Sony has announced further expansion of its HD systems camera line-up with the introduction of the HDC-1400 for live production.

Designed for fibre cabling and 50-frames-per-second shooting speed, the HDC-1400 is a more affordable alternative for European users to the HDC-1500 world-format camera.

Based on the same image-capture, DSP and system control as the multi-format HDC-1500, the HDC-1400 is a single-format camera system that supports acquisition in either 1080/50i mode (the most common High Definition format) or 720/50p.

The camera also shares Sony's Hybrid Fibre technology, enabling perfect HD signal transmission over connections up to 3km long.

The HDC-1400 complements Sony's existing HDC family, which includes the triax camera HDC-1450 which will also be available across Europe this January, as well as the HDC-1500 and HDC-1550. Also within this range is the HDC-3300 SuperMotion camera, the only camera on the market to capture full-resolution (1920 x 1080) HD images at three times normal frame rates up to 150i/180i.

Sony's HDC systems camera range is particularly suited to capturing footage in indoor studios or sports environments. Outside Broadcast and TV rental companies with an international client base are likely customers.

“The arrival of the HDC-1400 is part of Sony's commitment to make HD increasingly accessible to live production teams in Europe who only require one format”, said Andrew Malcher, product manager for Content Creation at Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

“The HDC-1450 and HDC-1400 aim to give national broadcasters and programme makers even more choice to upgrade their studios and production facilities from SD to HD without unnecessary and more expensive multi-format capabilities.”

The HDC-1400 is on display at Broadcast Live and Video Forum this week and will be available for shipment this month.