HDSDI camera - recommendations please!


    Mar 08 2017 | 12:05 pm
    We have a project in production which requires input from 3 cameras - one thermal, one SD PTZ camera, and one HD camera. We have the thermal and PTZ cameras from previous projects, but we're looking at buying an HD camera and I wondered if anyone had any recommendations on here? Something like the marshall cameras that CVP sell look interesting, has anybody used one?
    We don't need PTZ control, and although we would ideally have remote control of aperture, it's not crucial. I'm looking at an HDSDI signal path as we want to keep latency low and the camera will be around 30m from the computer running Jitter: I tend to use Blackmagic cards for capture. I've seen various threads on here on related topics but nothing in the last couple of years so I would be interested if anybody had any insight into recent models...
    Budget would be around GBP500
    Thanks in advance,
    Tom

    • Mar 08 2017 | 6:14 pm
      I never used their cameras, but I'm sure their robust.
      Greg
    • Mar 08 2017 | 9:36 pm
      The Marshalls work well, have a look here-
    • Mar 09 2017 | 11:22 am
      Thanks Greg & Bill for the feedback.
      Both links look interesting, although it's hard to tell from what I can see online what the quality is like and how these might differ from the less production-focussed (but cheaper) CCTV options.
      The other thing that I notice is that most of these very small cameras seem to come with very wide lenses as default: presumably because they're often used for POV shots / helmet cams etc. I know that with interchangeable lenses you ought to be able to get a longer shot, but would love to hear of any examples where somebody has done something similar before spending my money and crossing my finger! I'm looking to get a shot equivalent to a 35mm lens on a 35mm sensor - around a 50 degree FOV.
      Cheers
      Tom
    • Mar 09 2017 | 9:28 pm
      Hey Tom,
      I've also used the Sony Block cameras, mainly the H11 module with 10x zoom. I'm not sure if they're still available but there will many newer alternatives.
      How important is latency? H11 is the lowest of all of them, some of the cams with extra noise reduction, wide dynamic range etc. adds a frame or 2.
      I built custom housings for the cams (way cheaper) but you can buy these housed and cabled. There is free software available for PC for FULL control. You can also write your own control software in Max :) using the standard Sony Visca protocol.
      B
    • Mar 10 2017 | 9:49 am
      Thanks, I'll look into the Sony block cameras. For this particular project latency is not such an issue, it's good image quality in relatively low light that I am after. I've had recommendations for the LMP cameras too - http://www.luxmediaplan.de/cameras/ - so there's lots of research to be done...
      Cheers
      Tom