BVE 2016: AJA has launched the RovoCam, the company’s first compact block camera.

RovoCam is based on Sony’s 4K FCB-ER8300 camera system, with back illuminated CMOS sensor technology and Sony image processing.

AJA said the use of an HDBaseT interface would set RovoCam apart from other cameras in its category. The interface supports uncompressed video, power, stereo audio and RS-232 control over a single CAT 5e/6 cable running at lengths of up to 100 metres.

AJA president Nick Rashby said: “Marrying our HDBaseT interface technology with Sony’s compact 4K camera delivers incredibly powerful camera acquisition with very simple single cable setup and operation.

“We’ve partnered closely with Sony for many years and RovoCam comes as the latest in a long line of collaborations with them.”

A companion receiver unit, the RovoRx-HDMI, has also been launched.

Sony Visual Imaging Solutions director John Monti added: “We anticipate RovoCam will find homes in many ancillary video capture applications within the broadcast, content creation, security, corporate campus, and remote learning vertical markets.”

RovoCam will be available “soon” through AJA’s resellers for $2495 (£1,724)

RovoRX-HDMI will be available for $495 (£340).

It will also be on display at BVE 2016.

RovoCam features

  • HDBaseT interface supporting uncompressed video, stereo audio, control and power over a single CAT 5e/6 cable
  • UltraHD and HD resolutions
  • 1/2.3 type 8.9 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Integrated zoom lens (12x optical and 20x digital)
  • Integrated image processor with extensive automatic and/or manual control
  • Additional on-camera power and RS-232 connections
  • Supports Sony VISCA camera control
  • Stereo mic input supporting PiP power
  • Machined aluminum case
  • Compatible with Sony’s SNCUNIHB/1 outdoor housing