )

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