Security Technology

Sony Introduces High-Def IP Cameras

Sony has introduced four models of high definition IP cameras for surveillance purposes. All support H.264, MPEG-4, and JPEG compression and stream high-def video at 30 frames per second in 1,280 x 720 resolution. To obtain clear images without motion blur in settings with low light, the cameras use "excellent dynamic noise reduction" (XDNR).

With Sony's Distributed Enhanced Processing Architecture (DEPA), introduced in 2006, an alarm can be triggered based on rules defined by the user, such as motion detection, alarm tampering, and particular types of audio. Alarm and image metadata generated by the camera is transmitted on demand to the recording solution where appropriate alarm actions can be initiated.

The four camera models consist of the SNCCH140, a fixed box camera priced at $1,298; the SNC-DH140, a mini-dome camera for $1,398; the SNC-RH124, for pan-tilt-zoom indoors and priced at $4,600; and the $5,800 SNC-RH164 for pant-tilt-zoom outdoors.

he latter two cameras have a tilt of 210 degrees and a 360-degree pan, as well as a 10x optical zoom.

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