We see an increase in the use of remote controlled cameras - in settings where there is no room for cameramen, or where they are simply too expensive, like webcasting.
The remote cameras can be controlled by a single camera operator.
There are two types of remote camera solutions: fully integrated PTZ dome cameras like Panasonic AW-HE130 and AW-HE40, or Sony BRCH800, and Pan/tilt heads combined with a camera or camcorder. This gives a much wider choice of cameras.
It can be challenging to assemble a system that enables full control of cameras and pan/tilt heads, especially if you mix and match different brands.
- speed of pan and tilt
- smooth movement
- noise of the unit
- max load of the head (= camera weight)
- max angles of pan and tilt
- pan/tilt presets?
- presets camera (zoom, focus, iris)?
- interface camera: what kind?
- interface camera: what functions can be controlled?
- variable speed of pan, tilt, zoom?
- cost of the systeem
- can I use my existing cameras?
These professional Sony camcorders now support remote control of zoom, focus and iris:
HXR-NX200, PXW-Z190V,PXW-X190T, PXW-Z280V, PXW-X280T, FDR-AX700, HXR-NX80, PXW-Z90V, PXW-Z90T, HXR-NX5R, PXW-FS5, PXW-FS5M2, PXW-Z150, PXW-FS7, PXW-FS7M2, PXW-X180, PXW-X160, HXR-NX100, HXR-NX3, HXR-NX1, HXR-NX5, HXR-MC2500, NEX-FS700/R, NEX-EA50, NEX-FS100, HVR-Z7, HVR-Z5, HVR-S270, DSR-PD150P, PD-177P, PD-198P
See for more information:
Sony compatibility chart RM-30BP