Sony’s FCB Series of colour block cameras offers excellent picture quality, superb flexibility, and easy operation in a variety of applications ranging from surveillance to traffic monitoring, and in many other visual communication environments. 

Sony’s FCB Series of colour block cameras are specifically designed to be integrated into security domes/cameras, police vehicles, photo booths, document stands, and low-vision systems. There are ten cameras in the FCB-EX Series line-up, and each incorporates a wide variety of optical zoom lenses ranging from 10x to 36x. With this breadth of choice, it’s never been easier to select the right camera for your specific monitoring applications.


Wide Dynamic Range Technology
These cameras incorporate an advanced backlight compensation technology that dramatically improves each camera’s dynamic range by 128 times when compared to conventional cameras.

Thanks to this new technology, users can capture clear images even in extreme high-contrast lighting environments.
The cameras capture the same image twice: first with a normal shutter speed, and then with a high shutter speed. The dark areas captured at normal shutter speed and the bright areas captured at high shutter speed are then combined into one image using an advanced DSP LSI, thus clearly reproducing the original scene.
High-resolution Images
These cameras combine a Sony original DSP with a 1/4-type EXview HAD CCD®. They achieve a high horizontal resolution of 530 TV lines, enabling reproduction of amazingly clear and detailed images.
High-sensitivity Images
All the cameras in the FCB-EX Series deliver exceptional picture quality thanks to Sony’s advanced CCD technology. They provide excellent sensitivity and low smear levels.
Auto IR-cut Filter Removal (Auto ICR)
The Auto ICR function incorporated in these cameras offers optimal sensitivity in both day- and night-shooting applications.
At a set level of darkness, the IR-cut filter is automatically disabled (ICR ON ) and the infrared sensitivity is increased. Moreover, when ICR is ON , the camera adjusts to the optimal focal point. At a set level of brightness, the filter is automatically enabled (ICR OFF).
The IR-cut filter automatically engages depending on the ambient light, allowing the camera 24/7 operation in a variety of lighting conditions.
Advanced Spherical Privacy Zone Masking
With these cameras, a maximum of eight masking areas can be displayed on the monitoring screen. Also, if these block cameras are incorporated into a Pan/Tilt/Zoom (P/T/Z) camera system, masked areas are interlocked with P/T/Z movement, regardless of the camera angle or camera movement. Up to 24 masking areas can be preset in the entire viewing range of a P/T/Z camera. Moreover, FCB-EX Series D version cameras can mask unwanted or prohibited areas within an image using a mosaic effect on top of the colour masking function.
Electronic Flip (e-Flip)
All the cameras in the FCB-EX Series have an e-Flip function that electronically flips an image upside down so that it is displayed on the monitor accurately. In a dome application, for example, if a tracked object moves beneath the camera dome, the image is inverted to maintain the correct orientation.
Slow AE Response Function
All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series are equipped with a Slow AE response function to automatically slow the rate at which camera exposure levels change. The rate can be set up to 32 times slower than when Full-auto AE or Priority (shutter/ iris) modes are selected. This function is beneficial when monitoring areas in which lighting conditions change abruptly such as underground parking lots.
Multi-line On-screen Display
With these cameras, up to eleven lines with 20 characters per line can be displayed on the monitoring screen using VISCA commands. Users can freely display captions on the screen such as the monitoring location, camera name, and alarm messages, providing operators with a user-friendly interface.
Video Motion Detection
These cameras incorporate a video motion detection function. When motion is detected within an area of the picture designated by the user, an alarm signal is output via the camera’s control interface using the VISCA protocol. Users can designate up to four detecting areas freely from any of eight vertical and twelve horizontal blocks.
Picture Freeze
All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series are equipped with a Picture Freeze function that allows for the output of a still image while the camera is panning, tilting, zooming, focusing, initializing the lens, or performing preset operations. For example, the camera will output a still image before it begins to pan, tilt, or zoom, and once the operation is completed, the camera continues to display images that are currently being monitored. In this way, unnecessary images are not displayed.
SMART (Sony Modular Automatic Lens Reset Technology) Lens Control
All of the cameras in the FCB-EX Series feature this function. Each incorporates SMA RT Lens Control technology, which monitors the focus position of the lens while zooming, and automatically compensates for any mechanical misalignment that may occur over long periods of continuous usage. With this beneficial feature, periodic lens initialization is no longer required during continuous 24-hour operation.

Image sensor
1/4-type EXview HAD CCD 

Signal system
NTSC (for FCB-EX1010)
PAL (for FCB-EX1010P)
Effective picture elements
Approx. 380,000 pixels
Approx. 440,000 pixels
Horizontal resolution
High Resolution Mode On: 530 TV lines (default)
High Resolution Mode Off: 470 TV lines (NTSC)/460 TV lines (PAL)
36x optical zoom, f =3.4 mm (wide) to 122.4 mm (tele), F1.6 to F4.5
Digital zoom
12x (432x with optical zoom)
Horizontal angle of view
57.8°(wide) to 1.7° (tele)
TV distortion
Minimum object distance
320 mm (wide) to 1500 mm (tele) 
Sync system
Internal/External (V-Lock)
Minimum illumination
1/60 s mode: 1.4 lx (typical) (F1.6, 50 IRE)
1/4 s mode: 0.1 lx (typical) (F1.6, 50 IRE)
Auto ICR
O ×
Image stabilizer
Video motion detection
Multi-line OSD
O (Up to eleven lines with 20 characters per line)
Slow AE response
Picture freeze
Slow shutter
Video output
VBS: 1.0 Vp-p (sync negative), Y/C
Camera control interface
VISCA (TTL signal level), baud rate: 9.6 kb/s, 19.2 kb/s, 38.4 kb/s, 1 or 2 stop-bit selectable
S/N ratio
More than 50 dB
Electronic shutter
1/1 to 1/10,000 s, 22 steps
White balance
AUTO , AT W, Indoor, Outdoor, One-push, Manual
Auto/Manual (-3 to 28 dB, 2 dB steps)
AE control
Auto, Manual, Priority mode (shutter priority & iris priority), Bright, EV compensation, Back light compensation, Slow AE
Wide dynamic range
O (On/Off) ×
Backlight compensation
O (On/Off)
Privacy zone masking
O (On/Off) (8 masks per view/24 masks preset in the entire viewing range when integrated into a PTZ camera- 14 colours, mosaic)
Character generator
Mode display/Multi-line OSD (OSD has priority over Mode display)
Flicker cancel
O (Auto) (for FCB-EX1010)
– (for FCB-EX1010P)
Focusing system
Auto (Sensitivity: normal, low), One-push AF, Manual, Infinity, Interval AF, Zoom Trigger AF
Picture effects
E-flip, Nega Art, Black & White, Mirror Image
Zoom switch
Tele, Wide
Storage temperature
-20 to 60 °C (-4 to 140 °F)
Operating temperature
0 to 50 °C (32 to 122 °F)
Power requirements
DC 6 to 12 V
Power consumption
2.6 W (motors inactive), 4.9 W (motors active)
230 g (8.1 oz)
50.0 x 57.5 x 87.9 mm (2 x 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches)
MTBF (excluding lens) 38
Power Voltage 6
Power Consumption 2
Operating temperature/ Humidity 0
Storage Temperature Humidity -20
Lens Diameter 38
Metal Frame Y
Connector 4 pin Harness, 9-Pin FFC
Video Output VBS:1.0 Vp-p (Sync Negative) Y/C Output
Visca Model ID 445
External Key Switch Y
Serial Interface Stop bit 1/2 bit, 38.4 Kbps, 19.2 Kbps, VISCA protocol (TTL/CMOS), 9.6 Kbps
User Memory 16
Preset 1 custom/power on preset, 6 positions
Aperture Control 16 steps
Camera Operation Switch Zoom WIDE, Zoom TELE
Alarm function Yes (Motion detection with 4 zones)
Interlock with pan, tilt and zoom Yes (Spherical interlocking)
Privacy Zone masking Detail (24 mask, 8 on screen, 160x120 matrix, mosaic)
Privacy Zone Masking Yes (with Spherical Pan/tilt)
Grid/Cross Disaply Grid + cross
Picture Effects Mirror, E-Flip, Neg. Art, Black & White
Character Generator Yes (20 characters/line, max. 11 lines)
Spot AE Y
Focusing System Auto (Sensitivity :H-L), Interval, SMART lens control, Near Limit, Zoom Trigger AF, Manual, Infinity, One-push AF
Flicker Compensation No
AE Control Back Light Compensation, Slow Shutter - Auto/Manual, Exposure Compensation, Slow AE, Bright, Manual, Iris Priority, Full Auto, Shutter Priority
EV Compensation -10
White Balance Manual WB, WB, One-Push, Outdoor, Indoor, ATW, Auto
Gain 0
Electronic Shutter Speed 1
AD 0
SN Ratio 0
Minimum Illumination 3 0
Minimum Illumination 2 0
Minimum Illumination 1
Recomended Illumination 100
Sync System Internal/External (V-Lock)
Min Working Distance (tele) 1500
Min Working Distance (WIDE) 320
Angle of View H (WIDE) 0
Digital Zoom 0
Zoom Movement Speed 0
Lens - f stops 0
Lens - Detail 0
Lens x36 Zoom
Horizontal Resolution 530
Picture Elements 440000
Signal System PAL
Wide Dynamic Range Yes
Slow Shutter Function Y
Auto Slow Shutter Y
Freeze Y
ICR function Y
Auto ICR function Yes (adjustable threshold)
Sensor Type 1/4 type PS CCD
Sensor Ref 0
Weight 230
Width 50 mm
Depth 87
Height 57 mm
Order Quantity 10




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