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Sony Colour PAL 28X Block Camera


Sony is expanding its popular FCB block camera series with the introduction of eight new E Version block cameras. FCB-EX985E & FCB-EX985E/P cameras combine superb picture quality with high zoom capabilities ranging from 18x to 28x. The FCB E cameras are equipped with IP-ready digital output and enhanced white balance functions compared to prior FCB models.

The FCB-EX985E/P is the replacement camera for the FCB-EX980/P.

New Features and Benefits

Digital Output (ITU-R BT656) : By using the digital interface, the quality of the camera's video signal does not deteriorate. This can lead to cost savings due to the direct connection to codecs/systems without the need for any additional components.

Temperature Readout: The value of the internal temperature of the FCB E Version cameras can be read out via the VISCA™ protocol. When checking the internal temperature of equipment (i.e., speed dome unit), it is possible to use this data to turn a fan or heater on/off inside the equipment as needed.

Colour Enhancement: Ideally suited for low vision applications, new colour enhancement options can make reading text and pictures less challenging. Available options include monochrome, binary, inverted and enhanced colour modes.

Other Key Features:

  • White Balance: Auto Outdoor mode, Sodium Vapor Lamp Mode
  • Auto Wide-D Mode
  • 2D/3D Noise Reduction
  • Auto ICR
  • Spherical Zone Masking
  • Motion Detection
  • Alarm
  • Slow AE response




Image sensor

1/4-type SuperHAD ⅡCCD (Interlace Scan)
Signal system
Number of total pixels
380,000 pixels
440,000 pixels
28x optical zoom, F=3.5mm (wide) ~ 98.0 mm (tele)
Digital zoom
12 x (336x with optical zoom)
Horizontal Resolution
550 TV Lines
Angle of view (H)
55.8° (wide end) ~ 2.1° (tele end)
Minimum Working Distance
10 mm* (wide) ~ 1500 mm (tele) *Default: 290 mm
Video Output Analog: VBS: 1.0 Vp-p (sync negative), Y/C
Digital: Y/Cb/Cr 4:2:2 (ITU-R BT656 Style)
Sync system Internal / External (V-lock)
Minimum illumination 0.3 lx (typical) (F1.35, 50 IRE)
S/N ratio More than 50 dB
Camera Control Interface VISCA (TTL signal level) Baud Rate: 96Kb/s, 19.2 Kb/s, 38.4
Kb/s Stop bit: ½ bit selectable
Electronic shutter 1/1 to 1/10,000 s, 22 steps
White balance Auto, ATW, Indoor, Outdoor Auto, Sodium Vapor Lamp
(fix/auto), One-push, Manual
Gain Auto / Manual/Max. Gain Limit (-3 to 28 dB, 2 dB steps)
AE control Auto, Manual, Priority mode (shutter priority & iris priority)
Bright, EV compensation, Slow AE
Wide-D Dynamic Range No
Focusing System Auto (Sensitivity: normal, low), One-push AF, Manual, Infinity,
Interval AF, Zoom trigger AF, Focus Compensation in ICR on
Day/Night Auto/Manual
Image Stabilization Yes/ StableZoom up to 43x
Picture Effects E-Flip, Nega Art, Black & White, Mirror Image, Color
Title Display 20 characters/line, max. 11 lines
Camera Mode Display English (default)/ Chinese
Camera Operation Switch Yes (Zoom Tele, Zoom Wide)
Storage Temperature -40C ~ 60C
Operating Temperature -5C ~ 60C
Power Requirements 6.0 V ~ 12.0 V DC
Power Consumption 22.6 W (motors active: 4.9 W)
Weight 230 g
Dimensions 50.0 (w) x 57.5 (h) x 87.9 (d) mm

* Features and specifications subject to change without notice. Non-metric weights & measurements are approximate.


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