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Sony Shows Off The UMC-S3CA: NAB 2017 Video

A7s II sensor with no record limits

At NAB 2017, Sony showed off the UMC-S3CA. This is a camera with the same extreme low-light sensor as Sony’s popular A7S II. So what is the difference? Leading off the UMC-S3CA has no record limit. Card size is all that dictates how long the UMC-S3CA can record. There are zero operating buttons or a screen on the outside of the camera body. About now, someone may be wondering what is the upside to the UMC-S3CA over the A7S II? Believe it or not, the UMC-S3CA might be a much more production-friendly camera with its Genlock support which enables multiple cameras to be synchronized. This synchronization means the UMC-S3CA could be an amazing Virtual Reality camera or be ideal for a crash camera where big productions utilize multiple cameras at once to capture one single action scene.


While slightly smaller then the A7S II, the UMC-S3CA is boxed shaped and appears to be a more durable build than Sony’s mirrorless cameras. Again, this camera has no screen or buttons and requires a connection to a computer via USB to operate. What may seem as limiting factors to the UMC-S3CA may be it’s better asset. Security cameras, 360-degree video rigs, and remote cameras placed in hard-to-reach areas all may be better suited to be controlled from a laptop in a safer, easier to use, location.

At the Sony Booth, Radiant Images showed off a Virtual Reality rig with ten of Sony’s UMC-S3CA cameras. An extreme low-light VR rig could offer up some very interesting visuals. I can’t wait to see what they shoot with it and these cameras. The Sony S3CA will retail for about $4,500 and will start shipping in the fall. Would you be interested in this camera? I think in some situations a production with a decent budget might be smart to pick up the more expensive UMC-S3CA for its ease of use in a multi-cam environment.



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Brian Hallett, is an award winning cameraman, editor, and producer. He has shot everything from Network broadcast news, promotional image campaigns, music videos, short films, and documentaries. Check out his reel at hallett-brian.com