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Sony EVI HD1 Camera


Conference rooms and boardrooms everywhere are going HD, and Sony’s EVI-HD1 takes the headache out of this transition with the flip of a switch – literally. Sony is adding a high-definition model to its EVI camera series. Since it is also compatible with standard definition (SD), this unique p/t/z camera allows you to take the first step in HD migration.

The EVI-HD1 camera combines a high-quality HD colour video camera with the flexibility of remote pan/tilt/zoom operation. With 14 formats to choose from (including eight HD types and six SD video formats), this new dynamic camera allows end-users to decide when they are ready to migrate from SD to HD. The EVI-HD1 is compatible today with existing videoconferencing systems and will be compatible tomorrow with HD based ones.

It also inherits many outstanding features from the EVI-D70 P/T/Z camera and couples these with superb HD picture quality. Smooth, high-speed pan/tilt operation, 16×9 aspect ratio images and a built-in 10x optical zoom/wide angle lens, make the EVI-HD1 ideal for small to medium size conference rooms.


  • Superb Picture Quality – 2-Megapixel HD CMOS Sensor
    The EVI-HD1 incorporates a 1/3-type HD CMOS sensor (a total of two million effective pixels) providing outstanding picture quality and high resolution images.
  • Wide-Range, Quiet, and Quick Pan/Tilt Mechanism
    By adopting a newly developed direct drive motor mechanism, the EVI-HD1 camera is extremely quiet, moves smoothly and quickly to designated positions and
    can cover a wide shooting range. Max. pan speed: 300 degrees/s (range ± 100 degrees) Max. tilt speed: 125 degrees/s (range ± 25 degrees)
  • Multi-Format Video Outputs from NTSC/PAL to Full HD
    The EVI-HD1 allows for SD to HD migration. It enables end-users to shoot an image using the full high definition 1080i video format and output in one of 14 formats including eight HD types and six video formats.
  • High-Quality Image Transmission via HD-SDI
    The EVI-HD1 comes equipped with an HD-SDI interface terminal (SMPTE 292M compliant) that allows for long-distance transmission of high-quality HD images without degrading the picture quality.
  • RS-232C Remote Control (VISCA protocol)
    All camera settings and pan/tilt/zoom control functions can be performed remotely at high communication speeds via the RS-232C interface.
  • 40x Zoom Ratio (10x Optical + 4x Digital)
    The fast and stable auto-focus zoom lens has an impressive 40x zoom ratio.
  • Wide-Viewing Angle (70 degrees)
    The EVI-HD1 incorporates a newly developed wide-angle lens for wide field of- view image capture, a plus for small to medium-sized conference rooms.
  • Six-Position Presets
    The EVI-HD1 can store up to six preset values for pan/tilt/zoom, focus position, exposure mode, and white balance mode and can even retain these settings when
    the camera is shut off.
  • Multi-Function IR Remote Commander Unit
    The easy-to-use supplied Remote Commander unit is useful for basic settings and pan/tilt/zoom camera control.

The EVI-HD1 Camera can be controlled through the VISCA input on the rear of the camera. VISCA is an RS-232 protocol. A cable (CAB90038) is available from VideoCentric Ltd which will connect between a PC/Laptop COM1 (9 pin serial) port and the EVI-HD1 camera.

Free software is available under the downloads tab

Please note, this software only CONTROLS the camera. To get video into the PC you must have a video capture card or USB capture device.


Multipurpose wall/ceiling mount bracket to accept standard camera mount spindles (below).
Standard Camera Mount spindle – features 3D Ball Joint joint for full movement/position of camera head and standard camera bolt fixing on butterfly tightner.
Extension spindle – increases length of camera mount arm.
Double ball joint camera mount. Allows camera to be mounted from ceilings.

Image sensor
1/3-type CMOS

Effective pixels
Approx. 2 Megapixels (16:9)

Signal system
1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/29.97p, 1080/25p,
720/59.94p, 720/50p, 720/29.97p, 720/25p

10x optical Zoom, 40x with digital zoom, f = 3.4 to 33.9 mm, F 1.8 to F 2.1

Minimum object distance
100 mm (wide)

Horizontal viewing angle
8° (tele) to 70° (wide) at HD signal output

Focus system
Auto / Manual

Minimum illumination
15 lx (50 IRE, F1.8)

Exposure control
Auto / Manual / Priority AE / Exposure compensation / Bright

Shutter speed
1/2 to 1/10,000 sec.

Auto / Manual (-3 to +18 dB)
White balance
Auto / Indoor / Outdoor / One push auto / Manual

S/N Ratio
50 dB

Pan ±100° (Max. speed 300°/sec.)
Tilt ±25° (Max. speed 125°/sec.)

Position preset
6 positions

Video output
HD HD-SDI, Analog Component (Y/Pb/Pr)

Power requirements
12 V DC (10.8 to 13.0 V DC)

Power consumption
Max. 30 W (at DC 12 V)

Operating temperature
0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)

Storage temperature
-20 to 60°C (-4 to 140°F)

259 (W) x 150 (H) x 169 (D) mm
(10 1/4 x 6 x 6 3/4 inches)

Approx. 2 kg (4 lb 7 oz)
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