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SONY HDC-5500-4K/HD Ultra High Bitrate Portable Studio Camera head


  • Easy transmission change
  • Wider workflow options
  • The go anywhere camera
  • Seamless integration

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Exc VAT Price £42,608.43
Inc VAT Price £51,130.12
Cat no. SONY-HDC-5500//U

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4K/HD Ultra High Bitrate Portable Studio Camera head with SMPTE Fibre Interface

A new benchmark in creative flexibility
The HDC-5500 system camera brings new levels of image quality, portability and creative flexibility to live production environments. Enjoy premium 4K/HD/HDR picture quality – and anticipate tomorrow’s production needs while maintaining full compatibility with today’s workflows and system hardware.

Direct 4K output
A newly-developed on-board signal processor allows the HDC-5500 to output 4K signals directly without the addition of a dedicated external baseband processor unit, saving rack space in the confines of an OB vehicle or studio environment. It can also output 4K signals directly via 12G-SDI. Thanks to an all-new 4K baseband transmission system, the compact camera is ideal for use in steadicam and wireless camera systems

Impressive sensitivity and colour reproduction
Capture premium pictures with Sony’s advanced 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensor with global shutter technology that eliminates the ‘jello effect’ and banding noise. This allows the HDC-5500 to capture pristine 4K images with exceptionally low noise (-62dB), impressive sensitivity (F10 at 1080/59.94p or F11 at 1080/50p) and high dynamic range, while achieving the ITU-R BT.2020 broadcast standard wide colour space. It’s teamed with a specially developed LSI Digital Signal Processor that fully realises the extraordinary imaging power of this new sensor.

Get the look
Broaden your creative possibilities and achieve exactly the look you want in any shooting situation. Low-key Saturation ensures rich, vibrant colours in low-light areas. Powerful gamma functions give absolute control over fine-tuning tonal values, contrast and detail.

Simultaneous HDR and SDR production
The HDC-5500 can capture High Dynamic Range images, supporting Sony’s SR Live workflow for simultaneous HDR/SDR production with reduced inventory requirements.
This product contains pre-installed software and requires the purchase of licence keys to activate some functions.


Easy transmission change
The HDC-5500 supports optical fibre transmission as standard, with a SMPTE-standard interface for connection with associated HDCU-3100/HDCU-2000 series Camera Control Units. It’s quick and easy to reconfigure the camera at any time for fibre, third-generation digital triax or wireless operation with a choice of optional outside panels.

Wider workflow options
Combining exceptional lightness and strength, the magnesium alloy body is complemented by c

Power requirementsAC 240 V, 1.4 A (max.), DC 12 V, 9.5 A (max.), DC 240 V, 1.05 A (max.)
Operating temperature–20°C to +45°C (–4°F to 113°F)
Storage temperature–20°C to +60°C (–4°F to 140°F)
MassApprox. 5.0 kg (11 lb 0.4 oz) (Unit only)
Imager2/3-inch type CMOS sensor with global shutter
Method3-CMOS, RGB
Effective resolution (H x V)QFHD: 3840 × 2160
HD: 1920 × 1080
Electrical Characteristics
SensitivityF10 with 1080/59.94p
F11 with 1080/50p
(at 2,000 lx with 89.9% reflectance)
Signal-to-noise ratio-62 dB or higher
Geometric distortionNegligible (not including lens distortion)
Optical system specifications
Spectrum systemF1.4 prism
Built-in filtersND filters 1: CLEAR, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/8ND, 4: 1/16ND, 5: 1/64ND
CC filters A: Cross filter, B: 3200K (clear), C: 4300K, D: 6300K
Input /output connectors
CCUOptical / electrical multi connector (LEMO 3K.93C connector) (x1)
LENS12-pin (x1)
VF20-pin (x1)
MIC 1 INXLR 3-pin, female (x1)
AUDIO IN CH1, CH2XLR 3-pin, female (x1 each)
When AUDIO switch is set to MIC: –60 dBu (can be selected up to –20 dBu by menu operation), balanced
When AUDIO switch is set to LINE: 0 dBu, balanced
INTERCOM 1XLR 5-pin, female (x1)
INTERCOM 2XLR 5-pin, female (x1)
EARPHONE4-pole mini jack (x1), (3-pole stereo, 4-pole CTIA standard, 4-pole OMTP standard)
DC IN XLR 4-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 VXLR 4-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 V
DC OUT4-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 V, max. 0.5 A*¹
2-pin (x1), DC 10.5 to 17 V, Max. 2.5 A*¹
SDI 1BNC (x1)
SDI 2BNC (x1)
SDI 3BNC (x1)
PROMPTER 1 Vp-p, 75 O
GENLOCK HD: SMPTE ST274, tri-level sync, 0.6 Vp-p, 75 O, SD: Black burst (NTSC: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 O/PAL: 0.3 Vp-p, 75 O)
RET CTRL6-pin (x1)
REMOTE8-pin (x1)
TRACKER12-pin (x1)
CRANE12-pin (x1)
USBUSB 2.0 Type A 4-pin (x1) (for connecting USB drive)
NETWORK TRUNKRJ-45 type 8-pin (x1)